Do You Realize??

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About Do You Realize??

"Do You Realize??" is a song by The Flaming Lips, released as the first single from their 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots. It is widely considered to be one of the group's most accessible and popular songs. It reached #32 in the UK Singles Chart and was adopted as the Official Rock Song of Oklahoma from 2009 to April 2013. The song was ranked #31 on Rolling Stone's 100 Best Songs of the 2000s. It is also the band's most popular live song, and has rarely been excluded from setlists since its inception into their live shows in 2002. Wayne Coyne also considers it to be the best song they've ever written. 


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2002
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Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize we're floating in space,
Do you realize that happiness makes you cry
Do you realize that everyone you know someday will die

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do you realize, oh, oh, oh?
Do you realize that everyone you know
Someday will die?

And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It's hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn't go down
It's just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

Do you realize that you have the most beautiful face
Do you realize?

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The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips are an American rock band, formed in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1983. Instrumentally, their sound contains lush, multi-layered, psychedelic rock arrangements, but lyrically their compositions show elements of space rock, including unusual song and album titles—such as "What Is the Light? (An Untested Hypothesis Suggesting That the Chemical [In Our Brains] by Which We Are Able to Experience the Sensation of Being in Love Is the Same Chemical That Caused the "Big Bang" That Was the Birth of the Accelerating Universe)". They are also acclaimed for their elaborate live shows, which feature costumes, balloons, puppets, video projections, complex stage light configurations, giant hands, large amounts of confetti, and frontman Wayne Coyne's signatur… more »

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Written by: Dave Fridmann, Michael Ivins, Steven Drozd, Wayne Coyne

Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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10 facts about this song

Genre
"Do You Realize??" is classified as neo-psychedelia, a genre that emerged in the late 1970s as a postmodern pastiche of 1960s psychedelic music.
Album
The song is from the Flaming Lip's 12th studio album, "Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots," which was released in 2002.
Song Success
"Do You Realize??" reached the 32nd spot on the UK Singles Chart and was also successful in the United States, peaking at No. 31 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart.
State Song
The song became the official Rock Song of the Oklahoma State in 2009, thanks to a campaign led by the band's fans.
Band's Perception
"Do You Realize??" is often regarded as The Flaming Lips' signature song due to its widespread recognition and popularity.
Critics' Acclaim
The song was rated the best single of 2002 by popular British music magazine, NME.
Lyrics
The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne has said that the song's lyrics are about human existence's ephemeral character, aiming to express that realization in a positive, uplifting way despite the theme's inherent sadness.
Music Video
The music video for the song was shot in the United Kingdom at the Charlton Park in Wiltshire and features the band members and several characters running in slow motion.
Cover Version
Among many cover versions, the indie pop band The Postal Service covered this song for the 2003 compilation album "Such Great Heights."
Concert Tradition
During live performances of "Do You Realize??", the Flaming Lips have a tradition of releasing thousands of colorful, confetti-filled giant balloons into the audience.

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