Song of the Day #3,494: ‘Testing 1, 2, 3’ – Barenaked Ladies

It’s hard to go wrong with a Barenaked Ladies song on Random Weekends.

You know the song will be catchy and clever. Nothing loud or discordant. It will feature strong pop vocals by either Ed Robertson or (especially) Steven Page. The musicianship will be solid if not exceptional. It will probably be good for a laugh, or in other instances, could even choke you up a bit.

‘Testing 1, 2, 3’ is the second single from BNL’s 2003 album Everything to Everyone. It sounds like a half dozen other songs by the band, but not in a bad way.

Perfect for a random Saturday.

[Verse 1]
Maybe it would be fun
To get a new opinion
Get a little work done
And forget
Maybe it would be cool
If I rocked it old school
Try to break a gold rule
And a sweat
Better than the first time
Better than the worst time
If I could just reverse time
I’d be set

[Chorus]
Testing 1,2,3
Can anybody hear me?
If I shed the irony
Would anybody cheer me?
If I acted less like me
Would I be in the clear?

[Verse 2]
She got a new apartment
It’s out on the escarpment
And in her glove compartment
Are my songs
She hasn’t even heard them
Since she found out what the words meant
She decided she preferred them
All wrong
Kind of like the last time
With a bunch of really fast rhymes
If we’re living in the past I’m
Soon gone

[Chorus]

[Verse 3]
We recognize the present
Is half as pleasant
As our nostalgia for
The past’ll be presented
Recast and reinvented
Until it’s how we meant it

[Chorus]

[Verse 4]
He’s everything that you need
You wiped out on your ten speed
And either he will succeed
Or just suck

[Chorus]

Begin the…

[Chorus]

Would I be in the clear, G?
Testing 1,2,3
Testing 1,2,3

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One thought on “Song of the Day #3,494: ‘Testing 1, 2, 3’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Always like me some BNL. Clever video.

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