I'm pleased to meet you Mr. Brown,
It's good to see you out with your Lady wife,
I'm living on this side of town,
I'm gonna have to take you out with my trusty knife,

Can you see?
When you listen and you notice,
That there's rubies in the glass,
All you answer, all you answer,
And you talk about it,

Say: Hey, why do you always lie?
You said I was closer than I thought,
Now you tell me the sun don't shine,
You said I was closer than I...

You understand it's not a game,
The money's in your coat and I think it's mine (I think it's mine),
You know, to me you look the same,
I do this every day and it works out fine,

Can you feel?
All you needed, all I wanted,
Were those rubies in the glass,
All you answer, all you answer,
And you talk about it,

Say: Hey, why do you always lie?
You said I was closer than I thought,
Now you tell me the sun don't shine,
You said I was closer than I thought,

All I ever want to,
How would you know?
How would you know?

Can you feel?
Can you notice? Can you feel it?
It's those rubies in the glass,
Oh you answer, oh you answer,
And there's rubies in.

(dont go changing me in a real way
oh hold on, oh hold on, oh hold on
yeah, yeah, changing me in a real way
oh hold on, oh hold on, oh hold on, hold on
yeah, yeah, yeay)


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    General CommentEasily my favourite song from the 1996 album. I blame my parents for indoctrinating me at 4 years old!!
    Obviously its about living on the rougher part of town. I think the 'rubies in the glass' are meant to represent blood of Mr Brown himself, and his other victims. In that Mr Brown has seen the 'rubies in the grass' of other people who he has stabbed and robbed he's bound to say something 'you talk about it' so he has to stab him as well.
    Also the rubies are what the mugger (James) lives off, in that in order to take the money or whatever off his victims he has to kill them or else they would talk about what happened. So the blood of the person is like the money he takes off them? Am I making sense?
    'The sun don't shine' in my opinion is a reference to wishing he could live life differently, as he knows this isnt the way forawrd but is kind of stuck in a rut. 'Why do you always lie?' suggests he's ignoring his conscience telling him he could live a more honest and easy life and sticking to his guns and stealing. Backing up his argument with his conscience he asks 'How would you know?' 'Can you feel?' both rhetorical questions, suggesting he's the one who has to live the life, his conscience couldn't undrestand.
    Altogether sounding like a really troubling mental thing, arguing with himself, not knowing how to break the habit and get out alive and OK.
    Thats the essay over, for such an awesome song I hope my interpretation is near enough and I haven't pulled it apart too much.
    x
    TwistedAgainon July 01, 2008   Link

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