"Neapolitan Bridesmaid" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Joshua smiled, said
"Listen to reason
Don't blame me when the walls
Come tumbling down"

So I was adrift on the sea of longing
Awaiting the trumpets
To raise your ivory gown

And if only time will tell
Then I can't stand waiting
While the lights are changing on me

Tell it to my own free will
If I lost this thorn from my side
I think I'd die

Albert Camus said, "Living is anguish"
But don't dare let those bastards
Carry you down

And if this is so then I see no reason
For spending the evening doing anything
But going down town

And if only time will tell
Then I can't stand waiting
While the lights are changing on me

Tell it to my own free will
If I lost this thorn from my side
I'd probably die, most likely die
I think I'd die




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"Neapolitan Bridesmaid" as written by Colin Meloy

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    General CommentI adore this song, despite the fact that it badmouths Camus
    drstringzon May 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it bad mouths Camus at all.
    lydiroseon September 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Lydirose: the Camus quote simply applies to the lyrical angst and apathy that Colin seems to reiterate throughout this song. But did anybody else beside me catch several Biblical references pertaining to the Book of Joshua in the first two verses?
    (Joshua, a prophet of God in the Old Testament ; "when the walls come tumbling down"; "so I was adrift on the sea of longing awaiting the trumpets to raise...")
    pharmageekon November 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentNice catch...also, the phrase "thorn in my side" may be alluding to the apostle Paul's "thorn in the flesh" mentioned in his 2nd letter to the Corinthians. What a great mixture of imagery.
    jaiyenyenon October 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt seems to me that this song illustrates a futile attempt to find a balance between free will and determinism.
    CoryOOreoon November 01, 2008   Link

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