Song of the Day #2,052: ‘Great Provider’ – Barenaked Ladies

maybeyoushoulddriveIt’s hard to go wrong when a Barenaked Ladies song pops up on Random Weekends.

No matter the album, their songs are interesting thematically and musically, and almost always enjoyable listening (I’ll make an exception for the handful of lame-ass songs written by bassist Jim Creeggan).

Today’s SOTD is a smooth, jazzy number about an estranged father and son. Or perhaps its about God, but I believe those references are metaphorical.

I really like the single line that makes up the chorus: “Where does the time go when it’s not around here?”

You and I have been through this before,
I owe you my whole life, nothing more.
I never said that I liked you the most,
You’re my father, I’m your son, who’s the Holy Ghost?

Where does the time go when it’s not around here?

Here we stand at the edge of the drive,
I’m just waiting for my ride to arrive.
I wait to see if you’ve any last words.
We pulled away, I called your name, I don’t think you heard.

Where does the time go when it’s not around here?
I don’t know
Where does the time go when it’s not around here?

You and I never shared all that much,
When I leave I’ll be all right, I’ll keep in touch.
As your road narrows, so mine grows wider,
As I leave I turn and wave to the Great Provider.

Where does the time go when it’s not around here?
I don’t know
Where does the time go when it’s not around here?

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,052: ‘Great Provider’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana says:

    At some point, I need to sit down and play a BNL album from start to finish, as I always like what I hear and I of course like their better known hits.

  2. Amy says:

    Definitely about a father and a son. Powerful lyrics, though I like the sound of some of their upbeat songs a bit more.

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