oh billy come on, cause i've heard your hundreth song
and though i liked the tale of the millionares that constructed the fine bolts and put the buildings in the air
billy come on, oh come and sing your hundreth song.
precautionary tales to reactionary table, ha-ha

granted your songs have been living in this world
have been eating in this world
have been breathing in this world
rain on rain on

i find it unacceptable
i've made concessions to the world
to the running of the world
to the turning of the world
can beneath me burn

billy was a girl, but he couldn't tie his curls
but the proxis breaks, the angry bed
the lover and the wood lives on common care

billy come on in the echoing morning calm
try to find your breath and breathe the air for the troupe of sellers and millionaries

billy come on like a population bursts from your songs
for the birdies and the babies and the downtown pushers, please billy

granted your lungs have been sucking in this world
have been breathing in this world
have been lying in the sand
rain on rain on

i find it unacceptable that you keep singing to the world
and keep lying in the world
and keep crushing everybody's heads .. (?)




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Time Destroys its Plan at the Reactionary Table song meanings
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    General Commentquite nice interpretation, though some parts i'd make out otherwise, for example:

    "bring the cautionary tales to reactionary table"

    "the angry bear" (instead of angry bed:)

    "for their buddies and their babies and their hometown pushers"

    and i always understand "i mean" instead of "have been" in the chorus, but of course, your interpretation makes much more sense. though the lines "i mean living in this world / i mean eating in this world / i mean breathing in this world/ rain on, rain on, rain on" affect me much more, it's like all the chaos and absurdity of the world is being conveyed through this chorus. i always listen to it in a volume that's going to rip up my eardrums :)

    anyway, The Golden River is a masterpiece, one of the best records i've ever heard. i keep listening to it almost daily since i discovered it, and it has been for about three months now! :) i just can't understand, why such an amazing band is being so overlooked. no hype like around their canadian fellows Arcade Fire or Wolf Parade, though i think they're much bigger... there is so much awesome music coming from Canada nowadays, i think i'm going to move there :)
    iwantobeahorseon July 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYes, Canada has plenty of great bands. I'm an aspiring Canadian musician.
    Cool Cozon June 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMan ALL the lyrics for Frog Eyes on this site are way way way off.
    Vocalitieson February 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti don't understand for the life of me why they're all wrong, i can understand him PERFECTLY
    owen_vs_the_owlon May 13, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthere's what i've got to try to fill in the rest of the song.

    oh billy come on, oh
    cause i've heard your hundredth song
    and though i liked the tale of the millionaires
    that constructed the fine bolts
    and put the buildings in the air
    billy come on, oh
    come and sing your hundredth song.
    bring cautionary tales to the reactionary table, ha-ha!

    granted your songs have been living in this world
    have been eating in this world
    have been breathing in this world
    rain on, rain on, rain on

    i find it unacceptable
    i've made concessions to the world
    to the running of the world
    to the turning of the world
    can beneath me burn

    billy was a girl, but he couldn't tie his curls
    but the praxis breaks the angry bear
    the lover in the wood lives on common care
    billy come on, oh
    in the echoing morning calm
    try to find your breath and breathe the air
    for the troupe of sellers and millionaries

    billy come on, oh
    like a population bursts from your songs
    for the birdies and the babies and the downtown pushers
    please billy, ha-ha!

    granted your lungs have been sucking in this world
    have been breathing in this world
    have been lying in this world
    rain on, rain on, rain on

    i find it unacceptable that you keep singing to the world
    and keep lying in the world
    and keep crushing everybody's heads and what everybody (oh) thinks about
    rain on, rain on, rain on

    keep ringing on the rail, the wrong, the wrong
    keep singing to the wrong, to the wrong, to the song singers
    singing bring it fucking on and on and on

    this set of millionaires
    that burst the tale and ripped the hair
    the final fate of lies, dear
    the final fare and sail


    as far as i can tell, this song is about modern industrial society ("millionaires who constructed the fine bolts and put the buildings in the air"), themes also found elsewhere on the golden river, like in "one in six children will flee in boats."

    the plight of the millionaires may make a good story, and they may have made seemingly great accomplishments, but it serves as a cautionary tale, as it was always destined to fail. no one does or can do anything about it; even people who are passionately opposed lose heart ("the praxis breaks the angry bear"), and some live their lives within the system, not necessarily agreeing with it, but doing nothing to change it ("the lover in the wood lives on common care"). billy goes around glorifying this system and spreading his propaganda, preventing people from thinking on their own.

    it may be frustrating, but in the end it all has to break down, and at the very least it can serve as a warning.
    YeahBuddayon May 23, 2010   Link

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