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Taking Apart "One Thing Leads To Another"

This article is part of a series on my new collection of songs, Life Is Worth Living.


It's a song that centers around an edible arrangement.


I went back and forth several times on what role it would play in the song. Part of me wanted the line to be "Me and the boys just crushed an edible arrangement," which would set the tone as a sort of ironic bad boy song, like Everybody Get Dangerous by Weezer.


Ultimately I decided this would be a love song. Musically I'd categorize the finished product as a crooner song, or maybe British music hall. Kind of like Danke Schoen or Fixing a Hole.


Listen to One Thing Leads To Another here:

Now let's take it apart. A line about a leaking toilet opens this love song:


When you got a leak

Then you call up the plumber

When a guy breaks your heart

Well, you search for another


The lyrics generally follow an if/then theme:

If your car don’t move

It’s time to change that tire

Don’t call some shop,

‘Cause I’m right here for hire


More if/then:


On a summer’s day

You wear your sunglasses

And by the beach

We talk smooth as molasses


If there’s music playing

Then we’ll naturally move

If it’s a nice boogie woogie

Then we’ll surely groove


For some reason I just find this edible arrangement line so funny:


Yeah, it’s you, me, and an edible arrangement

Removing the pretense of any estrangement

We’ll meet the fam, we’ll play Bananagrams

And just as the spring flows into the summer,

One thing leads to another


Obligatory references to St. Anthony and New Jersey:


If you should lose your keys

You call St. Tony

If you bring the tea

Then I’ll bring the bologna

When in Rome

You do as the Romans

If your city don’t sleep

Then you smooch in Hoboken


Obligatory reference to HGTV's first family:


When you need a house

Call Chip and Joanna

If you’d like a tune

Then I’ll play the piana

I know that I’m a sort of a fixer upper

and I’m no chef but I’ll still fix supper


After the second chorus, we get this not-so-subtle reference to Lady and the Tramp:


There’s a movie ‘bout a couple of dogs

Who clearly never learned how to use utensils

Any other details, I seem to forgetti

I know it had something to do with spaghetti


Add in a reference to fast food, another board game, and you have yourself a song:


That’s you, me

and an edible arrangement

Removing the pretense of any estrangement

We’ll meet the fam, we’ll play Bananagrams

See a ballet,

Then play Scrabble

Say hip hip hooray

And go to Chick Fil A

And just as the spring flows into the summer,

One thing leads to another

Just like bread and butter

One thing leads to another


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