Week 100 // Cars Trucks Animals People

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You think you’re getting there
You said it the other day
You’re pissed it’s taken another year
It takes a lot just to hear you say

You’re standing on the roof
An American point of view
And it’s your right what’s beneath your shoes
And you’ll be damned if they’ll see you lose

And that ain’t so much like you

You set your own rules
And there ain’t no one who likes it
You’re acting all hard
And there ain’t nobody like that
It’s coming apart and you don’t even react
And you’re acting all cool
And there ain’t nobody like that
You set your own rules
And there ain’t no one who likes it
You’re acting all hard
And there ain’t nobody like that
It’s coming apart and you don’t even react
And you’re acting all cool
And there ain’t nobody like that

And what about the rest?
You never forget a face
But maybe you could misplace a time
And over time you could lose a place

And anybody there
They could see you just passing by
Maybe waving from in your car
Too quick to look them right in the eye

But that’s not so much like you
And I know I’ve said it before
But you’ve still got a lot to explain

You set your own rules
And there ain’t no one who likes it
You’re acting all hard
And there ain’t nobody like that
It’s coming apart and you don’t even react
And you’re acting all cool
And there ain’t nobody like that
You set your own rules
And there ain’t no one who likes it
You’re acting all hard
And there ain’t nobody like that
It’s coming apart and you don’t even react
And you’re acting all cool
And there ain’t nobody like that

Notes
Yes!!!! Good guys win! Welcome to Mount Everest #100. This week I’ve got a tune that moves. It is about getting too big for your britches and needing to put things in perspective. The title comes from a permanent-marker label that I found on a toy bin at my friend’s house. When you lose track of your priorities, just think of simple stuff like cars, trucks, animals, and people…

To celebrate 100 new songs in 100 weeks, I present the first ever Mount Everest music video!!! I had a ton of help from the wonderful and creative Kristen Handerhan on this project. She’s got more experience with stop-motion animation than I do, so her perspective, guidance, and hard work were really quite appreciated. I love the way this came out. I especially love that the creature seems to have developed a bit of a personality of its own in the process of making this video.

I would be grossly under-selling my current state of mind if I didn’t mention that today I feel like the champion of the universe. Today Mount Everest crosses yet another inevitable threshold, except that it wasn’t inevitable at all. It only seems that way. This whole thing could have lasted only a couple of weeks, and then fizzled away. It could have been a forgettable blip in my life’s story, but instead it has come to define me in a way that I never could have imagined. For that, I owe a lot of thanks to a lot of people. There are too many to try and list, and I’m afraid to leave somebody out. So instead I’ll just say that I am grateful to my incredible family, friends, and collaborators. You’re the inspiration for this whole thing. I’ll specifically thank my parents as well. Thanks Mom and Dad. You made all of this as much as I did.

Here’s hoping your Monday doesn’t totally suck.
~M.E.

P.S. And a special thanks to Nick Mastors who got the ball rolling with me on this thing in the first place.

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6 thoughts on “Week 100 // Cars Trucks Animals People

  1. So nice to have a visual to your typical great music and lyrics, Jesse! And kudos to Kristen for helping to make your 100th song so memorable!

  2. Thank you so much for something every Monday for the last 100 weeks that guarantees that my Monday does not suck! I am really looking forward to the next 100 and hope to see more of the creative collaboration with Kristen!

  3. Dear Jesse,

    Before this song was over, I wanted to hear it again. In the past 24 hours, this song has won my heart [on an exponential level] about 15 times. I hope your website gets more attention the more people listen, because between Miguel listening to Gold Shore/Green Sea and the both of us rockin’ out to this, you’re about to get like a jizzillion hits.

    AGAIN AGAIN! Looking forward to song #104, almost as much as we looked forward to 100!

  4. Hey Jesse, I know its late, but this song is awesome. It probably sounds corny since Im not better than you at well… anything, but I’m really proud of you. To have the dedication to make mondays suck less for 100 weeks straight is amazing. You are the autobot version of the mastermold of songs. You just keep cranking out new ones, evolving, and getting better. Its been a 100 week ride. Heres to 100 more

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