"Elevator Music" as written by and Hansen....
One, two, you know what to do!

Alright...

I'm uptight stupid, get it out of the flame.
I shake a leg on the ground like an epileptic battery man.
I'm making my move, lettin' loose like a belt.
Little worse for wear, but I'm wearing it well.
Tell me what's wrong with a little grind and bump
When the stereos erupt with a kick-drum punch?
Once you do it once, probably do it again and again.
You did it before, but you're more erratic then them.
And you had a rough night, and the vibe's just begun.
Let a little bit of this, the past week is done.
Don't let it hold you back, but you're already set.
No dead flowers gonna grow till the dirt gets wet.

Put the elevator music on.
Pull me back where I belong.
The ambulance sings along.
The fly on the wall
Doesn't know what's wrong.
If I could forget myself,
Find another lie to tell.
If I had a soul to sell,
I'd buy some time
To talk to my brain cells.

Gut bucket and a bottle of pains.
It's like the schoolhouse lights will never turn on again.
Till the bottom wears off of these high-heeled boots.
The bodies all move, some backbone roots.
Everybody workin' hard till the yard's all clean.
The dishes wash good in the washin' machine.
Now you brush your teeth and you comb back your hair.
You drive your vehicle like you just didn't care.
You're walkin' to work with the boys and the girls.
And you're doin' it to death, cause it's the end of the world.
Now everybody's sweatin', forgettin' what's on their minds.
With your hand like a mirror, you can see what's inside.
When you're down and out, poundin' and there's nothing that's real.
It's like a plastic heart, too amputated to feel.

I got a soda can bible song, paranoid Jumbotron.
The lord took the weekend off.
The fly on the wall doesn't know what's wrong.
If I could forget myself, find another lie to tell.
The bottom of an oil well, cell phone's ringing
To talk to my brain cells.

Come on! What!?
All the dudes with banjos.
Chicks with the wigs.
Animals with bananas.
Got my hand like a mirror.

Ah na na na na, na na na,
Na na na, na na na na!

Ah na na na na, na na na,
Na na na...


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"Elevator Music" as written by Beck Hansen

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  • +2
    General Commentfor all those who say beck isn't as good nowadays...
    i give you this song and the album it's on!
    amazing album
    amazing song
    treefingers505on November 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love this song...it might be an even better opener than E-Pro was.
    SilverEagleon September 22, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love "No dead flowers gonna grow till the dirt gets wet"
    I really don't know why I love it but I say it occasionally in conversations and no one understands what it's from
    GingerSnap1234on May 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah its a great song, it gets you into the beck mindset really well, and just gets your feet thumpin; a little primer before the weird darkness that the album drifts into
    koolairdon October 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song, love the line "And you're doin' it to death, cause it's the end of the world."
    subterranean_summeron October 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis reminds me of Cibo Matto's "Working For Vacation", I think it's about using music to escape the doldrums of your everyday life. Yeah, great opener for the album.
    DevastatorJr.on January 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the little guitar riff when he says "its the end of the world."
    bkbroileron April 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe information is laughing at us.
    a pretty war album from the depths of nowhere.
    while we lie out of our teeth.
    the hair on the back of our hands betray our
    true nature.
    beck is singing about all these platitudes.
    being fresh is nothing new for him. he just wants to
    get some beans for his burrito
    can you fault him for that?
    ShakeyFan2on November 18, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI love the way he did, "Let a little bit of this, the past week is done" in the song.
    omgfunsizeon January 14, 2007   Link

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