Song of the Day #2,699: ‘Do You Realize??’ – The Flaming Lips

flaming_lips_yoshimiThe Flaming Lips’ Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots shows up on most critics’ lists of the best albums of 2002. I can’t remember if I bought it at the time and didn’t get into it, or if I just intended to buy it and never did. At any rate, it’s still unknown to me.

Yoshimi is a loose concept album about the titular battle, though only a few songs directly tie into that story. The overall theme is making the most of life in the face of our own mortality. Fun stuff!

The record was turned into a Broadway musical (though I don’t think it was ever performed on Broadway). Aaron Sorkin was attached but reportedly dropped out of the project when it became clear that the whole should wound be sung. Guess he couldn’t fit in his signature walk-and-talks.

This album sounds up my alley, and I like the first single (today’s SOTD) but other clips haven’t done as much for me. Guess I’m still on the fence.

[Verse 1]
Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face?
Do you realize we’re floating in space?
Do you realize that happiness makes you cry?
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?

[Chorus]
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

[Verse 2]
Do you realize? Oh, oh, oh
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die?

[Chorus]

[Outro]
Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face?
Do you realize?

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,699: ‘Do You Realize??’ – The Flaming Lips

  1. Dana says:

    I’m not familiar with their music, though I’ve heard the name. This song is decent enough.

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