Barenaked Ladies – Pinch Me

Barenaked Ladies - Pinch Me

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Barenaked Ladies - Pinch Me

Song

"Pinch Me" is a song by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. It was released as the first single from their 2000 album, Maroon, two weeks before the album was released. As such, "Pinch Me" is often regarded as an attempted follow-up to the hit single "One Week".

Background

The song was co-written by frontmen Steven Page and Ed Robertson, but the concept and base for the song came from Robertson. He wrote the song following the "roller-coaster" success of Stunt, and returning to Canada to find people less interested or aware of the success.

"I was trying to get to the root of what I was feeling... 'this is all great, but not right here it's not – not where I live, and not in my heart'... It's this notion that you know things are good – they're just not quite good for you."

The fundamental guitar riff of the song (through the verses) was based on the song "Leaving Las Vegas" by Sheryl Crow. The recording (and most live performances) is based on a drum loop (along with which drummer Tyler Stewart plays). The loop was created by taking the best two bars of Stewart himself playing drums, and then looping them.

The song was originally written with the chorus rap as the less prominent "underpinning" half of the vocal, with the melody being more prominent, but as the writing process went along, the rap became the foreground. Noting that the melody line was now the background, they took the lyric and also used it for the bridge of the song.

According to Ed Robertson, during the Austin, TX concert on July 21, 2012, "Pinch Me" has one of his favorite "fake lyrics". He explained, "Often when we're writing a song, we just put in fake lyrics for a while, just to fill the space, 'cause we know what we want the melody to be, but we haven't finished the lyrics."

The original chorus of the song was this:

"Doesn't anyone, make a Chelsea bun, like they used to back, in the day? Sticky-sweet, it's a special treat. If Chelsea Buns were men, I'd be gay."

Critical reception

Chuck Taylor, of Billboard magazine, reviewed the song favorably, saying that "the production is tight, and the melody alternates between minimalist verses and Ed Robertson's trademark hyperkinetic delivery."

He goes on to say that the "quirky lyric doesn't go for the wit as past hits have, but it still captures the band's friendly side, which had earned it a strong cult following long before it tore up the charts."

Music video

The music video for "Pinch Me", directed by Phil Harder, features Robertson as a fast food worker while the other band members and several extras are customers. Page also acts as the restaurant's mascot in some shots. The treatment was written by Page.

The logo for the restaurant is a thumbs-up logo, which is played in the video by showing the logo upside down in several shots as a thumbs-down. The video echoes the message of depression inherent in the song as Robertson's character seems depressed in his work.

Actor Eric McCormack has a cameo in the video as a customer. He happened to be on the lot in which the video was being shot, and since he was a fan, they let him be in the video. The customers in the video who are not members of the band are dressed like Steve Burns from Blue's Clues.

During the first chorus, it reveals that Kevin Hearn, the band's keyboardist, is playing a Wurlitzer electric piano.


Album

Maroon is the fifth full-length studio album by Barenaked Ladies. The album was the follow-up to 1998's Stunt, the band's most successful album in the United States. Maroon debuted at No. 1 in Canada (their second to reach No. 1 after their 1992's debut Gordon) and No. 5 on the U.S. Billboard 200.

In its first week, the album sold 17,800 copies in Canada and just under 128,000 in the U.S. It has sold at least 1 million copies in the U.S. alone. The album spawned three hit singles : "Pinch Me", "Too Little Too Late" and "Falling for the First Time".

Unlike past albums, the songs came almost entirely from the pairing of Page/Robertson. One track, "Baby Seat", was written by Page with longtime songwriting partner, Stephen Duffy.

This was the last Page/Duffy track that Barenaked Ladies would release, starting a policy of keeping the writing within the band on their next album. "Hidden Sun", written while Hearn was in the hospital, appears as a hidden track on most copies of the album.

As with each of their early albums, the band recorded one song, "Humour of the Situation", completely naked.


Artist

Barenaked Ladies (spesso si usa l'abbreviazione BNL o BnL) è un gruppo alternative rock canadese composto fino al 2009 da 5 artisti: Jim Creeggan, Kevin Hearn, Ed Robertson, Tyler Stewart e Steven Page che lascia il gruppo per intraprendere la carriera solista (in passato anche da Andy Creeggan).

Si forma a Scarborough (Ontario) nel 1988 e raggiunge il successo a Toronto nel 1990 con una cassetta autoprodotta. Sono molto conosciuti per i loro singoli (Tra cui One WeekPinch MeIf I had $ 1000000 e Brian Wilson), per la sigla della sitcom The Big Bang Theory (The History of Everything) e per lo stile "divertente" delle loro esibizioni. Hanno venduto almeno 15 milioni di dischi fra singoli e album.

Video

Lyrics

It's the perfect time of year
Somewhere far away from here
I feel fine enough, I guess
Considering everything's a mess

There's a restaurant down the street
Where hungry people like to eat
I could walk but I'll just drive
It's colder than it looks outside

Like a dream you try to remember but it's gone
(Pinch me) Then you try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn
(I'm still asleep) When you try to see the world, beyond your front door
(Please God) Take your time, is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile
(Tell me) When you realize that a guy my size might take a while
(I'm still asleep) Just to try to figure out what all this is for

It's the perfect time of day
To throw all your cares away
Put the sprinkler on the lawn
And run through with my gym shorts on

Take a drink right from the hose
And change into some dryer clothes
Climb the stairs up to my room
Sleep away the afternoon

Like a dream you try to remember but it's gone
(Pinch me) Then you try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn
(I'm still asleep) When you try to see the world, beyond your front door
(Please God) Take your time, is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile
(Tell me) When you realize that a guy my size might take a while
(I'm still asleep) Just to try to figure out what all this is for

Pinch me, pinch me, cause I'm still asleep
Please God tell me that I'm still asleep

On an evening such as this
It's hard to tell if I exist
If I pack the car and leave this town
Who'll notice that I'm not around

I could hide out under there
I just made you say "underwear"
I could leave but I'll just stay
All my stuff's here anyway

Like a dream you try to remember but it's gone
(Pinch me) Then you try to scream but it only comes out as a yawn
(I'm still asleep) When you try to see the world, beyond your front door
(Please God) Take your time, is the way I rhyme gonna make you smile
(Tell me) When you realize that a guy my size might take a while
(I'm still asleep) Just to try to figure out what all this is for
Try to figure out what all this is for

(Pinch me) (I'm still asleep) Try to see the world beyond your front door
(Pinch me) (I'm still asleep) Try to figure out what all this is for

Testo

È il periodo perfetto dell'anno
Da qualche parte lontano da qui
Mi sento abbastanza bene, immagino
Considerando che è tutto un disastro

C'è un ristorante in fondo alla strada
Dove le persone affamate amano mangiare
Potrei camminare ma guiderò
È più freddo di quanto sembri fuori

Come un sogno che cerchi di ricordare ma non c'è più
(Pizzicami) Poi provi a urlare ma viene fuori solo come uno sbadiglio
(Sto ancora dormendo) Quando provi a vedere il mondo, oltre la tua porta di casa
(Per favore Dio) Prenditi il ​​tuo tempo, è il modo in cui rima ti farà sorridere
(Dimmi) Quando ti rendi conto che un ragazzo della mia taglia potrebbe impiegare un po 'di tempo
(Sto ancora dormendo) Solo per cercare di capire a cosa serve tutto questo

È il momento perfetto della giornata
Per buttare via tutte le tue preoccupazioni
Metti l'irrigatore sul prato
E corro con i miei pantaloncini da ginnastica

Prendi un drink direttamente dal tubo
E mettiti dei vestiti più asciutti
Salite le scale fino alla mia stanza
Dormi il pomeriggio

Come un sogno che cerchi di ricordare ma non c'è più
(Pizzicami) Poi provi a urlare ma viene fuori solo come uno sbadiglio
(Sto ancora dormendo) Quando provi a vedere il mondo, oltre la tua porta di casa
(Per favore Dio) Prenditi il ​​tuo tempo, è il modo in cui rima ti farà sorridere
(Dimmi) Quando ti rendi conto che un ragazzo della mia taglia potrebbe impiegare un po 'di tempo
(Sto ancora dormendo) Solo per cercare di capire a cosa serve tutto questo

Pizzicami, pizzicami, perché sto ancora dormendo
Per favore, Dio dimmi che sto ancora dormendo

In una serata come questa
È difficile dire se esisto
Se preparo la macchina e lascio questa città
Chi noterà che non sono in giro

Potrei nascondermi là sotto
Ti ho appena fatto dire "biancheria intima"
Potrei andarmene ma resterò
Comunque, tutte le mie cose sono qui

Come un sogno che cerchi di ricordare ma non c'è più
(Pizzicami) Poi provi a urlare ma viene fuori solo come uno sbadiglio
(Sto ancora dormendo) Quando provi a vedere il mondo, oltre la tua porta di casa
(Per favore Dio) Prenditi il ​​tuo tempo, è il modo in cui rima ti farà sorridere
(Dimmi) Quando ti rendi conto che un ragazzo della mia taglia potrebbe impiegare un po 'di tempo
(Sto ancora dormendo) Solo per cercare di capire a cosa serve tutto questo
Cerca di capire a cosa serve tutto questo

(Pizzicami) (Sto ancora dormendo) Prova a vedere il mondo oltre la tua porta di casa
(Pizzicami) (Sto ancora dormendo) Cerca di capire a cosa serve tutto questo




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