Song of the Day #3,971: ‘Shopping’ – Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies probably spent about five minutes writing this song from their 2003 album Everything to Everyone. It’s goofily catchy but gets old about 30 seconds in.

Apparently this intentionally superficial ditty was written in response to comments then-President George W. Bush made in the aftermath of 9/11. He encouraged Americans to “go shopping” as a way to both help the economy and not let the fear of terrorism keep them from living life as they always had.

Bush got a lot of crap from the left for that line, with people accusing him of trying to distract the populace from the serious issues of the day by encouraging them to be frivolous. Others said he was promoting the dangerous American habit of unfettered consumerism in the face of rising debt.

OK, maybe. Or maybe he just wanted to make sure the economy didn’t falter in the face of a national tragedy. And that Americans weren’t afraid to live life like they always had. No, not as eloquent as Barack Obama’s call for people to “run harder than ever and to cheer even louder” at the next Boston Marathon after the 2013 race was bombed, but in the same spirit.

When I read about this controversy now, it just drives home how far we’ve come from when a comment like this could make for a minor controversy. Donald Trump says or tweets patently, indefensibly, offensive things on a daily — sometimes hourly — basis.

And what can we do for the next 18 months but shake our heads and keep on shopping?

[Chorus]
Well you know that it’s going to be alright
I think it’s gonna be alright
Everything will always be alright
When we go shopping

[Verse 1]
Well you know that it’s going to be alright
When we go shopping
It’s always lalalalala
Shopping spree begin
It’s always lalalalala
Everybody wins
So shutup
And never stop
Let’s shop
Until we drop

[Chorus]

[Verse 2]
It’s always lalalalala
Shopping never end
It’s always lalalalala
Shopping with our friends
Shopping once again

[Bridge]x4
It’s always lalalalala

[Verse 3]
It’s never enough
Until you’ve got all the stuff
When the going gets rough
Just shop with somebody tough

[Chorus]x2

[Outro]
It’s always
When we go shopping
When we go shopping
When we go shopping

It’s always lalalalala

2 thoughts on “Song of the Day #3,971: ‘Shopping’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    I think the mantra for 2020 needs to be “let’s go voting!”😀

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