"Little Wonder" as written by and Richards....
Well it's my very little wonder and it's one that I will keep,
But you can take it with you if it helps you when you're trying to sleep
And the men who are a cut above today are often not so very deep.
Young ladies of means will say "I am, I am, I am, I am, I am",
Sitting on the edges of their seats on the light rail tram,
Amongst the could-a-beens, the also-rans

It's very little wonder if you cry,
It's very little wonder you don't cry,
The birds were framed, the babies were framed, and so too the black sky.

You can't hear the ready laughter in my song,
When I was laughing all day yesterday and all night long,
Till we shook off the fears, and had us both in tears,
O brother don't clean out your ears and you might be amazed
To find the secrets of the city in its alley ways,
In the bins behind the swill cafes,
Amid the clean-picked chicken bones and cartilage a spirit groans,
A small heart beats and a red beak groans
"O pity, where's my little body gone?"

You'll know why, it's very little wonder you don't cry,
Don't be ashamed of a guilty little rain, and don't be ashamed,
It's just the drink, it's just the drink, it's just the drink.

One marks a place, one makes a time,
One stops a'living, one goes about a'dying

Somebody blew their brains out in this room,
I can feel it like it happened just this afternoon,
On the wall behind some furniture there's a stain in the shape of Africa,
O fear walks tall, when it's halfway up the hill with its friend alcohol.
I could hear the heavy footsteps in his hollow halls,
Little wonder that he soon devised to rid them all in one great gushing fall,
The billion tiny devil's feet that nightly walked that bloody beat

Hi ho, ho hum, Get yourself a gun,
Open up your heart and let the bleeders run,
Hi ho, ho hum, Move the thing along,
Open up your heart and let the bleeders run
Hi ho, ho hum, Get yourself a gun,
Open up your heart and let the bleeders run,
Hi ho, ho hum, Think about your mum,
Open up your heart and let the evening come darkly in.


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    General Commentangel_wired, consider the words. Taken literally, they say that it's very little wonder that 'he' killed himself, if only just to shut up the voices of the army of 'devils' in his life/mind telling him to do the same. Alcohol doesn't shut them out, though it does a better job than most things.
    The last stanza is the marching song of the demons, the endless chant that he couldn't escape from.

    Anyway, it's uplifting because the tone of the piece is saying: it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter, it doesn't matter. There isn't a point, so it doesn't matter. So, no reason to cry, and no reason not to cry.

    It's celebrating the transition: "One stops a'living, one goes about a'dying"

    And at the end, the underlying chant of the "demons" is articulated, and you get a glimpse of the why. The entire song is set to something like that chorus, and it's just an expression of grief and regret, but never surprise.
    ciunasaonon January 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI am convinced that the death of Rob Dawson, the original piano player with Augi March, deeply effected Glen's songs on the Strange Bird album. In a ruch there three or four songs about death.

    This is a song about death, suicide. The masks we wear to convince ourselves that all is well, while covering our fears, our black hearts.

    However, as with all of Glen's lyrics the meanings are quite often inscrutible. To me this song is joyous, a song asking people to look into themselves, to lift themselves up from this often depressing life.
    zenmasterfuon November 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI don't see exactly what's so fucking uplifting about a song which advises one to 'get yourself a gun, open up your heart, let the bleeders run'. It's practically Judas fucking Priest.
    angel_wiredon December 30, 2006   Link

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