Funky Lil' Song
By: Bruce Haack
Written by: Bruce Haack

Alternate Titles:

a.k.a. Funky Little Song

Versions:
  1. Funky Lil' Song (5:15)
    Available on Dimension Mix.
    Credits
    Recorded at: Burning Trailer Studios
    Ross Harris: Banjo (Electric), Effects, Keyboard / Synthesizer, Percussion, Producer
    Erik Richards: Bass, Drums, Piano, Producer, Sitar
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Acoustic), Guitar (Slide), Vocals
  2.  
  3. Funky Lil' Song (Sample) (:59)
    Available on Dimension Mix.
Unofficial Versions: [show/hide]
  1. Funky Lil' Funeral (4:44)
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Mashed
    Eels: Mashed
  2.  
 
 
Lyrics:
Funky Lil' Song [Version (a)]:

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right that nothing could be wrong
Now that we got our funky little song

Bad vibrations are all around
When your house is upside down
And you're waiting for something
Much much too long
Here's a funky way
To help yourself along

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right that nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down

When the mean person is mean
So mean to you
I mean, real mean
You just look that mean person
In the eye and say
"Mean person, I'm gonna
Sing my funky little song"
And then you sing your funky little song
Right at that mean person
And you sing it just like this:

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down
Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song

Ding dong funky little song
Everything's up and nothing's down

Everything's so right and nothing could be wrong
Now that we got a funky little song
 
The Song:

"Funky Little Song" is a cover of a Bruce Haack tune. It is Beck's contribution to a tribute album produced by his friend Ross Harris of both Sukia and DJ Me DJ You. (Harris is also The Enchanting Wizard of Rhythm.) The project "features new artists remixing and revisiting the way out children's music created by Bruce Haack and Esther Nelson" (according to djmedjyou.com). After a couple of years of postponements, the album finally came out in September 2005. It is a benefit album for Autism research, and comes highly recommended.

Bruce Haack is one of those odd, semi-obscure musicians that Beck admires. He was largely known for two things?writing songs for kids, and being a pioneer of electronic music. "Funky Lil' Song" sort of falls into both categories. It was on Haack's 1971 album, Together and a more recent collection called Listen Compute Rock Home.

The childlike melody is one Beck could easily play around with. Beck recorded this way back in 2001, and his version is indeed a lively tune. There are a lot of instruments and sounds, but at the same time, it does not sound overly cluttered. Beck tackles the vocals with abandon, singing one verse in Debra-style falsetto and another in a Muppet-like voice. Very entertaining.
 
Live:

This has not been played live.
 
Notes: