"Some Fantastic" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
One day I will build a fountain
Drink and never grow old
Then I'll market an elixir
That will eliminate the common cold
Find your sickness on my list
Pay up front and make a wish

One day I will work with animals
All the tests I'm gonna do
All my stuff's completely natural
And when we're done we'll boil 'em
Down for glue
That we can use to re-adhere
Your lips to mine if you were here

There's a lot I will never do
Some fantastic, I know it's true
But none as much as my want to be with you

I can't stand to wait in line long
So I built a new machine
It just measures up the distance
And then eliminates the folks between

One day I'll construct a satellite
And I'll name it after you
'Cause you were the greatest friend of all
Except for when you split my lip in two
To see the look upon your face
As I launch you into space

There's a lot I will never do
Some fantastic, I know it's true
But none as much as my want to be with you

Bye-bye self-respect
I haven't had much of it since you left
I missed out on the best of you

Some day I will find the secret
To your social chemistry
Then I'll print it on a t-shirt
And it'll make you want to be with me
If I wear it past your work
You'll see other guys are jerks
Much like pheromones for flies
You will not avoid my eyes

There's a lot I will never do
Some fantastic, I know it's true
But none as much as my want to be with you

Bye-bye self-respect
I haven't had much of it since you left
I missed out on the best of you


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"Some Fantastic" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentSome Fantastic is about a scientist who fell for a lab assistant and wants her back. Ed wrote this when he played it in the played in the bathroom sessions on YouTube. The meaning is basically simple when that forum is realized. There's alot he will never do. What what he wants is to be with her. Love this song. Its even better live.
    MyOwnHero18on July 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's a simple song really. All the verses are are things that are impossible for him to do, or at least very unlikely. Just as he will not get with her. He screwed up somewhere.
    AmaranthaMaeon April 18, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI've read in several places, including the BNL.com message board, that it's a lost love song about a semi-mad scientist and his lab assistant. They were apparently together for a period, then she punched him in the lip and left. Now he's concocting various schemes to get her back.
    jf998247on November 19, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningThe protagonist is a scientist, and he's kind of a mad scientist: a man of pure intellect and zero common sense, his lab assistant is the one person in the world he's ever had real love for, and he's incapable of expressing it in any terms other than rigid scientific ones that make him seem bizarre.

    REadhere in the second verse suggests that they did, in fact, have a romantic relationship, but it failed at some point, likely due to his total inability to express his feelings (and understand hers) like a more normal person.

    Now that she's gone, he finally realizes that his self-image is forever ruined without her, but his response is to dream up a series of ridiculously elaborate and anti-social ideas to get her to love him again.

    It's really rather sad, because he knows that he loves her, and knows that her absence makes him feel shitty and empty, but he simply can't understand why or what to do about it, because love is not a quantifiable mathematical concept. So instead he cooks up all these crazy ideas.

    Reminded me of a scene from a TV show where the Mad Scientist's wife is about to leave him, and shouts at him that she needs "real human affection", to which he replies "Human affection...hmmm...perhaps it can be synthesized, maybe in pill form?"
    jf998247on August 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbroken relationship
    BrandNewJerseyon May 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about this one guy pleading his ex to come back. he promises to build all sorts of things to try to win her back
    neko-chanon May 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy does the title have the parenthetical, "(Ivory and Ivory)"?
    RunningFoolon September 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think because its like a harmonic kind of song
    Thanksthatwuzfunon January 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very lazy guy, and he knows it. He claims it is more likely that he will do all of these amazing things before this girl will ever go out with him (none of them are as FANTASTIC as his desire for her).
    The definition of fantastic that I'm referring to is "Based on or existing only in fantasy; unreal"
    sneakierladon January 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe "Ivory and Ivory" parenthetical is a play on Paul McCartney's and Stevie Wonder's "Ebony and Ivory", I assume.
    Mr. Blue Skyon February 08, 2006   Link

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