"He Forgot That It Was Sunday" as written by and Prine....
The motel lights were blinkin'
On my chartreuse four door Lincoln
On the dock the fish were stinkin'
I simply didn't have a care

And the old men sit 'round the cracker barrels
The children hum their Christmas carols
The train tracks all run parallel
But they'll all meet up one day

On a dusty pew in a vestibule
Sits the Devil playing pocket pool
He's waiting for the next poor fool
Who forgot that it was Sunday

We used to tell each other lies
With our orange plastic button eyes
In a former life on a motel chair
I was Charlie Parker's teddy bear

Yeah, me and Bird we'd stay up late
I used to watch him contemplate
While his horn would sit by the window and
Wait till it was time for him to blow it

On a dusty pew in a vestibule
Sits the Devil playing pocket pool
He's waiting for the next poor fool
Who forgot that it was Sunday

The only song I ever knew
Was "Moonlight Bay on the Avenue"
These are the tales from the Devil's chin
Charlie I could've been a contender

And the old men sit round the cracker barrels
The children hum their Christmas carols
The train tracks all run parallel
But they'll all meet up one day

On a dusty pew in a vestibule
Sits the Devil playing pocket pool
He's waiting for the next poor fool
Who forgot that it was Sunday
Who forgot that it was Sunday.


Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

"He Forgot That It Was Sunday" as written by Prine

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

He Forgot That It Was Sunday song meanings
Add your thoughts

1 Comment

sort form View by:
  • 0
    General CommentProbably just something off the top of Prine's imagination. Other possiblility:
    In the song, a bored devil sits alone in the entry-way (vestibule) of a dusty, empty cathedral playing pocket pool--perhaps a game of marbles. The empty cathedral is a picture of modern American religion.
    The irony is that this devil has apparently come to steal souls away from within the church, but turns out nobody's even there; they've all forgotten that it was Sunday because they've in many ways turned to the more mundane and universal joys and pursuits of everyday life: the rails of human industry running into eternity, the joys of human conversation and fellowship over a cracker barrel, the childlike grace and sacredness of humming Christmas carols together. And most have faith that these common things will all "meet up together one day" that is in some sort of final heavenly redemption or conclusion. For these cherished everyday joys of life, the ordinary folk have en mass moved beyond the walls of the song's archaic cathedral. Their perspective on life has changed and they have thus forgotten that it was Sunday.
    In essence, for some of them everyday has become Sunday and everyday has become a cherished day. Moreover, in so living their lives, they have discovered a fundamental and personal inspiration much as Charlie Parker (in the song) spontaneously played his horn at all hours simply for the joy of playing it.
    The teddy bear--a lifeless, stuffed animal--represents the unenlightened" audience of mass humanity who don't "get it," see through plastic eyes, and can't comprehend what it is that makes someone pick up a trumpet or a paintbrush or a pen and actually dare to dream. "I could have been a contender" the teddy bear sadly laments. Don't be the bear! Come out of your cave!
    Ironically, the devil for his part at the end of the song has also apparently forgotten that it was Sunday. For his part, he has become a bit trite and obsolete himself in the song, because he's forgotten that in this day and age fewer are actually present within the dusty cathedral for him to ensnare. He's lost his focus and is absently playing a solitary game of pocket pool, obsessing on the conventional rules of the game---the traditional rule of the game: that the opponent gets to keep whatever targeted pool balls happen to fall into a pocket other than what was expected. God wins the souls who in faith and inspiration find him OUTSIDE of any previous era's lifeless traditions. As the Bible says, we must "keep in step with the spirit." And that's my interpretation of the song.
    steevo2on July 08, 2012   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain