"Cinnamon" as written by and John Roderick....
Sun through the curtains,
I gave you a sign,
The birds were all quiet,
You were so quiet,

Some hear a call,
Some are the messengers,
I thumb through the pictures,
And know them all.

They said, "Do you remember when you saw her last"
I said, "Her skin is cinnamon,
Her skin is cinnamon."

I have too many stories, keeping it serious,
Some are collectors, some keep it straight,
It was a hospital,
I was delirious,
I clung to the stretcher
And drew them a heart.

Two gondolas to carry us,
Grand Via was hilarious,
St. Paul was there to marry us,
We lied, "We're already married!"

'cause here's proof: we have suntans,
And I spoke up with my new hands,
Listen to my car,
What is it telling us?
Start... please start, please start.

Is it spring where you are?
I waited all winter
Chasing the lamp cords back to the wall,
It's a plausible scenario:
I clung the stretcher,
I drew them a heart.

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"Cinnamon" as written by John Roderick

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    Song MeaningJohn Roderick (the lead singer for The Long Winters) is touring solo with Amiee Mann and we saw him perform this the other night. He says that the song is about a couple that belongs to the Baader Meinhof gang in Germany in the 1980’s. The couple is separated in the course of performing some ill-intentioned acts. The man is injured and captured. The lyrics are told from the perspective of the man, while he’s being interrogated by the Polizei. John’s funny, and an excellent story teller. So, I give it a 50% chance that he just made that story up on stage to mess with us; but the lyrics fit and he seems like the type of guy that would write a song about German militants who’s love story has taken an unfortunate turn for the worst.
    SputnikSpudon January 30, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti am addicted to this song!
    fish eat steelon July 06, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis might be rediculous and far fetched, but I think he either murdered this girl because he lost his mind or he watched someone else murder her, and the song is all about him remembering everything they did together while he's being interrogated in some institution. "Do you remember when you saw her last?" Would be the police/psychiatrist and all he can respond is "Her skin is cinnamon" because he's lost it entirely.
    Lizzybelleon January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthat's a cute take on it.
    and it makes sense.
    analogueon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI really don't like the take on the song that everyone's given it so far, I HOPE its not about a murderer, the song is too colorful for that...its a realy irony if it is.

    This is why I don't think so:

    i have too many stories
    keeping it serious
    some are collectors
    keeping it straight
    it was a hospital
    i was delirious
    i clung to the stretcher
    i drew them a heart

    ...I always got the feeling its about a man who had amnestisia...maybe he had a car crash with his wife in the car and he survived but later had amnesia, so they are trying to find the missing wife after the accident.

    Also, he drew them a heart, cause he was trying to remember , so the heart means he was in love and is trying to remember about her when he is getting off the amnesia episode

    I am not buying that this song is about a murderer's obsession....ugh!
    GrungyBeatleon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commentor maybe the relationship ended and he had been so in love with her that the break up drove him crazy.
    now he's in a mental hospital discussing these things with a psychiatrist.
    analogueon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI didn't think it was that he'd murdered the girl but that she'd gone missing and he's being asked by the police when he last saw her so they can try to find her and all he can say is that her skin is cinammon.
    GMMon July 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentk, So I work at the GAP, and this song has been on the soundtrack for 2 months now. The first time I heard it I thought that he killed he was was being questioned about it. I've convinced everyone at the store that this is what the song means...St. Paul was there to marry them (b/c she is dead). I think he was obsessed with her killed her. Is it sping where she is, the after life is often thought of as spring like.
    babysfrequencyon March 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI've always interpreted the song as if he murdered her as well, I'm thinking out of some crazed obsession..

    I really like the St. Paul analysis. That helps the rest of the murder idea hold a little more water.
    DeliciousSooner95on April 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about murder because he says
    "listen to my car what's it telling us? start... please start... please start" meaning he's trying to get away from the scene quick. also the fact that he's saying 'her skin is cinnamon, her skin is cinnamon' means that her skin is blood stained.

    more or less this song is him not believeing that he just murderd someone.
    fathead5fon June 22, 2007   Link

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