"Mayfly" as written by and Richard Colburn Isobel Campbell....
Lovesick on a sunny afternoon
You are tired of staying in
You are waiting for a sign
Mayfly, woken up when skies are clear
I don't mind you coming near
Keep me company 'til she comes again
You are the one who's making do
I am the one who's privy too
'Cause you saw him in the park
'Cause you saw him at the bridges with the people in the dark

Cana was the start of something big
You were there in the beginning
You were there to see him play
Mayfly, woken up when skies are blue
I don't mind the sight of you
Keep me company 'till she comes again
You are the one who's making do
I am the one who's privy too
Because you saw him at the celebrations standing at the side
He had the moves to save the day
And you would love him anyway

Lovesick, it came back upon yourself
You are the one left on the shelf
You are incapable of playing the fool
Longing so what's different today?
You sent the boy and girl away
You are concerned with matters lofty
But puzzled so it makes you sick
Your diary's looking like the bible with its verses lost in time
And lost in meaning for the people who surround you
It's a crying shame
You know it's a crying shame


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"Mayfly" as written by Richard Colburn Isobel Campbell

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    General CommentI think there are two stories going on here.
    There's a girl, who the narrator is dating while waiting for his love to 'come around' meaning either to come back, or to change her mind about him. I think the twist is, that while he thinks he is using her, she is using him. "you are the one who's making do" shows that she is using him while going after someone else, the one who did his thing at Cana, the one she has been there since the beginning for. She doesn't get really involved with anyone, including the narrator, because she's waiting for the other guy, but this doesn't pay off and she's "left on the shelf."

    There's probably a second meaning in the "woken up when skies are clear" lines, about only making a move when there's no obstacles... But I can't get my silly head around it. In summary, the narrator and the girl are together while both of them waits for/ longs after another person.
    Dudeykiton October 30, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song seems to be about dating somebody while wanting/waiting to reunite with somebody else. I get the impression that the narrator is waiting for his ex to break up with her new boyfriend so they will get back together.
    Palemovieon January 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOoh! And and and! She makes all sort of confessions to the narrator about the other guy. "I am the one who's privy to..." and then he says what she's told him about the other guy. Those bits are her confessions to the narrator about the other guy.
    Dudeykiton October 30, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou can definitely hear a big connection from songs like this and newer material. With different production this song could have easily been on DCW or TLP.
    Whit0685on April 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti believe some corrections need to be made...

    Lovesick on a sunny afternoon
    You are tired of STAYING IN
    You are waiting for A SIGN
    Mayfly, woken up when skys are clear
    I don't mind you coming near
    Keep me company till she comes again
    You are the one who's MAKING DO
    I am the one who's PRIVY TO
    Because you saw him in the park
    Because you saw him at the bridges with the people in the DARK

    and next verse:
    You are the one who's MAKING DO
    I am the one who's PRIVY TO
    __'cause you saw him at the celebration standing at the SIDE
    YOU had the move_ to save the day
    AND you would love him anyway

    and verse 3:
    Lovesick, it came back upon yourself
    You are the ONE left on the shelf
    You are incapable of playing the fool
    Longing...so what's different today?
    You sent the boy_ and girl_ away
    You are concerned with matters lofty
    But puzzled so it makes you sick
    Your diary's looking like THE bible with it's verses lost in time
    Lost in meaning for the people who surround you
    It's a crying shame
    You know it's a crying shame

    Thats my 2 cents...
    azure2148on May 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line about the bible. "With it's verses lost in time lost in meaning for the people who surround you." Seriously. Our modern world makes me want to cry--we run our lives based upon the words in a book, written by MEN and interrpreted to mean ridiculous things.
    PirateQueenon November 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti interpret the bible line that its a pity that the people around you have lost the meaning of what the bible really is like her diary it holds the truth of life(her life in this case). Faith is not something to pity people for having.
    J___Pon January 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe whole use of the metaphor of a mayfly makes me think the girl that the narrotor is "privy to" is not really what he looks for in a long-term girlfriend. Mayflies only live for about a day I think and so it's as if he'll soon get bored of her, but he takes advantage of her infatuation with him when his girlfriend is not around. That's what I reckon anyways...
    tambourine(wo)manon May 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a love filler, they're only gonna last as long the singer wants them, and then he cuts them off for the one he really wants (the cut off being the Mayfly idea)> he's totally using this dame to get closer to other loves, while getting with her at the same time, but he don' care.
    myfriendbrennon September 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this is about a love filler, they're only gonna last as long the singer wants them, and then he cuts them off for the one he really wants (the cut off being the Mayfly idea)> he's totally using this dame to get closer to other loves, while getting with her at the same time, but he don' care.
    myfriendbrennon September 06, 2007   Link

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