Thing a Week 38 – Drinking with You
I don’t know what it is with me and the office crushes – I haven’t had a job in almost a year so you know, it hasn’t really come up. But I find them very sweet, I think because offices are a lot like high school, which is the best time to have a crush. Except when you have an office crush, you are most likely old enough to drink, and so you can go out and get drunk with your crushee, which is also the best.
I am sensitive to the fact that some might misconstrue this song to be not so much a “sweet love song” and more a “pro-date-rape” song. This is not what I mean. I’m talking about that night long after the two of you both know very well what is going on but haven’t acted on it, and you make this mutual but kind of secret decision to “go out for drinks” – and you’re playing it cool on the outside but inside you’re jumping up and down and doing a one-person conga line singing “Going out for dri-hinks! Going out for dri-hinks!”
If you aren’t old enough to drink, don’t go out for drinks with your crush. It’s really not that awesome. Stay in school kids.
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Oh, man. That brings back too many unfortunate memories of my single days. Nice song, JoCo...
Hey man don't put down date rape. Some of us have to be drugged by women to stand a chance at ever getting within 10 feet without having a panic attack and denying women arn't fictional.
Dude....no more free downloads?! :'(
Sweet. Really sweet. I don't know which songs I like best: The hardcore-rock-songs or your ballads. Hmm... Ah, what the frell, I like them both. ;-)
This song reenvigorates an idea I've had ever since being in New York: Jonathan Coulton the Musical. This may not be the proper forum in which to discuss the idea, but the premise, as far as I see it is 'Ultimate genius leads to total isolation.' The plot, naturally, isn't ironed out, but it ends with you sitting in your moon base, singing to yourself about how your creative intrepidity has only led to you feeling a little alone inside -the song "Better" takes on a whole new meaning when it's sung to yourself. Morose? Yes. Hilarious? Yes.
Great Song, P.S.
Apparently invigorating is spelled with an i these days. Sorry.
Why did you think this song is a pro-date rape song? On the contrary, I think it's really beautiful. I'm excited to draw something really cool for it.
The office crush is a pretty universal theme. Both the US and UK version of "The Office"(oddly enough) use it as a main thread, and are hilarious to boot.
Jpez: wha? They're all free if you subscribe to the podcast, or just grab them from the original post.
in the lyrics:
"discretely" should be "discreetly" in this instance
also: the reason for jprez's post. start out in a new browser with a cleared cache, then click the mp3 link in the post -that you have syndicated from livejournal-
which would appear on everyone's friends page
in that circumstance, the direct mp3 link from the post redirects you to here:
(which is incidentally why i had a comment on the lyrics today :)
Cheridy: egads, how embarrassing. Discreetly. Now, with the LiveJournal stuff, did that just start happening? I've had redirects in place for hotlinked mp3s, but haven't changed anything in a while. I'll add LiveJournal as an exception.
Vintage Daisy says
I'm with Len - what the hell does this song have to do with date rape??? Whoever thinks there's a connection is thinking a little too much about date rape.
It's a very sweet song.
El Cid says
Anyone who thinks this song is about date rape is a pervert. This is a really cool song and it does remind me of the many times I felt so unsure about letting a particular girl know I liked her.
Ironically enough this is a description of some people's lives who work so much and never have time to get out into the real world. Love for many is so elusive, falling stars that crush so many hearts. So many levels of love - some driven by money, some by sex, by necessity, and true love, whereas mine lays at the top, on one leg...clumsy and with a heart of glass. For some it's "a crush." But when it's happening to you, it's more of "a crash."
Gorgeous song. Love the progressions. I assume you kapo it? Or do you enjoy paying in Db? :-)
Grrr. "paying" -> "playing"
Here's a first cut at a tab. Corrections welcome. Kapo-1.
C Em F E E7
We work late and I pretend that I donâ€™t notice when youâ€™re next to me
But I do
F Fm A Dm G7
I might be mistaken, but I sometimes get the feeling that you notice too
And I know this place thatâ€™s near here
F Fmaj7 F6 F
Quiet dark and small
G7 F C Cmaj7 A D
When weâ€™re finished here I think that I might want a beer, how about you?
Fm G7 C
Itâ€™d be nice to go out drinking with you
I admit that since I've been doing more work on my master's degree that I've been spending less time playing my acoustic, and less time tabbing your songs. When I first heard this song my brain was going "what are these chords, and how the heck does he get them to all fit together so nicely?" Anything that twiggles my musical geekery button is a good thing.
I think this is a beautiful song. Office crushes happen, even if no one ever says or does even the smallest thing about them, they are there.
Im really impressed with your ability to continue to write some incredible stuff, JoCo.
Does Re: Your Brains count as an office crush?
Crushes are awesome! Being liked back is super! Boyhfriends suck!
Today I sent this song to someone who was crushing in a serious way on some guy (and not me, alas) and it made her cry. This song really hits home.
Oops, I clicked on the link from the syndicated LiveJournal feed, forgetting that you don't allow linking to your mp3s. Heh.
Currently in the middle of a huge office crush. Plans for drinks have fallen through twice at no falut of either of us. Good analogy of high school and the office.
I'm so behind the times I doubt anyone will even see this, but this song is amazing like pretty much all other JoCo songs. (Like really its ridiculous, pretty much all of them...)
But when/where can I get the guitar tabs for this song? Playing Coulton on guitar is the best thing a person can do because it makes him or her feel good about themself and it also makes he or she more liked. Also it helps spread Coulton to all the idiots that haven't heard of him yet. (I used that accurately, I was an idiot before I heard of him and I still am an idiot so its fair.) In fact I'll feel really dumb if the tabs are already up but its well worth looking dumb, I really like this song.
This is easily my favorite song of yours. Whenever I have your CD in my car, I always seem to want to find this song first :)