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Andrew Bird — Tables And Chairs
Album: The Mysterious Production of Eggs
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6.2

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Total ratings: 311









Released: 2005
Length: 4:34
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if we can call them friends we can call them on red telephones
and they won't pretend that they're too busy or they're not alone
if we can call them friends we can call
holler at 'em down these hallowed halls
just don't let the human factor fail to be a factor at all

don't
don't you worry
about the atmosphere
or any sudden pressure change

'cause I know
that it's starting
to get warm in here
and things are
starting to get strange

and did you
did you see how
all our friends were there
drinkin' roses from the can

how
how I wish I
I had talked to them
and wished they
fit into my plan

and we were tired of being mild
oh so tired of being mild
we were so tired

I know we're gonna meet someday in the crumbled financial institutions of this land
there will be tables and chairs
pony rides and dancing bears
there'll even be a band
'cause listen after the fall there'll be no more countries
no currencies at all
we're gonna live on our wits
throw away survival kits
trade butterfly knives for adderal
and that's not all
woah!
there will be snacks, there will
there will be snacks!
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 fatcatjb wrote:
sitting at my favorite local coffee haunt, loving the music, and...suddenly it's Bill's voice! This Monday is looking up! At Coffee Works in Sacramento, where the brew is angry, dark, and memorable, and Radio Paradise is often on the radio

  
gotta be something there, otherwise it should sink...............
I. Like. Andrew. A LOT.
 Hippostar wrote:
Could it be that there exists an Andrew Bird song where he doesn't whistle in it, like a Bird?

 
Birds don't whistle on account of not having lips :o)
 unclehud wrote:
".... and there will be snacks?"

 
I am so there!
Could it be that there exists an Andrew Bird song where he doesn't whistle in it, like a Bird?
 joshtime wrote:
THERE WILL BE SNACKS! THERE WILL!!!

 
YESS!!!    {#Dancingbanana}
sitting at my favorite local coffee haunt, loving the music, and...suddenly it's Bill's voice! This Monday is looking up! At Coffee Works in Sacramento, where the brew is angry, dark, and memorable, and Radio Paradise is often on the radio
".... and there will be snacks?"
is this kid's music? 
this guy is a talented musician, for sure, but this belongs on nick jr, along with his "dr string" song which is already there.  {#Cowboy}
Andrew Bird is an artist much better enjoyed live.  His music just does not seem to translate well when recorded.  I saw him as an opener and liked him much more than the artist he opened for.  He is an amazing performer. 
Lyrics are straight-up retarded.
Does not sound like Slayer
I LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!{#Dancingbanana}
I'm sorry, I just don't like this guy's music.  I've given him the BOD, but this is inane childish crap. . .
 joshtime wrote:
THERE WILL BE SNACKS! THERE WILL!!!
 
I'm imagining snacks like grasshoppers and June bugs in the world he's talking about.

 Giselle62 wrote:
did he say "there will be snacks?"
  I was just going to ask the same question!!!


 joshtime wrote:
THERE WILL BE SNACKS! THERE WILL!!!
 
I was going to give this a 4 but if there will be snacks?.....  6

I wonder what kind of snacks?

 lmic wrote:

By golly, yer right. I hear Mark Kozelek, too.

  I also hear Kozelek. And that's not a bad thing.

THERE WILL BE SNACKS! THERE WILL!!!
did he say "there will be snacks?"
 jakeinprogress wrote:
For what it's worth, Scythian Empires off of Armchair Apocrypha will only reinforce what seem to be the polarized prevailing attitudes about Andrew Bird: 1. He's an uber-talented musician with a penchant for catchy, unique lyrics. 2. He's a pretty versatile musician who can cherry pick weird phrases to cover up for the fact that there's no there there.
 
or, 3. He's simply a run-of-the-mill musician who writes lyrics and sings.


 bronorb wrote:
Very Donovan-like.
 
By golly, yer right. I hear Mark Kozelek, too.

This keeps coming close to being on the verge of being a good song but keeps shying away instead

As long as there will be snacks, it's all good.
 DaWiz wrote:
Sounds like he's trying to sound like Rufus Wainwright...
 

He sounds like himself....and they (Rufus and Andrew) do sound similar.
Sounds like he's trying to sound like Rufus Wainwright...
Also, he under-enunciates his words as if he's on quaaludes and has a mouthful of cottonballs.
Is it just me, or does this remind you of Talking Heads?
jakeinprogress wrote:
For what it's worth, Scythian Empires off of Armchair Apocrypha will only reinforce what seem to be the polarized prevailing attitudes about Andrew Bird: 1. He's an uber-talented musician with a penchant for catchy, unique lyrics. 2. He's a pretty versatile musician who can cherry pick weird phrases to cover up for the fact that there's no there there. Count me in the former camp.
I'd have to be in the latter group. I can't find anything special about his songs at all. In the same category as Sufjan Stevens... I really can't figure out what all the fuss is about.
IMGoph wrote:
i don't how you can't be a fan of andrew bird. he is simply one of the most talented pop musicians out there. i say this a lot, but you HAVE to see him live. a friend of mine actually said he didn't think he would need to see another concert for a year because of how blown away he was by seeing andrew bird live.
Well, I'll give him this: He's produced a masterful example of the word banal with this "song".
Dave_Mack wrote:
I kinda like this tune, but when I realize that it's the "snacks" song, I get all happy and smiley. Thanks, Andrew! And thanks, Bill.
ME TOO! I like snacks.
Very Donovan-like. Not that that is a bad thing. I like it.
bcorcoran wrote:
Wonderful song for a beautiful Friday afternoon!
indeedy!
rockstarbro wrote:
Sometimes I search through the playlist to find something new. Well, today I did and I came across this piece! I read the reviews and said, okay, I'll listen to it. So I went to my rhapsody account and listened. I'm listening now. I don't know how it got this far without getting fully DELETED from my playlist. This is terrible! I fully pimp radio paradise. I have sent in cash. I've bought tshirts. I've even lobbied Congress r.e. the fee crap. Play this bloddy, shoddy, make me feel like I'm shopping at the gap against my will, crap any longer and you won't have to worry about your fees cuz you won't have any listeners. :)
BWAAHAHAHAAAA!BWAAHAHAHBWAAAA! it's only a song man, get over yourself.
i don't how you can't be a fan of andrew bird. he is simply one of the most talented pop musicians out there. i say this a lot, but you HAVE to see him live. a friend of mine actually said he didn't think he would need to see another concert for a year because of how blown away he was by seeing andrew bird live.
WOW..I don't like everything played RP but I sure enjoy the most of it..Have a nice day.rockstarbro wrote:
Sometimes I search through the playlist to find something new. Well, today I did and I came across this piece! I read the reviews and said, okay, I'll listen to it. So I went to my rhapsody account and listened. I'm listening now. I don't know how it got this far without getting fully DELETED from my playlist. This is terrible! I fully pimp radio paradise. I have sent in cash. I've bought tshirts. I've even lobbied Congress r.e. the fee crap. Play this bloddy, shoddy, make me feel like I'm shopping at the gap against my will, crap any longer and you won't have to worry about your fees cuz you won't have any listeners. :)
not a fan of this song, but WOW that was mean!
Sometimes I search through the playlist to find something new. Well, today I did and I came across this piece! I read the reviews and said, okay, I\'ll listen to it. So I went to my rhapsody account and listened. I\'m listening now. I don\'t know how it got this far without getting fully DELETED from my playlist. This is terrible! I fully pimp radio paradise. I have sent in cash. I\'ve bought tshirts. I\'ve even lobbied Congress r.e. the fee crap. Play this bloddy, shoddy, make me feel like I\'m shopping at the gap against my will, crap any longer and you won\'t have to worry about your fees cuz you won\'t have any listeners. :)
For what it\'s worth, Scythian Empires off of Armchair Apocrypha will only reinforce what seem to be the polarized prevailing attitudes about Andrew Bird: 1. He\'s an uber-talented musician with a penchant for catchy, unique lyrics. 2. He\'s a pretty versatile musician who can cherry pick weird phrases to cover up for the fact that there\'s no there there. Count me in the former camp. And, since I can\'t resist, let me introduce you to his alias, Dr. Stringz: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7HmkLu24w2o
I kinda like this tune, but when I realize that it\'s the \"snacks\" song, I get all happy and smiley. Thanks, Andrew! And thanks, Bill.
Mmmmmmm... Snacks!
Wonderful song for a beautiful Friday afternoon!
:music: :kiss: :jump:
very nice IMO rocks also IMO
gernick wrote:
Voice is the centre between Will Oldham and Mark Kozelek
Def, thought it was MK.
I gave it a 6 instead of a 5 because I like the cover art.
Reminds me of Red House Painters.
speaking of snacks....his new album "Armchair Aphocrapha" (think that's how you spell), is totally snackable...get into it!!!
There's going to be snacks! . . . really? I hope so.
guysmiley wrote:
There will be snacks ... there will!
:clap: Hooray for snacks! :hungry: ...and for Andrew Bird!
Luverly.......just what I needed on a Friday rainy afternoon at work! :music: :music: :clap: :clap:
dmax wrote:
Listening peripherally, this sounds like an Eels wannabe.
Voice is the centre between Will Oldham and Mark Kozelek lovely stuff!!!! the up bit just makes me a little weepy, Eels have never doen that, E always sounds like he's trying, rather than the more natural flow i get from this song, if that makes sense More bird! :clap: :good-vibes:
There will be snacks ... there will!
Really digging this one. First listen for me and I find it most excellent...don't know why. Also, he has a bit of a Lou Barlow quality to his voice, no?
I kinda like it!
cool cover – not sure about the song, though. I think I'll start with a 5.
UltraNurd wrote:
"The Mysterious Production of Eggs" can be explained by one creature: Birdo. Jump Mario/Luigi/Toad/Princess! It matters not where the eggs come from; best not to think about it, and just dodge them to be on the safe side.
You can't just dodge them, you have to jump on them and throw 'em back!
WTF? :ask:
"The Mysterious Production of Eggs" can be explained by one creature: Birdo. Jump Mario/Luigi/Toad/Princess! It matters not where the eggs come from; best not to think about it, and just dodge them to be on the safe side.
jgeyer wrote:
I'm going to dedicate this one to Odyzzeuz. Enjoy.
Are you sure that's appropriate? Even though he's posted 18,437 times, I'm not sure how he feels about this song...
I love this whole album! Been listening to it nonstop since I bought it. Thanks, Bill & Rebecca!
squidish wrote:
There's gonna be snacks! :dance:
I love GRILLED CHEESE!!!!!
jgeyer wrote:
I'm going to dedicate this one to Odyzzeuz. Enjoy.
Rightly so, I've never seen a bigger fan of Andrew Bird.
There's gonna be snacks! :dance:
No sarcasm?? No ironey?? Than criticism has no point....I think?
I'm going to dedicate this one to Odyzzeuz. Enjoy.
ElSupreme wrote:
Yeah, I bet you would want shakespear to say what he meant, or worse have his characters say what they ment. That would work. Lets get rid of sarcasm too.
No, but I would want them to spell his name correctly. And I'm not being sarcastic. Irony is overused. It's too often employed, as in this case, to falsely imply depth. I mean it.
aekl wrote:
I'm unclear as to which flock I am a part of. Are people who like this song insufferable? Are people who are annoyed by your attitude towards songs you don't care for insufferable? Or is it just people who agree? Should we all be contrary? In the future, please specify your complaint, both regarding the songs and your fellow listeners. It's so much easier to respond with reason when one knows what you are talking about. Thank you.
You're welcome.
Headphones off.
Cat Stevens please come and eat this bird...all is forgiven. :hug:
There will be snacks! yay! i like this song because of the snacks. not enough songs offer snacks.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Insufferable birds flock together.
I'm unclear as to which flock I am a part of. Are people who like this song insufferable? Are people who are annoyed by your attitude towards songs you don't care for insufferable? Or is it just people who agree? Should we all be contrary? In the future, please specify your complaint, both regarding the songs and your fellow listeners. It's so much easier to respond with reason when one knows what you are talking about. Thank you.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
The late great Bill Hicks used to say that Debbie Gibson (or was it Tiffany?) was a minion of Satan sent to earth to lower peoples' standards. I'm adding Andrew Bird to that list. There will not be snacks. I know, I know. Irony. That's just another way Satan is lowering peoples' standards. Instead of saying what you actually mean, say what you don't mean IRONICALLY. I hate that. Stop it now. Say what you mean.
Yeah, I bet you would want shakespear to say what he meant, or worse have his characters say what they ment. That would work. Lets get rid of sarcasm too.
formersnowbug wrote:
Maybe before he learned to play guitar, this guy was reciting stuff like this at the Monday night poetry reading at his local coffee shop, wearing a t-shirt with a clever quote on it, trying not to laugh at his own wit.
You would prefer a t-shirt advertising a beer, softdrink, sports team?
Maybe before he learned to play guitar, this guy was reciting stuff like this at the Monday night poetry reading at his local coffee shop, wearing a t-shirt with a clever quote on it, trying not to laugh at his own wit.
I can face the future now that I can be sure there will be snacks. The lyrics are superb.
I love it! This is the only song I can think of that promises snacks!
Funny (odd) little song, makes me smile.
aekl wrote:
Here, let me help: :beat: Maybe we can knock some sense into you.
Insufferable birds flock together.
Odyzzeuz wrote:
Torment. :frustrated:
Here, let me help: :beat: Maybe we can knock some sense into you.
Torment. :frustrated:
Listening peripherally, this sounds like an Eels wannabe.
... So don't you worry about the atmosphere? Or any sudden pressure change.
I don't know about the song, but I sure do like the cover art :)
The late great Bill Hicks used to say that Debbie Gibson (or was it Tiffany?) was a minion of Satan sent to earth to lower peoples' standards. I'm adding Andrew Bird to that list. There will not be snacks. I know, I know. Irony. That's just another way Satan is lowering peoples' standards. Instead of saying what you actually mean, say what you don't mean IRONICALLY. I hate that. Stop it now. Say what you mean. Whew. I feel a little better. Here they are. The deeply ironic lyrics. Tables and Chairs by Andrew Bird :devil_pimp: if we can call them friends we can call them on red telephones and they won't pretend that they're too busy or they're not alone if we can call them friends we can call holler at 'em down these hallowed halls but we can't let the human factor fail to be a factor at all don't don't you worry about the atmosphere or any sudden pressure change 'cause I know that it's starting to get warm in here and things are starting to get strange and did you did you see how all our friends were there drinkin' roses from the can how how I wish I I had talked to them and wished they fit into my plan and we were tired of being mild oh so tired of being mild we were so tired I know we're gonna meet someday in the crumbled financial institutions of this land there will be tables and chairs pony rides and dancing bears there'll even be a band 'cause listen after the fall there'll be no more countries no currencies at all we're gonna live on our wits throw away survival kits trade butterfly knives for adderal and that's not all woah! there will be snacks, there will there will be snacks!
Shesdifferent wrote:
He sings about tables and chairs :ask:
mmmmm yeah. 2.
He sings about tables and chairs :ask:
did somebody say xylophone?
This song smells of The Postal Service, Death Cab, etc...maybe it's the xylophone, maybe it's the sickly sweatness of the music, maybe it's the way it makes me want to strangle small creatures...
A nice sheen of apparent depth. I give it a 2.
HMS_Beagle wrote:
what's so mysterious about the production of eggs?
The fact that it may or may not have something to do with some goatlike creature in a blanket? Or if you're familiar with the Ig Nobels, the theory that eggs are produced by a process of cold fusion?
who's singing backup there? sounds like sam phillips kinda... what's so mysterious about the production of eggs?
raelic wrote:
Tries oh so hard to be kooky. Fails.
How can you fail to be kooky, if you really intend to? And if it isn't, then how do you know that's what he was trying to do? Isn't it just as likely he intended to be dead serious? Oh yes, and I am also partial to snacks. I am going to look for one right now.
snacks...excellent! the singer sounds (to me) quite a bit like the guy in Red House Painters, esp. at the beginning of this song before it speeds up. that's a compliment, I love the RHP.
Tries oh so hard to be kooky. Fails.
LOVELY! My friend saw Mr. Bird with Ani a year or so back...she played this CD for me, and raved about what an amazing musician he was. (If I recall correctly, she said he played all of the instruments you hear in his songs). Awesome.
Yeah...thanks for playing this! I never heard of this song (or this artist, for that matter) but this is rich, strong, and alarming...and well sung. Sounds like our global warming future to me. Maybe. Not sure. Probably have to hear it a few more times. I could be projecting... littleRoom wrote:
I love this song, it made my best of 2005 compilation cd, glad to see it here on RP! "i know we're going to meet some day in the crumbled financial institutions of this land there will be tables and chairs there'll be pony rides and dancing bears there'll even be a band cause listen, after the fall there will be no more countries no currencies at all, we're gonna live on our wits we're gonna throw away survival kits, trade butterfly-knives for adderal and that's not all ooh-ooh, there will be snacks there will there will be snacks, there will be snacks."
mojoman wrote:
You should see him live. He has the most amazing drummer I've ever seen.
Agreed. Andrew Bird is the real thing. Seeing him live is a MUST.
ploafmaster wrote:
Is it just me, or is there some crazy polyrhythm going on during much of this song? I can't quite wrap my head around it...
You should see him live. He has the most amazing drummer I've ever seen.
So great to hear some Andrew Bird on RP. This whole album is great.">
i love snacks! :tongue:
I sure am happy that there will be snacks!
From a first listen, I would put this on the "I like it enough for an initial "6" and it will probably grow on me even more" list. Stay tuned... :think:
Is it just me, or is there some crazy polyrhythm going on during much of this song? I can't quite wrap my head around it...
I love this song, it made my best of 2005 compilation cd, glad to see it here on RP! "i know we're going to meet some day in the crumbled financial institutions of this land there will be tables and chairs there'll be pony rides and dancing bears there'll even be a band cause listen, after the fall there will be no more countries no currencies at all, we're gonna live on our wits we're gonna throw away survival kits, trade butterfly-knives for adderal and that's not all ooh-ooh, there will be snacks there will there will be snacks, there will be snacks."