Ecto, Meso, Endo. To explain yesterday’s lyrics.

In my remake of The Shins, Australia, I mentioned a few of health terms:

Endo. That was short for Endomorph. It is a body type naturally inclined to keep on fat, and a person like this will be round in appearance. They need arobic exercise on low-intensity, higher rep or time, more than anything. Sometimes it’s hard because they will exercise, and it seems like nothing is working. They also usually have slow metabolisms.
Ecto. This is short for, yes, Ectomorph. This body type is the opposite of an endo, because a person like this will be more prone to burning fat, and will have a thin, or even frail appearance, but can eat everything under the sun!
And finally, Meso. Mesomorphs are totally different. I’m not sure if meso is a artificially induced body type, but these people are prone to packing muscle more than anything else. They workout, and they can bulk up easily, without the risk of becoming flabby from inactivity.
Elastin. I discovered about elastin from a lotion product. =) This wikipedia definition I found explains it’s meaning in the body: A protein in connective tissue that is elastic and allows many tissues in the body to resume their shape after stretching or contracting.

Putting it all together. In musical form.
-Faced with the endo’s conundrum; I move around all the time; But the squish stayed on every time I tried.
-You know you’d trade your body for any ecto-meso’s! Well do it know or just blow.
-You don’t know how long I’ve been; watchin’ expandin’ skin; starved of elastin; so give me your hand and let’s hike through a meadow.

I am so proud that I was able to write that. Sure, it’s from a rhythm that already existed, but the theme is totally original. =)

I wrote it for several reasons. 1) I was kind of getting bored with the original Shin lyrics not making any sense to me ever. 2) I never intended it to be about health, but it just came to me. 3) I wanted to test myself at writing songs.
It’s pretty much about a guy being overweight, or obese if you imagined it that way. His two friends are talking to him about his weight. At first they taunt him. “You’d be damned to be fit like us, boy” But as they go more in depth about his problems, “Been breathin’ hard since you were 21, haven’t jumped since January,” etc, they have a change of heart and decide to help him, instead of hurt his morale.
-So give me your hand and let’s hike through a meadow.

And now, the original lyrics!
(In a faux German accent):Time to put the eargoggles on

La La La La,
La La La La,
La La La La,

Born to multiply,
Born to gaze into night skies,
All you wants one more Saturday.
Well look here, until then
They gonna buy your life’s time
So keep your wick in the air and your feet in the fetters
‘Till the day
We come in doing cartwheels
We all crawl out by ourselves
And your shape on the dance floor
Will have me thinking such filth and gouge my eyes.

You be damned to be one of us, girl,
Faced with the dodo’s conundrum
I felt like I could just fly
But nothing happened every time I tried.

A dual tone on the wall
The selfless fool who hoped he’d save us all
never dreamt of such sterile hands.
You keep them folded in your lap,
Or raise them up to beg for scraps,
You know he’s holding you down
With the tips of his fingers just the same.
Will you be pulled from the ocean,
But just a minute too late,
Or changed by a potion,
And find a handsome young mate
For you to love.

You’ll be damned to pining through the windowpanes,
You know you’d trade your life for any ordinary Joe’s,
Well do it now or grow old.
Your nightmares only need a year or two to unfold.

Been alone since you were twenty-one,
You haven’t laughed since January.
You try and make like this is so much fun,
But we know it to be quite contrary.

La la la la la la
Dare to be one of us, girl,
Facing the android’s conundrum,
I felt like I should just cry,
But nothing happens every time I take one on the chin,
You Himmler and your coat,
You don’t know how long I’ve been,
Watching the lantern dim,
Starved of oxygen,
So give me your hand,
And let’s jump out the window.

La La La La La  lalala
La La La La La lalala
La La La La La lalala
La La La La lalalaaaa….

Hmmm. I just realized what the lyrics mean. It’s about a girl who has lived such neat secured life, that she hasn’t lived at all. Well, both lyrics are talented in my opinion.

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