La la la la la.
We are just a sexual making me an alcoholic relation.
Words hit much harder than the bullets from a gun,
a shovel to the skull, a stab in the spine.
Be my valentine, you don't have to say much.
This machine is so mature, it's so much your type.

(boy) "You be Betty!"
(girl) "I'll be Betty!"
(boy) "I'll play Joe!"
(girl) "You play Joe!"
We'll crawl out of my window, honey,
in the morning I'm out of my head,
I wish I was sleeping In your hospital bed.
Give me some time to get on your mind.
La la la la la.

Hey, come on down to my world.
The memories enhance the way that you feel.
I wanna get right back down but you're moving so fast,
and I wanna be everywhere twice.
This machine is so mature, it's so much your type.

(boy) "You be Betty!"
(girl) "I'll be Betty!"
(boy) "I'll play Joe!"
(girl) "You play Joe!"
We'll crawl out of my window, honey,
in the morning I'm out of my head,
I wish I was sleeping In your hospital bed.
Give me some time to get on your mind.
La la la la. La la la la.

And in the morning I'm out of my head,
I wish I was sleeping In your hospital bed
Give me some time to get on your mind.


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    General Commenti love the chorus of this song. <3.
    Statbucksbabe28on April 11, 2004   Link
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    General Commentafter a being a bit disappointed with the opening track (ok how would it ever compare to sha sha) this one really helped me get into the cd. just one really good BK song complete with all the fun lyrics to sing along to like all the la la las.
    perfect-lineon May 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. I haven't the slightest what it means.

    To many people, some of Ben's music is very frustrating. "What's with the lyrics! Butterflies are passive-aggressive?!" Ben writes in what's called a stream of consciousness. Those who have tried to write one (myself included), know that often times what you write makes no sense at all. (Haha. I once wrote in one, "A rose bed of empty promises". WTF?!) See what I mean, it's basically your unconscious talking, and if you're into psych, you'll realize that often times, your unconscious can say some pretty weird crap. I think Beck may be the same way, too. But that's speculation. Ben does this because I've heard him talk about it.
    IrishGuyFromVAon June 20, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCan I just say that this is possibly the greatest song ever? It is utterly impossible not to love this song. Me and my friends refer to this as "The Fun Song" and we even have a dance to it.....amazing!! the piano freak out before the chorus is the best part and the la la la's are awesome : )
    Rocksaves1228on October 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCan I just say that this is possibly the greatest song ever? It is utterly impossible not to love this song. Me and my friends refer to this as "The Fun Song" and we even have a dance to it.....amazing!! the piano freak out before the chorus is the best part and the la la la's are awesome : )
    Rocksaves1228on October 10, 2004   Link
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    General Commentany song with a bunch of la la la's goes on my list of awesomeness. i dont get the "you be betty" and such. very.... confusing. but meh, it's still GREAT!
    sham_onon October 16, 2004   Link
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    General Comment
    So it's all about escaping from reality and being with someone you want. It's 'running away together'. We'll cast off our real lives, and instead of 'Liz' and 'Ben' "you be Betty, and I'll be Joe, and we'll crawl out my window" and escape our lives and our problems and just be together.

    And reality creeps back in, and we can't run away forever. "In the morning I'm out of my head" with love for you, but I can't be there. "I wish i was sleeping in your hospital bed, give me some time to get on your mind!!!" "I wanna get right back down, but you're moving so fast, I want to be everywhere twice." Let's escape forever and just be together.


    There's more there that I haven't gotten. I think he hints at her being the reason that they can't escape forever... "she's moving so fast", "this machine is so mature, it's so much your type" but I haven't quite nutted that part out yet.

    Another of Ben's flooringly brilliant tunes.
    Akiataon August 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me wanna party like it's 1999, but i gotta note "the memories enhance the way that you feel" line because i get it, ben, i get it.
    robopantson August 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJust a gorgeous song. . . I think Akiata got it, but I still wanted to comment on how awesome this song is.

    On a whole, not as good of a CD as Sha Sha, but, really, can he outdo himself?

    Although. . . Penny on a Train Track from his upcoming album is pretty darn amazing.
    sukebeion September 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really enjoy this song. There may be some link to Paul Simons "You can call me Al"

    If you'll be my bodyguard
    I can be your long lost pal
    I can call you Betty
    And Betty, when you call me
    You can call me Al

    Same sort of meaning I believe, escape who you are.
    modr8on August 15, 2008   Link

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