Bank Job

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Bank Job is a Barenaked Ladies song. It was released in 2006 as track 2 on the album Barenaked Ladies Are Me. It was written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson and sung by Robertson.

Songs that tell a story are especially nice because it makes visualization so simple. This is the only song from the Are Me/Are Men releases that I really like, but I -really- like it. It begins with a rather enigmatic setup that sounds as though a stage performance went terribly wrong, but as more is revealed, we learn that the performance was, in fact, a bank robbery. In between almost spoken verse is a more melodic chorus with wonderful organ music. As the story continues, we learn that the bank job failed so miserably because the bank was full of nuns (wonderful BNL humor). Unable to rob nuns, the leader aborts the robbery, much to the chagrin of the driver. The ending delivers more humor, yet all of it is down-played through the song, making it even more ridiculous and silly sounding.

Lyrics

It was an upset in two minutes flat
We were back on the freeway, foot to the mat
I can't understand it; we had it down pat
It's very upsetting, could we leave it at that?
We all had positions; we each had a role
We'd over-rehearsed it; we had full control
They can't teach you acting, it's there in your soul
It's the same with a bank job, and each thing we stole

So I don't need attitude
Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
Wait by the phone

I was the driver; you ran the show
You had the last word, the go or no go
I knew every laneway in Ontario
But it's not what you're sure of, it's what you don't know
It should have been filled with the usual ones
Throwing their cash into mutual funds
We all had our ski masks and sawed-off shotguns
But how do you plan for a bank full of nuns?

Well, I guess we panicked - we all have taboos
And they were like zebras; they had us confused
We should be in condos with oceanfront views
Instead we're most-wanted on the six o'clock news

So I don't need attitude
Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
And wait by the phone

Inside the police car you tried to explain
your crisis of conscience; the voice in your brain
And now that the whole thing has gone down the drain
I think we all know who should shoulder the blame
Cause you made a choice there, almost sublime
I'm all for compassion, just not on my dime
You looked like an amateur, and that's the real crime
So I'll take a walk now, and you do the time

And I don't need attitude
Cause you knew just what to do
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
There's no need to phone

We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
We all did our best now
We all need to rest now
Leave me alone
Leave me alone

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