"The Clearing" as written by and Malcolm Middleton Aidan Moffat....
Oh, she always used to be the same. She'd be loose with a straight dark facial frame. And now the things that used to turn me off, I find endearing. And they laugh behind the trees as she lies naked in the clearing. I adore her, but I ignore her. See, I know it won't last as I reflect upon my past. But on severance she made no difference. There's things I won't let her know, as we're perfecting our show. I want to own her - I think I'll phone her. I can't explore her if I ignore her. And now the things that used to turn me off, I find endearing. And they laugh behind the trees as she lies naked in the clearing. But she won't beckon - is what I reckon. She may adore me, but she'll ignore me. Put on a show there, we're getting nowhere. She helps my snoring, so it never get's boring. And she always used to be the same. She'd be loose with with a straight dark facial frame. And now the things that used to turn me off, I find endearing. And they laugh behind the trees as she lies naked in the clearing.


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"The Clearing" as written by Malcolm Middleton Aidan Moffat

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    General Commentthe last part is actually the first verse of the next song "Driving".
    pumkinhedon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the distorted sound here- the whole song has a certain dense quality about it, in terms of memory, something that has passed but is contained in a jar, like a photograph. When I first heard it, it reminded me of this character, Annie, from Midnight Cowboy, (the novel) and the relationships men had with her (she had mechanical/cold sex with any man who lined up for it in the cinema). There's something also very threatening about what may be going on..along with the feeling of regret? loss? of not stepping out of the crowd and doing what he wanted because "ignoring her" although he "adores" her is so much safer (But on severance she made no difference. There's things I won't let her know, as we're perfecting our show."). This woman has evidently developed a new meaning for him which he doesn't share with his friends who may just still see her as an inanimate thing or feel threatened by her nakedness and what it may mean.. ("they laugh behind the trees as she lies naked in the clearing"). However, he does refer to them as "we" which suggests that the people laughing behind the trees may have similar feelings to him. Also there's the clear distance/fear of contact from the girl as well as the men too. But the idea that the girl stays the "same" while feelings on the other side are uncertain/changing is also interesting..
    forgotten412on July 26, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And they laugh behind the trees as she lies naked in the clearing."

    Any thoughts?
    forgotten412on June 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment(also, the version, I'm referring to when it comes to sound/music is the single version)
    forgotten412on July 26, 2007   Link

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