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Waxing Moronic: 10 Wrong Facts From Song Lyrics


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'Nothing Better' by The Postal Service
Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 13, 2013. © Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Corbis
Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service performs during the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, Calif., on April 13, 2013. © Mario Anzuoni/Reuters/Corbis

It's a terrible stereotype, but perhaps we should just put it out there: Beware earnest indie musicians singing about sports. Although there's no doubt that Ben Gibbard of The Postal Service (and Death Cab for Cutie) knows his baseball -- he wrote an amazingly heartfelt anthem to Ichiro Suzuki, after all -- best to put away the pen when crafting analogies for sports you're not so familiar with.

In the Postal Service song "Nothing Better," Gibbard no doubt annoys a few sports fans when he sings, " ... and I will block the door like a goalie tending the net in the third quarter of a tied-game rivalry." If he's referring to soccer, he's been misinformed -- it has two halves. So is he talking hockey? The game has three periods, not four quarters. Also, the analogy kind of loses its urgency if he still has an entire quarter left to play.