Wednesday, April 4, 2012

NaBloPoMo April: What is the best romantic poem you've ever encountered?

NaBloPoMo April 2012


No, I'm serious. This is extremely romantic is a dorky kind of way. I mean, if I wanted something sloppily romantic I would have picked Lives "Dolphin's Cry." If I wanted another dorky song I might have gone with They Might Be Giants with "She's Actual Size" (which I count as romantic because I am weird like that) or maybe "Sapphire Bullets." But you get "One Week" by Barenaked Ladies.

"One Week"

It's been one week since you looked at me
Cocked your head to the side and said "I'm angry"
Five days since you laughed at me saying
"Get that together come back and see me"
Three days since the living room
I realized it's all my fault, but couldn't tell you
Yesterday you'd forgiven me
but it'll still be two days till I say I'm sorry


Real relationships, relationships that are not in movies or romance novels have arguments! Often, they are incredibly stupid ones! I remember someone saying they hated the song because the guy in the song is clearly a jerk. I however do not agree. I will say however that he's a complete dork.

Hold it now and watch the hoodwink
As I make you stop, think
You'll think you're looking at Aquaman
I summon fish to the dish, although I like the Chalet Swiss
I like the sushi
'cause it's never touched a frying pan
Hot like wasabe when I bust rhymes
Big like LeAnn Rimes
Because I'm all about value
Bert Kaempfert's got the mad hits
You try to match wits, you try to hold me but I bust through
Gonna make a break and take a fake
I'd like a stinkin achin shake
I like vanilla, it's the finest of the flavours
Gotta see the show, cause then you'll know
The vertigo is gonna grow
Cause it's so dangerous,
you'll have to sign a waiver



This translates to, "I know I'm wrong but I'm going to keep fast talking until you want to strangle me," for me. The character described here is very smart in that particular way that actually means he has very little common sense. He is at least admitting to the other person that he runs off at the mouth. Honesty is important!

How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad
Trying hard not to smile though I feel bad
I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral
Can't understand what I mean?
Well, you soon will
I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve
I have a history of taking off my shirt


Translation: I laugh reflexively when I know I shouldn't. Also, I have no brain mouth filter!

It's been one week since you looked at me
Threw your arms in the air
and said "You're crazy"
Five days since you tackled me
I've still got the rug burns on both my knees
It's been three days since the afternoon
You realized it's not my fault
not a moment too soon
Yesterday you'd forgiven me
And now I sit back and wait til you say you're sorry


No matter how tempting, never tackle your significant other without prior agreements! I'm going out on a limb here, but given some of the other hints in the song, these two are huge geeks, and no one has more of a crazy making fight than a geek defending whatever geek thing they like. (You can tell me dude, it was because you keep trying to get her interested in a show or book she doesn't like, didn't you?)

Chickity China the Chinese chicken
You have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'
Watchin' X-Files with no lights on
We're dans la maison
I hope the Smoking Man's in this one
Like Harrison Ford I'm getting frantic
Like Sting I'm tantric
Like Snickers, guaranteed to satisfy



Translation from the dork: "So we're having an argument but we have fun goofing off together, now here is a bunch of baloney so I can avoid sounding like a dweeb except for the part where I really am one."

Like Kurasawa I make mad films
Okay, I don't make films
But if I did they'd have a Samurai
Gonna get a set a' better clubs
Gonna find the kind with tiny nubs
Just so my irons aren't always flying off the back-swing
Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon
'Cause the cartoon has got the boom anime babes
That make me think the wrong thing


Please tell me the fight wasn't subtitles versus dubs. Or at least, you weren't on the wrong side, because the dubs are awful.


How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad
Tryin' hard not to smile though I feel bad
I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral
Can't understand what I mean?
Well, you soon will
I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve
I have a history of losing my shirt



Translation: I am dumb, I cannot help being dumb.

The feeling I get from the song is that not only is the character a dork, but he is one with possibly a learning disability such as ADHD.  

It's been one week since you looked at me
Dropped your arms to your sides
and said "I'm sorry"
Five days since I laughed at you and said
"You just did just what I thought you were gonna do"
Three days since the living room
We realized we're both to blame,
but what could we do?
Yesterday you just smiled at me
Cause it'll still be two days till we say we're sorry

It'll still be two days till we say we're sorry
It'll still be two days till we say we're sorry
Birchmount Stadium, home of the Robbie




And, here's the clincher where the character indicates that they both need to apologize, though he seems to have a thing where he wants his significant other to say it first.