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Dishwalla — Counting Blue Cars
Album: Pet Your Friends
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Released: 1995
Length: 4:45
Plays (last 30 days): 0
Must've been mid afternoon
I could tell by how far the child's shadow stretched out and
He walked with a purpose
In his sneakers, down the street
He had many questions
Like children often do
He said:

Tell me all your thoughts on God
Tell me am I very far

Must've been late afternoon
On our way the sun broke free of the clouds
We count only blue cars
Skip the cracks in the street
And ask many questions
Like children often do
We said:

Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I'd really like to meet her
And ask her why we're who we are
Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I'm on my way to see her
So tell me am I very far,
Am I very far now?

It's getting cold, picked up the pace!
How our shoes make hard noises in this place!
Our clothes are stained
We pass many cross-eyed people
And ask many questions
Like children often do

Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I'd really like to meet her
And ask her why we're who we are
Tell me all your thoughts on God
'Cause I'm on my way to see her
So tell me, am I very far?
We're not very far now
We're not very far now (Tell me all your thoughts on God)
We're not very far now

(Tell me all your thoughts on God)

(Tell me all your thoughts on God)
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 dwhayslett wrote:

Um, how else would you pronounce "aunt"?  It's not "ant".  :-)

"You say 'erb, we say herb ... because it's got a fucking h in it."  — Eddie Izzard

 
So do "hour", "honor", "honest", and "heir", but Eddie's a funny guy.
 bmeador wrote:

How do you pronounce "soften?"

 
Not as in Soff icecream, but as in:- It' soften the case that pronunciation is absurd.
First chords made me think it´s The Manic Street Preachers. Me thinking, `If you tolerate this´ would have been a better choice right after Bowie´s `Always crashing´, but it´s not about cars.
 dwhayslett wrote:

Um, how else would you pronounce "aunt"?  It's not "ant".  :-)

"You say 'erb, we say herb ... because it's got a fucking h in it."  — Eddie Izzard

 
Thanks for the laugh!!!  I will be self-conscious the next time I say "herb".  "Aunt" will be OK, though.  I will just think of "Anty M"
 Beanie wrote:

We can re-name it "Cardbordeaux"

And screw you guys; I like to hear the "t" pronounced.  Because...THE WORD HAS A "T" IN IT! 

 
How do you pronounce "soften?"
 Proclivities wrote:

I've always found it pretentious when someone pronounces the "t" in "often", worse than pronouncing the word "aunt" as "ahhnt" or using the word "whilst".  But that's just me.

 
Um, how else would you pronounce "aunt"?  It's not "ant".  :-)

"You say 'erb, we say herb ... because it's got a fucking h in it."  — Eddie Izzard
 Beanie wrote:

We can re-name it "Cardbordeaux"

And screw you guys; I like to hear the "t" pronounced.  Because...THE WORD HAS A "T" IN IT! 

 
I've always found it pretentious when someone pronounces the "t" in "often", worse than pronouncing the word "aunt" as "ahhnt" or using the word "whilst".  But that's just me.
mmmmmm
 Venison
 Rockit999 wrote:

Good then, Bad now, interesting cover.

 
Cool tune by the one hit wonder Dishwashers..{#Cheesygrin}
 ch83575 wrote:
Bad then, worse now.

 
Good then, Bad now, interesting cover.
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Thanks for the info, I like the song to , but have not heard the rest of the record.
i really liked this song back in the day and still like it, the rest of the cd is crap though
 gjr wrote:
haters gonna hate....

i dont think this song is as bad as everyoone else does......


c'est la vie 

 
I too don't think the song is as bad as some think, but we all have different tastes. This song triggers fond memories of the friends I made living in MA.
haters gonna hate....

i dont think this song is as bad as everyoone else does......


c'est la vie 
 lshinkawa wrote:

Why not "She"?

  Prezactly. 

 Ag3nt0rang3 wrote:
For me this goes in with other songs that I don't mind listening to and don't particularly notice while I'm waiting for great songs to come on. Best thing I can say about it now is that I find it...inoffensive.

 
We can re-name it "Cardbordeaux"

And screw you guys; I like to hear the "t" pronounced.  Because...THE WORD HAS A "T" IN IT! 
For me this goes in with other songs that I don't mind listening to and don't particularly notice while I'm waiting for great songs to come on. Best thing I can say about it now is that I find it...inoffensive.
Bad then, worse now.

This is one of those songs that I hear now and feel embarrassed that I liked it way back when!{#Redface} Dishwalla is actually ok though and have some good songs, this is not one of them.


ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I never heard this when it came out and didn't recognize it today, but I see I've rated it so that's weird. 
 
I'm also surprised that I gave it a 3 way back whenever.
 
2. 
   

oldman wrote:

Memory is the first thing to go, I think.

 
Perhaps second only to taste. {#Lol}
this song is so boring you forget your even listen to it.
Absolutely Love this song, can listen to it, and have, over and over again
 ScottFromWyoming wrote:
I never heard this when it came out and didn't recognize it today, but I see I've rated it so that's weird. 
 
I'm also surprised that I gave it a 3 way back whenever.
 
2. 
 
Memory is the first thing to go, I think.
I never heard this when it came out and didn't recognize it today, but I see I've rated it so that's weird. 
 
I'm also surprised that I gave it a 3 way back whenever.
 
2. 
need to hear widespread panic's 'counting train cars' now {#Cowboy}
Liked this song in the 90s...but I'm afraid I jump on the band wagon with those that feel it hasn't aged very well. I'll get over it. {#Sick}
 johnjconn wrote:


Can't give you all my thoughts, but here's a few:
- This song sucked in the 90's
- This song sucks today
- God is a "she"?
 
Why not "She"?
 johnjconn wrote:


Can't give you all my thoughts, but here's a few:
- This song sucked in the 90's
- This song sucks today
- God is a "she"?
 
Yes, its raw, unabashed sucky-ness has endured to this day.
 Carl wrote:

That would be Bucky the Deer with then 17-year-old Jone Pedersen a while back.

 
Thank you Carl and thank you internet!
Tell me all your thoughts on lame 90's power pop.
Unintentionally saw this band in concert when this song was in heavy rotation. Really liked them after that but, alas, they turned out to be a bit of a footnote.
So overplayed in the 90s. And, I don't know how I feel about the not-so-subtle feminist overtones in a guitar driven rock song. Its one thing if the singer is a woman, or if the song is actually about male/female dynamics. But the "God is a woman" line feels like a desperate ploy from "the sensitive guy" who gets a lot of action in an undergraduate woman's studies course.

 Proclivities wrote:
... Great cover photo!

 
That would be Bucky the Deer with then 17-year-old Jone Pedersen a while back.

Every now and then there is a good heavy rotation song from the 90's. This is one of them.

whatever. . . I like this song despite the fact that its a 90's FM staple. . . it speaks well to me. . . 
 
this song, for me, symbolizes everything unholy about 90's "rock". sadness is in the land :(
God is a woman, and she slept her way to the top!
Dishwalla!? Really!? Can we get some Chumbawumba next?
 nate917 wrote:

Now be nice, lest you turn him into a h8rhaterh8r.  Of course, then you'd probably just h8 him.
 
Duely noted.  Wouldn't want that ;-)

I bought this CD when I was working and studying in Boston in 1996, loved it then and now.  It brings a smile to my face because it reminds me of my many fond memories of my 12+ months in MA.
 h8rhater wrote:

Probably referred to god as a woman (and pronounced his "t"s that way) to tick off whiny crybabies like you.  They probably just didn't pander to you enough.  Get over yourself.

 
Now be nice, lest you turn him into a h8rhaterh8r.  Of course, then you'd probably just h8 him.


In Vedic religion, the godhead is both female and male: Radha and Krishna, and all of the attributes of both we all have being a reflection, part and parcel of the godhead.
That deer has a really skinny neck.
nice!  a little old school dishwalla for fri afternoon
I prefer the acoustic version.
 tapatia1072 wrote:
This song after a song off of Bowie's "Low" has got to be one of the weirdest RP transitions I've yet heard. And I don't mean that in a good way.
 
"That's just like, your opinion, man."

This is one of the reasons I love RP...once in a while a song like this (let's call it a RP outlier) is played, a song that I wouldn't normally like based on my usual taste but somehow I do...  You really "get" me, Bill :-)

 tapatia1072 wrote:
This song after a song off of Bowie's "Low" has got to be one of the weirdest RP transitions I've yet heard. And I don't mean that in a good way.
 
everyone's entitled to an opinion, but that's all it is, an opinion

 nate917 wrote:

When she was very young, my daughter referred to her deity as Mother God, which for her encompassed both genders — kind of a Father God and Mother Nature rolled into one.  What fascinated me was that no one handed down this concept to her; she conceived it on her own because it satisfied her sensibilities of what God must really be.

 
I don't think I've ever read a better definition of the concept of personal spiritual belief.  Thank you for sharing that.

This song after a song off of Bowie's "Low" has got to be one of the weirdest RP transitions I've yet heard. And I don't mean that in a good way.
SB What's next Toad the wet Sprocket?

Good one hit wonder.... 
Poppy crap
 kazoo wrote:

It bugs me when the singer pronounces the "t" in often too, but I have heard folks do that before, so I'll get over it. But when he sings "must have been late tafternoon" it really bugs me. Guess he really likes his t's.
 
Also, since I'm whining ... I don't care if they refer to god as a woman (personally I think god's sex is neither or mu 無), but for some reason it comes off as pandering in this song - as if they were trying to score with the chicks.

 
Probably referred to god as a woman (and pronounced his "t"s that way) to tick off whiny crybabies like you.  They probably just didn't pander to you enough.  Get over yourself.

Glad to see no "overplayed" comments here.  This is a great song - always found it thought provoking AND fun! {#Music}
Indeed, this is why rock music exists.

 
unclehud wrote:
 kazoo wrote:
.... as if they were trying to score with the chicks.

As if guys aren't ALWAYS trying to score with the chicks.
 

 kazoo wrote:

I don't care if they refer to god as a woman (personally I think god's sex is neither or mu 無), but for some reason it comes off as pandering in this song - as if they were trying to score with the chicks.

 
When she was very young, my daughter referred to her deity as Mother God, which for her encompassed both genders — kind of a Father God and Mother Nature rolled into one.  What fascinated me was that no one handed down this concept to her; she conceived it on her own because it satisfied her sensibilities of what God must really be.

 kazoo wrote:
.... as if they were trying to score with the chicks.

As if guys aren't ALWAYS trying to score with the chicks.
 ptooey wrote:
 Proclivities wrote:
Good song, quite likable.  Though it always bugs me when people pronounce the silent "T" in "often".  Great cover photo!

From Dictionary.com -

Pronunciation note:
Often was pronounced with a t-sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the t came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the t for many speakers, and today aw-fuhn and awf-tuhn or of-uhn and of-tuhn exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, often with a t is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.

 
Interesting stuff, decent song.  6.


 
It bugs me when the singer pronounces the "t" in often too, but I have heard folks do that before, so I'll get over it. But when he sings "must have been late tafternoon" it really bugs me. Guess he really likes his t's.
 
Also, since I'm whining ... I don't care if they refer to god as a woman (personally I think god's sex is neither or mu 無), but for some reason it comes off as pandering in this song - as if they were trying to score with the chicks.

 Proclivities wrote:
Good song, quite likable.  Though it always bugs me when people pronounce the silent "T" in "often".  Great cover photo!

From Dictionary.com -

Pronunciation note:
Often was pronounced with a t-sound until the 17th century, when a pronunciation without the t came to predominate in the speech of the educated, in both North America and Great Britain, and the earlier pronunciation fell into disfavor. Common use of a spelling pronunciation has since restored the t for many speakers, and today aw-fuhn and awf-tuhn or of-uhn and of-tuhn exist side by side. Although it is still sometimes criticized, often with a t is now so widely heard from educated speakers that it has become fully standard once again.

 
Interesting stuff, decent song.  6.


 Proclivities wrote:
Though it always bugs me when people pronounce the silent "T" in "often".
 
I can't believe I'd missed that all these years!  Great, one more thing to bug me about a song I never liked that much to begin with.  I'll never be able to un-hear it...

of⋅ten<aw-fuhn, of-uhn; awf-tuhn, of->
and then                          ?
Good song, quite likable.  Though it always bugs me when people pronounce the silent "T" in "often".  Great cover photo!

WOOHOO!!! More music from Santa Barbara!
does anybody else hear paul weller?

great disc!!!  really got into this....and saw these guys open for big head todd in KC....very very good live band as well...


this song always reminds me of someone very important, someone who helped define who I am...
miss you muffinhead
Massively under rated song

 ElSupreme wrote:
So I had this job counting cars going through intersections. Pretty boring stuff, you have to sit in a car for 4 hours straight 2 hours for lunch then another 4 hours straight. In the hot, and thunderstorming florida summer. With your eyes locked onto traffic, and your hands on a board with 12 car buttons, and 4 ped buttons.

Anyway back to blue cars. After the first 4 days we went to the office to download all of the counts we did (you arn't allowed to count on friday). My boss asked if I was able to get all the counts, I replied that "I count only blue cars" and he fell for it hook line and all. After about a minute of his babling and franticly trying to reschedule the counts in his head I told him everything was fine.

It was great, the count blue cars moment, the job was brutal.
 
It's like the female comedienne talking about her car buying experience. "Which car did you end up buying? Oh, the blue one".

Now it's counting silver cars.

Long time no hear - welcome back!
Hunh. I always thought this was the Wallflowers.

tell me all your thoughts on god
'cause I would really like to meet her

{#Meditate}


jarrudy wrote:
i saw these guys after a gig tooling down the road in a chinese -restaurant-pink school bus. liked them immediately on principle. :crown:
Wow, we posted within a second of each other! After almost 2 years of no posts on this song... Now that's trippy.
I just had to add a comment since no one has in years...awesome song!! :bananajam:
i saw these guys after a gig tooling down the road in a chinese -restaurant-pink school bus. liked them immediately on principle. :crown:
So I had this job counting cars going through intersections. Pretty boring stuff, you have to sit in a car for 4 hours straight 2 hours for lunch then another 4 hours straight. In the hot, and thunderstorming florida summer. With your eyes locked onto traffic, and your hands on a board with 12 car buttons, and 4 ped buttons. Anyway back to blue cars. After the first 4 days we went to the office to download all of the counts we did (you arn't allowed to count on friday). My boss asked if I was able to get all the counts, I replied that "I count only blue cars" and he fell for it hook line and all. After about a minute of his babling and franticly trying to reschedule the counts in his head I told him everything was fine. It was great, the count blue cars moment, the job was brutal.
I rate 6, but only for nostalgic purposes.
Great song, i would never consider it one of my favorites or anything but it is just one of those songs you like to hear in the background, very catchy and I believe it is one of the rare songs from the mid 90\'s that wasn\'t overplayed on the radio, thank god.