Cooking Up Something Good
Mac DeMarco Lyrics


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Mommy's in the kitchen cooking up something good
And daddy's on the sofa, pride of the neighborhood
My brother's in the ballet, it seems he's got it set
And I'll be up at midnight with my cigarette

Oh, when life moves this slowly
Oh, just try and let it go
Oh, when life moves this slowly
Oh, just try and let it go

Daddy's in the basement cooking up something fine
While Rick's out on the pavement, flipping it for dimes
If there's anything redeeming I haven't seen it yet
And I'm still up at midnight chewing Nicorette

Oh, when life moves this slowly
Oh, just try and let it go




Oh, when life moves this slowly
Oh, just try and let it go

Overall Meaning

Mac DeMarco's song "Cooking Up Something Good" is a nostalgic and somewhat melancholic reflection on suburban living in which DeMarco observes the mundanity of his family's daily routines. The chorus repeats "Oh, when life moves this slowly, just try and let it go," emphasizing an inherent dissatisfaction with the pace of life in the suburbs.


The first verse describes the typical division of labor in many households, with the mother cooking in the kitchen and the father sitting on the couch. DeMarco characterizes the father as the "pride of the neighborhood," perhaps sarcastically referencing the hyper-masculine ideal of suburban masculinity. Meanwhile, DeMarco's brother is in ballet, suggesting a desire to break away from traditional gender norms. DeMarco himself is up at midnight smoking a cigarette, feeling alienated from his family and the suburban lifestyle.


In the second verse, DeMarco paints a slightly darker picture of the neighborhood. The father is now in the basement, perhaps brewing alcohol or cooking drugs. Rick is selling drugs, and DeMarco is still up at midnight but now chewing Nicorette gum, suggesting a desire to quit smoking. The repetition of the chorus reinforces the idea that life in the suburbs can feel stagnant and unfulfilling.


Line by Line Meaning

Mommy's in the kitchen cooking up something good
My mother is working in the kitchen preparing something delicious for us


And daddy's on the sofa, pride of the neighborhood
My dad is rested and proud of himself, the most respected man among our neighbors


My brother's in the ballet, it seems he's got it set
My brother found his passion and certainty about his future in ballet


And I'll be up at midnight with my cigarette
Nevertheless, I stay awake up until midnight, smoking harmfully


Daddy's in the basement cooking up something fine
My father spends his time in the basement preparing high-quality food


While Rick's out on the pavement, flipping it for dimes
Our neighbor Rick is on the street, flipping something to earn a little money


If there's anything redeeming I haven't seen it yet
There's nothing valuable that I able to notice and see around me


And I'm still up at midnight chewing Nicorette
Despite this fact, I am still smoking, chewing Nicorette to quit smoking


Oh, when life moves this slowly
When everything goes slowly and boring


Oh, just try and let it go
I should try to calm down and release my feelings


Oh, when life moves this slowly
When everything goes slowly and boring


Oh, just try and let it go
I should try to calm down and release my feelings




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: MacBriare Samuel Lanyon DeMarco

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@valentinaferreira0

Mommy's in the kitchen, cooking up something good
And daddy's on the sofa, pride of the neighborhood
My brother's in the ballet, it seems he's got it set
And I'll be up at midnight, with my cigarette

Ooh when life moves this slowly


Ooh just try and let it go
Ooh when life moves this slowly
Ooh just try and let it go

Daddy's in the basement, cooking up something fine
While rick's out on the pavement, flipping it for dimes
If there's anything redeeming, I haven't seen it yet
And I'm still up at midnight, chewing nicorette

Ooh when life moves this slowly
Ooh just try and let it go
Ooh when life moves this slowly
Ooh just try and let it go



@phasmatodea1

Walter's in the kitchen
Cooking up something good
And Jesse's on the sofa
Pride of the neighbourhood
Walt jr. is in the ballet
It seems he's got it set
And Skyler's up at midnight
With her cigarette

Oooooohhhh when life moves them slooooowwwwwlyyy



All comments from YouTube:

@MrVendetta210

his guitar tone is crazy

@acidparty8019

hahahaha i love your music taste, toast.

@MrVendetta210

well thanks i try to stay as open as possible to alot of things (:

@abigdyl

The sound is so different because he records with analog

@2ammusik

Fuck yeah it is! I live for the hook on this song!

@ChrisJohnson-ld3wq

he also isn't necessarily in tune..

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@JulesJulioMartinez

My god never get tired of that chorus. Dunno why, feels like a pleasant bad trip, like "good" sadness.

@sarpix1640

Yes😂😂

@lucifervibes

nostalgia

@joekrafft8271

That feeling is called Saudade

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