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Jack’s Music Box – Stereophonics: Have a Nice Day

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Jack's Music Box - Stereophonics: Have a Nice Day

Hello Music Lovers!

 

Welcome back to Jack’s Music Box, the music blog where we analyze the vocabulary used in different songs. Today we are going to be looking at Have a Nice Day from Welsh band Stereophonics.

About the Artist

 Stereophonics were formed in 1992 in the Welsh village of Cwmaman in the Cynon Valley (bonus points for anyone that can correctly pronounce that!)

The band played gigs throughout the UK and were eventually signed by V2 and released their first album Word Get’s Around which reached number 6 on the UK charts. In 1998 the group won a BRIT award for best new group. From there the band continued to prosper and become even more popular, to date they have released 9 studio albums and sold over 10 million albums worldwide they are one of the most popular Welsh Acts.

About the Song

Today we are going to be looking at one of the bands most popular songs: Have a Nice Day from their 2001 album Just Enough Education to Perform.

The Lyrics are based on a conversation that the band had with a taxi driver in San Francisco. You can listen to the song below:

The Lyrics

San Francisco Bay
Past pier thirty nine
Early p.m.
Can’t remember what time
Got the waiting cab
Stopped at the red light
Address, unsure of
But it turned out just right

It started straight off
“Coming here is hell
That’s his first words
We asked what he meant
He said ” where ya’ from?”
We told him our lot
“When ya’ take a holiday
Is this what you want?”

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Lie around all day
Have a drink to chase
“Yourself and tourists, yeah
That’s what I hate”
He said “We’re going wrong
We’ve all become the same
We dress the same ways
Only our accents change

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Swim in the ocean
That be my dish
I drive around all day
And kill processed fish
It’s all money gum
No artists anymore
You’re only in it now
To make more, more, more

So have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day
Have a nice day

Interesting Vocabulary

Pier: A raised structure above a body of water, usually providing access to boats and other offshore areas.

Cab: Colloquial slang for Taxi

Hell: A fiery inferno where the devil lives.

Ya: Colloquial spelling of you

That be my dish: That’s what I’m interested in/what I want to do

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