"Requiem for O.M.M.2" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
When I met you, I was just a kid -- hadn't built up my defenses.
So I gave my heart completely -- Vaseline all over the lenses.
Memories don't go away; I remember every day.

I never ever stop wondering, wondering if you still think of us.
I don't need a photograph 'cause you've never left my mind.
No, you've never left my mind.

I remember feeling like a ship whose captain was too drunk to steer.
And you watched as I was sinking, waving sadly from the pier.
Memories don't go away; I remember every day.

I never ever stop wondering, wondering if you still think of us.
I don't need a photograph 'cause you've never left my mind.
No, you've never left my mind.

It's such a burden to carry 'round the vestiges of dead dreams,
And I don't want to make a wake out of my life.
I just had to let you go...


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    My InterpretationThe first thing that struck me about the song was O.M.M. in the title, which i immediately recognized as OF MICE AND MEN, and looking at the lyrics, the song exactly follows the book. watch:
    ~"When I met you, I was just a kid, Hadn't built up my defenses" -George met Lenny as a kid, where he built up his emotional attachment and friendship with him
    ~"Vaseline over the lenses"- an allusion the the Vaseline glove perhaps?
    ~"Memories don't go away I remember every day" sung in a deep, dumb voice ,aka Lenny trying to convince George that he is not forgetful all the time, a conversation that happened in the book
    ~The song goes on to talk about the helplessness of George after the story goes to shit and George has to kill Lenny, conferred by the metaphor about the ship
    ~"It's such a burden to carry around, The vestiges of dead dreams, And I don't want to make a wake out of my life, I just have to let you go "- This final thing is really important and summarizes what the book is about: the denial of the dreams and ruining of plans, more specifically the American dream. George had to kill Lenny and afterward, stopped pursuing their dream of owning land.

    The title OF MICE and MEN 2 Requiem means George is reflecting on the events of the book after the death of Lenny and is a song to commemorate Lenny.


    Boonerangon December 21, 2009   Link
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    General Commentalso off the new disc, still entitled "the sunlandic twins"
    pumkinhedon March 14, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgod. this song is so awesome.
    rockthemsockson March 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit\'s \"sinking\", not \"singing\".

    the meaning of this song is very obvious. it\'s simple, but very meaningful, & i love it.
    heartinaslingon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song, it's awesome!
    The song's pretty self-explanatory. it's oh so good.
    drownedinsoundon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentanyone know what the title means?
    tcollins1388on January 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmir.com.my/rb/photography/hardwares/classics/olympusom1n2/om2/

    I think the song title might be in refrence to the Olympus OM--2 camera. The song constantly refrences to photos and memories. Vasaline over the lense of a camera is something you do typically in college if your styding photography, which means I think he's refering to a girl her fell in and out of love with at a young age (also refrence to no defences and giving away his heart at a young age), what he's saying is that he despite having pictures to remind him, he doesn't need them because he's so scared by his love, that he lost. Typical love song lost thing, with a twist. I'm pretty sure the title is in refrence to the camera. Good song. :)
    Scuterbobon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCould the title be a requiem for "Of Montreal Mark II"? This is, according to purists, the second phase of the band, which might indicate that the Sunlandic Twins was meant to usher in a new version of Of Montreal. Just my guess.
    Northernlionon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentanyone else's favorite part of the song when kevin sings a little deeper
    "memories don't go away
    i remember every day"
    ahhh, i listen to this great song just for that
    the8eson March 03, 2006   Link
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    General Commentvaseline over the lenses is an "old school" technique in photography (not reserved for JUST collegiate students) to make the subjects in the frame seem fuzzy and lower contrast. it is jokingly said that this technique is used in a lot of nude photographing to make people look less fatter. i think in respect to the barnes' lyrics, the vaseline over the lenses depicts a youth in love's inability to see the picture as it really is, or how it will really turn out.
    siobahniton March 19, 2006   Link

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