All You Need is Love Unless You Have No Food

January 3, 2010 11:01 PM

This comment in the recent Starbucks/Product Red/internet singalong thread inspired me to redo Lennon's tune just a wee bit...

Once again, the lyrics:

All you need is love
unless you have no food
then you need love and food.
Also, you need water and shelter.

I'd like to dedicate this piece to the memory of my father, Samuel W. Bennett (1925-2002) who, in 1967, upon overhearing the record playing in my room, said something uncannily similar to the quoted comment. Except that, IIRC, he included a checking account in his list of things you need.

posted by flapjax at midnite (14 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

posted by gomichild at 12:32 AM on January 4, 2010

Maslow would be so proud.
posted by Forktine at 6:48 AM on January 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

The "wah-wah-wah-wah-wah" could actually be sung using the words "and a checking account"

A lovely tribute to the world's pragmatists. Thanks.
posted by Miko at 6:55 AM on January 4, 2010

I believe that may well be the best example of "You're a fucking idiot for not getting the point of the song" coupled with a savage bayonet thrust of derision I have ever heard. Kudos, my man. Kudos.
posted by dirtynumbangelboy at 11:01 AM on January 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

Dude, you have such an excellent speaking voice. Calm, soothing. Have you done any radio?
posted by ORthey at 11:40 AM on January 4, 2010 [1 favorite]

I think so too. It's got a lot of Bob Dorough in it.
posted by Miko at 11:43 AM on January 4, 2010

Nah, ORthey, never done any radio. I've been thinking of putting some kind of demo together for maybe getting some voiceover work, but haven't gotten around to it.

Thanks for your comments, folks!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 9:22 PM on January 4, 2010

My favourite part is "hello, friends."
And I like that it sounds as though you live in the Citizen Kane mansion.
posted by chococat at 8:14 AM on January 5, 2010

posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:36 AM on January 5, 2010

This is wonderful, and inspires me to share with you a version of Happy Birthday I recorded last October. The "goesagainstthemeaning" and "overextendedlyric" tags work well in both cases.
posted by lholladay at 1:27 PM on January 5, 2010

Wow, I appreciate this just being one track, as it really shows off the 'noises' you can make (like the perfect wah-wah-wah-wah). This seems like something that might be on Prairie Home Companion.
posted by Corduroy at 7:57 PM on January 5, 2010


Hey, this makes me wonder: when you play shows, do you chat a lot between songs?
posted by Karlos the Jackal at 3:42 AM on January 7, 2010

Karlos, actually, no, I don't do much chat between songs at my shows here in Japan, but that's mostly cause I'm not that comfortable with speaking Japanese, in that way. When I've got an audience that has a decent percentage of native English speakers, I'll be a little more talky onstage, but still not all that much.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:48 AM on January 7, 2010

Actually flapjax my waffling on in silly Japanese was the reason we kept getting gigs. Of course you are actually awesome at music so you won't need that tactic.
posted by gomichild at 5:22 PM on January 8, 2010

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