A nice heart and a white suit and a baby blue sedan
And I am doing the best that I can
All the eunuchs, they were standing in rows
Singing, "Please stud us out just as fast as you possibly can"
Sad song, last dance and no one knows who the band was
And Henry, you danced like a wooden Indian
Except this one mattered and I felt it had a spirit
And I shot the story because I didn't hear it that way
And it's hard to be a human being
And it's harder as anything else
And I'm lonesome when you're around
And I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself
And I miss you when you're around


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  • +7
    General CommentTo clarify,
    "all the eunuchs, they were standing in rows singing, 'please stud us out just as fast as you possibly can'"

    Traditionally, if a young male could sing well before he hit puberty, he would be castrated so to preserve his voice. A "stud" is an animal, such as a bull, that is kept especially for mating. So to "stud out" is to put out a bull (or horse, etc.) for the intent of breeding. So in this song, Isaac is just adding humor by saying that the eunuchs are standing there singing, demanding that they be studded out. This is impossible, given that they are castrated.

    It's incredibly clever.


    I suppose the song could relate to a prom, as was mentioned - that would fit, but Isaac doesn't seem the type to write about high school days. But the "white suit" would obviously be the formal attire for the dance and the "baby blue sedan" referring to a more or less shoddy means of transportation to the dance, hence, "and I am doing the best that I can." Then it leads into the end of this dance, "sad song, last dance, and no one knew who the band was" - pretty self-explanatory. Someone he knew, Henry, was probably a terrible dancer, and stood stiff and didn't really move much, like a wooden Indian.

    It all fits, but seems unusual that he would write about something like that.
    ohinvertedworldon November 09, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentDrinkTea, you cried EVERY night of the summer? thats fucked up.
    ThursdaysWaitingon October 05, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song very well could be about a prom or school formal. I think he the eunuchs asking to be studded out fits in with highschool boys very well.
    Look at some of the trouble alot of kids go through to endure prom...tux rentals, borrowing the parents car, trying to get a buzz before, during, and after....it is a ritual that we didnt choose...that is struggled for when noone really cares that much about it.
    This song uses that hypocrisy in tradition to show how society makes life more complicated and ceremonial than was ever needed.

    And its hard to be a human being, and its harder as anything else...
    Bellyfull of Swanson January 11, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"A nice heart and a white suit and a baby blue sedan
    And I am doing the best that I can"
    I think it symbolizes the empty promises of the American Dream. You know, breadwinner father who brings home the paycheck. Has an ideal family, a lot of material goods. It's common for men in today's world to feel a bit disempowered with the family rapidly changing. Woman now working and the wage gap slowly closing. Men in America are losing the masculine image they used to have. Hence doing the best that he can signifies a desperate struggle. Most men nowadays express masculinity superficially through status, resources, and especially material. Masculinity represents any sense of worth in western culture.

    "All the eunuchs, they were standing in rows
    Singing, "Please stud us out just as fast as you possibly can" "
    Eunuchs are men who can't reproduce. In today's society we'd probably see them as woman-like or men without their manhood anymore. Demasculated. The fact that there's multiple eunuchs shows that it's not a single phenomenon. They're unmasculine men looking to look appealing to women. Studding out I think is more of an exaggeration for how desperate they are to seem like men again.

    "Sad song, last dance and no one knows who the band was
    And Henry, you danced like a wooden Indian"
    Someone mentioned Bukowski writing about a wooden Indian so I don't get this reference since I couldn't find it.

    "Except this one mattered and I felt it had a spirit
    And I shot the story because I didn't hear it that way"
    Suddenly he feels something that matters but the way he's been stuck in his thinking keeps him from accepting it. Since I think it's about masculinity in a lot of ways, guys tend to be divorced from their emotions in American culture. Not that they don't feel, we all do. But it's considered wimpy or gay to openly admit feelings and somethings even being in love and opening up is hard. For a guy who ends up finding something like that it seems normal to dismiss it and avoid having to leave yourself emotionally open. So masculinity keeps you from getting too close for comfort and you're emotionally unavailable or try to be.

    "And it's hard to be a human being
    And it's harder as anything else
    And I'm lonesome when you're around
    And I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself
    And I miss you when you're around"
    This is pretty straight forward. There's a lot of ambivalence. Contradicting feelings. Guys like to be by themselves and stick to themselves. But when around someone they love they might still hold onto that independent almost isolationist way of being. Deep down though they long for something deeper but can't bring themselves to admit that.

    The title itself is a car, which is often a symbol of true manhood. But it's baby blue which is a girls color. This also fits the entire overarching theme.
    RSATORIon February 05, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI like the comment on how it's just a simple dance and the awkwardness of it all, but I connected to this song in a different way. In the past few years of my life I've realized how hard it is to understand people. I had a girlfriend that when she was away, I would miss her. I had an idealized image of who she was. But when she was around, she was someone else. I felt lonesome when she was around.
    milesawayon November 09, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's a bittersweet song about a fading fairy tale. Feeling like you loved someone but after getting to know them, watching the pedestal you placed them on shrink while the image you originally had of them fades. Seeing their true colors but wishing it weren't true....
    Having so much faith in who you THINK someone is, not wanting to face the reality of how they're human just like everyone else. If there are no damsels in distress, no princesses, no happy endings then just shoot me. It's hard enough to be a human being. Waiting for someone to bring light into a dark world is dangerous. A hopelessly hopeful beautiful song.
    ModstBetsyon February 09, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThursdaysWaiting you're a jerkoff man, j/k love you brethren
    citizendildo2045on November 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"A nice heart and a white suit and a baby blue sedan
    And I am doing the best that I can
    All the eunuchs, they were standing in rows"

    You guys think this is about a prom? What do these things say to you, a suit and a car? That's the beginnings of such stability that comes with family. People don't stand in rows at a prom. I interpret this as a wedding song, though I don't know how Isaac relates it to himself. He talks about a lot of people anyways. Amazing song--I hated it the first time I heard it, and listened to it a year or so later and have loved it ever since.
    wilderon February 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentinteresting thing about this song is it's Bukowski reference,before the song Bukowski was released on GNFPWLBN Isaac laced a ton of other song with references to bukowski and his poetry. The line "And Henry, You dance like awooden indian" Charles Bukowski's real name was henry and he wrote poem about a wooden a indian..... If you listen to alot of modest mouse and read bukowski you will see all the little things that have inspired Isaac
    badtemperdpromqueenon November 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis was the last track on the vinyl version of The Lonesome Crowded West, and I highly doubt they'd choose to end an album of that caliber with a song about a high school prom.
    Mr.Self_Destructon December 06, 2005   Link

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