Song of the Day #3,838: ‘Another Postcard (Acoustic)’ – Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies’ 2003 album Everything to Everyone was a bit of a stumble following the successes of Stunt and Maroon. While the band’s previous five albums had reached Gold or Platinum status in either Canada, the U.S., or both, this one failed to sell very well in either country.

In fact, no subsequent BNL album would reach those heights either, making this album a real turning point in the band’s career.

That’s too bad, because it’s a pretty good album overall. It includes one song — ‘War on Drugs’ — I count among the band’s very best.

But ‘Another Postcard,’ the album’s first single, sounds like a tepid remake of ‘One Week’ and ‘Pinch Me,’ hits from their two previous albums. It’s clever, but not clever enough to avoid sounding like a retread. Today’s SOTD is an acoustic version that doesn’t stray very far from the original.

[Verse 1]
You can’t imagine so many monkeys in the daily mail
All of them coming anonymously so they leave no trail
I never thought I’d have an admirer from overseas
But someone is sending me stationary filled with chimpanzees
Some chimps in swimsuits, some chimps are swinging from a vine
Some chimps in jackboots, some chimps that wish they could be mine
Starsky and Hutch chimps, a chimp who’s sitting on the can
A pair of Dutch chimps who send their love from Amsterdam

[Chorus]x2
Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me

[Verse 2]
If I had to guess, I’d say the monkey-sender thinks it’s great
He’s sending me, maybe she’s sending me just to see me get irate
I’m losing sleep – and it’s gonna be keeping me up all night
I thought it was funny, but now I’ve got money on a monkey fight
Some chimps in hard hats, chimps a-working on a chain gang
Some chimps who love cats, burning rubber in a Mustang
A birthday-wishing chimp, a chimp in black like a goth
A goin’ fishin’ chimp, a British chimp in the bath

[Chorus]x2

[Verse 3]
Somehow they followed me even though I packed and moved my home
No matter what, they come and they come they won’t leave me alone
Another monkey in the mail could make me lose my mind
But look at me shuffling through the stack until I finally find
Some chimps in swimsuits
Some chimps in Jackboots
Some chimps in hard hats
Some chimps who love cats
I’ve got some shaved chimps; that’s chimps devoid of any hair
I’ve got depraved chimps dressed up in women’s underwear

[Chorus 2]
Another postcard with chimpanzees
And every one is addressed to me
Every one is, every one is, every one is addressed to me
Every one is, every one is, every one is addressed to me

[Chorus]x4

[Verse 4]
Some chimps in swimsuits, Some chimps in Jackboots
Some chimps in hard hats, Some chimps who love cats
I’ve got some shaved chimps; that’s chimps devoid of any hair
I’ve got depraved chimps dressed up in women’s underwear
Starsky and Hutch chimps, a chimp who’s sitting on the can
A pair of Dutch chimps who send their love from Amsterdam
Some chimps in Mustangs, Some chimps in chain gangs
I got a birthday wishin’ chimp and I got the goin’ fishin’ chimp

One thought on “Song of the Day #3,838: ‘Another Postcard (Acoustic)’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    Ive never heard this song before, and probably have never heard anything else from this album. It’s a shame though that BNL’s popularity waned as I generally enjoyed their sound and vibe.

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