Song of the Week: Hot Air Balloon by Owl City


Say what you’d like about Owl City, that his songs are too similar, that he overuses autotune, that his songs make no sense, but there’s one thing that you can’t deny: Owl City makes the happiest music on Earth.  When Owl City is playing, you can’t be angry or sad or even a little down because you’re too busy smiling and bobbing your head.  It’s like a giant lollipop for your ears; you know, the big swirly ones that could cover Bigfoot’s entire face.  Out of all of Owl City’s indomitably cheerful tunes, however, one has arisen as my very favorite: “Hot Air Balloon”.  There’s just something about the joy in the music and the childlike wonder and imagination in the lyrics that never fails to brighten my day.  You can find the song and the lyrics after the break; and remember, kids: don’t actually stick lollipops in your ears.  It’s just a bad idea.

“Hot Air Balloon”

We wrote a prelude
To our own fairy tale
And bought a parachute
At a church rummage sale

And with a mean sewing machine
And miles of thread
We sewed the day above L.A.
In navy and red

We wound a race track
Through your mom’s kitchen chairs
And fought the shadows back
Down your dark basement stairs

I lit a match, then let it catch
To light up the room
And then you yelled as we beheld
An old maroon hot air balloon

I’ll be out of my mind
And you’ll be out of ideas
Pretty soon
So let’s spend
The afternoon in a cold hot air balloon
Leave your jacket behind
Lean out and touch the treetops over town
I can’t wait
To kiss the ground
Wherever we touch back down

La la la la la laaa
La la la la la laaa

We drank the Great Lakes
Like cold lemonade
And both got stomach aches
Sprawled out in the shade

So bored to death you held your breath
And I tried not to yawn
You made my frown turn upside down
And now my worries are gone

I’ll be out of my mind
And you’ll be out of ideas
Pretty soon
So let’s spend
The afternoon in a cold hot air balloon
Leave your jacket behind
Lean out and touch the treetops over town
I can’t wait
To kiss the ground
Wherever we touch back down

 

 

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3 responses to “Song of the Week: Hot Air Balloon by Owl City

  1. Owl City does not make the happiest music on Earth. I’m sorry, but it’s not true.

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