What the hell is this?
You said, "It's art, just fuckin' mirror it."
Where did we go wrong?
If not here, where do we belong?
In a shot of sun off an airplane far above her?
In the glint of the foot-burnished manhole cover?
In a light, a sign of one kind or another?
In the gleaming eye of a fighter or a lover?

Sitting here at the Horton's,
so you know this is important.
If not here, then where?
If not now then when?
When a feather's an immovable force?
When the stampede's an obstacle course?
When Ancient Train has hit Ol' Transient Horse?
When we're a Vancouver divorce?

Now that we've hammered the last spike
and we've punched the railroad through,
thought there'd be more to say
thought there'd be more to do.
I love your paintings-don't take your colors away.
I've grown more fearful of them every day.
Swimming up their dark rivers to discover your source,
a source of strange and unrequited remorse.
And I found the end of the world, of course,
but it's not the end of the world, of course.
It's just a Vancouver divorce.
It's just a Vancouver divorce.


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    General CommentVancouver Divorce, yet NO POSTS!? I am absolutely IRATE!!!. This is by far my favorite breakup song ever written and GORD DOWNIE IS THE MAN! Okay, so this one time I was at a concert, and I was standing front row, Gord leaned out, and a drop of sweat fell from his chin, I reached out to catch it in my hand, and okay so none of that story was true, Ive never seen the hip live, but I want to.
    Okay, back to songmeanings. Oh this one is just so damn obvious, tho. It's obvious that this couple bickered a lot, and gord never really knew what he had til it was gone. She left him, but he wasn't surprised.
    You can just feel the damn tension, sitting at Tim Horton's (Canada is filthy with this coffee shop). Very clever lyrics tho "Sitting here at the Horton's, so ya know this is impOOorORrrrrrrrtant"
    Then at the end, Gord regrets it, he doesn't want her to leave. I don't think he means paintings in the literal sense, like she is an artist, but he loves what she does for him.
    THis song just sends freaking SHIVERS oh MAN you have to listen to it.
    ProudesterMonkeyon June 09, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, this is a very good song and the CD is wonderful as well. Unfortunately for me, I was in a very intense relationship with a girl and we listening to this CD non-stop, pretty much went to sleep to it ever night. Anyways, we broke up, I still love her and it hurts me greatly to listen to this CD. As well, this was also her favourite song from the CD.

    But ya, it's a great tune. Gord's solo stuff is awesome, I hope he comes out with more. Battle of the Nudes was good, not as good as coke Machine Glow in my opinion, but my feelings for both albums are highly biased to what they meant to my life at the time.

    As far as meaning, I think that he sees the break far too abrupt. One day she is there and the next gone ("i thought there'd be more to say, i thought there'd be more to do"). And at the end, I think he realizes that he's got to move on, even he doesnt' want too, he's never going to have her again so might as well get on with life.

    Which I guess is good advice for me. So, strangely enough, this album takes on even more meaning for me. Anyways, I would like to see more discussion of this album too, but I guess it isn't the most popular stuff, even in Canada, so you really can't expect too many people to post about it.
    Atom_14on June 29, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYes, this is a very good song and the CD is wonderful as well. Unfortunately for me, I was in a very intense relationship with a girl and we listening to this CD non-stop, pretty much went to sleep to it ever night. Anyways, we broke up, I still love her and it hurts me greatly to listen to this CD. As well, this was also her favourite song from the CD.

    But ya, it's a great tune. Gord's solo stuff is awesome, I hope he comes out with more. Battle of the Nudes was good, not as good as coke Machine Glow in my opinion, but my feelings for both albums are highly biased to what they meant to my life at the time.

    As far as meaning, I think that he sees the break far too abrupt. One day she is there and the next gone ("i thought there'd be more to say, i thought there'd be more to do"). And at the end, I think he realizes that he's got to move on, even he doesnt' want too, he's never going to have her again so might as well get on with life.

    Which I guess is good advice for me. So, strangely enough, this album takes on even more meaning for me. Anyways, I would like to see more discussion of this album too, but I guess it isn't the most popular stuff, even in Canada, so you really can't expect too many people to post about it.
    Atom_14on June 29, 2004   Link
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    General Commentcoke machine glow is just an incredible, beautiful album. trick rider, man bruised by butterfly chase, and check ot the tuba on yer possessed. i loved the line 'I love your paintings dont take your colours away- Ive grown more feraful of them everyday'.
    that about says it for me.i guess thats it. thought thered be more to say...
    Joelon October 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOh so beautiful and I agree with the dude below, "I love your paintings-don't take your colors away. I've grown more fearful of them every day" is a lyric that lives with me everyday since I first heard it.
    falangon November 25, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"I love your paintings-don't take your colors away.
    I've grown more fearful of them every day.
    Swimming up their dark rivers to discover your source,
    a source of strange and unrequited remorse.
    And I found the end of the world, of course,"

    He messed up, she ended it. She remained cold from then on, he eventually awakens from his self delusion of being the victim to realize that he was at fault for whatever reason. His heart was broken, but he was blind to the fact that he pushed her away, and was further devastated by her lack of remorse for hurting him. But she owed him nothing. He sought or expected her remorse and found her indifference baffling. It was the end of the world for him. Depression.

    But it wasn't the end. He grew up. He finally grasped the "why". Hopefully he learned from it. Divorce is common, but self awareness isn't.
    falang78on January 29, 2015   Link

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