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
  • +3
    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
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    General CommentThursdaysWaiting you're a jerkoff man, j/k love you brethren
    citizendildo2045on November 07, 2004   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningA prom.
    He dresses up in white: This represents his innocence maybe still a virgin.
    The car in baby blue: Again a color you would give a child representing his youth, innocence.
    He doing the best he can: Trying the best to enjoy the prom, getting dressed up maybe even borrowing or renting a car.
    eunuchs: Another reference to young males. Not old enough to have kids, or maybe the way adults try to repress young sexual desires , as in feeling castrated.
    Singing stud us out: I remember being a horny little devil at that age so that self explaintory.

    sad song, last dance , the band: The end of the prom a band played that no one heard of.
    Henry you danced like an indian: Telling his friend that he danced funny.

    Except this one mattered...: his indifference to all parties thru high school, but the prom is a big deal to many.

    Had spirit: He actually had a little fun.

    Shot the story.. didnt hear it that way: Rumors, it also represent that he is different than the majority of the other kids. He had his own interpretation of what others were saying.

    Hard to be a humen being: Hard being a teenager, growing up is tuff at that age.

    Hard as anything else: Everything was tuff to him. Girl problems, peer pressure, family problems, deciding what to do after high school and being different than the majority.

    And im lonesome when your around: Had a girlfriend that really didn't pay attention to him. She must of had been selfish as hell.

    Never lonesome when im by myself: Felt more comfortable being alone. again another reference of him being different.

    I miss you when your around: His girlfriend changed. When shes not around he remembers the good times when she was they way she used to be. When shes around he misses they way she use to be more.


    brue152on February 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProb favorite MM song, my personal opinion=

    A nice heart and a white suit and a baby blue sedan
    And I am doing the best that I can
    - He is a young kid in love dressing up, and borrowing his friend's dad's sedan so he can impress his girlfriend for prom. He is trying the best that he can

    All the eunuchs, they were standing in rows
    Singing, "Please stud us out just as fast as you possibly can"
    -when he's there he sees that all the rest of the guys at the dance are just overhorny teens (please stud us out), who don't understand that sex is supposed to be meaningful (eunuchs)

    Sad song, last dance and no one knows who the band was
    And Henry, you danced like a wooden Indian
    - Establishing this is a prom, Henry is a friend dances awk with his gf

    Except this one mattered and I felt it had a spirit
    -This last dance mattered to me, it was the perfect romantic song, it was where we felt love

    And I shot the story because I didn't hear it that way
    -but that's really not what i was feeling at the time, (you know how you will change a story sometimes). Isaac saying forget everything i just said.

    And it's hard to be a human being
    And it's harder as anything else
    -Isaac saying literally it's hard to be human beings, hard to feel all the emotions we do, hard to say things, hard to be us.

    And I'm lonesome when you're around
    And I'm never lonesome when I'm by myself
    -whenever we're together i feel detached from you, but when you're away and i'm thinking about you you're perfect. He's making her seem better to him than she is

    And I miss you when you're around
    - I miss the person i remembered you as. I miss the perfect person i loved

    all together Isaac is telling the story of there prom to her to remind her of how they used to be
    when Isaac realizes he's changing he story, and abandons it. The main point he is saying to her is i miss how we used to be. I miss who you used to be.

    my opinion, sorry if some of it has been said before
    iamjacksforeskinon March 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favourite song on Building Nothing Out of Something - it's utterly phenomenal. The simple guitar, Isaac's singing, and I get goosebumps every time the chorus comes up. It's just lyrical genius.
    lui79guion April 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAnd 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

    I think this is about a relationship.
    When he's with his partner, he feels that she's not attending mentally.
    When he's lonesome, he could be thinking about his partner and picturing everything is fine in their relationship, but when they meet he gets reminded about the situation.
    Rekekeon October 31, 2010   Link

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