"Wearing A Raincoat" as written by John Linnell and John Flansburgh....
Wearing a raincoat is flying around in a plane
Made of a raincoat
But when you think of that
You hurt your mind
And you'll need a friend
To talk you down

Needing a friend to talk you down
Is food that comes from a pipe
But when you hate the food
That comes from a pipe
You will turn to drugs
To help you sleep

Turning to drugs to help you sleep
Will only lead to sleep
And sleeping is a gateway drug
To being awake, being awake, being awake again

Being awake is swimming around in a lake
Of the undead
And the undead are like
A bunch of friends
That demand constant attention

Demanding constant attention
Will only lead to attention
And once they have your attention
They use it to ask for attention
And once they have that attention
They use it to ask for attention

Wearing a raincoat is flying around in a yellow rubber airplane
Made out of a raincoat, yes but when you think of that
You hurt your mind
And you'll need your mind
For later on

Needing a mind for later on
Is a friend that comes at a price
But when you hate the friend
That comes at a price
You will play the drums
To help you sleep


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"Wearing a Raincoat" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +1
    General Commentwearing a raincoat is an adjective that he's using like a noun..... I am so confused from there on. How come TMBG.org doesn't have this album on there??
    steve82con January 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts all like...Zen Lunacy, craziness, just meant to be one big mindfuck i think.
    supreme_ruleron July 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSteve, "wearing a raincoat" is a gerund phrase, which means it's perfectly fine if it's used as a noun. Sort of like "mowing the lawn makes me tired" or some such phrase.

    And this song is amazing. It's so crazy and random; the ultimate stream of consciousness, and if I knew more about TMBG, I'd be able to put forth or deny the idea that they were tripping on acid while this song was written.
    Tronfoon July 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEach part, taken by itself, almost makes logical sence, but avoids it so nimbly as to make you feel that you merely imagined it.
    fargusson September 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love it. A self-perpetuating song. One of the most lyrically playful TMBG songs to date.
    maddsurgeonon October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG, it's like a dream, one thing leads to another!
    pauly_on_iceon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG, it's like a dream, one thing leads to another!
    pauly_on_iceon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE THIS SONG, it's like a dream, one thing leads to another!
    pauly_on_iceon March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song really, really, really reminds me of the Monkees' track "Just a Game", and it furthers my theory that Linnell is somewhat of a Micky Dolenz fan.
    CaptHayfeveron April 27, 2006   Link

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