I'd like to say hello and welcome you
Good day that is my name
Come here and sit down
I'm so glad you even really truly came

We can even go and take a walk or something like that or something like that
But first I need to introduce my what and introduce my when

Let us sing

Its name I like to call
It likes to say it's nothing
It's nothing
It lives and breathes and it insitsts that it insists that it is something
(It's something)
It never liked to speak or run or walk or sleep or eat
It even thought that everybody tried to thought to take its seat

Looking through glass eyes
Give it a few tries
Nothing goes right in its time
Kill all its bad dreams
Wonder bout no things
Circles and spirals in mind

But we know that this song is not about a no or yes or why
What's really truly what I say is that about a little sigh
So come along I think I'm done I think we're done yes this is done
What's truly that I think about it and it thinks about a ton

Let us sing

Looking through glass eyes
Give it a few tries
Nothing goes right in its time
Kill all its bad dreams
Wonder bout no things
Circles and spirals in mind

I thought you knew I knew but
why and by and why and by and by
I wanted you to know I thought you knew
but why and by and why

Let us sing, let us sing
Let us sing, let us sing
Let us sing, let us sing
Let us sing, let us sing

Birds and bees and television (let us sing, let us sing)
Cardboard houses, x-ray vision (let us sing, let us sing)
Many little silly rhymes (let us sing, let us sing)
Things forgotten lost their time (let us sing, let us sing)
Telephones and silly games (let us sing, let us sing)
Periods and lots of question marks (let us sing)


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Good Day song meanings
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    General Commentthis song=amazing as hell. the end.

    but does anyone know near the end before they start the end before they start with either the let us sing or the birds and bees there is a part that sounds kinda like a circus announcer that sounds like it says "everyone loves a potato monkey"
    is that what it says or no?
    does anyone know?
    L4LuvNotLoseron April 20, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"I'd like to say hello and welcome you
    Good day that is my name
    Come here and sit down
    I'm so glad you even really truly came"

    *I could be way off, but I think it might be kind of about growing up. There's the strange, warm welcome of the beginning, it's like being born. then,

    "Its name I like to call
    It likes to say it's nothing
    It's nothing
    It lives and breathes and it insitsts that it insists that it is something"

    *this introduces the sort of existential motif that runs through the album. it's about a person: in the grand scheme of things, we're nothing. but we live and breathe and insist that we're something. because this is introduced as the writer's what and when, it's probably self-descriptive.

    "Looking through glass eyes
    Give it a few tries
    Nothing goes right in its time
    Kill all its bad dreams
    Wonder bout no things
    Circles and spirals in mind"

    *This sounds like life as a kid to me. You learn from mistakes, you try to avoid being sad (killing bad dreams), and you kind of accept this crazy life. But while it seems kidlike, we don't really outgrow this stuff even as we grow up.

    "But we know that this song is not about a no or yes or why
    What's really truly what I say is that about a little sigh"

    *And it's not like all the answers are in. Philosophies and such will never have the whole picture of the universe, mankind is always going to be just a kid in a crazy situation. so this song isn't out to pretend to explain things.

    "I thought you knew I knew but
    why and by and why and by and by
    I wanted you to know I thought you knew
    but why and by and why"

    *eh, hard to tell. i'd guess this bit's about people dealing with each other. up in the air for me though.

    "Birds and bees and television (let us sing, let us sing)
    Cardboard houses, x-ray vision (let us sing, let us sing)
    Many little silly rhymes (let us sing, let us sing)
    Things forgotten lost their time (let us sing, let us sing)
    Telephones and silly games (let us sing, let us sing)
    Periods and lots of question marks (let us sing)"

    *more kid imagery, and as the song tends toward disorder at the end, it's a bit like entering the cluttered adult world. but in the end, the song is called good day. it's a generally/potentially good world we're walking into. so let's sing.

    to me, it really sets up what the album is about. the universe is crazy, random, strange, etc, but also mechanical (per album title) in the laws of physics and such. they revisit that sort of thing on taken for a ride, spring and a storm, and ruler of everything (possibly banana man a bit), and if there's a consistent message, it's to make peace with the things bigger than ourselves and to find love, happiness, and humor where we are. Which is why i find it strange when people dismiss Tally Hall as silly, quirky, funny, etc. Although i realize i might be in way deeper than they intended at this point. either way, that's what Marvin's is about from my point of view.

    GOOD DAY: "But we know that this song is not about a no or yes or why"

    TAKEN FOR A RIDE: "bumble mumble make the rounds no matter what you'll seem profound; it's useless just to worry....so please just stop thinking, this is happy."

    BANANA MAN: "forget all your troubles and go with the flow. forget about whatever you may never know, like whether whatever you are doing is whatever you should,
    and whether anything you do is every really any good."

    SPRING AND A STORM (on death): "Well I think you return to obscure, Or wherever you were Before you were, But I won't let you lose yourself in the rain"

    RULER OF EVERYTHING: "But if you try to pretend to understand, You resemble a fool, Although you're only a man, So give it up and Smile.

    brilliant album.
    TedKon April 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentalso,

    HIDDEN IN THE SAND: "Wouldn't the world be better off if we took nonsense more seriously?"
    TedKon April 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTHSI SONG IS AMAZING!!!!! wonderful tunes catchy harmonization it just makes me want to danceee!!!!!! loveloveloveloveeeeeeeee
    lisasonodaon May 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcute tune. :)
    sheslikeohsoemoon February 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally cool song. There's like so many layers to this.
    drownedinsoundon April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt first I didn't like this song, I thought it was kinda goofy, but it definitely grows on you my favorite part is:

    I thought you knew
    I knew but
    why and by and why and by and by

    I thought wanted you to know I thought you knew but why and by and why

    Let us sing, let us sing
    Let us sing, let us sing
    Let us sing, let us sing
    Let us sing, let us sing

    THIS SONG MAKES ME HAPPY!!! : )
    incubustableon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYes, the potato monkey reference is indeed correct.
    =)
    (And then it says, "I stepped in gum, I stepped in gum, ohoho!" and "A sculptor you say, well..." and "...---two scissors and a computer".)

    I really want someone to post the full meaning of this song.
    lawlesslyon June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it just me, or do they not kinda sound like OK GO in this one? maybe a little Queen, too.
    *MadeForThis*on October 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of those songs that don't really have a meaning to it. There's a purpose but no meaning. They did something strangely cool in the intro of the song. I think in the beginning of the song its sort of like the song is speaking you itself. "i'd like to say hello and welcome you good day that is my name"
    iheartsnooganson October 12, 2008   Link

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