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49 thoughts on 49:00

By 25.Jul.0817 Comments

1. Some people love me, they’re creaming (Really, did he say that on Out of My System? If so, I am totally creaming)

2. Proof that Our Man Paul wants me to happy? ANOTHER song with talk of hips. Not many of you know this, but I have a hips fetish and I collect songs that mention hips. So yeah, Be My Darling floats my boat for the hips line alone. Speaking of, I can’t decide if that one line however, is:
Might even send the knight in fact
Might even spend the night in fact

3. At Supergenius HQ (aka my house) it is required to do a few raise the roof arm pumps whenever “Hey, Hey” comes on. Why is that? Mostly because it feels right and also, as a writer, we believe we must celebrate any song with a bit of a grammar lesson in it.

4. There is also a lot of sassy head shaking during “Squeaky Obscene.”

5. I’m on the brink today of writing something memorable — the line in “It’ll Never Die” might just become my new life’s motto.

6. The “Goodnight Sweet Prince” segue in “Guess I’ll Be Going Then” is fucking genius

7. I love that crazy slide whistle thing towards the end of “Out of My System”

8. A long time ago I decided there were two kinds of people in this world — i.e. those who like peanut M&Ms and those who like plain, those who choose Coke or Pepsi, Beatles or Stones, Husker Du or The ‘Mats, and for those who live in the Twin Cities area you’re a PiPress or a Strib person. I’m a PiPress person. I started out a Strib person, but then I fell in love with Jim Walsh’s writing when I was like 19 and my allegiance has forever been changed. So when I saw PiPress musicman Ross Raihala mentioning our made up song titles I was hella pumped.

9. Hey, Hey also talks about not forgetting the comma, clearly this man lives with a writer

10. Just exactly what is a faggot Davy Crockett?

11. I have accepted the fact that he is, in fact, wondering who Terri is going to marry. I still like calling the song “(Tell Me) Who You Gonna Marry?” because, well, the song doesn’t have to be called an exact lyric. Get a grip people.

12. Not really a fan of “Visitor’s Day”

13. You know what this album is really missing? The ability to go make me a sandwich

14. I nominate “Devil Raised a Good Boy” as the official ass shaker of 49:00

15. Here’s what I like so much about “Everyone’s Stupid” — that line about I can’t wait until I don’t know when, to me that just so sums up the thinking and feelings of a 10-year-old kid

16. The pain in his voice when he sings “fiiiiigggghhht” on “Goodnight Sweet Prince” is palpable

17. At one point I was convinced I heard a whispy snippet of “A Star is Bored” or “I Shot an Actor” but now I can’t find it.

18. This means I am either crazy or you can only hear it when you are half-paying attention

19. I want a full-out 3 minute version of “Money Goes Straight to Her Heart” and then I can write some kind of feminist diatribe about it

20. Shoulder shrugs can be subsititued for raise the roofs in “Hey, Hey”

21. If you actually think there are going to be 49 random thoughts you are sorely mistaken & I apologize for taking advantage of your gullability

22. Whenever “Squeaky Obscene” comes on, I have to listen to it three times in a row

23. I’m pretty sure Our Man Paul should release an album of nothing but covers. . . chosen by me.



I am the queen of the underground, a bad ungrateful bunny.


  • Dfactor says:

    Great thoughts above. But you gotta stop the insanity and change the title on the first track – it’s clearly “Terry” (or “Teri”) he’s singing in the opening track – no way that’s “Tell Me” – in fact, listen closely on the middle eight, and it almost sounds like “Tami” or “Tammy” that Paul is singing. 🙂

  • Dfactor says:

    Oh shit, I just read #11 – disregard the above…. 🙂

    Hey, it’s Friday and I’m TAKIN’ A RIDE!

  • Jodi says:

    I think he says both in the song. He does start out with Terri, but there’s the whole tell me who, tell me true. . . so I stand by the song name!

  • ih8music says:

    “spend the night” makes much more sense, but I clearly hear him say “send” – unless he flubbed the lyric (very possible)

  • Jodi says:

    I actually think both make sense. Send the knight. . . you know the knight in shining armchair. I kind of like that better, because it’s more original. But then I like the idea that spending the night is some sort of romantic gesture.

  • Jay says:

    i think this album is intended to be more feel, less think.

  • Jodi says:

    I feel that your thinking so dead wrong. Okay, not really, I just wanted to say that.

  • Jimdracula says:

    Be My Darlin’…”bite your lips, pull your hair.”

  • lee says:

    I’m am so with you on Paul releasing an album of covers—must include MTM theme and Don’t Cry No Tears. Can’t listen to Goodnight Sweet Prince without crying…or is it just me???

  • blasty says:

    Here’s the song that plays during Goodnight Sweet Prince, starting at the “brandy” lyric:

    It’s pretty much a fully formed song, clocking in at 1:26.

  • zook says:

    I have no idea what a faggot Davy Crockett but I think Pdub refers to him as a Friday Davy Crockett. I don’t know what that means either except that I picture the men of yore dressing up in their best clothes on a Friday night for some reason.

  • Jodi says:

    I heard it as a Friday Davy Crockett too! But then someone or two said it was faggot Davy Crockett. I am going back to Friday.

  • karen ripington says:

    I keep hearin’ Friday Davy Crockett too. And I do not even begin to know what it might mean. Zook seems to have a reasonable explanation.

  • zook says:

    Jodi – concerning #17, I think it is Goodnight Sweet Prince you might be thinking of. In the opening notes and lyrics it reminds me a lot of A Star Is Bored before becoming it’s own.

  • blasty says:

    Concerning no. 17, he mentions “Actor in the Street” in the song that plays along with Goodnight Sweet Prince” after the bottle of brandy line.
    Here’s my best stab at the lyrics to that song:

    it is a rough night my head hurt so deep
    Do me a favor don’t fall asleep
    and when they woke the ________ ______
    and the actor in the street
    he said rise
    then they rose
    and tried to hide by the stone
    a rat on a sinking ship
    they left him all alone

    His character said
    you still mean ____________
    and he’s too excited
    his carpenter’s hands
    he was born in a barn
    and he stood quiet with his carpenter’s hands
    he was born in a barn
    and he stood like a man
    with his carpenter’s hands
    he was born in a barn

    I don’t think it’s any accident that PW put a song about Jesus in the middle of a song about his Catholic father dying. (I think I read somewhere that his father was catholic. I could be wrong). It’s obvious that he put a lot of thought into 49:00, and that it’s not just a bunch of song snippets thrown together haphazardly.

  • Jimdracula says:

    it’s no accident, trust.

  • MattDW says:

    I’m pretty sure it’s money going straight to her arm, not straight to her heart, especially since the next line ends with the word “farm”, which would rhyme. No feminist diatribe necessary.

    That Davy Crockett line, on the other hand…