Planting geraniums

In a discussion of Needs More Wanger on ARK, Stacia (author of the Pigskin Loofah lyrics) wrote:

I have no comment on “Pigskin Loofah”, because I am still horrified that people used their mighty musical talents on lyrics so spectacularly lame. They could have been doing something useful, like playing solitaire, or planting geraniums, instead.

I liked that last sentence and responded with lyrics for a song called “Planting Geraniums”. Stacia responded

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|        I        |
|      THINK      |
|       YOU       |
|      STINK      |
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which, coming from Stacia, is probably high praise.

I think I was aiming for something that, while not punk, at least had some of that old countercultural angst to it. Tongue not entirely in cheek, though not entirely out either.

A few months later Casey made a recording of “Planting Geraniums”. I have no comment on this work, because I am still horrified that he used his mighty musical talents on lyrics so spectacularly lame. He could have been doing something useful, like playing solitaire, or planting geraniums, instead.

They all irritate me
Talking on their folding cell phones
Instant message from the back row
And they aren’t really here

They all irritate me
With their precious little theories
Make us happy little robots
All with happy self esteem

And they could have been
Doing something useful
Doing something useful
Planting geraniums

They annoy me now
Driving like they’re crazy
Cross the double yellow
Just to stop first at the light

They annoy me now
Standing clapping at the concerts
Yelling when I’m trying to listen
To the guys up on the stage

And they could have been
Doing something useful
Doing something useful
Planting geraniums

They’re all criminals
Bleeding dry the corporation
Hiding in corrupt accounting
You won’t take your pension home

They’re all criminals
All their lies and their hypocracy
Amend the constitution
Just to win one in the fall

And they could have been
Doing something useful
Doing something useful
Planting geraniums


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