"Kookaburra" as written by and John Vanderslice....
Lightning shot from the sky
It breathed life into every, every living thing
It made you, it made me
It gave us the Kookaburra, it gave us
Frangipane tree

From dusk to dawn and dawn to dusk
The sky will fill with vaporized dust, raining
White on white, like streamers of dirty confetti
White on white, the Chrysler Tower had disappeared
White on white, the capitol dome was invisible
White on white, the hoisted flag had disappeared

It can't be stopped
Thunder clouds are tightening in the sky tonight
We can't be saved
Electricity will scribble out your name

Lightning shot from the sky
It gives, it takes away from every living thing
It made you, it made me
It gave us the terrabyte, it gave us 117

From dusk to dawn and dawn to dusk
The sky will fill with vaporized dust, raining
White on white, like streamers of dirty confetti
White on white, the looming spire had disappeared
White on white, the Bundestag was invisible
White on white, the hoisted flag had disappeared

White phosphor rain
And blackout bombs are falling out the sky tonight
We can't be saved
Electricity is crossing out your family name

It made you, it made me
It gave us the Kookaburra, it gave us
Frangipane tree


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    General CommentHOW has no one said anything yet? this song, numbered lithograph, and the parade are some of the most beautiful songs from his new album. john vanderslice is AMAZING.
    sunstorm_fiveon September 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentEvery site has the line listed as "and the star was invisible".

    Is this confirmed? Is it in the book? Because listening, and watching his lips in videos, it really sounds and looks like "the Bundestag was invisible". I don't know what German parliment has to do with anything but that's really what it sounds like.

    I actually considered emailing John just to ask what he says there...
    AcidMilkon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSuch an amazing song, on an equally amazing album. There are just a few minor corrections, as found in the album booklet that comes with Emerald City. Instead of "gleaming spire," it is "looming spire." Also, it is "the Bundestag was invisible," instead of "and the star was invisible." Lastly, it is "frangipane tree," instead of "friend Japan tree." Other than that, the lyrics seem to be completely correct.
    Jdeg1on September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the corrections - just updated the lyrics. This song is amazing.
    thitheron October 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentif we're gonna get super technical it's spelled "frangipani"

    and acidmilk, i did email john about white dove when i couldn't figure out "bonita point". he's actually really quite nice about it, ending the email with "thanks for caring". warmed my heart :)
    bigdaneon October 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis whole album definitely grows on you.

    jv is *super* nice, i got a hug from him once at a show.
    weezerific:cutleryon December 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentboy, if i were to choose any song to sing everywhere i go it would be this one(even if it were to annoy the crap outta evryone)but id like to kno the meaning of this song..i thought it had something to do with war because the bombs and the flag..but..which war?
    flesh_eating_goatson April 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't get the '117' reference. Anyone?
    nysaloron March 30, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe "117" bit, some have speculated, was the # of confirmed elements on the periodic table at the time this song was written.
    mwiegand77on August 20, 2012   Link

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