The Let's Hear It For Fire Safety Song

This song is about a shirt i have.

In 1998 or so, I was at the salvation army where I found a shirt that said "Let's Hear It For Fire Safety!". I bougt it, of course, took it home, and it became one of my favorite shirts. The shirt also had a dog on it dressed like a fire man, and on his fire hat it said Sparky. It also said to check your smoke detectors.

Maybe a year or so later, I was watching late night TV, real late, when advertising is dirt cheap so you get lots of public service anouncements and there was sparky the dog giving fire safety tips and saying "let's hear it for fire safety!!" I got very, very excited and pointed to the tv and said "thats my shirt" with a smile bigger than any fire you've ever seen.

I couldn't stop thinking about it and I kept thinking to me self "Let's hear it for fire safety!". I liked it so much, I decided to write a song about it. I ended up writing that song sometime in novemebr of 1999, most likely. Maybe a little earlier, i'm not exactly sure. I'm not sure exactly when I recorded it either. But november of 99 is probably right for both of them. I got really paranoid when I wrote the song because I wanted to write a song that wasn't too sexual, but the song was getting boring and needed a kick, so i said "screw it, let's sex this song up." I think that paranoia worked out well as I with held the sexual part for most of the first verse, and then it hits you by complete sirprise. The three lines at the very end, about how i cant fuck you if you burn away, were came up with durring the recording session and not while i was writing the song.

The music its self was moddled after the song "Low" by Cracker. When I was first recording this song, my electric bass was broken, so I used my accoustic bass. Now, I like my accousting bass allot, and on all the other tracks that use my accoustic bass, I like it. But i didn't like the accoustic bass on this track and wanted to switch it to to electric, and I didn't do that till about a week and half before Titty Titty Yum Yum's release in October of 2000. Also fixed at the time was the reverb. I thought that I didn't have enough reverb on the chorus, so i increased it a million times and played with it on the drum track a bit.

By the way, to better pin point that date.... when I first recorded and mixed down, I didn't have any reverb yet. The guitar part was looped through a 3 head tape deck for its echo, but I didn't have a real echo or reverb spacific machine yet. However, I was displeased with my first mix down of that song, so I went to re mix it a short while later. With in that short time, I had got my reverb, and decided to try it out on this track. This is the first track i ever used reverb on, and I liked it. Any hoo, that would mean this track was probably initialy recorded sometime in mid october.


i hope you have smoke detectors
installed in every room
i hope you have a gas mask
so you dont breath in toxic fumes
i hope you have a fire extinguisher
and a second one just in case
i hope you have a steal screen
in front of your fire place

do you know what to do
if your house catches fire
if you drop a cigarette
or you over heat the drier
if there was a fire
would you know which way to turn?
you have such a sexy body
and i'd hate to see it burn

fire safety can save you
and your baby
so LETS HEAR IT
FOR FIRE SAFETY!!!

make sure your electrical outlets
are never over loaded
make sure your appiences
are UL coded
plan at least two different
ways to escape
make sure your smoke detectors
are in good shape

with tits like yours
you've got to stay safe
it would suck if a fire
burned them away
be prepared for fire
so you can get out ok
youve got such a great body
so keep it that way

fire safety can save you,
pretty baby
so LETS HEAR IT
FOR FIRE SAFETY!!!