There was darkness, there was light,
There was day and there was night,
There was wrong and there was right...
And then there was me.

You didn't even know me, but you treated me like dirt.
(And then there was me)
You didn't even know me, but you called me a jerk.
(And then there was me)

I'm from a planet near a star
You wouldn't know (it's very far).
The're calling me the man from Mars
And I think they're insulting me.

They tried to take my special suit.
(Insulting me)
They say my head looks like fruit.
(What is fruit?!)
(Put your hands up or I'll shoot!) I don't have hands...

Across the galaxy I flew,
Heard a peaceful message sent by you.
Now I find you're judged by color and size.
I can't believe what you call my...

I'se the guy who sails the sky, but I think I'd like to live here.
I'd like to share your mountains, share your trees, and shar your rivers.
I've never seen so many people of so many colors.
I'd like to think that someday maybe I could call you brothers.

(And then there was we)
I'd like to learn about your pizza and your weather,
(And then there was we)
Then we could learn about how beings live together.
(And then there was we)

So if you're thinking about being a spaceman,
It don't matter if you're black or white
Or purple or blue or green or red
Or yellow with polka dots on your head
Or made of snow or made of wheat
Or looking like something that's kind of a treat.
I like your hat... (fade)


Lyrics submitted by abchak1

Ballad of Gordon, The song meanings
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    General Commentone of the best bnl songs, actually! this was a video made for a public service announcement in canada in like 1995 i believe. ed is dressed up in a green suit. i love the video and the message. its saying not to be judgemental and even if you look different from someone else, you can be whatever you want to be. love you, barenaked ladies!
    abchak1on June 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentpublic service anouncement?? you mean they actually showed it on tv?????? Those crazy 90s!! Good stuff altogether!!
    SilentWitnesson August 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI saw the PSA for this, back in 1992 and have been trying to find out who sang this ever since! I only remembered the last line of the song and was able to google it. It's corny, but cute.
    hidispenseron October 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentlove this song and i wish they would show it on the tv again...it sends a good message...racial harmony indeed, cheers
    bnlcrazeon January 29, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyoutube.com/…
    soooo happy.
    bouncehoperon October 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSo is every third guy in Canada named Gordon?
    Heck, the Tragically Hip has TWO Gordons in it.
    doodadon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo is every third guy in Canada named Gordon?
    Heck, the Tragically Hip has TWO Gordons in it.
    doodadon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo is every third guy in Canada named Gordon?
    Heck, the Tragically Hip has TWO Gordons in it.
    doodadon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSo is every third guy in Canada named Gordon?
    Heck, the Tragically Hip has TWO Gordons in it.
    doodadon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song has a fantastic Michael Jackson homage!
    TheseAppleson June 11, 2007   Link

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