"Fugitive Motel" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey, Mark Potter, Craig Lee Potter, Richard Barry Jupp and Peter James Turner....
Lost in a lullaby
Side of the road
Melt in a memory
Slide in a solitude
Not 'til I can read by the moon
Am I going anywhere
Not 'til I can read by the moon

I blow you a kiss
It should reach you tomorrow
As it flies from the other side of the world
From my room in my fugitive motel
Somewhere in the dust bowl
Yeah it flies from the other side of the world

I'm tired, I said
You always look tired, she said
I'm admired, I said
You always look tired, she said

Not 'til I can read by the moon
I'm not going anywhere
Not 'til I can read by the moon

I blow you a kiss
It should reach you tomorrow
As it flies from the other side of the world
From my room in my fugitive motel
Somewhere in the dust bowl
Somewhere in the dust bowl
It flies from the other side of the world

The curtains stay closed
But everyone knows
You hear through the walls in this place
Cigarette holes for every lost soul
To give up the ghost in this place

Give me strength
Give me wings
Give me strength
Give me wings

I blow you a kiss
It should reach you tomorrow
Reach you tomorrow
It flies from the other side of the world
From my room in my fugitive motel
Somewhere in the dust bowl
Somewhere in the dust bowl
It flies from the other side of the world
The other side of the world
The other side of the world

(The other side of the world)


Lyrics submitted by minette

"Fugitive Motel" as written by Guy Edward John Garvey Craig Lee Potter

Lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Fugitive Motel song meanings
Add your thoughts

13 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentHmm... of course music is an art form so it always means something different to everyone. My mental picture was along the lines of what was read and contributed by cazzdevil. The "dustbowl" is a U.S. historic/geographical reference to the central plains circa 1930. "Not 'til can read by the moon" would seem to imply "laying low" for a period of time (until the lunar cycle reaches a full moon perhaps?). "Cigarette holes for every lost soul" referring to "killing time" during the wait. "To give up the ghost in this place", meeting with an ill-fated demise. "Give me strength, give me wings".. I hope I can hold out and that I go to heaven if I don't. I don't know if it was intentional, but the music has a carnival like "lilt" to it as well. Carnies always travel extensively, no doubt frequenting such motels. IMHO
    altruman2000on June 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentaltruman has spotted stuff i didn't intend to be obvious. this is so thrilling for me. guy x
    munroekellyon July 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationWell if that really was Guy then my interpretation is incorrect haha! The references from Altruman are very clever and a good reading into the meaning, however if the Official Music Video has any relation to the songs meaning, it seems that it was about unrequited love in a foreign place.

    I feel as if this "Fugitive Motel" is the character's own self or his lack of confidence. In the video you see him sitting in the back seat of a car with a man and woman in the front. He seems defeated and as if he has lost hope, maybe in his own ability to address this woman as she sits there with a more confident man or lover.

    The "Blow you a Kiss, it should reach you tomorrow" meant a physical distance as well as a symbolic. The character is sending his deep affection and good wishes unknown to the recipient. It seems to be a desperate need of the character to show his affection but he is unable to. (possibly because of the woman's lover? or because of his psychological limitations)

    The "I'm tired I said, you always look tired she said. I'm admired ..." seems to imply that the character was trying to convince himself and her that he is admired with a weak attempt at saying this, to which she responds "You always look tired" again. The repetition of this line is a strong indication that both characters are aware of the man's weary and defeated nature.

    The lyric "from my room in the fugitive motel, Somewhere in the dustbowl" refers to the his space in the "fugitive motel" which refers to a pessimistic or hopeless view of humanity (he has a room in a motel in which he is an unwilling occupant, motel indicating that it's not intended for long stays (human life is short?), and also refers to his own body, to which he may be an unwilling inhabitant, and his mind (or the specific section of his mind which prevents him from expressing his love). Thus he is trapped as a "fugitive" in his own lack of confidence.
    -The lyric "Slide in a solitude" also seems to refer to this point. Sliding (as if with ease or relief) into his mind instead of facing the anxiety of confronting or expressing his powerful emotions. While this implies a sense of relief, it also expresses a deep sense of defeat, which I feel comes out very powerful. "Melt in a memory" is referring to this same emotional reaction to a moment he didn't take advantage of (possibly) or a treasured memory of pleasant interaction with this woman

    The final lyric I feel that contributes is "The curtains stay closed, but everyone knows, you can hear through the walls in this place" Curtains referring to his unwillingness to express himself. "Everyone knows" may refer that his feelings are known by friends and maybe her, or were known and he has pretended to move on. You can hear through the walls seems to suggest that he cannot completely mask his affection for the woman who is a part of the couple in the front seat of the car.


    The haunting melody and instrumentation provide a celestially beautiful setting for such a painful circumstance and set of emotions. Further indicating what we all know, that this is a song of longing. Whether in regards to unrequited love or homesickness.

    I hope this adds something, I feel as though some of the parts as I interpret them make it very beautiful when paired with the music, but seeing him juggle in the back seat of the music video (like carnies as altruman mentioned) really makes me wonder if I'm 100% wrong on the artists intentions haha =]
    WillydShayon July 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song! One of my favorites by Elbow. A masterpiece. But at the end, what on earth is that strange muffled vibrating soft voice saying??? It freaked me out the first time I heard the song.
    Phrogexon June 10, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's a very soothing song about how he misses his love...I think.
    pumkinhedon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"But at the end, what on earth is that strange muffled vibrating soft voice saying???"

    It says:


    "Passing the gun
    From father to son
    Gonna have some fun
    Gonna have some fun
    Just passing the gun
    From father to son
    Hmmmmmmmm
    Hmmmmmmmm"
    ali_pally_05on January 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's one of my favorites too. i used to feel relaxed when i listened the last part. but the lyrics above.... it freaked me out too...
    justinethereseon March 19, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthello again. Still think the song is really gorgeous, in my imaginary movie, this would go well in a scene shot in berlin or maybe moscow
    pumkinhedon August 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like to think i have a skill with deciding what music would go best in a situation.
    pumkinhedon August 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read that it was about his experiences of being on the road in the USA having to stay in sleazy motels that are bound to have interesting histories.
    The piece where he's talking to someone "I'm tired I said, you always look tired she said" is him on the phone to a friend back home who's trying to keep him grounded and remind him who he is and not let him get big headed.

    Something like that...
    Cazzdevilon May 20, 2006   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain