"The Humour Of The Situation" as written by and Steven/robertson Page....
When you walked in, I said with a grin
That we were just talking about you
We all had to lie because you would cry
If you knew we were laughing at you
In the momentary lull before the band begins to play
There's an overwhelming stench of alibi

Come on now, now
Come on now, now
Enjoy the humour of the situation

I said on the phone "don't wait 'til I'm home"
But I'm sure I could hear you crying
I said where I was, but you doubt it because
It's the caller I.D. you're buying
In the hour that it took for me to drive up to the door
You'd arranged all my belongings on the lawn

Come on now, now
Come on now, now
Enjoy the humour of the situation

Have you heard the one about the boy
Who moved into the henhouse to sleep?
He woke up with egg on his face
When he found out all the hens had crossed the street

As I walked out, I thought about all I had left behind me
I felt a chill because I was still
Wearing the emperor's new clothes
My mind was racing with each chance that I had missed
While your next door neighbor soaked me with the hose
I've never felt so small, I've never been so dissed
As I shiver, dripping, while the chorus goes;

Come on now, now
Come on now, now
Enjoy the humour of the situation


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"The Humour of the Situation" as written by Steven Page Ed Robertson

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    General Commenti love this song it has a simple message dont talk behind someones back or make fun of them and expect them to be happy and 'enjoy the humour of the situation' one day u will be on the other end and u wont find things as funny
    bnlcrazeon June 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWow. I just got the part about the henhouse.

    Have you heard the one about the boy
    Who moved in to the henhouse to sleep?
    [This is him; he went over her place for sex, I would guess]
    He woke up with egg on his face
    When he found out all the hens had crossed the street
    [He woke up, surprised to find that she'd left.]

    As I walked out, I thought about all I had left behind me
    I felt a chill because I was still
    Wearing the emperor's new clothes
    [He realizes that she'd stolen his clothes and left with them, leaving him stranded, in "the Emperor's new clothes," or nude.]
    My mind was racing with each chance that I had missed
    While your next door neighbour soaked me with the hose
    I've never felt so small, I've never been so dissed
    [This part, and I'm guessing here, might be an example of "shrinkage". You know, when certain things get smaller when they're doused with cold water.]
    Bravuraon January 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is just so awesome...I think its amazing.
    vixmeon June 21, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIt's about how some one disrespected another person and got thrown out.

    The phrase, the humour of the situation suggests that while the situation that he's in is not funny to him, it is funny to other people, and that in the end, you might look back one day and laugh.

    Like a sitcom in which something bad happens to the character, and we all laugh at his/her misfortune. It's all a matter of perspective.
    Occams_Harmonyon June 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would have to dissagree with the latter part of Bravura's response.
    The Emperor's new clothes could mean he had nothing on, like the fairy tale, which would make sense on why he was so cold, though who really goes back to their house from an affair still naked? it could also be an allusion.
    From Wiki:
    "The expressions The Emperor's new clothes and The Emperor has no clothes are often used with allusion to Andersen's tale. Most frequently, the metaphor involves a situation wherein the overwhelming (usually unempowered) majority of observers willingly share in a collective ignorance of an obvious fact, despite individually recognizing the absurdity"
    This could tie in with the "Humour of the Situation" where the collective people are enjoying the humour of the situation, but it is actually rather absurd or wrong, which is why he got kicked out.
    Again, "Never felt so small" could be taken litterally as well. But I prefer to look at it, because he is thinking of all the chances he has missed, and all the times he could have been spending with his girl, but he just took her for granted and now she threw him out. So now he feels like he is insignificant because he is looked down upon and 'dissed' (definition of dissed: belittle, insult, show disrespect, so it makes sense)
    Elvishswimmeron December 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who is cheating on his girlfriend.

    In the first verse, he and the girl he's getting with are making fun of his girlfriend. In the second verse, he calls his girlfriend with an excuse for where he's at, but the caller ID reveals that he's at the other girl's house, so she threw all his stuff out on the lawn. The line about the hens crossing the street means that a lot of women found out about his cheating ways, and in the lines just after he bemoans the fact that he didn't take more advantage of his situation before he got found out.
    sawallon September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I agree with the comment above. Definitely about a guy that is in a relationship he takes for granted. He is laughing at his mate, he lies and cheats on her. She finally has enough of him and throws him out.

    Now everything changes. When he was in a relationship he could easily get other girls. But now they realize he's a scum bag, so he becomes an outcast. The next door neighbor evens hates him. He now regrets his mistakes and the situation he is in.

    The humor of the situation is the irony of how he use to disrespect the girl, and how everyone now doesn't respect him.
    hornytheclownon May 08, 2012   Link

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