"Me And My Big Ideas" as written by and Orzabal,roland/griffiths,alan....
Me and my big ideas
Won't wash away your tears
No one else seems to mind
That I'm not that kind

Go get a volunteer
We'll pay him well my dear
He will see inside your mind
Because he is that kind

It's a southern kind of heat
The shadows crack and start to creep
Conversation drag its feet
I wish we'd both been more discret
Like light that it caught between night and day
You're stuck between me and my

Me and my big ideas
Won't wash away your tears
No one else seems to mind
That I'm not that kind

Well they love you when you're weak
Bet they hate you to see this winning streak
It's that thing we call control
There's a deep frustration
Black thoughts
That are stuck between someone's ears
Like me and my big idea

So many strings to your bow
Why not let one go

In a way this dream is over
Blown away our four leaf clover

There's no reason why
There's just me and my

Me and my big ideas
Won't wash away your tears
No one else seems to mind
That I'm not that kind


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"Me and My Big Ideas" as written by Alan Griffiths Roland Orzabal

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    General CommentI am a bit lost on the meaning of this song but was somewhat surprised that there weren't any comments. This song is (to me) a riddle in that I cannot determine what the theme or story is. I would be very interested to hear someone else's thoughts. Also, there is a reference to this song in "Sorry" from Roland's RATKOS album. I would close by saying that the line "So many strings to your bow, Why not let one go" is one of the most beautiful lines I have ever heard.
    rhombuson August 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe album "Raoul and the Kings of Spain" (RATKOS) is a very underrated album. IMHO, it contains some superb songs, including this one which is, I believe, a retort to "Head Over Heels" which also contains a reference to "my four leaf clover." My interpretation: This album is about an affair that almost destroyed Roland Orzabel's marriage. (Roland does indeed have a son named "Raoul" and his heritage is Spanish.) If you listen closely to the music and lyrics, there are several clues that suggest an affair; in addition, Roland himself has admitted that he wrote these songs during a "very difficult" time in his personal life. And so, "Me and My Big Ideas" is about his ending his extramarital affair. The line "in a way this dream is over" is, I believe, being spoken to his wife. Their perfect marriage is finished; the affair has "blown away this four leaf clover." (I have always believed Roland's earlier song "Head over Heels" was about meeting his wife, the beginning of that relationship which was to be his great fortune, his four leaf clover.")

    If you listen to all of RATKOS, I think you might agree. I think "I Choose You" is about choosing his wife over the lover, "God's Mistake" is about the pain of this illegitimate love, etc., etc.
    imagodocon October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentImagodoc, your insight is very much appreciated. And I could not agree more that RATKOS is perhaps "the greatest album tha nobody knows
    about" The concept of an affair or forbiden love would certainly appear to be a theme that runs through Roland's songs, however sometimes I wonder if this is just too easy and that it might be of a deeper meaning.

    The Song "Sorry" is another exceptional song that appears to follow this theme.
    rhombuson May 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentImagodoc, your insight is very much appreciated. And I could not agree more that RATKOS is perhaps "the greatest album tha nobody knows
    about" The concept of an affair or forbiden love would certainly appear to be a theme that runs through Roland's songs, however sometimes I wonder if this is just too easy and that it might be of a deeper meaning.

    The Song "Sorry" is another exceptional song that appears to follow this theme.
    rhombuson May 13, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningIt is a beautiful, yet cryptic song. I get a slightly different take on the meaning. Based on the following lines: "Go get a volunteer, We'll pay him well my dear, He will see inside your mind,Because he is that kind". My impression was that they had a 3 way affair ("Go Get a Volunteer"), because Roland and his wife weren't on "the same page" in bed ("He will see inside your mind, because he is that kind"). They'd pay him - probably trying to be discreet about it. But they weren't discreet enough, others found out about it - or as likely, they told one or more people about it. It caused discourse in the marriage, winding his wife up with resent or anger or shame. Telling his wife "So many strings to your bow, why not let one go", is saying "Hey, it's out there now. Don't be silent and stewing - fight back and shout the critics of the situation down... You'll feel better. Also, and implication that she has some dirt on the critics to fight back with." My take, for what's it's worth, but I have no idea if I'm right.
    TreeFrog007on September 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI don't think everything Roland writes has necessarily happened... I think he lives in that place, where only true poets live....and as every good poet knows, maybe one thought can take him down a path he's only 'dreamed' of going down...
    With that said, I know that Roland doesn't 'want' his lyrics to be so easily understood... as the test of true poetry is to make you 'travel down the path' with the author and really think...what he truly means...
    I think this song could be about 2 different things completely...
    It could be about a man....who is not 'that kind' ... the kind the woman wants him to be ... 'attentive, looking into her soul'.... 'drowning in her'.... so he releases her and says... go find another.....someone who can 'be' your kind... give you what you need... he tells her no one else (other women admirers) don't seem to mind how he is... but he can't give 'this' woman what she needs...
    his 'soul'.... so he sets her free...
    OR
    this could be about something totally different..... I can see it being about his breakup with Curt.... Roland has his own big ideas...and they disagree and he can't wash away the tears (tears for fears)
    but he tells him --go out and find someone new... it will 'cost you dearly' though..

    Well they love you when you're weak
    Bet they hate you to see this winning streak
    It's that thing we call control

    Those lines sound like a business arrangement to me... and so many strings to your bow..let one go...
    and in a way... the 'dream' is over... 4 leaf clover... for 'tears for fear's...

    I think well written, beautiful songs, like every single one written by Roland, offer to 'you' , the listener, your 'choice' to make the song what you want it to be...
    to speak to you -- to make you feel -- what you as an individual take from it...

    I prefer to think of it on the romantic level.... of the man who can't give this woman what she's looking for ....his 'soul'.... and he says 'no one else seems to mind' that he's 'not that kind'..... He just wants to be ....' himself '.........
    Scarlette30on December 17, 2013   Link

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