"Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" as written by Mark O. Everett and Michael S. Simpson....
The smokestack spit
Black soot into the sunny sky
The load on the road
Brings a tear to the Indian's eye
The elephant won't forget
What it's like inside its cage
The ringmaster's telecaster
Sings on an empty stage

Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho

The girl with the curls
And the sweet pink ribbon in her hair
She's crawlin' outta' window
'Cause her daddy just don't care
Come on

Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho

The clown with the frown
Drivin' down to the sidewalk fair
Finger on the trigger
Let me tell you it is quite a scare

Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho

The kids fit the lids
When their heads hear that crazy sound
My neighbour digs the flavour
Still he's moving to another town
And I don't believe you're comin' back

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho

Well I don't know how you're taking
All the shit you see
You don't believe anyone
But most of all openly agree
With you

Goddamn right it's a beautiful day (with you)
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho
Goddamn right it's a beautiful day
Oh-ho


Lyrics submitted by Don Jerone, edited by White2lip

"Mr. E's Beautiful Blues" as written by Michael S. Simpson Mark O. Everett

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  • +4
    My InterpretationWhile I agree that the song might be taken to be extremely sarcastic, given the juxtaposition of the negative things with the chorus of positive affirmation, however I think that just because it is sarcastic, it isn't exactly that.

    I think it is a case where the positive affirmation, the sarcasm as it were, is supposed to be emphatic. That is to say, yes, it is a pretty crappy day, but its still a beautiful day. You're alive aren't you? Yes the day is shitty, but god damned right its a beautiful day. Nothing will change that all of this is terrible, but I refuse to be bowed by it.

    I feel like that this song is about how yes, realization that the world is shitty and rapidly going to the fukin' dogs, stress, distress, all of it, just piling up, but god damned right its a beautiful day. This will not beat me, this will not break me, and what does not kill me, makes me stronger.
    samhall555on December 26, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"The load on the road...Indian's eye"--18 wheelers bringing goods across the country that will be used and discarded.

    "Ringmaster Telecaster" It's got to be television.

    “Girl with the curl...Daddy just don’t care” We sit in front of the television while our sweet daughters climb out the back window to go party with the Eels

    “Clown with the Frown..Quite a scare” You never know what guy that seems happy, is really about to drive down to a public place and start randomly shooting.


    “Kids flip their lids” Obviously kids are flipping their hats up and/or around backwards. Maybe a statement on white kids liking hip hop so much.

    “Neighbor digs the flavor...different town” The dude next door kinda likes it too, but he doesn’t want to live next door to it.

    “Don’t believe anyone, but most of all don’t believe me” kinda invalidates the first part right? It’s like the song targets the “ignorance of every day life”, but then at the end falls back into it.

    soonerxiion December 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a cool song but i dont think E (the writer) likes it. its hidden at the end of daisies of the galaxy and only went on the record cause some executives heard E play it. The chorus is of course very sarcastic
    dalai Lamaon January 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is one of the most amazing i've ever heard. wow i wish a song could get a knighthood....i dunno what it is about it but something about it really strikes a chord with me.... my favourite bits:
    The girl with the curls and the sweet pink ribbon in her hair
    She's crawled out the window 'cause her daddy just don't care

    and:And I don't know how you're taking all the shit you see
    You don't believe anyone but most of all openly agree

    anyway....cool song and if anyone reading this hasn't heard it you must do it now!
    hehe.... xxxx
    rainbow8711on June 12, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about being a beautiful day. HAHA. Also, this song was in Road Trip, and it was the first song that I heard by the Eels, and I'm glad that i did actuallly, cause they're a great band, with a very unique sound to them which is why they are such a kick-ass band. Y'eup.
    Napple_Snappleon July 24, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif you can imagine killing thousands of people with an axe then this would be its soundtrack,
    mayb thats not the way mr .e was thinking when he wrote it.
    bascically though its about people just ignoring all the shit in the world and just not caring about it.
    kill_me_killroyon August 28, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyer dude.. whoever wrote this song obviously was pissed at the time... Its Really sarcastic well sed killroy
    roborton September 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is a juxtaposition inside of a juxtaposition.
    privatejokr has SPOKEN!!!
    radiocakedoveson April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenterm... sorry, but the lyrics are wrong... in the verse that goes "you don't believe anyone, but most of all openly agree" it's not "openly agree", it's "don't believe me"
    impossible_on April 22, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah... and when the lyrics say "shit", that word does not sound like "shit"
    MercuryCobainon May 09, 2003   Link

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