Day 15 – A Song that Describes You: "Vincent O'Brien"

M. Ward – “Vincent O’Brien”

“He only sings when he’s sad / But he’s sad all the time, so he sings / the whole night through / Yeah, he sings in the day-time, too.”

My wife picked this one, but only, she says, on the basis that I  used to put it on all the mix CDs I made. I guess that’s code for “this song describes me”? Probably.

Like Luli once described herself, this song is “sad, and angry, and sad” in equal amounts. Like me. But it’s also quite nice and easy to get along with in places, and I’m also that. Anyway, I think you’ll like it, or I wouldn’t have put it on that mix CD I gave you …

The lyrics:

He only sings when he’s sad

But he’s sad all the time, so he sings the whole night through

Yeah, he sings in the day-time, too

He only dreams when he’s sad

And he’s sad all the time, so he dreams the whole night through

Yeah, he dreams in the day-time, too

There may be  mermaids under the water

There may even be a man in the moon

But Vincent, time is running out

You better get yourself together soon

Out of Buffalo, the man

Below the belt, he swung, and then after the bell has rung

Another cheap shot, here it comes

Another cheap shot, here it comes

He only laughs when he’s sad

And he’s sad all the time, so he laughs the whole night through

Yeah, he laughs in the daytime, too

There may be  mermaids under the water

There may even be a man in the moon

But Vincent, time is running out

I hope you get yourself together soon

I hope you get yourself together soon

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About russellwriter

Rob Russell is a dad, husband, writer, musician, educator, comic book reader, bad solderer, pop culture junky, trivia buff and student of everything cool and uncool. His favorite records are Bob Dylan's Blonde on Blonde and, currently, The Best of Bobbie Gentry: The Capitol Years. His favorite comic books are Kurt Busiek's Astro City and Neil Gaiman's Sandman. His favorite literary novels are Gabrial Garcia Marquez's 100 Years of Solitude and William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying. His favorite genre novels are John Scalzi's Red Shirts, M.R. Carrey's The Girl with All the Gifts, and Dan Simmons' Drood. His favorite movie is Goodfellas. His favorite hobby, besides everything, is writing about himself and his favorite things in the third person.

Posted on April 25, 2011, in 30 Songs, Pop Culture, Rock and Roll and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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