"Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues" as written by and Lyle Pearce Lovett....
Honey put down that flyswatter
And pour me some ice water
And would you bring me my hammer
And could you find me some nails
For soon I'll be going
To work for this living
And with you here to guide me
Then I cannot fail

The morning it stumbles
Right in through the window
And this getting up early
Gets old anyway
And if you listen close dear
The crying that you hear
Is the nighttime lamenting
The start of the day

And it's hotter than concrete
In July in Houston
And it'll get worse here
Before it turns nice
But old Tink's in the backyard
And I swear that boy's so smart
He's got everything ready
So we'll be all right

So honey put down that flyswatter
And pour me some ice water
And though I'll soon be going
Well I haven't gone yet
So come stand here beside me
And hold my hand gently
And tell me do you remember
The first time we met

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"Flyswatter/Ice Water Blues (Monte Trenckmann's Blues)" as written by Lyle Pearce Lovett

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    General CommentI don't know you could get all metaphysical with this and find hidden meanings if you play it backwards but to me it's just one of the simplest, prettiest love songs. Behind every good man you find a real great woman... They sound like an older couple and he finds that anything is possible including the heat in Houston in July, getting up when he'd rather stay in bed and having to work for a living so long as she holds his hands. Him remembering at the end the first time they met would send his woman sky high with admiration too I reckon. Beautiful song from one of my all time favorite albums.
    Splerbon March 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting to note that the Eels breleased a song called Flyswatter containing the words "Ice water, fly swatter gonna get you through the day." It would seem to be a clear shout out to Time Toy, only the Eels' song came out in 2000 while this track didn't come out until 2006 although it is the older of the two. Did the Eels get inspired by seeing a Time Toy show in person or did they hear a Time Toy bootleg?

    Anyway, what does the song mean? Hmm… I pretty much agree with Splerb's take… it is called a blues, so it's not all happy, but it's about stability, maturity, cohabitation and cooperation. This character has his problems, but he's getting on with his life.

    The subtitle is Monty Trenckmann's blues. Now, Monte Trenckmann Designers & Builders is a firm in Texas, which isn't so far from Time Toy's Athens, Georgia home. Perhaps the character in this song is supposed to be Monty Trenckmann himself,in which case the irony is that he's singing about the daily grind when later on what he's started is going to get pretty big, and presumably he will be a rich man. Another possibility is that the character here is singing Monty Trenckmann's Blues because he's working at that company, in which case success is not necessarily assured. However, the apostrophe ess on the end of Trenckmann makes the possessive, so it seems this could well be a song put in the mouth of the man himself, and perhaps a tribute to him?
    Tokebion February 07, 2018   Link

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