"Stratford-On-Guy" as written by and Liz Phair....
I was flying into Chicago at night
Watching the lake turn the sky into blue-green smoke
The sun was setting to the left of the plane
And the cabin was filled with an unearthly glow
In 27-D, I was behind the wing
Watching landscape roll out like credits on a screen

The earth looked like it was lit from within
Like a poorly assembled electrical ball
As we moved out of the farmlands into the grid
The plan of a city was all that you saw
And all of these people sitting totally still
As the ground raced beneath them, thirty-thousand feet down

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away

And I was pretending that I was in a Galaxie 500 video
The stewardess came back and checked on my drink
In the last strings of sunlight, a Brigitte Bardot
As I had on my headphones
Along with those eyes that you get
When your circumstance is movie-size

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away

It took an hour, maybe a day
But once I really listened the noise just fell away
But once I really listened the noise just fell away


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"Stratford-On-Guy" as written by Liz Phair

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    Song MeaningSo does it have any meaning other than as a well-done image of what she experienced approaching Chicago by airplane? I assume that the Stratford-On part is a reference to William Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon, and Phair is comparing herself to Shakespeare (how's that for an expression of self-confidence?). I assume the Guy part is her referring to Chicago (or its music scene) as Guyville. I agree that it's a good song, sure. But is there a deeper level or meaning that I'm missing?
    NAwlinsContrarianon November 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentliz phair's best song. cool imagery, great hook, and as an added bonus, a Galaxie 500 reference. can't go wrong here.
    BorrowedTuneon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI quite agree. That Galaxie 500 line is one of the best in rock n' roll, actually, that whole verse is great.
    DevastatorJr.on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe songwriting here is on another level, and proves Liz is one of the best out there.
    abey85on February 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjust commenting to say how much i lurve the line about pretending to be in a galaxie 500 video and how great her vocals are on this one.
    politicson May 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhile NAwlinsContrarian has an interesting interpretation of the title, I've always thought that it was eerily similar to "Strap-On Guy".
    Lardarschon July 15, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe "once I really listened" part could be Liz thinking about the detachment needed to create music, a thought that could have come to her during a late afternoon flight.
    stormvilleon January 12, 2013   Link

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