Absorbing, I'm like a sponge
Give to my friends
Won't use revenge
B on K
Absorbing

The devil's food is found among
All men and women
Popular cig is really just on cringe

The devil's food is found among
All men and women
Popular cig is really just on cringe

B on
B on K
B on K
B on K
B on K
B on K

The devil's food is found among
All men and women
Popular cig is really just on cringe

The devil's food is found among
All men and women
Popular cig is really just on cringe


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    My OpinionJust like with language poetry, which is also associated with California in the 60s and 70s, the expressive performance of speaking or singing the words appears to be just as important as the meaning. The cryptic "B on K" works in this way, as when Su sings "B on" it sounds both like "Beyond" and "Be on". The letters B and K should obviously stand for something starting with those letters, but they don't need to. Saying "K" is an understood term of agreement in normal speech and it's also a silent first letter to many words.

    In other songs, such as Janitor, she affects her voice to be childlike -- babylike, you might say -- and the singsong nature of her performance here calls to mind the babblings of a baby. I don't mean to imply that the lyrics are babbles necessarily, that would be too easy. But there is a "misheard" lyrics quality to their music in general, and this song in particular, that makes you think about what else those sounds might be linguistically translated into.

    What, for example, is the sound difference between "I'm like a sponge" and "unlike a sponge" or even "unlucky sponge"?

    The key line for me is "Popular cig is really just on cringe." I mean, taken literally wtf is going on in that sentence? I don't have all the answers here, but because I'm also familiar with other bands that use nonsense or fictitious languages in their music I have to suspect that something of that nature is going on. Look at Talking Heads "I Zimbra" for example, a contemporary song with this one. Or look at the later use of the speaking in tongues style language sounds from a band like Ekova or Sigur Ros. Even better, go back to scat singing and compare what happens when you use English words out of context instead of "accepted" musical vocalizations.
    random_carbuncleon May 02, 2017   Link

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