"Hearing Aid" as written by and John S./flansburgh Linnell....
Frosty the supervisor
Lives by himself
Sometimes I feel sorry for him
Usually I can't

I've turned off my hearing aid
Don't say the electric chair's not good enough
For king-lazy-bones like myself

More coffee for me boss
'Cause I'm not as messed up as I want to be

I've turned off my hearing aid
Don't say the electric chair's not good enough
For king-lazy-bones like myself


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"Hearing Aid" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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    My InterpretationI agree that this song is written from the perspective of an employee (possibly elderly, as TMBG are fond of the old folks :) relating how he's been insulted by a superior. However, there's a theory I'm pushing about one of the lyrics that nobody else seems to mention.

    They all take that line "for king lazy bones like myself" as being the literal text of what the supervisor is saying. However...

    The narrator has turned off his hearing aid, so he's not hearing the insult correctly. What TMBG have actually done is cleverly insinuated an obscenity without having to spell it out in the lyrics.

    So in my view, t's not "for king lazy bones". The boss is actually saying "f***ing lazy bums like you." Which sounds much more plausible for something an irate boss might spit at an employee not doing their job.

    It's exactly the kind of clever lyrical twist I would expect from TMBG. :)
    Pantherinsnowon March 23, 2016   Link
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    General Commentim honored to be the first to post something for this. well, not much to say. its just about a mean guy, who feels sorry for his life
    sparticus150on July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always interpreted this to mean that a gentleman just stopped listening to people because he was sick of everything they were saying and this ended up alienating him from everyone else, and he wants nothing to do with them.
    SpWideron February 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyup
    Mr. Baconon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've always had the impression that this song was about a guy with an asshole boss.

    He starts out by referring to him as "Frosty the Supervisor" (frosty referring to a cold personality), says he "lives by himself" (reinforcing the coldness) and says usually he can't find it in him to feel sorry for him.

    The boss is always berating the narrator, saying things like "even the electric chair isn't good enough for a lazy bones like yourself." He turns off his hearing aid at work so he doesn't have to hear his boss's constant criticism.

    Made all the better by the fact that the following song on Flood is Minimum Wage.
    elddiReMsihTon December 28, 2011   Link

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