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The Odds Are in Favor for Barenaked Ladies With This Contemporary Tune

It’s #SongLyricsSunday! The prompt this week is to find a song with the words “even” or “odd” in the title or lyrics. I thought I would dial things down a little bit and go with a song that is mid-tempo and more contemporary. The song? “Odds Are” by Canadian rock band Barenaked Ladies. The reason why I choose this song? Let’s find out below!

(#SongLyricsSunday is a weekly prompt hosted by the wonderful Jim. Anyone can join! More details on how to join at the end of the post!)

Odds Are We’re Gonna Be Alright

Many mainstream listeners will know Barenaked Ladies only for their 1998 hit tune “One Week”. I love that song too, it references my favorite anime show. However, that was not the only thing they been famous for (or even release) since then. Did you know that they performed the theme song for the hit American comedy series The Big Bang Theory? Yep, that was them!

Barenaked Ladies have been releasing a variety of albums over the years. One of the albums is the 2013 Grinning Streak, in which the track “Odds Are” appears. The tune is a mid-tempo alternative rock one that focuses on this message: “Even though the worst things could happen, chances are that it wouldn’t be likely to happen. Everything is going to be alright.” (The song also features background vocals of Nora Patterson from the American indie pop band Royal Teeth.)

Make sure to watch the music video as it really does a great job showcasing the mad antics of the lyrics also the band’s personality (see “One Week”). It overplays the theme in a comedic way, which is golden! And, the way how the band members hem up the lyrics’ antics with their over the top acting is also golden. It is the music video and the lyrics that makes this tune chaotic fun!

Check out “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies down below and tell me what you think! Did you chuckle a bit at the chaotic antics found in the music videos?


The Lyrics For The Barenaked Ladies’ “Odds Are”

Struck by lightning sounds pretty frightening
But you know the chances are so small
Stuck by a bee sting nothing but a bee thing
Better chance you’re gonna buy it at the mall
But it’s 23 or 4 to 1 that you could fall in love by the end of this song
So, get up, get up tell the bookie, “put a bet up”
Not a damn thing will go wrong

The odds are that we will probably be alright
Odds are we’re gonna be alright
Odds are we’re gonna be alright tonight
Odds are that we will probably be alright
Odds are we’re gonna be alright
Odds are we’re gonna be alright for another night

Hit by the A-Train crashed in an airplane
I wouldn’t recommend either one
Killed by a Great White or a meteorite
I guess there ain’t a way to go that’s fun
But somewhere in the world someone is gonna fall in love by the end of this song
So, get up, get up no it’s never gonna let up
So, you might as well sing along

Sure, things go wrong but I’ll take my chances
Odds are long, so why not play?

Struck by lightning sounds pretty frightening
But you know the chances are so small
Hit by the A-Train crashed in an airplane
Better chance you’re gonna buy it at the mall
But it’s 23 or 4 to 1 that you could fall in love by the end of this song
So, get up, get up no, I’m never gonna let up
So, you might as well sing along


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  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not.
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The Odds Are in Favor for Barenaked Ladies With This Contemporary Tune

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  1. willowdot21

    Great choice , I nearly went for this one too💜

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