OK Go: This Too Shall Pass

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The new OK Go video doesn’t have them dancing. Instead, it’s all a fantastic machine of falling dominoes and rolling marbles and levers moving handles to open latches, tipping seesaws that release springs to shoot balls into the air that, falling, trigger further chain reactions, like water running through tubes and pouring into vessels that in turn drop to tug on strings that draw back curtains…. Is any human power at all going into the machine after that initial push? Do you like any specific parts of the machine especially? I love the final shot (hehehe). Thanks Christian (via Kai Müller/stylespion.de). 3.279.913 views at posting.

You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down
And you can’t keep draggin’ that dead weight around
If there ain’t all that much to lug around
Better run like hell when you hit the ground
When the morning comes
You can’t stop these kids from dancin’
Why would you want to?
Especially when you’re already gettin’ yours
‘Cause if your mind don’t move and your knees don’t bend
Well don’t go blamin’ the kids again.
When the morning comes
Let it go, this too shall pass
(You know you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down)
(No, you can’t keep lettin’ it get you down)

Directed by James Frost, OK Go and Syyn Labs. Produced by Shirley Moyers. The official video for the recorded version of “This Too Shall Pass” off of the album “Of the Blue Colour of the Sky”. The video was filmed in a two story warehouse, in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, CA. The “machine” was designed and built by the band, along with members of Syyn Labs over the course of several months.

PS: Sorry, editing in the making of:

extra viral song video of the week – englisch lernen mit liedern


3 Responses

  1. Thanks, Mike,
    It brings back memories, doesn’t it? I was a big collector of marbles and loved all sorts of runs. The Brio (magnet-based) trains came too late for me, but I’ve given them away as gifts many times.

    Also like the ad!

    I’m not teaching any particularly mechanically inclined lower intermediate people in the next few weeks, but if I were, I’d use your recommended ad and the song and make cards with verbs and nouns from the text in the blog post – and of course include blank cards for emergent write-ins! – and have them combine and put the cards in the sequence of the video.
    Thanks for visiting!

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