Friday, April 6, 2012

Rockin’ Friday: If I had $1000000


This week’s Rockin’ Friday tune is “If I had $1000000” by Barenaked Ladies.  Those six zeroes indicate a million dollars and are how the band curiously chose to spell the title. That would have been my 3rd choice, but what do I know? 

It’s a great song featuring a kid friendly “call-and-repeat” which little ones can easily participate in singing.  The song is about what a Dude would do for his beloved if he possessed that much cash. The singer is obviously a kind soul, as he’d not only buy her a house but also furniture for her house so she wouldn’t have to sit on the floor.  His generosity is not surprising, because he’s Canadian and they are usually pretty cool.  

1,000 Benjis = $1000000
This is a great song for kids because the message contains positive messages of sharing what you are fortunate to have with others, caring for animals and cultural education. For example, the singer says that if he had a million dollars he’d “buy you some art, like a Picasso or a Garfunkel”.  Seriously, who wouldn’t want an original Garfunkel in their home? I mean beside Paul Simon, of course. 

This song has been a concert favorite for BNL for many years and there is always some good improvisation when they perform it live. A perfect example is the Macaroni Dance/Explosion that singer Stephen Page does halfway through the version in the video below.

What would YOU do if you had a million dollars?


8 comments:

  1. !. Buy a house
    2. Let Noah have a data plan so I can be SUPERCOOL mom.
    3. Whatever else Hot Joe wants but mostly stick it in the savings.

    ~The G is Silent

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    1. Kim, Those are all great ideas. Though those data plans can get tricky...

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  2. I can't tell you the number of times I've been drinking and made up my own lyrics, most of which I'm not sure are appropriate for your blog. I will say that if I somehow came into a lot of scratch I would definitely take a vacation, make sure my daughter went to a good college, buy a house and a car. Nothing extravagant, just comfortable and nice.

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    1. JR, I'd love to hear some of your alternate lyrics!

      You also have a good plan for the cash, unlike the singer who would buy a monkey.

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    2. To be fair, the object of his affection has always wanted a monkey.

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    3. I always have to rewind that part several times, Whit, as my 2-year-old cracks up every time he hears that line in the song. But seriously, who wouldn't want a monkey?

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  3. I meant to respond to this on Friday but I got sidetracked. This is one of those songs that I've always loved off their album. I listen to it fairly regularly, and would have to agree that it is an excellent choice for the Little Dude.

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    1. Thanks, David. Stay tuned every Friday for a new tune of the week!

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