"Avant Gardener" as written by and Courtney Barnett....
I sleep in late
Another day
Oh what a wonder
Oh what a waste.
It’s a Monday
It’s so mundane
What exciting things
Will happen today?
The yard is full of hard rubbish it’s a mess and
I guess the neighbors must think we run a meth lab
We should amend that
I pull the sheets back
It’s 40 degrees
And i feel like I'm dying.
Life’s getting hard in here
So i do some gardening
Anything to take my mind away from where it’s supposed to be.
The nice lady next door talks of green beds
And all the nice things that she wants to plant in them
I wanna grow tomatoes on the front steps.
Sunflowers, bean sprouts, sweet corn and radishes.
I feel pro-active
I pull out weeds
All of a sudden
I’m having trouble breathing in.
I’m having trouble breathing in.
I’m having trouble breathing in.
I’m having trouble breathing in.

My hands are shaky
My knees are weak
I can’t seem to stand
On my own two feet
I’m breathing but I'm wheezing
Feel like I'm emphysemin’
My throat feels like a funnel
Filled with weet bix and kerosene and
Oh no, next thing i know
They call up triple o
I’d rather die than owe the hospital
Till I get old
I get adrenalin
Straight to the heart
I feel like Uma Thurman
Post-overdosing kick start
Reminds me of the time
When i was really sick and i
Had too much psuedoefedryn and i
Couldn’t sleep at night
Halfway down high street, Andy looks ambivalent
He’s probably wondering what i’m doing getting in an ambulance
The paramedic thinks I'm clever cos i play guitar
I think she’s clever cos she stops people dying
Anaphylactic and super hypocondriactic
Should’ve stayed in bed today
I much prefer the mundane.
I take a hit from
An asthma puffer
I do it wrong
I was never good at smoking bongs.
I’m not that good at breathing in.
I’m not that good at breathing in.
I’m not that good at breathing in.

Lyrics submitted by HalfBakedSkillet, edited by evanreyes, KarlieRose

"Avant Gardener" as written by Courtney Barnett


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    General CommentA lovely rambling stream-of-consciousness about... an asthma attack? With a kind of mary jane theme (weeds, bongs, can't use the asthma inhaler), as well as other drugs in low dosage. A hypochondriac who is also heavily under the influence.
    phaserwarrioron January 17, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if my friend has been inculcated into believing she is more than all that… I'm expecting greatness. My friend is trustworthy and knows music. All kinds, and not the same music I like, so there's no mutual admiration society thing. If he says she's got legs… that is, talent, and the ability (stamina) to be a career artist, well that makes it hard for me to dismiss her without listening. How big of me, right?

    Before listening to anything I first looked here, deciding to read before listening lest I be stricken, like my friend, into this nearly mystical awakening. But so far, after a trod through the thick for their thickness only lyrics (...or we could say pretentious and be done with it). I am not impressed, nor repelled, just… eh, curious.

    Wondering what she does with this, how she makes it work, if she makes it work.
    BuckCronkiteon April 27, 2014   Link
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    General CommentThis is what Courtney has said, "Avant Gardener is all true. Apart from the adrenalin to the heart, like in Pulp Fiction. I just got adrenalin in the top of the thigh...But in the heart sounded so much more exciting! Most songs are stories. Some are more elaborate than others."
    Also, I think the correct lyric is 000, as in triple zero. This is the number you call in Australia for ambulance, police, fire,etc. Anyway, brilliant song and lyrics!
    scratcheron May 19, 2014   Link
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    General Commentfinally……a song about anaphylactic shock…….just so lovely and smart…..bowieisgod…..xoxo
    pilarzjon December 22, 2014   Link
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    General CommentTo begin, when I listen to this, I feel a deep unbridled passion inside. Like in a way, that this song is telling me what I am supposed to be doing with my life. These feelings don't line up with the lyrics, or do they?

    "I sleep in late, another day, oh what a wonder, oh what a waste" -I feel this way when I am not passionate about life. It just so happens that growing food sparks these feelings.

    "Im having trouble breathing in"- yea, so she did have an asthma attack...but the only time I personally "literally" feel like I have a hard time breathing in is when I am not fallowing my heart. Doing the 9-5 job regular social system world beats me right in the chest. it breaks my heart, giving me a hard time breathing.

    "I much prefer the mundane"- To me, this is by far, the cherry on top. I feel on fire hearing this. It's like the most sarcastic kick-butt phrase I have ever heard. I see a world brimming with life and just saying as a joke that "I much prefer the mundane". Does Barnett really prefer the mundane? Because going after a fulfilling life means being at risk, to even asthma. So yea, she took the one small step for man kind out the door and keeled over, but because of that she created this awesome song! So yea, I hope Barnett keeps bringing us some more mundane stuff.
    oakioatson February 18, 2015   Link

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