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"Non-Dairy Creamer" was the first single from Third Eye Blind after a five year period. The song was digitally released on 18 November, 2008 via their EP release Red Star.

Indaba Music Edit

The band began releasing stems (separate pieces of the song) of some upcoming songs on Indaba, for fans to mix and edit as they wished, or enter them in a contest. The best mixes as voted by the band will be released digitally, and the grand prize winner will get to play on stage with the band.

"Non-Dairy Creamer" was the first song to be released on Indaba. The stems were as follows: vocals, backing vocals, guitar, bass, drums, keys, and violin.

Meaning Edit

Jenkins said of the song "The great thing about music is that it brings all types of people together, and I remain astonished at the capacity of lyrics to move things. Don't know why 3eb's lyrics have been so controversial in the past -- they are about as racy as your current novel. Most importantly, I continue to be inspired by our audience, which is mostly college kids. While we as a band try to move past politics, I personally had been on the campaign trail in a grass roots fashion for many months supporting Obama, which leads me to this song. lol

In regards to "Non-Dairy Creamer," indeed humor is the intent, both musically and lyrically. I've felt provoked and poisoned by our politics and culture in the last few years. I wanted to amplify that provocation with some irony and take a knock at some of these fear-based phrases like "threat level orange." All kinds of hypocrisy in current headlines then popped into my head and I rhymed em. I meant for it to be a hoot (though I know it has some teeth). Bombastic humor being the balm to move past a pretty nasty period.

"Something like that. I'm not very good at talking about my own stuff. Wish I tossed some jokes in here as well, but my humor always tends towards too dry and dark. There's no topping the KFC hat -- they could have their own line!"[1]

"Non-Dairy Creamer" contains the line, "Some, some of them I murder; some, some I let go", which also occurs in the song Paper Planes by M.I.A.--in both instances it is sung to the same tune as The Clash's "Straight to Hell". "Straight to Hell" is also a politically charged social commentary regarding the Vietnam War and other social injustices rendering it an important reference point for interpreting "Non-Dairy Creamer".

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