"Testing 1,2,3" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
Maybe it would be fun
To get a new opinion
Get a little work done
And forget

Maybe it would be cool
If I rocked it old school
Try to break a gold rule
And a sweat

Better than the first time
Better than the worst time
If I could just reverse time
I'd be set

Testing 1,2,3
Can anybody hear me?
If I shed the irony
Would anybody cheer me?
If I acted less like me
Would I be in the clear?

She got a new apartment
It's out on the escarpment
And in her glove compartment
Are my songs

She hasn't even heard them
Since she found out what the words meant
She decided she preferred them
All wrong

Kind of like the last time
With a bunch of really fast rhymes
If we're living in the past I'm
Soon gone

Testing 1,2,3
Can anybody hear me?
If I shed the irony
Would anybody cheer me?
If I acted less like me
Would I be in the clear?

We recognize the present
Is half as pleasant
As our nostalgia for

The past'll be presented
Recast and reinvented
Until it's how we meant it

Testing 1,2,3
Can anybody hear me?
If I shed the irony
Would anybody cheer me?
If I acted less like me
Would I be in the clear?

He's everything that you need
You wiped out on your ten speed
And either he will succeed
Or just suck

Testing 1,2,3
Can anybody hear me?
If I shed the irony
Would anybody cheer me?
If I acted less like me
Would I be in the clear?

Begin the

Would I be in the clear, G?

Testing 1,2,3
Testing 1,2,3


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"Testing 1, 2, 3" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General CommentI love this song, partly because it is probably the only pop song (that I know of, anyway) ever to use the word 'escarpment.' ^_^ I also like the lyrics "she hasn't even heard them/since she found out what the words meant/she decided she preferred them/all wrong". Too true, and not just with these songs. We always prefer our own interpretations, don't we? That said, I believe 'the past'll be presented' should be 'the past that we resented'.
    bouncybluepenguinon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps this is Ed Robertson wondering if he should push his new image in a new direction? Perhaps he's tired of being remembered for "One Week" and wants to move on. He's looking back and realizing the futility of thinking how it could have gone differently.
    wrionon April 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentInstead of
    "Kind of like the last time
    With a bunch of really fast times"
    It should be:
    "Kind of like the last time
    With a bunch of really fast rhymes"
    WhiteWolfon May 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commenta lot of times we dont feel like anyone is listening to us. kinda alone. some people dont like what we're saying anyways. kinda wondering if we changed would it make a difference. gah, who cares. this song rocks no matter what it means!
    beautifulcowon February 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think the "King of like the last time With a bunch of really fast rhymes" is referring to their old hit, One Week
    scimitar_255on June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to agree with wrion. It's got to be about Ed Robertson wanting to move on from his past. The Barenaked Ladies have very much changed their sound since Maroon. So he's saying that he wants to, sort of, leave the old days behind and try something new. But he'd also like to go back and redo some of the things he'd done.

    Awesome song.
    Bravuraon February 15, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"she got a new apartment its down on the escarpment" can either mean schabro (town in toronto ON, Where Stephen Page os from) or niagra escaptment
    bnlboy888on October 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat line about the fast rhymes is about Ed. Go on YouTube and watch the video for the song
    youtube.com/…
    Pause it at around 1:33 and if you look closely, you can tell it says Chickety China The Chinese Chicken and continues with One Week. Quite cool really...
    1967Impalaon April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentoops sorry, forgot to put what the meaning of the whole song is, at least, in my opinion.
    I think it's about people not accepting you as you are. You know, how people change to be accepted ("If I acted less like me, would I be in the clear?")
    Maybe more like the singer changed (hence the reference to 'One Week") and people aren't really accepting him and sometimes he just wishes that he go back to when he was accepted but he doesn't really want to because he likes who he is even though no one else does...Does that make sense?
    1967Impalaon April 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"She hasn't even heard them
    Since she found out what the words meant
    She decided she preferred them
    All wrong"

    I love how this is like nearly every single one of BNL's song. Everything has a million and five meanings but most aren't the intended meaning. And I just love it.... Because I do prefer most of them 'all wrong'. Yay Ed!
    spookythebandoon November 18, 2007   Link

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