"No Strings Attached" as written by and Graeme English Stephen Ramsey....
Now the final curtain's fallen,
For no show goes on forever,
If the world's a stage - mine's empty.
Whilst upon it you'll tread never.

As the instruments lie silent in their coffins made of wood,
I rest assured they'd say these words - If say these words they could;
Whatever happened to the songs - the music that we made,
And the joy we shared together as on me your fingers played?

Are chose symphonies forgotten - with our cases closed and latched'?
Dreams now dusty, old and rotten - empty shells (no strings attached).
Amidst the dying candle-light,
I sit forlorn, alone,

A space once filled with laughter bright,
The place my heart called home
Now the puppets are my company - but wood and straw can't speak;
Though it by chance they came to life I'm certain they would weep;"

"What am I without your tender touch -
The hands to hold and guide me,
What purpose has a puppet with no puppeteer beside me?
I do not care I have no hair - my painted face is scratched.

But fear my wooden heart will shatter with no stings attached.

[Chorus]
No mourners assemble in this white-elephant's graveyard,
A dearth of bloom upon my tomb - an absence of forget-me-nots.
For Romeo I understudied - this sepulchre dark and bloodied,
It's my final resting place - amongst these "cloak-and-dagger' props.
Your kiss turns princes into frogs - and passion-plays to monologues.

Now last and least- the minstrel-takes his bow upon the stage,
He's played a fool and played the prince - (but never acts his age).
And If for once not lost for words- l wonder what he d say,
To win fair maiden, slay the dragon, keep dread foe at bay?

"Though I am not a wealthy man, my heart is pure and true,
And the only riches that I have, the love I feel for you.
Now my life is robbed of meaning
Iike a purse of hope that's snatched.
Must I spend my whole time dreaming
Living life no strings attached?"

[Chorus]

No mourners assemble in this white-elephant's graveyard,
A dearth of bloom upon my tomb - an absence of forget-me-nots.
For Romeo I understudied - this sepulchre dark and bloodied,
It's my final resting place - amongst these "cloak-and-dagger' props.
Your kiss turns princes into frogs - and passion-plays to monologues.


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"No Strings Attached" as written by Graeme English Walkyier

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    General CommentSounds like failure and hopelessness to me.
    Eliminationon October 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAt surface level the song is about a one-time musician who gives up and moves on. His unstrung instruments represent a lack of hope and meaning, a lack of a passion the man once had.

    Toward the end Martin speaks of a minstrel who once had meaning in the music he made and joy he created. Now he's "living life no strings attached", or without passion or purpose.

    I don't understand the significance of graveyard.

    Perhaps "Your kiss turns princes into frogs - and passion-plays to monologues." means that this kind of dull person demeans and lessens art.
    Chard121on April 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAt surface level the song is about a one-time musician who gives up and moves on. His unstrung instruments represent a lack of hope and meaning, a lack of a passion the man once had.

    Toward the end Martin speaks of a minstrel who once had meaning in the music he made and joy he created. Now he's "living life no strings attached", or without passion or purpose.

    I don't understand the significance of graveyard.

    Perhaps "Your kiss turns princes into frogs - and passion-plays to monologues." means that this kind of dull person demeans and lessens art.
    Chard121on April 06, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionWhite elephant is an idiom for something that's invaluable. I agree that it's about hopelessness and failure, though. On the surface, it does seem to be about a musician who gave up on his dreams but it can be taken as a huge metaphor. Great song.
    Lateralus518on January 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song fits in with the overall theme of Vintage Whine -- heartbreak. Throughout the album the implication seems to be that the speaker (presumably Martin himself) was in a relationship with a woman, but she did not take it seriously and left him abruptly. The phrase "no strings attached" is generally used as a positive way to describe a casual relationship, but here Martin uses it negatively, as he wanted to be attached to this person. "For Romeo I understudied" -- he was ready to die for his love.

    "Your kiss turns princes into frogs, and passion plays to monologues." The woman apparently left him with a kiss goodbye, which Martin seems particularly bitter about. It's also referenced in the song Bury Me with the line "so to say farewell like Judas is the thing I find absurd."

    I absolutely love this song, and these are possibly my favorite lyrics of all time. The way he uses instruments, puppets, and then himself as a minstrel as a metaphor for the despair he feels is brilliant.
    sewnomercyon July 07, 2016   Link

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