The Flaming Lips Rap About Oklahoma Sadness, Play New Song On 'Colbert'

A few months ago, the Flaming Lips got perhaps the biggest honor of their long and tripped out career when "Do You Realize??" was named the official rock song of the state of Oklahoma. The band visited "The Colbert Report" last night to play "Convinced of the Hex," the first single from their forthcoming album Embryonic, but first host Stephen Colbert sat down to chat with Lips frontman and mastermind Wayne Coyne about the strange honor.

"The song has these lyrics: 'Do you realize that happiness makes you cry? Do you realize that everyone you know some day will die?' How bad are things in Oklahoma?" the host asked. "That's a far cry from 'The corn is as high as an elephant's eye.'" But in his typical positive fashion, Coyne explained the the song — which was a hit single from the band's 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots — explained that the tune is meant to remind everybody that life is fleeting and that love is all that matters. "When you read it on a page like that, it sounds kind of bleak," Coyne said. "I think the song is uplifting, because the worse regret people have is that someone they know dies and they never got the chance to say how much they loved them. I'm here to say life is short and precious." Colbert responded, "That might be a nice motto to go on a license plate." Want to get an early listen of Embryonic? It's streaming in its entirety at the Colbert Nation Web site.

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