Out of your personal scripture, philomel, she comes
You sing songs to everyone about love and law and guns
But paint a dirtier picture
And I think you know the one: you're not saving anyone
You're not saving anyone
Oh, just open your door
Be a flaneur once more
You're not walking anymore
You're not talking anymore
Overturning the strictures
You leave yourself with none of your sinners to be saved
Or your comforts that you crave
It's a volatile mixture: the zealot and the rum
So you knew it couldnt be won
Still hard lost because hard run
So here's to things that console
And to at least knowing your role, and to never being done
You're a rabbit on the run
Ne, ne travaillez jamais:
No, never work, that's what they say
Mais ne, ne, ne, nous n'arretons pas:
No, dont lets stop until it's done
You're a rabbit on the run


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2nd Ave, 11 A.M. song meanings
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    General CommentPhilomela and Procne were the daughters of King Pandion of Athens. Procne married King Tereus, but Tereus ended up raping Philomela then he cut out her tongue and imprisioned her because he believe this way she could not tell of his crime. But Philomela ends up weaving a tapestry that explains what happened to Procne, then Procne kills Itys, Tereus' son, and cooks him, then feeds him to Tereus. When Tereus discovers this he chases the sisters in an attempt to kill them. But before he can catch them they all turn into birds; Tereus into a Hoopoe, Procne into a Swallow, and Philomela into a Nightingale (often called a philomel).

    Out of your personal scripture, philomel, she comes
    You sing songs to everyone about love and law and guns
    But paint a dirtier picture
    And I think you know the one: you're not saving anyone
    You're not saving anyone

    Tereus was a warrior and helped save Athens, so while he is singing about all the greatness he has accomplished through law, marriage, and war, he knows that he is hiding something dirty, which is eventually revealed trough a picture.

    Oh, just open your door
    Be a flaneur once more
    You're not walking anymore
    You're not talking anymore

    A flaneur is someone who wanders aimlessly, Philomela is now a bird. She is not walking and she has lost her tongue-- no talking.


    Overturning the strictures
    You leave yourself with none of your sinners to be saved
    Or your comforts that you crave
    It's a volatile mixture: the zealot and the rum
    So you knew it couldnt be won
    Still hard lost because hard run
    So here's to things that console
    And to at least knowing your role, and to never being done
    You're a rabbit on the run

    I guess it might be saying something about how it's not good for someone to be drunk if they are passionate about something, like Tereus was about Philomela. because that caused them alot of pain, and a stricture is very painfull scar of the throat or urethra.

    Ne, ne travaillez jamais:
    No, never work, that's what they say
    Mais ne, ne, ne, nous n'arretons pas:
    No, dont lets stop until it's done
    You're a rabbit on the run

    I don't know if this is a reference to Ascii.Disko "Ne Travaillez Jamais" which is a German Techno/Dance song. But anywho, maybe the point of this song is that people will tell you that live life for pleasure, but as you can see from Tereus and Philomela, that can cause some stricture.

    well, that's all I got...
    Skubic448on February 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is an awesome song. One of my favs on "Hearts of Oak."
    To me, this is an obvious reaction to radical Christian conservatism. If you've ever read any interviews of Ted Leo, it's pretty easy to figure out that he's very liberal and very political.
    "You sing songs to everyone about love and law and guns"
    I love this line because it brings up the fact that many hardcore Christians preach love but then also love guns, and it just points out how contradicing that really is.
    The running theme points to the whole objective for many Christians to "Spread the gospel." I think that Leo is pointing out that this is futile, and that they shouldn't be content with feeling that this is their sole purpose in life.
    bocmaximaon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell the translation of the french is
    Never work, but we won't stop.
    It's a reiteration of what he says in the english.
    But yeah, the myth story makes sense... Ted is extremely well cultured.
    It probably has reference to some political individual somehow. :P
    talflickon November 30, 2008   Link

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