The Oil Drum: New York City

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Sunday, August 28, 2005

All U Can Eat - Get It While You Can

Every so often I hear a random song that completely captures a moment in time. I few months ago I wrote into The Oil Drum when I heard Billy Joel's "I've loved these days" from the album Turnstiles.

Yesterday I was listening to some Ben Folds and came across this gem, which seems to capture for me the American culture of overconsumption.

All U Can Eat

Son, look at all the people in this restaurant
What do you think they weigh?
And out the window to the parking lot
At their SUV’s taking all the space

They give no f*ck
They talk as loud as they want
They give no f*ck
Just as long as there’s enough for them

Gonna get on the microphone down at Wal-Mart
Talk about some shit that’s been on my mind
Talk of the state of this great nation of ours
People look to your left
Yeah, look to your right

They give no f*ck
They buy as much as they want
They give no f*ck
Just as long as there’s enough for them

Son, look at the people lining up for plastic
Wouldn’t you like to see them in the National Geographic?
Squatting bare assed in the dirt eating rice from a bowl
With a towel on their head, and maybe a bone in their nose

See that asshole with the peace sign on his license plate?
Giving me the finger and running me out of his lane

God made us number one because he loves us the best
Well he should go bless someone else for a while
Give us a rest (They give no)
Yeah, and everyone can see (They give no)
We’ve eaten all that we can eat

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At 9:10 PM, Blogger Ianqui said...

Once again, as I mentioned on The Oil Drum, the BEST peak oil song, hands down, is (Nothing But) Flowers by Talking Heads.

A snippet (whole song):

From the age of the dinosaurs
Cars have run on gasoline
Where, where have they gone?
Now, it's nothing but flowers

There was a factory
Now there are mountains and rivers
you got it, you got it

We caught a rattlesnake
Now we got something for dinner
we got it, we got it

There was a shopping mall
Now it's all covered with flowers
you've got it, you've got it

If this is paradise
I wish I had a lawnmower.


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