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VAST — Frog
Album: April
Avg rating:
7.1

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Total ratings: 1431









Released: 2007
Length: 3:01
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Hopping through the rain forest
Escaping the fire like all the rest
Trying to keep my species alive
Looking for lilies and tasty flies
My legs are pumping as fast as they need to
My legs are drying as quick as glue
I look at the sun for one of my kind
I am a frog and I have a mind

You sold me out, you're losing me out here [unclear]
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

Less and less of us everday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown

You sold me out, you're losing me out here [unclear]
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

And I'm running just to be
Yeah I'm hoping you'll kiss me
I used to be alive

Less and less of us everday
The humans screwed the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown
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Jim Morrison is still alive! I slept with her last night
 LawDude wrote:

More frogs means more frog legs at dinner.  Mmmm, mmmmmm.
 
You do know that harvesting frog legs is effected by cutting them off while the frogs are still alive, and then discarding their legless bodies to die.  Like shark fins, an utterly abhorrent practice.
Definitely not VASTed potential. What a band.
Jim Morrison clone.
 ziggytrix wrote:

sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous /ˌsaNG(k)təˈmōnēəs/
adjective
derogatory
1. making a show of being morally superior to other people.
synonyms: self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pious, pietistic, churchy, moralizing, preachy, smug, superior, priggish, hypocritical, insincere

 



Dude, your posting a definition of "sanctimonious" makes you the sanctimonious one.




Never mind the Lizard King, this is the Frog Prince.
Right, Jimbo?
Hello, Jim? 
 lizardking wrote:

Interesting reference....in fact I just listened to The Soft Parade title track the other day, one of my fav lesser known (or lesser listened to) Doors tracks.  I kinda get that feeling too now you mention it, which is a good thing to me.  I'll bump my 6 to a 7 for the cool "sounds like" ... although I prefer the Doors' track to this one.  Long Live RP!!

 
I've gone 7 to 8 on this in large part to the "sounds like" Jim M and the Doors.  Long Live RP!!
This is what I wish the Doors sounded like.
Huh. Its not just me. I thought "I wonder if this guy listened to much Jim Morrison?"
 GTT wrote:
This reminds me of Doors Soft Parade, only better.

 
Interesting reference....in fact I just listened to The Soft Parade title track the other day, one of my fav lesser known (or lesser listened to) Doors tracks.  I kinda get that feeling too now you mention it, which is a good thing to me.  I'll bump my 6 to a 7 for the cool "sounds like" ... although I prefer the Doors' track to this one.  Long Live RP!!
This reminds me of Doors Soft Parade, only better.
 kcar wrote:

Maybe you should channel your put-off state of mind towards making a donation to an environmental cause. So that you can help save some frogs instead of working so hard at missing the point of the song. 

 
sanc·ti·mo·ni·ous /ˌsaNG(k)təˈmōnēəs/
adjective
derogatory
1. making a show of being morally superior to other people.
synonyms: self-righteous, holier-than-thou, pious, pietistic, churchy, moralizing, preachy, smug, superior, priggish, hypocritical, insincere

 ThePoose wrote:
I keep hearing Mr. Mojo Risin'

 

 
Totally! I'm sure they could do some killer Doors covers!
I keep hearing Mr. Mojo Risin'

 
 kcar wrote:

Maybe you should channel your put-off state of mind towards making a donation to an environmental cause. So that you can help save some frogs instead of working so hard at missing the point of the song. 

 
More frogs means more frog legs at dinner.  Mmmm, mmmmmm.
 ziggytrix wrote:

Sorry it took me a few years to see and reply to your comment, but I just can't take seriously lines like "the humans screwed us the human way" or "I am a frog and I have a mind" from this guy.  I just can't.  Sorry.  I'm such a great environmentalist that I wrote this song to speak for the frogs.  Do you think I don't have the right to be a little put off by that?  Maybe I'm totally off base and Crosby donated all the proceeds of this album to Greenpeace.

"The term "anthemic" is a modern word coined to describe music with a celebratory connotation. Since the target audience of pop music can vary greatly, so can the celebrated subject of the anthem." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthem#Modern_use) Does that clarify my use of the phrase "environmentalist anthem" for you? 

I stand by my statements.  This guy is a great songwriter, although the lyrics of this song are not typical of his body of work and seem simultaneously exaggerative and insincere to me.  But the song is catchy as hell, and it sounds great blasting out the window of your Prius, so it's not all bad.

 
Maybe you should channel your put-off state of mind towards making a donation to an environmental cause. So that you can help save some frogs instead of working so hard at missing the point of the song. 
 maggierob wrote:
It's "fewer" frogs, dammit. Sanctimony sounds better when it's grammatically correct.

 
Not if it doesn't match the music.  "Fewer" would not work there.
never seem to get sick of this song.
It's quirky and witty....it's on all my playlists.... and my conscience.

I was a frog and now I am a sign
Love the Finns

It's "fewer" frogs, dammit. Sanctimony sounds better when it's grammatically correct.
this song is cool, maybe some greedy ass people will lean towards more respect for the environment in the coming years
 CanyonMan wrote:


Please explain what in the lyrics is "sanctimonious" (which means "hypocritically pious or devout")?  For that matter, why is it an "anthem"? 

The lyrics just comment on the rapid loss of habitat and biodiversity taking place due to humans' impact.  The data about rainforest destruction by humans couldn't be any more objective.  That's undeniable fact — unless one possesses absolutely amazing powers of denial (in which case, the term "santimonious" would almost be fitting...).
 
Sorry it took me a few years to see and reply to your comment, but I just can't take seriously lines like "the humans screwed us the human way" or "I am a frog and I have a mind" from this guy.  I just can't.  Sorry.  I'm such a great environmentalist that I wrote this song to speak for the frogs.  Do you think I don't have the right to be a little put off by that?  Maybe I'm totally off base and Crosby donated all the proceeds of this album to Greenpeace.

"The term "anthemic" is a modern word coined to describe music with a celebratory connotation. Since the target audience of pop music can vary greatly, so can the celebrated subject of the anthem." (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anthem#Modern_use) Does that clarify my use of the phrase "environmentalist anthem" for you? 

I stand by my statements.  This guy is a great songwriter, although the lyrics of this song are not typical of his body of work and seem simultaneously exaggerative and insincere to me.  But the song is catchy as hell, and it sounds great blasting out the window of your Prius, so it's not all bad.
 ick wrote:
This raised a sort of philosophical question for me when I read this statement.  Who among us has not been self indulgent?...As for being refined?  Few rock bands are meant to be refined in my estimation.
 
Good point.  Refinement is essentially the antithesis of rock 'n' roll.
Dang I was really hoping "Peace Frog" from the Doors would be next. Can't complain about Peter Murphy too much though.
 templebeautiful wrote:
Thank you again RP for introducing me to another great band.

 
I second that!
 
 ick wrote:

This raised a sort of philosophical question for me when I read this statement.  Who among us has not been self indulgent?  There are all sorts of forms it takes.  Living in a larger house than you need, driving a larger and faster vehicle than is practical or many other things.  Perhaps smoking some weed is one of the more benign forms of self indulgence?  Morrison had an addiction problem and I believe that's what killed him but I don't believe that Krieger, Densmore or Manzarek suffered from those demons.  

As for being refined?  Few rock bands are meant to be refined in my estimation.

 
Well said, ick.

 
 ziakut wrote:
This is the way the Doors would have sounded today if they weren't always stoned, less self indulgent and had a bit more refined talent.

 
This raised a sort of philosophical question for me when I read this statement.  Who among us has not been self indulgent?  There are all sorts of forms it takes.  Living in a larger house than you need, driving a larger and faster vehicle than is practical or many other things.  Perhaps smoking some weed is one of the more benign forms of self indulgence?  Morrison had an addiction problem and I believe that's what killed him but I don't believe that Krieger, Densmore or Manzarek suffered from those demons.  

As for being refined?  Few rock bands are meant to be refined in my estimation.
bumped up the rating a few notches just for the lyrics...but liking the tune more and more, too.

As many posters have noted, definitely a Doors vibe here.  Maybe this is what Jim might have done later in his career, had he not done whatever he did to wind up dead in that bathtub in France...
trippy----my girlfriend just said "that sounds like Jim Morrison"........
Wow - thought it was The Doors - great song.
 
Bit like the Doors... I think.
 
Thank you again RP for introducing me to another great band.
You are playing such an awesome set. I am thankful for Radio Paradise!! (And yes, I'm a supporter.)
Had to make sure I didn't miss a Doors song
See the Doors influence, but also read some Beck into this too. 
Bottom line, it's pretty damn good.  
am I the only one that notices a Doors-like vibe here? I like it. jus sayin...

ah. {#Arrowd} validation. 
Doors. My very first bell ringer, but it is likable. I'll watch the rotation...
i thought this was "church of betty" at first.
Frogs go to heaven and toads go to hell.
 scraig wrote:
 

Thank you scraig, for honouring the true meaning of this song

"Less and less of us every day
The humans have screwed us the human way...
You sold me out.....

I was frog and now I am a sign"
(This is merely a remark on the Artist Website link) - directing to Vermont Association of Snow Travellers {#Motor}
 ziakut wrote:
This is the way the Doors would have sounded today if they weren't always stoned, less self indulgent and had a bit more refined talent.
 
Criticism of The Doors 45 years after the fact just serves to prove the power of their music, whether or not you think you can improve it.


 ziakut wrote:
This is the way the Doors would have sounded today if they weren't always stoned, less self indulgent and had a bit more refined talent.
 
Exactly.
This is the way the Doors would have sounded today if they weren't always stoned, less self indulgent and had a bit more refined talent.
Sounds like Jim Morrison,man!
 Imkirok wrote:

LOL!

/romeoboober
 
LOL
Um...Jim Morrison in a Batman costume!  WHOA
 ubuntourist wrote:
Holy Shades of Jim Morrison, Batman!
 
BAM!   POW!  {#Wave}
 boober wrote:
Everyone in my hotel room is hopping!
 

I have a room next to yours & everyone here is hopping mad 'cause your too loud.
Keep it down!


 boober wrote:
Everyone in my hotel room is hopping!
 
LOL!

/romeoboober
 ubuntourist wrote:
Holy Shades of Jim Morrison, Batman!
 
Same thought here! Incredible resemblance of Batman. Dunno about that Jim guy though..
 ubuntourist wrote:
Holy Shades of Jim Morrison, Batman!
 
Ka-Powwwww!
Everyone in my hotel room is hopping!
 CanyonMan wrote:


Please explain what in the lyrics is "sanctimonious" (which means "hypocritically pious or devout")?  For that matter, why is it an "anthem"? 

The lyrics just comment on the rapid loss of habitat and biodiversity taking place due to humans' impact.  The data about rainforest destruction by humans couldn't be any more objective.  That's undeniable fact — unless one possesses absolutely amazing powers of denial (in which case, the term "santimonious" would almost be fitting...).

 
or.......

Ziggy, STFU....

 ziggytrix wrote:
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
 

Please explain what in the lyrics is "sanctimonious" (which means "hypocritically pious or devout")?  For that matter, why is it an "anthem"? 

The lyrics just comment on the rapid loss of habitat and biodiversity taking place due to humans' impact.  The data about rainforest destruction by humans couldn't be any more objective.  That's undeniable fact — unless one possesses absolutely amazing powers of denial (in which case, the term "santimonious" would almost be fitting...).

Holy Shades of Jim Morrison, Batman!
I always love hearing this on RP, so I clicked on the link to buy it on iTunes.
Hearing it on my MP3 gave it a whole new presence and made me concentrate on the lyrics,
 which blew my mind

"Less and less of us every day
The humans have screwed us in the human way...
I was frog, now I'm a song"

This should be the Green Party's theme tune!

Thank you RP for bringing us these gems!

 Imkirok wrote:
Deep, serious lyrics, but I had to chuckle at the line: "I am a frog and I have a mind".

 
Hey, frogs are people too!

Just shows you how far ahead of their times the doors  were. 
 PopKombo wrote:
The Lizard King is dead.  Long live the King!

 
Lizards everywhere mourn the loss of the Lizard King. Vive le roi!

The Lizard King is dead.  Long live the King!

totally door-ish

Agreed  Doors 2.0  Very Likable


 Fi-Wi wrote:

Wow, The Doors 2.0.

I like it!
 


Deep, serious lyrics, but I had to chuckle at the line: "I am a frog and I have a mind".

 johnjconn wrote:

Sounds like a Jim Morrison and the Doors song.


 
I was just going to ask if it was just me....

Nice album art too...grooving on this.  Thanks RP!  I love you guys!
 estprophet22 wrote:
I'd love to hear Morphine cover this one.
 
I'm sorry to be the one to tell you that isn't gonna happen.

Morphine

I'd love to hear Morphine cover this one.
Perhaps a nice segue from this would be Kiss that Frog by Peter Gabriel. Completely different uh, frog, but interesting nonetheless.
Love the horn section {#Yell}
GREAT!
Wow, The Doors 2.0.

I like it!
 johnjconn wrote:

Sounds like a Jim Morrison and the Doors song.


 

Wasn't hearing that at all! I like it though.
Definitely a Morrison sensibility content-wise too... peace frog.
 johnjconn wrote:

Sounds like a Jim Morrison and the Doors song.


 
Totally. Just clicked on browser to see who this is, thinking "man, sounds like Morrison, and like what I would envision the Doors to sound like in modern day.  Very cool.

 ziggytrix wrote:
 
Seriously, I'm just averse to when a singer sings from the perspective of a frog.  Is that so hideous?
 
Since frogs can't speak to us of their problems of survival, it takes a creative mind to do so. Did he make you think about the destruction of the world's rainforests? If yes, then he has met his goal. If not, it probably wouldn't matter anyway. Some minds cannot be reached.
Midnight Oil comes to mind.
Love the lyrics.
 Bluesgrrl wrote:

Didja read these lyrics BP?

 
Unfortunately BP wouldn't be in business unless we bought their products.


Yup.... the Doors.  I thought that before I even read any of the comments below!  W-O-W!!!!
"The humans screwed us the human way." Could that simple truth be any sadder?
nice seque from Harry Manx - Forgive & Remember
its just KICKIN!!{#Dancingbanana_2}
Oh, yeah, man.  I'm diggin' this tune BIG TIME.  
 fuh2 wrote:


Hopping through the rainforest                                                  
Escaping the fire like all the rest
Trying to keep my species alive
Looking for lilies and tasty flies

My legs are pumping as fast they need to
My legs are drying as quick as glue
I look at the sun for one of my kind
I am a frog and I have a mind

You sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

Less and less of us everyday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown

You sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

And I'm running just to be
Yeah I'm hoping you'll kiss me
Yeah I'm running just to be
Just to be alive

Less and less of us everyday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown

And you sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

 
Didja read these lyrics BP?



Hopping through the rainforest                                                  
Escaping the fire like all the rest
Trying to keep my species alive
Looking for lilies and tasty flies

My legs are pumping as fast they need to
My legs are drying as quick as glue
I look at the sun for one of my kind
I am a frog and I have a mind

You sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

Less and less of us everyday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown

You sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

And I'm running just to be
Yeah I'm hoping you'll kiss me
Yeah I'm running just to be
Just to be alive

Less and less of us everyday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown

And you sold me out, you sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

It did to me too: same reason why I wanted to reply.

 
akzooey wrote:
Yes, yes it does. I came in here to say that. I think it might be the repeating of just a few of his words after some of the lyric lines.

 
Notelrac wrote:
A discussion about lyrics and environmental politics aside...  Does this remind anyone else of Jim Morrison and the Doors?

 

 


 ziggytrix wrote:

Auto-rant?  I only said I prefer the lyrics of his other songs.  Are you taking the piss?

And speaking of metaphor, the "kiss" is almost certainly a metaphor for "saving the rainforest".  You're reading too much into a single line of the song at the expense of every other line of the song, which is an unambiguous lament about deforestation and the extinction of its native species. It's painfully clear.

 
<shrug> We'll have to differ on interpretations. To me this is a fun song about a guy trying to get off. To you and other it's an environmental protest. Short of in-depth textual analysis, or interrogating the songwriter, we'll never know.

{#Curtain}(image available)
vast
Yes, yes it does. I came in here to say that. I think it might be the repeating of just a few of his words after some of the lyric lines.

 
Notelrac wrote:
A discussion about lyrics and environmental politics aside...  Does this remind anyone else of Jim Morrison and the Doors?

 

Jim Morrison vibe here. Frog and all.
A discussion about lyrics and environmental politics aside...  It appears that I'm not alone in thinking that this guy sounds like Jim Morrison.  Probably without the heroin, though.


 sdn wrote:

Yeah, don't you hate it when a song has a point of view and makes you think?

 

I bet that guy totally hates environmentalists and environmentalism. {#Rolleyes}
 
Seriously, I'm just averse to when a singer sings from the perspective of a frog.  Is that so hideous?


 fredriley wrote:

Er, you have heard of 'metaphor' haven't you? Hmm? The "frog" referred to is 'frog' as in what princesses kiss to find a prince. Listen next time before launching into an auto-rant.

 
Auto-rant?  I only said I prefer the lyrics of his other songs.  Are you taking the piss?

And speaking of metaphor, the "kiss" is almost certainly a metaphor for "saving the rainforest".  You're reading too much into a single line of the song at the expense of every other line of the song, which is an unambiguous lament about deforestation and the extinction of its native species. It's painfully clear.

 ziggytrix wrote:
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
 
Yeah, don't you hate it when a song has a point of view and makes you think?

 ziggytrix wrote:
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
 
Er, you have heard of 'metaphor' haven't you? Hmm? The "frog" referred to is 'frog' as in what princesses kiss to find a prince. Listen next time before launching into an auto-rant.

 DaveInVA wrote:
Yes this Vast frog does sound quite a bit like a subdued Jim Morrison....

 
Agreed!  Morrison, had he lived and matured, would have made music much like this piece.  From lizard to amphibian!

 ziggytrix wrote:
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
 
Fair enough, but there's certainly no shortage of sanctimonious songs out there.  Personally, I find the beat here irresistable (catchy, as you suggest).  He could be sanctimonious about plane crashes and I'd still be diggin' this beat.

 dBdwg wrote:

yeah sanctimoniousevnironmentalistanthemlyrics suck..... environmentalists suck...... why should we care anyway... the ozone is fine and wtf drill the friggin parks we need oil so we can go the the jersey shore every weekend....can't actually go in the water, but wft... sanctimoniousevironmentalist go home.

 
woah, i wasn't thinking about the frog's feelings when i said that! {#Redface}

 ziggytrix wrote:
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
 
yeah sanctimoniousevnironmentalistanthemlyrics suck..... environmentalists suck...... why should we care anyway... the ozone is fine and wtf drill the friggin parks we need oil so we can go the the jersey shore every weekend....can't actually go in the water, but wft... sanctimoniousevironmentalist go home.

still, it's a very catchy tune.
meh, i liked his songs better when they didn't have sanctimonious environmentalist anthem lyrics. {#Hand}
This has grown on me
very nice!
Yes this Vast frog does sound quite a bit like a subdued Jim Morrison....

Jim is alive, somewhere in this Vast Universe.
Less and less of us everyday
The humans have screwed us the human way
Trees are falling without a sound
Into a river where they drown
And you sold me out, You sold me out
Yeah I was a frog and now I am a song

 spumoni wrote:

 

A little light for Morrison comparisons me thinks.


 spumoni wrote:
 
Phwwoooar...


   I'm not not licking toads!

 
ick wrote:

toadlicker, toadlicker

 


totally sounds like Jim, wow....
Jim Morrison meets Calexico..... cooooooooool {#Clap}

{#Clap} some of my best frogs are friends{#Roflol}  ...PS   they be for real!!!   no likey./...??  don't listen{#Whipit}..where's the smiley w/ da bird?flip flip


 floydoftherocks wrote:
FUN FUN FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

Yep Yep Yep!
 ScottishWillie wrote:

Is this a Doors tribute band or are they for real?

 
This is one person, not a band.  


Is Clarence "Frogman" Henry up next?