He was killed by a cellular phone explosion
They scattered his ashes across the ocean
The water was used to make baby lotion
The wheels of promotion were set into motion

(chorus)
But the sun still shines in the summer time
I'll be yours if you'll be mine
I tried to change but I changed my mind
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine

(Yep)

She lived alone in a small apartment
Across the street from the Health department
She left her pills in the glove compartment
That was the afternoon her heart went

(chorus)
And the sun still shines in the summer time
I'll be yours if you'll be mine
I tried to change but I changed my mind
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine

I used to fly for United Airlines
Then I got fired for reading High Times
License expired in almost no time
Now I'm retired and I think that's fine

(chorus)
Because the sun still shines in the summer time
I'll be yours if you'll be mine
I tried to change but I changed my mind
Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine
(repeat 1x)

Think I'll have another glass of Mexican wine
Won't you have another glass of Mexican wine?


Lyrics submitted by rjbucs28, edited by jmelenson

Mexican Wine song meanings
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    General CommentI'm a little surprised that no one has suggested this yet (and I'd also like to put a vote in for 'wheels of PROmotion', which is what he clearly sings), but this song is certainly not a positive "everything will be all right" message.

    The premise, as in most of the songs from this album, (and, really, most every FoW song in general) is of suburban desperation. It's the same idea as Hackensack, Fire Island, Bright Future in Sales, and even Stacy's Mom.

    The most important thing to realize is that you have an untrustworthy narrator here. Listen to what he's saying in the chorus: "I tried to change but I changed my mind." When you put that together with "The sun still shines in the summertime / I'll be yours if you'll be mine" you've got a pretty solid presentation of the societal ills associated with the wealthy, suburban upper-middle class in America. (Specifically the New York metropolitan area, if you'd like. Long Island, if you wanna go deeper.)

    It's a testament to the new post Gen-Y descriptor as the "Me Generation" - morally ambiguous [unbridled] selfishness in everything we do. Having the physical capability to change, but being so emotionally incapable and lazy that you just give up and use the excuse of "I could've, but I changed my mind." Even "I'll be yours if you'll be mine" is a barter, to pass the responsibility off on another. Everything else here is just a painting of banality. It's the theme for the whole album.
    Dabizion January 12, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningThank you Dabizi! If any FOW bandmates ever read this thread they will be completely depressed until they come to your post. Everyone else simply mirrors back the narrator's lazy, hackneyed, feel-good emotional response to the world. (Party on, dude, whatevs) You actually gave it a fraction of the human thought and feeling that the artists put into it. (For what it's worth, i think the corrosive 'tude the song captures & critiques is not ONLY found in upper middle class suburbs, but all over the place. Like in middle class towns, urban hoods, rural communities, where the posters on this thread reside!) But you're so good i'll quote you again:


    Rated 100
    I'm a little surprised that no one has suggested this yet (and I'd also like to put a vote in for 'wheels of PROmotion', which is what he clearly sings), but this song is certainly not a positive "everything will be all right" message.

    The premise, as in most of the songs from this album, (and, really, most every FoW song in general) is of suburban desperation. It's the same idea as Hackensack, Fire Island, Bright Future in Sales, and even Stacy's Mom.

    The most important thing to realize is that you have an untrustworthy narrator here. Listen to what he's saying in the chorus: "I tried to change but I changed my mind." When you put that together with "The sun still shines in the summertime / I'll be yours if you'll be mine" you've got a pretty solid presentation of the societal ills associated with the wealthy, suburban upper-middle class in America. (Specifically the New York metropolitan area, if you'd like. Long Island, if you wanna go deeper.)

    It's a testament to the new post Gen-Y descriptor as the "Me Generation" - morally ambiguous [unbridled] selfishness in everything we do. Having the physical capability to change, but being so emotionally incapable and lazy that you just give up and use the excuse of "I could've, but I changed my mind." Even "I'll be yours if you'll be mine" is a barter, to pass the responsibility off on another. Everything else here is just a painting of banality. It's the theme for the whole album.
    jillyboon February 11, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so incredibly catchy, the first line is my favorite. i think he's trying to say that life is crazy and ironic, but still good so you should just go with it
    kuwalaon April 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song
    MissBehavin1279on April 18, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat great lyrics, hahaha. Yeah, I first got a hold of this last summer and it was number one on this huge FoW mix I made and listened to all of last year. I just broke it out again because now it's nice and I'm feeling all summery.

    ANYWAY, I just think it's about how a lot of shit happens, but the day still goes on, the sun still shines. You just drink your wine and feel good about what IS going right. Awesome song, FoW rocks.
    riotgrl04on May 02, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"That was the afternoon her heart went"
    wonderful lyric
    folk_foolon June 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song could mean so many things (this is the only song i like from FOW) its a great song. it makes me so happy! hehehe. awe. well its so hard to explain it could mean so many different things to so many different people. Good Shit.
    toast_and_jamon October 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song could mean so many things (this is the only song i like from FOW) its a great song. it makes me so happy! hehehe. awe. well its so hard to explain it could mean so many different things to so many different people. Good Shit.
    toast_and_jamon October 05, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis is such a great song... sounds like the band just decided to have fun with it - they're a lot more talented than ppl give them credit for...
    it's very go-with-the-flowish :)
    samzzon October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is amazing....so upbeat and catchy.....makes even the worst days seem atleast a little better
    .:perfect:.on October 30, 2004   Link

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