A Spoonful Weighs A Ton

Wayne's quote from Staring At Sound:

"'Spoonful' has to be, not the day of the funeral, but the day my dad died, when all these people got together to bring us food and stuff. It is such a little thing to do, but the meaning is huge. People are just saying, 'We are here and we are in this thing together.' That's what the spoonful is."

And though they were sad
They rescued everyone
They lifted up the sun
A spoonful weighs a ton

Giving more than they had
The process had begun
A million came from one
The limits now were none

Being drunk on their plan
They lifted up the sun

Forcing it off with their hands
The trapdoor came undone
Above our heads it swung
The privilege had been won

Being drunk on their plan
They lifted up the sun

Yelling as hard as they can
The doubters all were stunned
Heard louder than a gun
The sound they made was love

Alternate Versions

A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (Live)

A live version from the Lips' Bonnaroo performance on June 15, 2003.


"A Spoonful Weighs A Ton" has been performed live off and on ever since its release. The backing video features footage of the Teletubbies juxtaposed with Steven pounding the drums during the main instrumental sections. Through touring for The Soft Bulletin, the song was performed without any live drums, but during the early Yoshimi period before Kliph took over drumming duties, Steven would provide both drums and keyboard, switching between both during the song. During the At War With The Mystics era, the song was often played as an encore, with Wayne encouraging everyone to hug the loved ones they came to the show with. Michael would demonstrate this on stage, hugging Wayne with the giant hands.


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07/01/2000 Roskilde Denmark Animal Showgrounds Roskilde Festival
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02/21/2012 San Francisco CA USA Bimbo's 365 Club Noise Pop  
07/08/2011 Chicago IL USA Aragon Ballroom  
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07/01/2011 London England Alexandra Palace All Tomorrow's Parties Don't Look Back  
06/14/2011 Hollywood CA USA Hollywood Forever Cemetery Download Available
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05/20/2011 Atlanta GA USA Tabernacle  
05/19/2011 Atlanta GA USA Tabernacle  
05/18/2011 Nashville TN USA Ryman Auditorium  
12/31/2010 Oklahoma City OK USA Cox Center New Year's Eve Download Available


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