It’s time for me to admit a fault of mine, leaping to conclusions. Most of you know I’m pretty bad when it comes to lyrics. I’ve mentioned how I can hardly remember lyrics to any song, save for the chorus. If you repeat something enough, then it just might get stuck in my head.
This being said, there’s this song by the lead singer of the defunct band Soul Coughing. Mr. Mike Doughty wrote a song called Busting Up a Starbucks in 2005. I actually kind of dig the song, with one glaring exception. I didn’t enjoy that silly part encouraging one to bust up a Starbucks. That’s just not how I roll. Mr. Doughty’s voice is pretty damn cool so I did my best to overlook the chorus.
Well some things just aren’t what they seem. What I assumed was an anthem decreeing Starbucks global presence couldn’t be further from the truth. If you read the lyrics carefully you’ll see he actually gives a shout out to Starbucks. I read this interview online and learned he’s a loyal Starbucks customer who was outraged when he saw hooligans on tv heeving chairs through Starbucks (and other businesses)in downtown Seattle during the infamous 1999 WTO riots. Those riots so captivated folks around the world, nine years later a movie starring Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson will attempt to shed some light on those events.
Anyways, all this time I figured the song was some anti-establishment bitchfest about big corporations and how they stink up the planet. Instead the song pokes fun at the fools who think vandalism is an extension of free speech. At the very end of the song he even gives a shout out to the four Starbucks he frequents most often. Color me quick to judge.
Current parenthood treat: while I’m rocking Baby Singe to sleep in her room, she loves to rub the top of her head on the underside of my chin. She loves dad’s stubble, finally it has a purpose. It’s great for rubbing an itchy baby scalp. Yet alone, another reason not to bathe daily.