The Calm Before the Storm
Sparks Lyrics


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The dogs are letting postmen come and go
The muscle cars are driving way too slow
And everybody's walking on tip-toe
For every yes, a hundred no's


The kind of day when nothing hits the fan
The kind of day when nothing's in demand
The kind of day when music means Chopin
And love is shown by holding hands
It's the calm before the storm


Something big is coming soon, something that will change your tune
It's the calm before the storm


False sense of security, shown to be a forgery
And everybody's talk is monotone
And everybody's look is monochrome
And everybody's flight has been postponed
The loudest sound's a dial tone.


It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon, something that will change your tune


It's the calm before the storm
False sense of security, shown to be a forgery


Something's about to break, but is isn't clear (Not enough was going on, oh no)
Is it something we should cheer (Not enough was going on, oh yeah)
Is is something we should fear (No enough was going on, oh yeah)
The ocean doesn't feel like making waves


There's no one that the lifeguard needs to save|
And on one's in the mood for feeling brave
We're well behaved, so well behaved


It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon, something that will change your tune






It's the calm before the storm
False sense of security, shown to be a forgery

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Sparks' song "The Calm Before the Storm" describe a sense of eerie stillness and anticipation for an impending change or disruption. The verse begins with a few seemingly mundane observations - dogs allowing postmen to come and go without barking, muscle cars driving slowly, people walking quietly on tiptoe. However, the repetition of the phrase "for every yes, a hundred no's" hints at an undercurrent of tension or uncertainty. The chorus then clarifies the feeling of anticipation, with the somber yet ominous line "Something big is coming soon, something that will change your tune."


The second verse continues to build on the theme, describing a false sense of security and the monotony of daily life. The loudest sound is a dial tone, and even the ocean is "not in the mood for making waves." The final lines suggest that this stillness is a result of people being "well-behaved," perhaps hinting at a social or political context that contributes to the feeling of waiting for a storm to hit.


Overall, Sparks uses simple yet evocative language to paint a picture of a quiet, uneasy calm before a major shift. The repetition of certain phrases and the building up of tension through the verses create a sense of anticipation and apprehension in the listener.


Line by Line Meaning

The dogs are letting postmen come and go
The dogs are not barking at the postmen who come to deliver the mail


The muscle cars are driving way too slow
The cars with powerful engines are driving at a slower pace than usual


And everybody's walking on tip-toe
Everyone is walking quietly and carefully, as if trying not to disturb the peace


For every yes, a hundred no's
Many more people are saying no than yes, creating a sense of pessimism and negativity


The kind of day when nothing hits the fan
It is a day when nothing goes wrong or unexpected happens


The kind of day when nothing's in demand
There is no urgency or pressure to do anything


The kind of day when music means Chopin
On this day, people may be more interested in classical music than in popular music


And love is shown by holding hands
Physical affection, such as holding hands, is a way to express love on this peaceful day


It's the calm before the storm
This peaceful period is just temporary and something disruptive is about to happen


False sense of security, shown to be a forgery
The sense of safety and wellbeing is not real and will soon be exposed as a lie


And everybody's talk is monotone
People are speaking in a dull, lifeless tone, with no energy or enthusiasm


And everybody's look is monochrome
People are wearing plain, colorless clothes and have a dull appearance


And everybody's flight has been postponed
There have been delays or cancellations to people's travel plans


The loudest sound's a dial tone
The only noise that can be heard is the sound of a phone dial tone, suggesting a lack of activity


Something big is coming soon, something that will change your tune
A significant event or change is about to occur, which will alter the current situation and people's attitudes


Something's about to break, but is isn't clear (Not enough was going on, oh no)
Something is on the brink of happening, but it is not clear what it is


Is it something we should cheer (Not enough was going on, oh yeah)
People are uncertain whether to be happy or worried about the impending change


Is is something we should fear (No enough was going on, oh yeah)
There is a sense of apprehension and uncertainty regarding what is about to happen


The ocean doesn't feel like making waves
The sea is calm and peaceful, without any of the turbulence or instability that might precede a storm


There's no one that the lifeguard needs to save
There are no signs of danger or emergency at the beach


And on one's in the mood for feeling brave
Nobody is courageous or bold enough to take risks or face challenges


We're well behaved, so well behaved
People are being exceptionally polite, courteous, and restrained


False sense of security, shown to be a forgery
The notion that everything is calm and peaceful is just an illusion, soon to be shattered by a coming storm




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Philip Kassabian

A great and fantastic Sparks song.

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Anna Backman

💖LYRICS (this version) by Ron Mael

It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon
Something that will change your tune

The dogs are letting postmen come and go
The muscle cars are driving way too slow
And everybody's walking on tip-toe
For every yes, a hundred no's

The kind of day when nothing hits the fan
The kind of day when nothing's in demand
The kind of day when music means Chopin
And love is shown by holding hands

It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon
Something that will change your tune

And everybody's talk is monotone
And everybody's look is monochrome
And everybody's flight has been postponed
The laudest sound's a dial tone.

It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon
Something that will change your tune
It's the calm before the storm
False sense of security
Shown to be a forgery

Something's about to break, but it isn't clear
(Not enough was going on, oh no)
Is it something we should cheer
(Not enough was going on, oh, yeah)
Is it something we should fear
(Not enough was going on, oh, yeah)

The ocean doesn't feel like making waves
There's no one left the lifeguard needs to save
And no one's in the mood for feeling brave
We're well behaved, so well behaved

It's the calm before the storm
Something big is coming soon
Something that will change your tune
It's the calm before the storm
A false sense of security
Shown to be a forgery

It's the calm before the storm
The calm before the storm
It's the calm before the storm
It's the calm before the storm, storm..
💖💖💖💖💖



Anna Backman

This morning I turned on the radio for the first time in a year or so. At least so long ago I tried to listen. 🙄
This is the honest truth:
I thought to myself "Can this endless song stop now, it got to be something else?". When the music, hrm, finally ended the radio host went "This block were bla bla..." It was four songs... Four different women. All wailing, all yearning for 'Mr. Right', the same rhythm, the same sound...
For about 12 minutes I thought it was ONE song 🤣😭🤣!

Can anyone tell me how it can be interesting to listen to that???
I kept listening to that channel for a few more minutes, tried another two. Gave up. 🙄
'Balls' was definitely a better alternative 🥰

Thank you SPARKS! Ron and Russell, you are MY knights in shiny armor! Don't worry, no marriage, I'm happily married to myself 😁😁
All I wish for is your music 😍🥰💖💖💖



Anna Backman

The animated! Love it! 😂 It's as clever as this one.
You really can see the likeness to the cows in 'I Married Myself'! (Also Kuntzel +Deygas)

You who missed it, you can find it on Sparks' channel.

Other by Kuntzel + Deygas:
'The Rhythm Thief'
'Now That I Own The BBC'
'No. One Song In Heaven'
... and probably a couple more.

Other directors they worked with several times are Shaw Petronio (+Anders Weberg) and Sophie Muller.
And of course Ron and Russell Mael 😉!



All comments from YouTube:

Trey Quattro

this is just one of the Sparks songs that is immovably stuck in my head of late, and I can't be happier.

Szekeres Ágnes

Cute video and awesome song with lovely chords and tunes! I love how they look as a bee and a cricket 🐝🦗💚💚💚

James Simon

You have to love that the animators included Ron's "dance".

Сергей Жидов

в этой песне очень чётко и внятно и неспеша произносятся все слова и звуки...следить за лириксом одно удовольствие...

The Media Hoarder

Sparks are criminally underappreciated! How was this song not all over the radio?

Dario Western

eyeh8nbc They're too intelligent and original for a lot of the dross that's in the Top 40.

Andy Willey

Dario Western so agree with you

Paddy Mitchell

Radio is so bad in England and Scotland

Anna Backman

And Sweden. For a few minutes the Swedish Radio recognized them (The seduction of Ingmar Bergman), that was it.

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