Song of the Day #2,455: ‘Dead Fox’ – Courtney Barnett

courtney_barnett_sometimesTrack #8 of Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit is the ominously titled ‘Dead Fox.’

Turns out this is a protest song about the ill effects of corporations on her native Australia. Barnett paints a picture of pesticide-injected apples, animals mowed down by freight trucks and cities bypassed by highways. The one-line chorus is a neat play on the sticker you often see on the back of large trucks that reads “if you can’t see my mirrors, I can’t see you.”

Given the subject matter, I expect another muscular song, musically. However, the mood of the lyrics is more resigned than angry so maybe the music will follow suit. Let’s see…

Turns out this is the poppiest song on the album so far. Straight-up guitar power pop accompanied by Barnett’s borderline spoken-word vocals. Another good one.

[Verse 1]
Jen insists that we buy organic vegetables
And I must admit that I was a little skeptical at first
A little pesticide can’t hurt
Never having too much money, I get the cheap stuff at the supermarket
But they’re all pumped up with shit
A friend told me that they stick nicotine in the apples

[Chorus]
If you can’t see me, I can’t see you

[Verse 2]
Heading down the Highway Hume
Somewhere at the end of June
Taxidermied kangaroos are littered on the shoulders
A possum Jackson Pollock is painted on the tar
Sometimes I think a single sneeze could be the end of us
My hay-fever is turning up, just swerved into a passing truck
Big business overtaking
Without indicating
He passes on the right, been driving through the night
To bring us the best price

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
More people die on the road than they do in the ocean
Maybe we should mull over culling cars instead of sharks
Or just lock them up in parks where we can go and view them
There’s a bypass over Holbrook now
Paid for with burgers no doubt
I’ve lost count of all the cows
There’ll be no salad sandwiches
The law of averages says we’ll stop in the next town
Where petrol price is down…
What do I know anyhow?

[Chorus]

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2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #2,455: ‘Dead Fox’ – Courtney Barnett

  1. Dana says:

    This one strikes a nice balance. A bit of punk, but not too much. I like it.

  2. pegclifton says:

    Good one!

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