"Loose Translation" as written by and Carl Newman....
One holy ghost for a (holy/lonely) girl
In the dream she shook then read, I quote,
"We're all past elation now" (???)
In the school of thought, in the halls of state,
When the leaves turned pink,
The loose translation must have lost her
It must have cost her to go back

To the civilization caught between here
And the real one
Just to say what you'd begun to say once

We have been enrolled in the wrong schools
All through the pride of falling, falling
Price of education now
There have been no clues in the last few
Takes in the steps we trace
The education must have cost her
It must have cost her to go back

To the civilization caught between here
And the real one
Just to say what you'd begun to say once

The education must have cost her
The loose translation must have lost her
It must have lost her, yeah.


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"Loose Translation" as written by Carl Newman

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    General CommentNo one has anything to say about this awesome song???

    It makes me think of how religion holds back progress in society (ex. stem-cell research) by embodying it in a "home make girl" that is confused and unprepared in a scientific world that doesn't believe in what she's been taught her whole life.

    But that's just my opinion...
    Kida123on June 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhy has only one other person commented this song? It's one of the best off Electric Version, if not THE best. I'm not sure, I think it could relate to how some people's presonalities change so much while going through schooland how if somebody ends up in the wrong group instead of with you it can cause them to change for the worse. Just a thought.
    Ratethon September 03, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationGood to hear "pop" music that is also very intelligently made (intelligent design anyone? lol)
    I agree with the previous two posters. It can either be that certain "education" may be a mistake and/or, that a sheltered education based on "loose translation" (i.e. fundamentalist interpretation of the bible) caused the girl much confusion with the real world.

    Great song, catchy as hell.
    zephirumon April 04, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is about religion. The home-made (home-schooled) girl wears a tshirt that says what price damnation, meaning she's chosen to step out and explore the world beyond her religious upbringing, at the supposed cost of her eternal soul. The loose translation lost her, which means she no longer believes what's written in the Bible, a loose translation of old myths. The pride of fall is a reference to original sin. Possibly he's saying "wrong schools" are religious teachings, which are taught out of man's arrogance in believing he knows the nature of God.
    larry2345on January 29, 2014   Link

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