dorothy moves to click her ruby shoes
right in tune with dark side of the moon
someone someone could tell me
where i belong
be calm be brave it'll be ok

no more messing around and living
underground
and new year's resolutions
by this time next year i won't be here
i turn on mtv the volume's down
lips move they say
it'll be ok

to tell you the truth i've said it before
tomorrow i start in a new direction
one last time these words from me
i'm never saying them again
and i shut the light
and listen as my watch unwinds

to tell you the truth i've said it before
tomorrow i start in a new direction
i know i've been half-asleep
i'm never doing that again

i look straight at what's coming ahead
and soon it's going to change in a new
direction
every night as i'm falling asleep
these words repeated in my head

voices calling from a yellow road
to come downstairs and say hello
don't be shy just say hello

to tell you the truth i've said it before
tomorrow i start in a new direction
i know i've been half-asleep

i'm never doing that again
i look straight at what's coming ahead
and soon it's going to change in a new
direction
every night as i'm falling asleep
these words repeated in my head


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  • +2
    General CommentThis is one of my favorites on KIT also. It kind of reminds me of "What You Wish For"--one of my favorites off L&GF--not just for the Wizard of Oz allusions, but in theme, too.

    To me, they're both about realizing that you're in a bad situation--depression, living passively and missing out on a lot--and deciding to just do something about it. And you're really rooting for the narrator to succeed, even though I get the impression that in the past he's been all talk, no action.

    I also love the line about turning on MTV with the volume off and they say it'll be OK: I think that's kind of a reminder that songs in general, can be about whatever you need them to be about.
    gravity_defianton July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti think it has several meanings. one of them is the idea that he's being anti-social...he's shut himself up in his room doing pointless things like watching MTV and doing the whole WOO/DSOTM thing. however, he's trying to get himself out of that, with the whole "come downstairs and say hello" thing, trying to draw himself out of his shell and become more social and less shy.

    coupled with that is the fact that he wants to start moving in a new direction, to do something with his life besides wasting it, but he knows that as soon as he tries, things will change again: "i look straight at what's coming ahead, soon it's gonna change in a new direction". it's actually quite depressing to me, because it seems like he's not making any progress. that's essentially why the end of the song is very repetitive--he's not getting anywhere.
    wimpy_shrimpyon March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song on the new CD. I think it's about getting over it, moving on, doing what you want in life. I love the line, "Be calm, be brave, it'll be okay." It's such a warm reassurance. Yeah, this song rocks.
    azure_emilyon June 30, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, that is a really sweet line. I've been pondering the Wizard of Oz / Dark Side of the Moon connection and i decided to do some research. I discovered there is a well-known connection between the two and you're supposed to watch the Wizard of Oz to the cd Dark Side of the Moon. So, today i tried this.... it lines up perfectly (start the cd right after the mgm lion's third and final roar) and watch the credits and every exaggerated action goes to the music. Plus, the song's are titled for each scene like "brain damage" for when Dorothy meets the scarecrow. The song's go perfectly to the music and its obvious that Pink Floyd wrote this entire cd in sync with the Wizard of Oz. The cd ends with the sound of a heartbeat as Dorothy and the Scarecrow listen to the Tin-Man's chest. If you let the cd loop you will see that it still goes in sync with the movie especially at the Tin-Man's dance. I can't really find many more references the WOO/DSM connection in this song though. If anyone can think of anymore on this, please share your thoughts.
    guster7on July 01, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti THINK IS ABOUT ANNE FRANK'S HIDING.. WHEN IT SAYS RUBY SHOES, IN THE DIARY SHE ALWAYS MENTIONED THAT.. ALSO IT SAYS TO BE TURN DOWN MTV , I THINK IS ABOUT THE NAZIS COMING.. AND COMING DOWNSTAIRS IS HAVING THE GUTS TO FACE REALITY.. AND BEING STRONG REALLY
    GusTer34on May 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentWhen they performed this song in concert in Knoxville, Tennessee a while back I remember them describing a bunch of jibberish about a mother bear and her cub and then concluding that this song was about the great American acid trip. Then I remember floating towards the ceiling with joy as they played it. no I wasn't on anything.... it's just that great of a song
    AutumnGreenleafon September 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, also the line "i turn on mtv the volume's down
    lips move..." that goes with the WOO/DSM connection i was talking about, you watch the movie with the volume down and all the talking is blocked out you just hear the cd, but im stuck on the "...they say it'll be ok" part.
    guster7on July 02, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"they say it'll be ok" dorthy couldn't be touched b/c she had the ruby slippers ????
    drgusteron July 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthmm, good one drguster...
    guster7on July 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentjust yesterday i was at their cleveland show and they played this...it was wonderful..just to throw that out
    drgusteron July 04, 2003   Link

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