Lyrical Content (7)
Tally Hall remains an eclectic songwriting team because they have four primary songwriters that tend to write their songs on their own and bring them to the band to work on and enhance. They try to keep a good balance and equal share of songs by each songwriter on their albums.
The writer of each song was consistently written on the back cover of every album/EP until Good & Evil. The Tally Hallmanac is now the best place to find this information. http://www.hiddeninthesand.com/wiki/
What exactly are they talking about in Good Day when they say “its name I like to call it likes to say it’s nothing” ?
Is Haiku sung in haiku? It seems to be just slightly off, going 5-7-6. Which probably fits, since the song is about how hard Haikus are.
The genius of this song never ends. But your question has debatable answers depending on your interpretation of a true haiku.
Each verse is just slightly off of the traditional 17 syllable English-written haiku by one or two syllables except the verse in the middle,
“La Da De Diddum
La Da Da Dum Do Diddle
Dum Do La De Do”
which satisfies the definition of a haiku.
Additionally, the verse Joe sings is cleverly written because he’s messing up a rhyme while telling about how he is no good at rhyming:
“I’ve never thought much
Of formulaic verse anyway
And rhymes are not my fort(e)”
Good stuff. Probably one of the most cleverly written songs I’ve ever known of and surely one of my favorite Tally Hall songs.
Edit: It’s since been pointed out that “fort” is an acceptable alternative pronunciation of forte.
“On booty duty like your name was Eddy Thatch.” is the lyric in question.
When I explain who Eddy (or Eddie) Thatch is, the lyric will finally make sense. Are you ready?
“The true identity of Blackbeard differs between official records, personal accounts, and fictionalized history. Edward Teach or Edward Thatch or Edward Drummond was most likely born in Bristol, England around 1680 (Although some unverifiable reports say he was from Jamaica, London, or Philadelphia). Like many other young men of his time, he probably served aboard a British privateer in the West Indies during the War of the Spanish Succession (Queen Anne’s War) and chose piracy over unemployment at war’s end.”
That’s right! Eddy Thatch is one of the assumed names of the legendary pirate Blackbeard.
In the lyrics page for “The Whole World and You,” it is written “sharing sotries.” Is that another misprint?
No, It’s not. There is a long story behind that. It was originally a typo in the Toy Orchestra version, but everyone that had been in that got a laugh about it. So, Andrew decided to keep it that way. Of course, since Joe wasn’t in Toy Orchestra, he said something along the lines of, “Oh. I always just thought it was whenever Ross was telling a story and it got all messed up.”
You can watch for this in the Wall Party ’06 videos, at the end of The Whole World And You. https://youtu.be/qgoXmvICPoI?t=106