"Planet Health" as written by Caroline Elizabeth Polachek, Jonathan Patrick Wimberly and Aaron Marshall Davis....
When I arrived on planet health
In the state of being well
So I altered my self conscious messes
And body images

I visited the food pyramid
In the desert of vitamins
I found a desired heart rate
And a mouth to resuscitate

I am feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight

I was trained in diversity
In the garden of puberty
Where they Heimlich maneuvered me
And they showed me how to make a baby

I found my friends in the forest of loves
Where we just said no to drugs
Our intercourse was well protected
We made love with each others' eyes

We're feeling great tonight
We're feeling great tonight
We're feeling great tonight
We're feeling great tonight

Then I found out where you're sent
When you're sick and sad and old
They kick you off of planet health
Into a universe of cold

Stop drop and roll
Just stop drop and roll
Stop drop and roll
Gotta stop and put out the fire

Stop drop and roll
Just stop drop and roll
Stop drop and roll
Gotta stop and put out the fire

Feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight
I am feeling great tonight


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"Planet Health" as written by Caroline Elizabeth Polachek Aaron Marshall Davis

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    General CommentI love this song so much. It's like someone took what was so bad about the eighties, and made it good, musically.

    And as to the meaning, that quote is exactly what I thought, but not so straight forward or literal. I was thinking it was just a reflection on the modern view of body image and health. It's a testament that the perfect, healthy lifestyle just isn't healthy for the mind. This is an idea I have always been adamant about. I love the lilting, dreamy tone of this song, as if everyone singing it is in a trance. Then the chanting of "Stop Drop and Roll." It's as if everyone is repeating it as a prayer to safety, and that the cry of "Stop!" is either a break from the mold of perfection, or a frenzied zealot of this "Planet Health" cult.
    skamandoon July 07, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think the song is trying to make kind of a stabbing and sardonic representation of societal expectations. A lot of people would assume that being healthy and making healthy children and leading a "healthy life" is something to really try to strive for right? As a means of preservation of life. The problem with this methodology of existence though is that it outcasts all people who do not fit into the criteria of being entirely fit to live on "Planet Health", or by society's expectations of a person living their life the "right way". Thus, they are sent into the cold abyss of nothingness so as to preserve the "perfect" utopia, Planet Health.
    Petrelaninjaon December 22, 2010   Link
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    General Commentvery dreamy song, definite 80's feel
    mdbumon September 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentlove this song, helps me get straight :)
    willow7913on September 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe meaning of this song? rehab?
    Yoga1978on November 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbtw, great song!
    Yoga1978on November 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe a near-death experience? Or drugs? Or both?
    Stonie_Stonsenon November 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI just read somewhere that this song is about health classes in school. Makes perfect sense.
    Stonie_Stonsenon December 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Like the plot to a lost dystopian sci-fi, the song outlines life on "Planet Health" -- a place where body-image has become a tyrannical philosophy. Here, advice on healthy diet and sexuality has become law and the food pyramid has become a church. Of course non-attendance means eviction from Planet Health.

    Planet Health is Mount Olympus sans the fun; a place where David Cameron and Gillian McKeith make out into eternity, never aging, never putting on weight. It's the other side of Radiohead's 'Fitter Happier', where the new caring conservatives have slapped lippy on the pig on antibiotics and called it 'sexy'. "
    NME 8/5/08
    cutewhensedatedon February 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song. The lyrics here are a bit wrong though.

    It's "surrounded by self-consciousnesses", not "so I altered my self-conscious messes". It's "garden of puberty", not "garden of purity". It's "forest of lungs", not "forest of loves".
    oniontearson June 28, 2009   Link

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