Song of the Day #2,196: ‘Never Do Anything’ – Barenaked Ladies

maroonHere’s a fun song from Barenaked Ladies’ fifth (and, one could argue, last great) album, Maroon. Their next three original studio albums were uneven and then Steven Page left the band, raising the question of whether a band minus its co-founder and lead singer should still be considered the same band.

Is Pink Floyd without Roger Waters Pink Floyd in anything but name? How about Journey without Steve Perry?

There’s no right or wrong answer, but I side with the purists. Hell, I don’t really consider R.E.M. the same band after the departure of Bill Berry.

[Verse 1]
Wiped out down the stairs
I’ll bet you there’s a song in there
I’m not sure I’m prepared to write it down
That guy should be me
I’d look much better on TV
Then the world would see
That I can do anything

[Chorus]
I can be that
But soon you’ll see that
I will never do anything

[Verse 2]
Let’s play tic-tactoe
I’ll play X, you can be the O
Thoughts of turning pro
Have crossed my mind
I could make a mint
Fill my pockets with more than lint
I’ll give you a hint
It involves the “internet”

[Chorus] x2

[Verse 3]
Don’t write me off as an also ran
Just mark me down as an angry man
Got a big chip, you want a fat lip?
How ’bout a mouthful of Chiclets?
Life passed me by, but it’s not my fault
I’ll lick my wounds, could you pass the salt?

[Chorus] x2

[Verse 4]
If I were the king
All my subjects they would dance and sing
They could kiss my ring
And kiss my ass
When I’m old and grey
I’ll look back on my life and say
“Give me one more day
And I’ll still never do anything.”

[Chorus]x4

One thought on “Song of the Day #2,196: ‘Never Do Anything’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana says:

    I like that some like Costello change the name of the band (Attractions to Imposters in his case) so as to acknowledge the different band composition. Still, from a dollars and cents perspective, the band name has huge value even when a key member has left.

    While I was skeptical as to what I would see with BNL live recently, I was pleasantly surprised at the overall continuity, including the willingness to embrace Page’s songs,

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