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Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros – Lovely Day – chords & lyrics

Saturday Night Live ended their 2013 season with a terrific song written by Fred Armisen and performed by Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros, which is Fred Armisen’s punk rock alter ego. This was the last SNL to feature Fred Armisen, Bill Hader (bass) and quite probably Jason Sudeikis (drums). It’s been a great run gentlemen. Thanks for all the laughs.

UPDATE: Download the MP3 single for FREE from the Ian Rubbish website!

Rolling Stone magazine talks about their final performance and the indie rock royalty that joined them on stage.


UPDATE: The video is no longer available on Hulu. Their hard drive must be full again.
Here’s the clip on Hulu, and the lyrics and chords are below. Enjoy!

UPDATE 2014-02: View the handwritten lyrics on the IanRubbish website. The lyrics below differ slightly from the original because it was the best I could make out. Bugger all!

UPDATE 2016-03: Check out the video on the NBC SNL site

Ian Rubbish and the Bizarros
"Lovely Day"
performed on Saturday Night Live
season 38 episode 21
May 18, 2013

(verse 1)
D   Dmaj7  D  Dmaj7

When they smash
Your things
    D                 Dmaj7
And throw them in the bin
          E     A
You gotta say
It's a lovely day.

(verse 2)
When your cup
of tea
Is filled with the sour milk, see
You gotta say
It's a lovely day.

C            G
Sometimes it seems like
things are falling apart
C      G              A
Just remember it's so lovely

(verse 3)
If your bike
with where the wasps reside
You gotta say
It's a lovely day.

(verse 4)
If life is changing fast
The future's just the past
You gotta say
It's a lovely day.

(verse 5 a capella)
When your mates
are not around
And you need them
when you're down
You gotta hang on
It's still a lovely day.


(repeat 5x - last time a capella)
It's been alright,
I've had a lovely night
With you

copyright © Fred Armisen
copyright © NBCUniversal Media, LLC
transcribed by Jim Bergman

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Fing-Fong-Fooey is a game similar to Rock-Paper-Scissors, with the same purpose, to select one person in a group to be ‘it’.

While Rock-Paper-Scissors (also called Ro-Sham-Bo) works with two people at a time, Fing-Fong-Fooey is more easily used with a group of people.

It works like this:

Everyone stands together in a circle, and each person makes a fist.

All together in unison, count to three while saying ‘Fing-Fong-Fooey’, and move your fist up and down with the count.

When Fooey is reached, each person holds out one, two or three fingers.

Add up the total number of fingers shown for all players.

Starting from the person that called for Fing-Fong-Fooey, count counter-clockwise starting with the person to their right.

The last person counted is ‘it’.


John, Lee and Mary are deciding who will drive everyone to the beach. Mary calls for Fing-Fong-Fooey. John is to Mary’s right and Lee is to her left. Each makes a fist and counts together Fing-Fong-Fooey. On Fooey, John puts out 2 fingers, Lee puts out 3 and Mary puts out 2. The total number of fingers is 7. Mary’s counts to 7 starting to her right. John-Lee-Mary-John-Lee-Mary-John. John was the last person counted and is ‘it’. He is the driver for today’s trip.

A variation that works better for larger groups, is to hold out up to as many fingers as there are people in the group. If there are five people, each person can hold out 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5 fingers. Otherwise there is an advantage to be one of the last counted in the circle.

This game was used in the TV show House M.D. in the first episode of season 7. Dr. Taub calls for Fing-Fong-Fooey with Dr. Chase and Dr. Foreman. Dr. Taub holds out two fingers, Dr. Foreman holds out two fingers, and Dr. Chase holds out one finger. The total number of fingers is five. Starting with Dr. Foreman who is to the right of Dr. Taub, the count goes Foreman-Chase-Taub-Foreman-Chase. Dr. Chase is ‘it’.

The game is alternately called Fing-Fong-Phooey, although the preferred spelling is Fing-Fong-Fooey.

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