"Gratitude" as written by and Danny Elfman....
Ooohhhh...

Life's been so good to me,
Has it been good to you?
Has it been everything
That you expected it to be?
Was it as good for you
As it was good for me?
And was it everything
That it was all set up to be?

Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?

Now is that gratitude?
Or is it really love?
Some kind of reality
That fits just like a glove?
Now is that gratitude
For everything I've done?
Or is it something else
That's got me on the run...?

In the middle of a big tornado,
On the tip of everyone's tongue...
In the belly of a giant whale,
All the girls just want to have fun.
In the look of a frightened neighbor,
In a big warm bed at night,
In a broken elevator,
In the teeth of a dog that bites.
In the middle of a revolution,
In the look of a child's face,
In the silence of the dinner table,
In the stillness of disgrace.

Now is that gratitude? (...gratitude...)
Now is that gratitude? (...gratitude...)
Now is that gratitude? (...gratitude...)
Now is that gratitude? (...gratitude...)

But when I think of you,
And what you've done to me,
You took away my hope...
You took away my fantasy...
I once had lots of pride,
The world was in my hands.
I lived way at the top,
Of castles made of sand.

Oooohhhh...
I dream of you sometimes.
Oooohhhh...
I dream of you sometimes.

In - in the middle of a big tornado,
On the tip of everyone's tongue.
In the belly of a giant whale,
All the girls just want to have fun.
In the look of a frightened neighbor,
In a big warm bed at night,
In a broken elevator,
In the teeth of a dog that bites.
In the middle of a revolution,
In the look of a child's face,
In the silence of the dinner table,
In the stillness of disgrace.

Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?
Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?

Life's been so good to me,
Has it been good to you?
Has it been everything
That you expected it to be?
Was it as good for you
As it was good for me?
And was it everything
That it was all set up to be?

In the middle of a big tornado,
On the tip of everyone's tongue.
In the belly of a giant whale,
All the girls just want to have fun.
In the look of a frightened neighbor,
In a big warm bed at night,
In a broken elevator,
In the teeth of a dog that bites.
In the middle of a revolution,
In the look of a child's face,
In the silence of the dinner table,
In the stillness of disgrace.

Ohhh... [repeat chorus in background] ...ohhh...

Oooohhhh...
I dream of you sometimes.
Oooohhhh...
I dream of you sometimes.

Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...

Now is that gratitude?
Ooohhh...
...now is that gratitude?

*submitted by one_ion*


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"Gratitude" as written by Danny Elfman

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    General CommentNooo this isn't an Oingo Boingo song, this is from Danny Elfman's So-Lo.
    NogoodBoyoon November 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe whole band backed him, but he had to release a 'solo' album as part of a recording contract.
    katyismon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIn essence, it's still a Boingo track, just under Danny's name. The rest of the band played on all his "So Lo" tracks. This has also been included on the "Best O' Boingo" album and also performed on Boingo Alive.

    Anyway, the song is about what the title says; gratitude. Talking about if life has gone the way you wanted it to, about if what another person has done to you is gratitude.
    mysticrhythmson September 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe music video for this song has Pan, the Devil, a fortune teller, a faith healer, poker, and an electric chair.

    No idea what the video's about
    danielulfmanon November 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI believe they sang this song on the Boingo Alive album, definitely qualifying it as an Oingo Boingo piece (though my understanding is that all the 'So-Lo' pieces were also songs Boingo performed in concert.)

    Anyway -- I always got kind of a vibe like this song was about an emotionally abusive relationship, for some reason. The first verse with all its questions ("Was it everything you expected?" etc.) followed by "Now is that gratitude" suggests a negative answer from the female party, for which she's being scolded. The later bit, "I used to eat little girls like you for breakfast..." smacks of more veiled threats from the man. "But when I think of you and what you've done to me/You took away my hope, you took away my fantasy" sounds like it could be a POV switch to the girl's side, responding; or else like it may be the fellow trying to turn the tables and make her feel bad for all the "grief" he accuses her of causing to him for which she should be more grateful.
    Taliaon January 18, 2011   Link

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