Signs (Five Man Electrical Band song)
|Single by Five Man Electrical Band|
|from the album Good-byes and Butterflies|
|B-side||"Hello Melinda Goodbye"|
4:05 (album version)|
3:20 (single version)
|Five Man Electrical Band singles chronology|
"Signs" is a song by the Canadian rock group Five Man Electrical Band. It was written by the band's frontman, Les Emmerson and popularized the relatively unknown band, who recorded it for their second album, Good-byes and Butterflies, in 1970. "Signs" was originally released that year as the B-side to the relatively unsuccessful single "Hello Melinda Goodbye" (#55 Canada).
It was briefly sung in a season four episode of Arrested Development.
Covers and sampling
|Single by Tesla|
|from the album Five Man Acoustical Jam|
"Signs" was covered and recorded live by Tesla for their Five Man Acoustical Jam album in 1990, peaking at number 8 on the Pop charts. This cover had some minor changes to the lyrics: the line "blockin' out the scenery" was changed to "fuckin' up the scenery," and "made up my own little sign" was changed to "made up my own fuckin' sign". A studio version recorded in 2007 used the original lyrics.
ApologetiX recorded a parody of the song titled "Lions", telling a Biblical story of a character named Daniel in a lion's den. It was originally included on the cassette of Radical History Tour, and was later re-issued on the "Director's Cut" edition of Isn't Wasn't Ain't.
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