Barenaked Ladies
One Week
Bright Blue words are slang, Red are cultural references, navy are contractions.
Original Translation of Slang & Cultural References

It's been one week since you looked at me
Cocked your head to one side and said "I'm angry"
Five days since you laughed at me
saying "get that together, come back and see me"
Three days since the living room
I realized it's all my fault, but couldn't tell you
Yesterday you'd forgiven me
But it'll still be two days till I say I'm sorry

Hold it now and watch the hoodwink
As I make you stop, think
You'll think you're looking at Aquaman
I summon fish to the dish,
Although I like the Chalet Suisse
And I like the sushi
'cuz it's never touched a frying pan

 




get that together stop acting like an idiot






Aquaman Swimming superhero from DC Comics

Chalet Suisse restaurant chain

'cuz because

Hot like wasabe when I bust rhymes
Big like LeAnn Rimes
because I'm all about value
Bert Kaempfert's got the mad hits
You try to match wits
You try to hold me but I bust through
 

wasabe hot Japanese condiment eaten with sushi bust rhymes perform rap
Big like LeAnn Rimes as popular as the country singer

Bert Kaempfert German hit record producer of the 1960s whose credits include an early Beatles record

bust
break

Gonna make a break and take a fake
I'd like a stinkin' achin' shake
I like vanilla, it's the finest of the flavors
Gotta see the show cause then you'll know
The vertigo is gonna grow
'Cause it's so dangerous, you'll have to sign a waiver
 


stinkin' achin' shake milkshake (stinking and aching, usually negative, are used here for emphasis)

Gotta got to
gonna going to
sign a waiver sign a legal agreement stating that you won't sue if you are injured

How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad
Tryin hard not to smile though I feel bad
I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral
Can't understand what I mean? well you soon will
I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve
I have a history of takin off my shirt

It's been one week since you looked at me
Threw your arms in the air and said "You're crazy"
Five days since you tackled me
I've still got the rug burns on both my knees
It's been three days since the afternoon
You realized it's not my fault not a moment too soon
Yesterday you'd forgiven me
And now I sit back and wait till you say you're sorry
 



wear my mind on my sleeve play on expression "wear your heart on your sleeve" which means to show your emotions openly. Here, it's the thoughts that are visible.




rug burns raw spots on the skin from rubbing on a carpet
Chickety china, the chinese chicken
Have a drumstick and your brain stops tickin'
Watchin X-Files with no lights on,
We're dans la maison
I hope the smoking man's in this one
  Chickety china Probably nonsense words, though it could be the name of a restaurant mascot
stops tickin' stops working
X-Files popular science fiction TV show in the 90s
dans la maison (French) in the house
smoking man a villain in the X-Files who is always smoking a cigarette
Like Harrison Ford I'm getting frantic
Like Sting I'm tantric
like Snickers guaranteed to satisfy
Like Kurosawa I make mad films
Okay I don't make films
but if I did they'd have a Samurai
  Harrison Ford/frantic Frantic was a 1988 movie starring Ford as a man whose wife disappears in Paris
Like Sting I'm tantric reference to infamous Rolling Stone interview in which Sting said he could have sex for hours and hours because he practiced tantric yoga
Snickers a candy bar - the slogan for it is "guaranteed to satisfy"
Kurosawa Akira Kurosawa, Japanese filmmaker most famous for The Seven Samurai (1954)

Samurai traditional Japanese warrior (see Kurasawa note above)
Gonna get a set of better clubs
Gonna find the kind with tiny nubs
just so my irons aren't always flying off the backswing
Gotta get in tune with Sailor Moon
'Cause the cartoon has got the boom anime babes
that make me think the wrong thing.

How can I help it if I think you're funny when you're mad
Tryin hard not to smile though I feel bad
I'm the kind of guy who laughs at a funeral
Can't understand what I mean? You soon will
I have a tendency to wear my mind on my sleeve
I have a history of losing my shirt

It's been one week since you looked at me
Dropped your arms to your sides and said "I'm sorry"
Five days since I laughed at you and said
"You just did just what I thought you were gonna do"
Three days since the living room
We realized we're both to blame, but what could we do?
Yesterday you just smiled at me
'Cause it'll still be two days till we say we're sorry
  clubs golf clubs


Sailor Moon Japanese animated cartoon about heroic teenage schoolgirls in sailor suits
boom anime babes most attractive cartoon girls






losing my shirt losing all my money in gambling
  Still be two days till we say we're sorry
Still be two days till we say we're sorry
Birchmount Stadium, home of the Robbie
 

Birchmount Stadium sports stadium in Toronto Robbie a soccer tournament held at Birchmount Stadium

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