"Things The Grandchildren Should Know" as written by and Mark O. Everett....
I go to bed real early
Everybody thinks it's strange
I get up early in the morning
No matter how disappointed I was
With the day before
It feels new

I don't leave the house much
I don't like being around people
Makes me nervous and weird
I don't like going to shows either
It's better for me to stay at home
Some might think it means I hate people
But that's not quite right

I do some stupid things
But my heart's in the right place
And this I know

I got a dog I take him for a walk
And all the people like to say hello
I'm used to staring down at the sidewalk cracks
I'm learning how to say hello
Without too much trouble

I'm turning out just like my father
Though I swore I never would
Now I can say that I have love for him
I never really understood
What it must have been like for him
Living inside his head
I feel like he's here with me now
Even though he's dead

It's not all good and it's not all bad
Don't believe everything you read
I'm the only one who knows what it's like
So I thought I'd better tell you
Before I leave

So in the end I'd like to say
That I'm a very thankful man
I tried to make the most of my situations
And enjoy what I had
I knew true love and I knew passion
And the difference between the two
And I had some regrets
But if I had to do it all again
Well, it's something I'd like to do


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"Things the Grandchildren Should Know" as written by Mark O. Everett

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  • +2
    General Commentthe line "i feel like he's here with me now,even though he's dead" chokes me everytime i hear it.
    i love the way this slowly picks up what a great way to leave a message for the grandkids
    scottecooperon May 06, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI love the line "I do some stupid things
    But my heart's in the right place
    And this I know" I can relate to that so much.
    This is a song of no regrets.
    Big Tkon July 27, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHe struggles with introverted, anti-social tendencies, and he remarks that just saying hello to someone when walking his dog is a challenge he had to overcome. Yet, he makes it clear that he enjoys people and enjoys his life. Even though I'm not as introverted as I used to be, I can relate to this song.
    procktheboaton July 22, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThere is a string melody that appears earlier in the album, and on Live: At Town Hall, he sings this right at the end of the song and it's beautiful.. he doesn't do it on the album. Shame.

    In the context of that documentary, this song is even more bittersweet. Also, after reading the book of the same name, this song and many of his others took on a whole new level of poignance. Really an amazing songwriter and beguiling human being.
    grazbosson April 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGod DAMN I love this album.
    Eamonon May 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSince Blinking Lights is basically a concept album following one person through his entire life, I'd say those last lines are probably the inscription on his grave:

    So in the end I'd like to say
    That I'm a very thankful man
    I tried to make the most of my situations
    And enjoy what I have
    I knew true love and I knew passion
    And the difference between the two
    I have some regrets but if I had to do it all again
    Well, it's something I'd like to do

    Little bit of a tongue-in-cheek reincarnation reference at the end there. It's a nice sentiment, but also kind of funny too (much like how E's humor shows up on all his other albums).
    TooLongAwakeon September 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest song off the new album, bar-none.
    Eelsruleon November 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like this song. I played this song when I graduated high school during my film portfolio piece for my school. Its a nice end to the album. And I love the last lyrics. It's really a beautifully depressingly, happy song. If there is such a thing, Eels would be the master at it.
    missat4on February 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a fantastic song. I think everyone can relate to it in some away. A master piece. i love the lines "It's not all good and it's not all bad" and the line. "I knew true love and i knew passion and the diffrence between the two".

    The last part is so pretty i just love this song. makes my eyes water everytime i hear it.
    orangecrush12on February 06, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat program on nova about Mark Everett and his father who is genius physics scientist who is credited as the father of the parellel universe theory. I love how this song compares him to his father. The science community certain recognizes Mark's father as a genius and I think Mark also deserves similar accolades for his musical talent and songs like this.
    mtnwingon October 25, 2008   Link

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