Song of the Day #1,576: ‘Stomach Vs. Heart’ – Barenaked Ladies

‘Stomach Vs. Heart’ is the bizarre first track of Barenaked Ladies’ bizarre third album, 1996’s Born On a Pirate Ship. This song is a perfect example of the offbeat musical and lyrical sensibility that makes BNL such a love-them-or-hate-them proposition.

Personally, I can’t imagine anybody hating them. But I guess if you are turned off by show-offy, self-aware lyrics and general quirkiness, then you will be turned off by Barenaked Ladies.

Although come to think of it, I’m usually turned off by those things as well, and I love these guys.

Before getting to the song, I must embed a clip from Community in which Jeff (Joel McHale) makes the mistake of dissing BNL in front of his study group. (The popular reading of this scene holds that the band is a stand-in for The Big Bang Theory — they perform that show’s opening theme — and the mentions of Billboard Awards and platinum records are analogous to BBT‘s Emmys and high ratings. Discuss.)

In through my veins, without brains,
I involuntarily take what I need, then I bleed
And it comes right back to me
But guts only eat
And sometimes they repeat on you
Keeping on your toes or crouched above the loo

[Chorus]
That’s what you get when you confuse your stomach
with your heart
That’s what you get when you confuse your stomach
with your heart

Blood turns from blue into red
‘Cause of oxygen that it’s fed
And I turn back to blue,
‘Cause I’m losing you
But tummy just growls
Not real words, mostly vowels
And I always forget sometimes why
Gratification can cause constipation
If organs are left to die

[Chorus]

I gained all this weight out of love, not hate
I’ve got all this love to give (give me a break)
I’d love to sleep in late, but that dessert looks great
Was it something I said, or was it something I ate?

Hearts beat in sync, beat in time
Beat in bodies like hers and mine
But I fed only one
And look what it’s done
‘Cause I’ve run out of blood and I’m chewing my cud
And my gastrointestinal festival’s best of all
Cardiovascular questions they ask you are
Less than the answers they give you like cancer and

[Chorus]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #1,576: ‘Stomach Vs. Heart’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana says:

    Such a great scene, and it becomes so much funnier thinking that their discussion is really about BBT rather than BNL! To the extent they are taking shots at Big Bang, I have to agree. I’ve watched it and just don’t understand the popularity of that show, particularly as compared to community.

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