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A Perfect Circle — So Long, And Thanks For All the Fish
Album: Eat The Elephant
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6.8

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Total ratings: 914









Released: 2018
Length: 4:21
Plays (last 30 days): 5
Time is money and money is time
We wasted every second dime
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and apps
And flags, and plastic surgery
Now Willy Wonka, Major Tom
Ali and Leia have moved on
Signal the final curtain call
In all this atomic pageantry

Bravissimo, hip-hip hooray
For this fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo

Ticker tape parade
Our hair and skin like
Like Marilyn Monroe
In an empty wind

Time is money and money is time
We wasted every second dime
On politicians, fancy water
And guns, and plastic surgery
Like old Prince and Brady's mom
All the dolphins have moved on
Signaling the final curtain call
In all this atomic pageantry

Bravissimo, hip-hip hooray
What a glorious display
Melt our joyous hearts away
Under the mushroom cloud confetti

Hip-hip hooray
For this fireworks display
Mind and body blown away
What a radiant crescendo

Hip-hip hooray
Hip-hip hooray

Ticker tape parade
Our hair and skin like
Like Marilyn Monroe
In an empty wind

Time is money and money is time
We wasted every second dime
On diets, lawyers, shrinks and apps
And flags, and plastic surgery
Now Willy Wonka, Major Tom
Ali and Leia have moved on
Signal the final curtain call
In all this atomic pageantry
Comments (48)add comment
Thank you Doug Adams
 petrichor wrote:
There's a mistake in the lyrics: Not "apps and flags" (which makes no sense at all), but "absent flags" (which does make perfect sense in the context of the song - Google it!).
 
Please explain your logic. How does one spend dimes on "absent flags"?  Why do they fit better with diets, lawyers, shrinks, and plastic surgery?

In the context of the song, he's talking about our silicon obsession (our smartphones) on which you can spend many dimes on apps, so... I'm not trying to be a jerk, I promise. I just don't follow your thoughts on this at all.
 ico wrote:
"Plays (last 30 days): 6" -- what did we ever do?

 
We enjoyed each note and remembered how much fun "The Hichhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" - i.e. Don't Panic!!
"Plays (last 30 days): 6" -- what did we ever do?

 petrichor wrote:
There's a mistake in the lyrics: Not "apps and flags" (which makes no sense at all), but "absent flags" (which does make perfect sense in the context of the song - Google it!).
 

It also should be: "Reenie’s mom", referring to the mother of Carina Round (from MJK's Puscifer) who also died in 2016, confirmed by MJK on twitter.

The other deaths referred to in the song are Gene Wilder (Willy Wonka), Muhammad Ali, Carrie Fisher (Leia), David Bowie (Major Tom) and Prince.  2016 was a bad year.
There's a mistake in the lyrics: Not "apps and flags" (which makes no sense at all), but "absent flags" (which does make perfect sense in the context of the song - Google it!).
Love the title, but I fear this song may merit a ticket for the 'B'-ark.
I don't know why, but this always puts a smile on my face when it comes on
 Stephen_Phillips wrote:
I only found out about MJK from Puscifer played on RP.

Working backwards through his career I made the connection with Tool but only today did I realise he was the frontman with A Perfect Circle.

Well you certainly live and learn - and all thanks to RP - and yes MJK does have a great voice for all his eccentricity.


 
And dont forget about Winemaker in Central AZ....

https://caduceus.org/


Puts me in mind of Secret Machines.
better then Tool anyday - whoops i said it
My 9 year old self was digging this on the metal speakers at the Fayetteville Putt Putt course tuned to WFLB 1490 AM.
The BEST Rock song of the 21st Century - So Far
 redart wrote:
I almost gave it an 8 just for the song title.  Maybe deserved it anyway?  
 
Same here...and yes, I think this is a great track, anything that references "THGTTG" has got to be good, right?  Long Live RP!!
I almost gave it an 8 just for the song title.  Maybe deserved it anyway?  
 bseib wrote:
Maynard. You've jumped the shark.


the fonz jumps the shark
 

Ya know...things change over time.  Been a Tool fan since the beginning...maybe he changed...so what...this is a very good song...IMHO
Huge DNA fan, and had to give this a good rating just because.  That, said, I could see my rating going a bit higher -- actually like the song.
The Best Rock song of 2018
I can't help it.  This is a GREAT tune.  

Highlow
American Net'Zen
When I had accepted, that a progressive metal band wrote a pop song, I have to say, for me it's the best pop song of the past year.
.........8       First listen (its wonderful).  (:0)    Naugatuck,Connecticut.
No idea who these guys are, but I really like this tune. It's apparently not 'typical' of their output but I don't care two hoots, it's a great track.
 jacopo777 wrote:
Today is the day that I pony up the cash and donate!!  I encourage all that haven't or if it is been a while. 

They cannot exist without you.  Long live the RP!
 

 bseib wrote:
Maynard. You've jumped the shark.


the fonz jumps the shark
 

I tend to disagree with this. I'm thinking humanity is bordering on jumping said shark (or would that be a dolphin in this case, hm) and Keenan in his attempt to find words to make sense out of it found good ol' Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy about the best analogy for his perspective.

Guess we better check to make sure the Vogons aren't on their way. Everyone got their towel ready? 
Today is the day that I pony up the cash and donate!!  I encourage all that haven't or if it is been a while. 

They cannot exist without you.  Long live the RP!
I love this song.
My Top Album of 2018 
I'm still awaiting the Eagles' "Journey of the Sorcerer" in the rotation after this…
Maynard. You've jumped the shark.


the fonz jumps the shark
No, please no...
Totally different APC style, but the more I hear it, the more I like. Hope they release something like this in the future.
 ziggytrix wrote:
Didn't love it on the first listen, but I expect it'll grow on me.
 
Yup, Death Cab For Maynard is definitely growing on me.
 corneliu.zuzu.p wrote:
Low rating for a profound song. Simple lyrics, yet powerful. A youtube video for it is dolphins swimming continuously. I love it. Dolphins, "fish", IMO, as symbols for how as children we found fascination in the simple, beautiful things. Lyrics tell of how we moved away from that. Hip hip hooray, happy society. Gave it a 10.


 
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish is the fourth book of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy "trilogy" written by Douglas Adams. Its title is the message left by the dolphins when they departed Planet Earth just before it was demolished to make way for a hyperspace bypass, as described in The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Musical for straight white guys
great song
Really good music for such weird art and photo work. 
 bseib wrote:
... shucks, I was not expecting the "pop" sound from A Perfect Circle. :-/   Disillusioned might be a better track from this album to play here. I guess I'm used to the Mer De Noms sound, which is probably a bit heavy sounding for RP.
 
No kidding. I was sitting here wondering whether this was a singer who sounded just like Maynard, or if this was a new project of his. This sounds very different from what I expect from APC, but whatever. Nice track name. Maybe I need to hear it a few more times or in the context of the rest of the album. Didn't love it on the first listen, but I expect it'll grow on me.
Low rating for a profound song. Simple lyrics, yet powerful. A youtube video for it is dolphins swimming continuously. I love it. Dolphins, "fish", IMO, as symbols for how as children we found fascination in the simple, beautiful things. Lyrics tell of how we moved away from that. Hip hip hooray, happy society. Gave it a 10.

I only found out about MJK from Puscifer played on RP.

Working backwards through his career I made the connection with Tool but only today did I realise he was the frontman with A Perfect Circle.

Well you certainly live and learn - and all thanks to RP - and yes MJK does have a great voice for all his eccentricity.


Quite the bag of cliches. Is he holding a flying spaghetti monster?
It's definitely growing on me.   He makes good wine too {#Cheesygrin}
I like this a lot.  Still has his trademarks, but not so heavy.  I'll want to hear more from this album.
Aside of the very good musical arrangement and production, I find these lyrics totally relevant.
Maynard may be crazy as a bucket of eels, but I kind of like this.
c.
Soooo many hooks. A great song
... shucks, I was not expecting the "pop" sound from A Perfect Circle. :-/   Disillusioned might be a better track from this album to play here. I guess I'm used to the Mer De Noms sound, which is probably a bit heavy sounding for RP.
Been reading a bit `o Douglas Adams, have we?
The jury's still out.  I need more listening. I couldn't believe this was a Perfect Circle until I heard Maynard singing.  I'm not a super aficionado of this band, though.  My sons turned me onto it.  MJK's voice is superb, however.
Not really typically Perfect Circle, and that's too bad. It has much of a DCFC vibe even.