Thursday, January 13, 2011

Song lyrics du jour: 3D Picnic, "Charles Thinks About It"

3D Picnic was an underrated L.A.-based band (in the rootsy punk genre) from the late '80s/early '90s. Amazingly, they still have a MySpace page, where some of their tracks can be streamed (which you should click over and listen to... even though it's MySpace).

Below are the lyrics to their song "Charles Thinks About It" (from their debut album Dirt), which, unfortunately, is not available on the aforementioned MySpace page, but which I felt like transcribing and posting anyway, because I think we can use a reminder that the world's not always a bad place.

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When Charles was a child
His mother said to him
Don't throw your life away

Stop along the way
To pick up sticks
To kneel and pray
To get your fix
Of all the good things you've got coming to you

Give yourself some time
For sitting back and feeling fine
About your car, your place, and your kids (if you've got any yet)

Don't let anyone convince you
That the office would shut if you left the firm
Don't think the world is gonna crumble
If you just step out for an hour or so

Walk, or ride a bike
Just down the road, ride by the lake
Ride all alone, and think about
All the good decisions you made (you must have made a few of them)

Don't let anyone convince you
That the office would shut if you left the firm
Don't think the world is gonna crumble
If you just step out for an hour or so

Look in the air, and on the ground
Look to your left, and all around
This world where you don't really matter too much

[spoken]
I wanna stop
It makes good sense to me
That this world—I mean this universe
Is nothing but a great clock, going on and on and on
And when it gets to the end it starts over and over again
And when it gets to you, you'll feel just like you wanted to
By now you should know what it means when I say

Stop along the way, to pick up stix
To kneel and pray, to get your fix
Of all the good things you've got coming to you

Don't let anyone convince you
That the office would shut if you left the firm
Don't think the world is gonna crumble
If you just step out for an hour or so

Live out on the edge, for just a while
Get on the ground, you'll sit in style
This world is rather fantastic when you think about
Think about it

Think about it

Think about it

3 comments:

  1. This is a GREAT song - I used this it in a 16mm feature I shot in around 1990 ("Camera Obscura"), with their permission. I also cut a music video to it, using some of the footage from the film. I'm currently updating/recutting the music video, so if anyone from 3D Picnic reads this, please get in touch with me via twitter (@JewelDole) or look for the video on YouTube shortly.

    Thanks!

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  2. How cool & how nice! I was in 3D Picnic.This was one of my favorite of Don's songs.

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