The penultimate song on Courtney Barnett’s Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit is another long one. ‘Kim’s Caravan’ clocks in at 6 minutes and 45 seconds. The last epic, ‘Small Poppies,’ earned its running time through some inspired electric blues guitar work. I wonder if this one will mine similar territory.
Lyrically, this is a pretty straight-forward song about the environment, though told in what I’ve come to recognize as Barnett’s casual, mundane-is-profound approach.
The song has a very different feel from the rest of the album. A real slow burn for half of its running time, escalating to an emotional cacophony toward the end. Kind of an ‘I Want You (She’s So Heavy)’ approach.
Not my favorite kind of song, but an interesting change of pace at this point in the record. I wonder if the final song, which we’ll hear next Monday, will be quick and jaunty. I kind of expect that after this detour.
Watermarks on the ceiling
I can see Jesus and he’s frowning at me
I see a dead seal on the beach
The old man says he’s already saved it three times this week
Guess it just wants to die
I would wanna die too
With people putting oil into my air
But to be fair, I’ve done my share
Guess everybody’s got their different point of view
I was walking down Sunset Strip, Phillip Island, not Los Angeles
Got me some hot chips and a cold drink
Took a sandy seat on the shore
There’s a paper on the ground, it makes my headache quite profound
As I read it out aloud
It said “The Great Barrier Reef it ain’t so great anymore
It’s been raped beyond belief, the dredgers treat it like a whore”
I drank ’til I was sinking, sank ’til I was thinking
That I’m thankful for this view
We either think that we’re invincible or that we are invisible
Realistically we’re somewhere in between
We all think that we are nobody but everybody is somebody else’s somebody
Don’t ask me what I really mean
I am just a reflection
Of what you really wanna see
So take what you want from me
So take what you want from me (x8)
Satellites on the ceiling
I can see Jesus and she’s smiling at me
All I wanna say is…