February 2, 2016

1,000,001 CDs 7: Flaming Lips ~ Do You Realize??


I have just had another cycle come full circle for me. I have loved this song since I discovered it a year or so ago. I fell in love with Do You Realize? not just for the intense beauty and quality of the music but the deep significance of the lyrics (below). It is my favorite song from one of my favorite groups, The Flaming Lips. I have been wanting to write about it but could not find the right hook for it. If you'd like to listen to the song while you read the rest of this, click here.      

Night before last I watched the brilliant, 2009 film, Chéri, which starred Kathy Bates, Michelle Pfeiffer and Rupert Friend. Set in 1900s Belle Époque Paris, Chéri tells the story of the affair between an aging retired courtesan, Léa (Pfeiffer), and a flamboyant young man, Fred (Friend), nicknamed "Chéri" ("Dear" or "Darling"). His mother is played by Bates. It is an adaptation of the 1926 novel of the same name by French author Colette. The costumes, acting, everything about the film are outstanding.       


Chéri movie poster




During the opening titles for the film, the incredibly beautiful but heavily messaged, Do You Realize?, played and while the titles were running with the music I thought to myself, what a strange song for a movie about an era 90 years long gone. It wasn't until the very last words in the film were spoken that I understood  the lyrics perfectly encapsulated the message of the film.

Wayne Coyne, commenting on Do You Realize? said, "Whenever I analyze the scientific realities of what it means to be living here on Earth – in this galaxy – spinning around the sun – flying through space – a terror shock seizes me!!! I'm reminded once again of how precarious our whole existence is..."    



CD single
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In 1977, while in high school, Coyne began working as a fry cook for a Long John Silver's restaurant in Oklahoma City. During his second year of employment, the restaurant was robbed and Coyne and other employees were held at gunpoint and forced to lie on the ground. Coyne was certain he was going to die. The assistant manager couldn't open the restaurant's safe, however, and the robbers eventually fled the scene. Coyne believes "this is really how you die...one minute you're just cooking up someone's order of french fries and the next minute you're laying on the floor and they blow your brains out. There's no music, there's no significance, it's just random."     

Coyne says "I wish I did believe in God. It would be a great relief to think, 'God'll take care of it. God'll put gas in the car tomorrow.'"
 




 
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"Do You Realize?" lyrics

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize - we're floating in space -
Do You Realize - that happiness makes you cry
Do You Realize - that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - Oh - Oh - Oh
Do You Realize - that everyone you know
Someday will die -

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes - let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do You Realize - that you have the most beautiful face
Do You Realize

Writer(s): Wayne Coyne, Dave Fridmann, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd
Copyright: Emi Blackwood Music Inc., Lovely Sorts Of Death Music



CD case end
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Wayne Michael Coyne was born on January 13, 1961, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His family moved from Pittsburgh to Oklahoma in early 1961.         

Coyne formed the Flaming Lips in 1983 with his brother Mark singing lead and Michael Ivins on bass guitar. In 1996 and 1997, Coyne developed "The Parking Lot Experiments" (see Zaireeka link below).      

Do You Realize? was issued on 2 CD singles, each with songs that were not included on the full-length CD album, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots.     

  
CD singles
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CD 1
  1. "Do You Realize??" - From Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
  2. "If I Go Mad/Funeral in My Head" - Unreleased
  3. "Syrtis Major" - From the Christmas On Mars Soundtrack 
CD 1
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CD 2
  1. "Do You Realize??" - From Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
  2. "Up Above the Daily Hum" - Unreleased
  3. "Xanthe Terra" - From the Christmas On Mars Soundtrack
CD 2
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The two CD singles came in a a bundled pack and is an import from the UK, which I had the fortune of finding at one of my favorite shops in Alameda, Rocket Reuse.     


CD single
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Do You Realize? was released as the first single from their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. It reached #32 in the UK Singles Chart and was adopted as the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma from 2009 to April 2013. The song was ranked #31 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the 2000s.  




         
Flaming Lips ~ Zaireeka        

Do You Realize?? on YouTube:    
Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt. 1 on YouTube             
          



It's a beautiful song!



Styrous® ~ Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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