Song of the Day #4,838: ‘Never is Enough’ – Barenaked Ladies

Not counting today, I’ve posted 26 Barenaked Ladies songs on the blog, a combination of Random Weekend selections and my own picks. And yet only one of those tracks is from the band’s most popular album, 1998’s Stunt.

In addition to being their top-selling album (quadruple platinum in both the United States and their native Canada), Stunt is one of their best. It blends their signature whimsy with several lovely ballads and ties it all together with their best production quality to that point.

Today’s SOTD gives us our first glimpse of Stunt since Song of the Day #350 way back in 2009.

‘Never is Enough’ is a jaunty ode to ignoring the fear of missing out.

[Verse 1]
What, am I to wake up suddenly and then
Enroll at the local college, earn me a degree
And I could work weekends?
If I work real hard
I could mow your back yard
I could go to Europe, travel with my friends
I could blow a thousand deutsche marks
To get drunk in a pub with some Australians
Buy a giant backpack
Sew a flag on the back

[Chorus]
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
I never want to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
You never have to do that stuff

[Verse 2]
I never had to spend a summer planting trees
I never worked my way through a forest inch by inch
Doubled over on my hands and knees
I never spent a single day in retail
Telling people what they want to hear
Telling people anything to make a sale
Eating in the food court
With the old and the bored

[Chorus]
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
I never want to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
You never have to do that stuff

[Verse 3]
The world’s your oyster shell
So what’s that funny smell?
You eat the bivalve anyway
You’re sick with salmonella
You get your PhD
How happy you will be
When you get a job at Wendy’s
And are honored with employee of the month

[Chorus]
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
I never want to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
You never have to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
I never want to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
You never have to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
I never want to do that stuff
I think never is enough (Yeah, never is enough)
You never have to do that stuff

One thought on “Song of the Day #4,838: ‘Never is Enough’ – Barenaked Ladies

  1. Dana Gallup says:

    It’s amusing to look back at that post from 2009, where Amy says she must remedy not owning this album by going to Best Buy— as in to buy a CD!. Of course 11 years later, we “own” this and every other album in the known musical universe through Apple Music (and you do through Amazon).

    So, I think we will give this album a proper full listen by pressing a button on our phone on our carried home.😀

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