It was back amongst the living,
your smile was giving
me a thrill.
Enough to come so close
to closing the deal - the steal of a century…
A century stolen from our hearts to a house on the hill.
But if that is what it takes, i
f that is what it takes,
if that is what it takes…
To be a stone,
a stone’s throw from your throne.
No man has ever hung
from the rafters of a second home.
No man has ever hung
from the rafters of a second home.
It’s true,
I needed you more
back when I was poor:
the wealthy dowager (the patroness), she guessed it - the answer wasn’t yes.
But her maxims were fine, the ethos that flew about her mind
like swallows in search
of a burnt-down bell-towered church.
But if that is what it takes,
if that is what it takes,
if that is what it takes…
To be a stone,
a stone’s throw from your throne.
No man has ever hung
at the temporary age of 24,
both feet on the floor,
listening to the bonafide stasis of sound, the eaves dripping
yesterday’s ill-timed August rain,
if there is such a thing as ill-timed August rain…


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    General CommentThis is one of the best songs on the 'streethawk' album I think, in terms of overall quality of music and lyrics. It is hard to get something very concrete from a Destroyer song, and I think the imagery and sound of the words become paramount when looking Dan Bejar's writing. But if I had to pull a meaning out of this song, I'd say it's clearly a love song, and probably about a young guy who is committed to someone, but has fallen in love with someone else (this person is also committed to someone else). So you get lines like "so close to closing the deal, the steal of the century" "I needed you more back when I was poor... the wealthy dowager, the patroness" and "to be a stone, a stone's throw from your thrown, no man has ever hung at the temporary age of 24, both feet on the floor."

    I also think certain lines in the song are brilliant poetry: "The ethos that flew about her mind like swallows in search of a burnt down belltower church" and "It was back amongst the living, your smile was giving me a thrill."
    upthera44on December 07, 2006   Link

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