Every time you miss the boat you try to kiss the boat one more time... Duncan "The Body" Pflaster said, on twitter: 'Two of my favorite bands, Jimmy Buffett and The Mr. T Experience, both have a song called "The Weather is Here, Wish You Were Beautiful"' I doubt many people out there number both MTX and JB among their favorite artists. I imagine whose "Weather Is Here..." song you prefer would depend on which "band" you prefer. Here's ours: https://youtu.be/TYB5V3_nRA8 And here's Jimmy's: https://youtu.be/e4ZaGbZUDdk I like the Jimmy Buffett song, a tale of carefree debauchery and ditching the conventional corporate life for easy, drunken living on the islands. It's characteristic of his stuff, and is well done, a nice funny story. I admire the boldness and sheer gormlessness of rhyming "beautiful" with "dutiful" and "fruitiful" -- I didn't even try to "go there." I suppose my song is pretty characteristic too. Of me, I mean, obviously. My song is trying to do some trickier things, I guess, like I always try to do with hardly anyone noticing. The title is, in both songs, a well-known joke switching the terms of a conventional phrase people write on postcards. And the conceit of my song is that the lyrics are the actual message written on such a postcard, reflecting, in effect, a darker reality beneath the cliché. There is a narrative of a wistful love-gone-wrong scenario that can be filled in around the edges, a backstory. By the end, it's the actual postcard speaking ("I'm a message you won't return...") with an air of finality that has developed during the course of the actual writing of it. The narrator, by then, has left the building, so to speak. Lookout continued things by printing up actual postcards for a promo item when the song was actually released. In fact I wrote these lyrics in my head while wandering the streets of... some Italian city, Rome possibly, during that tour with Green Day in 1996. I was in a kind of a state at the time, thinking about writing a letter back home, then thinking better of it and writing the song instead. (I was unaware of the Jimmy Buffett song at the time, not that that means anything, though maybe if I had known about it I'd have been deterred from doing my own.) Like many songs on the Revenge Is Sweet album, but maybe a bit more so than some, this song has always felt rather unfinished in its recorded version. It works okay as is, but I had some grander ambitions for it, sonically and arrangement-wise. Particularly the guitar lead stuff. That was meant as a placeholder, to be filled in later with the real part, only to turn out that there was no time or money to do the real part in the end. So we just used the scratch guitar and let it all just go off as is. I guess that is kind of, you know, thematically fitting, too. Anyway, this is an inadvertent "minor secrets" post I suppose. It's very unlikely a live video of this song will turn up so I doubt it'll ever be a "Song for Odin." It's got some great lines and I think it's one of my solid-est, most well-conceived lyrics, for what that's worth. You are out of sight, but you're not out of mind. I am out of everything, this much I have divined. You're not all that far away. Still and all you are away. I've got a lot to say. There's nothing not to say anymore. Listen my dear, this says it all-- the weather is here, wish you were beautiful. Here's one more invitation that I must extend to one more disengagement party that you won't attend, though you may spend some time coming back again sometime, cause every time you miss the boat you try to kiss the boat one more time. You're cold and unclear, that's true to form-- the weather is here, wish you were warm. You'll soon have other hearts to leave a stain on, more parades to rain on. It's hopeless. I guess I'm hopeless now, too: things to express, but no way how to. To whom this may concern: I'm a message you won't return. You're a lesson that I may never learn. But never fear, let this suffice-- the weather is here, wish you were nice. The weather is here, wish you were beautiful. #music #songs #songwriting #minds

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