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« on: July 09, 2006, 11:06:19 PM »

Please excuse me if this is obvious, well-known, or recently talked about.

I just realized in the beginning of the song "Walking the Cow" that there is one of those children's toys that has the arrow that spins around and tells you what sounds different animals make, and then it gets to a frog, which sounds like its saying "Hi, how are you" which Daniel says over the sound.

Is this the reason why on the front cover there's the frog-looking creature along with "Hi, how are you?"

Hoping you DanielJohnstonheads would know.
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« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2006, 06:54:01 AM »

There is really no rhyme or reason to alot of what Daniel does........he just does it and it turns out great!
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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2006, 12:48:44 PM »

There is really no rhyme or reason to alot of what Daniel does........he just does it and it turns out great!

I agree, but this really stood out for me as possibly something connected.
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« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2006, 11:29:02 PM »

My wife's uncle is the voice on that toy.
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« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2006, 06:07:02 AM »

Do you get him drunk at weddings and make him "Do the frog!" or "Let's here the cow!"?
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« Reply #5 on: September 29, 2006, 06:21:08 PM »

Please excuse me if this is obvious, well-known, or recently talked about.

I just realized in the beginning of the song "Walking the Cow" that there is one of those children's toys that has the arrow that spins around and tells you what sounds different animals make, and then it gets to a frog, which sounds like its saying "Hi, how are you" which Daniel says over the sound.

Is this the reason why on the front cover there's the frog-looking creature along with "Hi, how are you?"

Hoping you DanielJohnstonheads would know.

There are several things that come to mind about this.  The "hi, how are you?" line is first mentioned on the first song on the first album "songs of pain," and is about a real life experience when he saw laurie at her husband's funeral parlor.

I'm pretty sure the only reason he says "hi, how are you?" over the frog is just cause it fits, like as far as the number of sylables,etc.

He also used that same toy on "yip jump music" on a couple classic tunes. It's oe of those awesome little extra pieces of sound that danny fit onto his early records that make them even more memorable.

Thank god for daniel johnston.
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« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2006, 06:21:27 AM »

Daniel wears his heart on his sleeve, more so than maybe any other muscian/artist that comes to mind.  The symbolism Daniel uses is simple (direct), and many times painfully so. 

The frog is Daniel.

On "Hi, How Are You?" the frog with open, waiting lips is Daniel wanting his love (Laurie) to kiss him, give him a chance. 

Daniel is the frog waiting to be transformed into a prince.

Daniel is attempting to communicate his love, his need.

It is so raw, sad, and heartbreaking. 

Daniel feels/sees himself as a Prince, just like in the children's fairy tale.  In his mind, he is a worthy subject.   I believe people connect with this puerile simplicity.    (Puerile means: childish, silly.  This is where the word "pure" comes from).     I mean, who doesn't feel they are special?  People connect with that.

Daniel's drawings are like the Rosetta stone to his mind, heart, & soul. 
It's like reading his inner roadmap.

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« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2007, 07:32:40 AM »

 
Daniel feels/sees himself as a Prince, just like in the children's fairy tale. 


Daniel IS a Prince! 

i love your interpretation.
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