Friday, 22 November 2013

Full lyrics: Backpacking Is Easy (Banana Pancakes and Wifi)

So I've written a song about the clichés of travelling in Asia. Unfortunately my guitar's back in Bangkok so for now it's just a poem. Enjoy!

Imagine it with a happy bouncy tune, and remember, I'm taking the piss out of myself too ;)

Backpacking Is Easy (Banana Pancakes and Wifi)

So you rode an elephant
Stayed with a hill tribe
Took pictures of monks like animals at the zoo

You read a book on a beach
Got a tan on a beach
Not just any old beach
It's a Thai island beach
And your tan is a genuine Thailand island tan

You don't need to learn the language
You don't even need to try
Backpacking is easy when you find, there's always
Banana pancakes and wifi

Your T-shirt says "Beer Chang"
Your T-shirt says "7-11"
Your T-shirt says "Same Same But Different"
But how different is it really from anyone else?

Your T-shirt says "Red Bull" in Thai
Your T-shirt says "Coca-cola" in Thai
Which is totally more interesting and cultural than if it just said "Coca-Cola" in English.

You don't need to look around you
With Lonely Planet at your side
Backpacking is easy when you find, there's always
Banana pancakes and wifi

Sunrise at Angkor Wat...
Tubing in Vang Vieng...
Took you 2 years to give up smoking
And 5 minutes in Bangkok to start again

It's easy to think you're an individual
Out here in Asia you can be yourself
But to really conform, just do what everyone else does
Get drunk up in Pai, and fall off your moped

You can pretend it's not Ibiza,
You can pretend if you like
Backpacking is easy when you find, there's always
Banana pancakes and wifi

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Cynicism for everyone! What can I say, I'm an amateur sociologist.

Did I miss any clichés? I'm thinking about all the elephant-print temple/yoga/hippy pants, and getting your picture taken with a drugged-up tiger.


It's Asia, here are some lanterns

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