WAS 512 Anything Can Happen
Produced by Paul Stavely O'Duffy
(tracks 2-3 by Don Was and David Was)
Released on April 1989
US CHART POSITION #75
Find it at GEMM
WAS 512 cover
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T hat’s right, I own two different twelve-inch singles of this song. Let’s just say anything can happen twice. It’s not that I really enjoy “Anything Can Happen.” It’s all right, sort of a return to the endless returns of “Out Come The Freaks.” There’s the straight R&B arrangement from Don Was, the silly lyrics from David Was, and the band playing it like no one let them in on the joke. The two twelve-inchers I own include the promotional interview version (articulate, informative) and the UK retail twelve-inch that includes nonalbum tracks “The Death of Mr. Ping Pong (as absurd as you’d think) and the “mutant disco” (their word, not mine) of “One White Crow.” Since I couldn’t find the lyrics to this last song on a quick search of Google, I’ve transcribed them below (with all apologies if I missed a word somewhere).

ONE WHITE CROW

work all day...

hot december ice cold july
things are upside down and I don’t know why
bitter honey worthless money
steak’s all bone and the jokes aren’t funny

Chorus:
things seemed okay just a minute ago
now all I see is one white crow
white as the fallen snow
all I see is one white crow

mountain low and river high
con man preach and the preacher lie
wood don’t burn kids don’t learn
work all day not a penny do you earn

Chorus

spoken:
there’s something wrong there’s something wrong
it’s high noon and my shadow’s long
nothing’s right nothing’s right
the tigers talk and the people bite

black and white rainbow reaching cross the sky
cleopatra’s dressed up like a guy
friendship’s gone love is up for sale
freedom’s dead the president’s in jail

Chorus

one white crooooooow
mountain low and the river’s high
con man preach and preachers lie
things seemed okay just a minute ago
now all I see is one white crow

DJF 328 cover
DJF 328 cover

TRACK LISTING

    US 12-inch single
  1. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN
  2. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (VERSION)
  3. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (VERSION)
  4. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (VERSION)
  5. THE DEATH OF MR. PING PONG

    UK 7-inch single
  6. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN    (David Was/Don Was/Aaron Zigman)
  7. THE DEATH OF MR. PING PONG    (David Was/Don Was)

    UK/CAN 12-inch single
  8. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN    (David Was/Don Was/Aaron Zigman)
  9. THE DEATH OF MR. PING PONG    (David Was/Don Was)
  10. ONE WHITE CROW    (David Was/Don Was)

    UK CD single
  11. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN    (David Was/Don Was/Aaron Zigman)
  12. THE DEATH OF MR. PING PONG    (David Was/Don Was)
  13. ONE WHITE CROW    (David Was/Don Was)
  14. LAND OF THE FREE

    CAN 12-inch promotional interview elpee
  15. ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (ALBUM VERSION)    3:40
  16. Discussing their music    3:03
  17. Vocalists Sweet Pea Atkinson and Sir Harry Bowens    2:36
  18. Initial success in the U.K. and Europe    1:06
  19. Comments on songs from "What Up, Dog?"
      (a) Anything Can Happen    1:21 / ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN (R & B VERSION)    3:39
      (b) Somewhere in America There's A Street Named After My Dad    0:53
      (c) Walk The Dinosaur    1:41
      (d) Dad I'm In Jail    1:00
      (e) Out Come The Freaks    0:50
      (f) Spy In The House Of Love    0:31
  20. Album artwork / animated videos    0:44
  21. The Complete Was (Now Was) line-up    1:02
  22. Touring    0:18

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1989 Chrysalis 12 4V9 43378  
UK 1988 Fontana 7"/12 WAS 5/512 picture sleeve
UK 1988 Fontana CDS WASCD 5  
CAN 1988 Fontana 12 870 518  
CAN 1988 Fontana 12PRO DJF 328 same on both sides w. cue sheet

 

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