Album: Gordon (1992)
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Songfacts®:

  • The band got the title when they were eating in a diner. They found it amusing that they were being served by a waitress named Enid, which is "dine" backwards. >>
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    Joe - Springfield, IL
  • A track from the band's first album, "Enid" was written by Steven Page and Ed Robertson, with Page singing lead. The song is about a guy who is desperately trying to get back together with Enid, his ex-girlfriend. We learn that he was 15 when they split, and now it's a few years later and he's still nowhere near over her. Typical of Barenaked ladies, there is plenty of humor in the song, as this guy's passion is tempered with laziness. He thinks of all the things he can do to get her back (cut his hair, work overtime), but decides it's too much work ("I can do it all for you, but I don't want to).
  • This is one of the few Barenaked Ladies songs with a horn section, which is credited as "The Jimmy Crack Horns" (they made up goofy names for outside musicians who performed on their tracks). When the band performed the song live, they would sing the horn parts.
  • An Ontario musician named Lewis Melville played the pedal steel guitar on this track. Melville also appears on recordings by another Canadian band, the Rheostatics.

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  • Miles from Vancouver, CanadaActually, Daniel, Bill, Kkevin and Joel...the squeaky sound after the intro is a cuica, a Brazilian friction drum. Even Steven Page admitted that you don't hear a lot of pop songs with a cuica, a pedal steel guitar and a horn section - but they managed to make it work.
  • Joel from Seattle, WaDaniel, I always thought that sound was a straw moving in and out through the plastic lid of a fast food up. But it could be a sax or a horn.
  • Kkevin from Oakville, Ontarui, CanadaI think that "wook-wook" sound after the static "...mom comes down stairs" bit is an African drum.
  • Kevin from Quebec, Canadathe intro was programmed by Ed Robertson and Steven Page. Michael Wojewoda(their producer) sang it and then they built a radio shack radio transmitter broadcast the song recorded themselves tuning it in and tacked it on the beginning of the track. Thats the sound at the begginning of the song.
  • Bill from Alamosa, CoI wondered that for a long time. BNL is a great band once you listen to a couple of albums all the way through 3 or 4 times. Really good live. anyway, it sounds a lot like a straw being moved up and down in a cup with a lid. you know the ones with the straw hole at fast food drive ups.
  • Daniel from Cincinnatti, Orwhat's that thing that sounds like a donkey at the beginning
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