Oh Angelina, aren't we lucky to live in this odd little world? Aren't we lucky to stand in this funeral line? And if we marry, I'll kiss every tear from her eyes, if we marry, I'll love every word from her lovely young mouth, and we'll drive past the violent blooms of the opulent south...We walked past the cathedrals, and the lampposts all humming, and I told her that though I can't bend back the barbs of these wires, aren't we lucky to live in this world full of fire, and I told her about how you would sing for your life as a child, and I showed her azaleas and books of pressed flowers you pulled wild, and I told her how lucky was all that I ever have been, and will you marry me, Kimberly Anne?


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    General CommentI think...Angelina is his sister or childhood friend, and Kimberly is his love, of course. This song sounds so young and bright and hopeful, especially compared to a lot of Shearwater's other stuff.

    "Aren't we lucky to stand in this funeral line?"
    I have no idea how to unravel this line. I suppose a lot of this song is expressing contrast, of life and death together and being joyful just to be living, like in The World in 1984: "Kid, you're lucky to be alive".

    "I told her that though I can't bend back the barbs of these wires,
    aren't we lucky to live in this world full of fire,
    and I told her about how you would sing for your life as a child,
    and I showed her azaleas and books of pressed flowers you pulled wild"
    This is just overwhelmingly skillful. I don't know what it all means but it's stunning.

    ABookOnAShelfon January 21, 2009   Link

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