Either go away or go all the way in
Look at what you hold
Come back down on a spear of silence
When it flies
You go on through
You come on through
Thr rediculous no
Oh no
One more pair of
Loving eyes look down on you
Sheets and a pillow
How old will you have to be before you
Stop believing
That those eyes will look down on you
That way forever
There you sit mouth wide open
Animals nipping at your sides
On wire wheels the four stroke man
Opens wide
The marching sound
The constant ride
On the gasket is mine
All mine
One more pair of
Wire wheels bear down on you
Gear stripping the willow
How many machine men will you see before you
Stop believing that speed
Will slide down on you
Like brakes in bad weather


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Hey Fredrick song meanings
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    General CommentGrace is talking to herself here I think, about her beliefs on sex and lasting relatinoships and living a lifestyle that is moving so fast it will come crashing down on her.

    One correction, the word gasket should be "casket".
    brumuson November 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHi! Just found this site. My first comment!

    I suspect Grace was reading Nietzsche when she wrote this. "Fredrick" is not a usual English version of the name "Frederick", whereas "Friedrich" would have been a dead give-away. That was my first clue.
    Second one was a PBS show on the centenary of Nietzsche's death, in 2000.

    I think Grace was influenced by him, thought quite a bit like him -- who else so closely resembles a Superwoman? -- someone so talented, beautiful, blazingly intelligent, smart-mouthed -- and headed for the same fate as everyone else?

    I also agree with the other interpretations of this song -- a brilliant, frenetic life, blazing across the sky TOO fast, like a comet.

    "We are but a moment's sunlight" -- and some of us dazzle the eyes!
    Quetzalon March 26, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, it seems to be about a 60's "biker chick". Best song, both vocally and instrumentally, on 'Volunteers' in my opinion. Jorma rocks!
    75_cent_pieceon May 21, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about the attraction and danger of meth, or "speed" (third line from the end). The "machine men" are people who've developed mental disorders due to speed. "Slide down on you" is the rationale that eventually you can get back to normal again. "Brakes in bad weather" has a double meaning; slippery, and being out of control and unable to stop.

    I've always thought that "gear" is "you're" in the fifth line from the end. I haven't stripped a willow, but I'm guessing that under the bark the wood is slippery.
    PabloVilason December 07, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt sounds to me as if she's talking to an inexperienced young lover and how young lovers will try to not get pregnant by not staying "all the way in." And later it sounds like he's dealing with authoritative voices as he comes into his own.
    joseph4w1on August 08, 2015   Link
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    General CommentLook at the lyric sheet for all the tunes on Volunteers and especially We Can Be Together.
    The part where they sing "Up Against the Wall" you hear Grace singing Motherfucker the second time around. There was argument between the group and the label over leaving that word in the song; the did, but if you follow the lyrics as printed on the sheet you'll see "Up against the wall Fred" instead of Motherfucker.
    We've at least deciphered the title of the song...Hey Motherfucker.
    Oljimmyton December 23, 2016   Link

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