Once this man I knew had a lovely song to sing to me
All in three: one-two-wee was the way he sang
With a southern twang, he??
A gentle man, we'd owe him
From his dusty days though, he'd been split four ways
Cut to the bone, left alone too many
It only takes these memories to make me want...sigh...
Ahh...
You wanted to survive, had a notion to explain our way
Pending grey and coldness
Tried to woo him to me but the spell I cast was far too weak
To break him free, who woe him
He had a different dance, he had a different song
He had a different sound to follow home
But he didn't believe it
He did not, bay leaf
He didn't believe it
He did not, bay leaf
He didn't believe it at all
He did not, bay leaf
He didn't believe it
He did not, bay leaf
La la la la la...
Well he didn't believe it
He didn't believe it at all
He did not, bay leaf
He didn't believe it at all
He did not, bay leaf
He didn't believe it
He did not, bay leaf
Made his midnight stand with a pale fist
He took a swing, sight unseen, he suffered
Pulled his lover to him
Made his will about the hands of fate
A bit too late, to save him
When he went back home and his mom would drown and mold
He had a different mood, he had a different style
He opened up his love so wide


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    General CommentI am no expert at identifying song lyrics; Stone may be singing about a man who he looked up to; perhaps a favorite musician or role model. One could easily infer from lines 11-12 that Stone (or a first-person subject) may have homosexual feelings toward this individual, but that the man already has somekind of lover in his life and Stone can't get the man from this other person.

    The next line of the text, "he had a different dance, he had a different song" seems to imply entire volumes about the subject of this song and certain preferences. That is my take on it.

    There, I have officially disgraced Stone Gossard and marked him to be, well, punished by stoning.
    Grunge_Rockeron February 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentstonegossard.com

    He explains the meaning of this very song. It has nothing to do with (least, not to my knowledge) with homosexual feelings, it's about when Stone was a child, he would always avoid the bayleaf in his soup bowl, and that is the whole theme of this CD. What is the significance behind this bayleaf? Again, check his website. He explains it there.
    jollybutcheron April 12, 2005   Link

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