"Grounded" as written by and Tony Joe ...
Doctor's leaving for the holiday season
Got crystal ice picks, no gift for the gab
And in the parking lot, is the sedan he bought
He never, he never complains when it's hot

He foaled a swollen daughter in the sauna playing contract bridge
They're soaking up the fun or doing blotters I don't know which, which, which
Boys are dying on these streets

I know the medical world could knock you out
To sell the coins that you jayed last Thursday, hey
Dine by candlelight, and hold your savings tight
You never, you never know when the bridge falls apart

He spoke of latent causes, sterile gauzes, and the bedside morale
He traipse around the table talking sentences so incomplete, plete, plete
Boys are dying on these streets


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"Grounded" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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  • +2
    General Commentperhaps Wowee Zowee's best.
    moonlemonon December 05, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDefinitely one of, if not THE, best Pavement song out there. I read somewhere that it's Malkmus' "tribute to his doctor", who bought German cars, or something.

    I thought the line was "he phoned the fallen daughter", though; I got my lyrics from lyricsfreak.com/p/pavement/… . The version there fits better.

    IMO, this song is about doctors at those American hospitals (having healthcare, my mind goes towards America) who have lost sight of what they wanted to get out of their jobs, who "never complain" about how bad their lives are but feel entitled to sympathy for it, and are leading lives of rich wastrels which they're terrified will fall apart. *deep breath* In the meantime, the people who need help aren't getting it.
    quixyon June 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHmmmm, doctors.. Interesting. Didn't know that. But whatever it is about, this song TOTALLY works on the chicks - seriously. Try it for yourself, dude. :Z
    voltaboltaon June 20, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's actually:


    He FOALED a swollen daughter in a sauna....



    To "foal" means to give birth.
    Whit0685on April 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreedy american doctors.
    Maddockon May 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis might be my favorite song, from this, my favoritist of bands. I think it's about upper class decadence and the tragedy of wasted youth.

    There's also a great, "Crooked Rain" version of this song. Go find it right now!
    DevastatorJr.on January 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthe crooked rain version replaces "soaking up the fauna" with "smoking marijuana"... sounds like the preverse is talking about a crazy cult or something.
    JohnnyMormanon April 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWow, it really is about doctors. I've listened to this one several times and not really noticed that. And I'd say SM really nails it with the point he brings up. You imagine that people become doctors because they want to get rich, not necessarily because they want to help people... and yet their job is to help people when they need it most, so they must get pretty disconnected from any sense of purpose.

    Some Pavement songs are weirdly topical. Like how Elevate Me Later is about political correctness.
    Quonseton April 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment& btw... "Grounded" HAS to be the greatest song title ever!!
    voltaboltaon June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShouldn't it be "They're soaking up the fauna..."?
    ratanxon October 02, 2006   Link

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