Wine, women and song: I tried them all
it did not take me long to figure I'd unlocked the door to happiness
I figured wrong (with a capital R)
All the baggage I brought wouldn't fit in a mid-size car
That's why I'm walking on eggshells down the via dolorosa
(hasn't gotten me any closer so far)

Shaked up with a poet -- no, it wasn't my department
Now I study the poetry of a studio apartment
Changing the cat box, baking the bread...
I shoulda been paying the bills instead of paying homage to an image
drawn from somebody else's head

Song, women, and wine:
You can't fool all the people all the time
But if you're trying, if you're looking, if you're lucky
You can always fool a few and feel fine
is the line between shame and dread:
One grips the lungs, one brains the head
But either one can crush you
Anyone can crush you

Once I dated an actor, she was working on a play;
by opening night we had nothing left to say to each other
It hit the wall, it was not resilient
She said that she was hungrier than I was brilliant
and who the hell was I to disagree?

Didn't you used to be someone who meant something to me?

Wine, women, and song:
I tried them all, it did not take me long
To figure I'd unlocked the door to happiness
I figured wrong


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    General CommentSo here's my take:

    The title is Wine, Women and Song, but it's really all about allowing other people to dictate your behavior and attitudes (most of the song focuses on Women).

    First Verse: The singer says that he thought "Wine, women and song" were "the key to happiness." Second part, we can see that really, this is all about relationships: He starts talking about "baggage", and saying he was "walking on eggshells", which is a metaphor used typically for an awkward situation with another person. He says that he hasn't "gotten any closer" to happiness. A good lead in to...

    Chorus 1: So he dates this poet, someone who's into the whole bohemian, artsy thing. This girl is trying to live a life of passion, caring more about her art and the things she loves to do than making ends meet. He realizes that this just isn't his scene and breaks up with her, deciding he's really more happy trying to work to succeed. His regret over the whole thing to me epitomizes what the song is about:
    "changing the cat box and baking the bread/ I should've been paying the bills instead/ Paid an homage to an image drawn from somebody else's head"
    The lifestyle he tried to live was someone else's ideal, not his own. The message is that whatever seems to be cool or hip won't necessarily make you happy. You shouldn't trust other people to tell you how to live.
    TheTANKon September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI completely agree with your interpretation of this song. I'd just like to add my theory on the origin of the title.

    Here's a quote by Martin Luther: "Who loves not women, wine and song remains a fool his whole life long."

    Any ideas on how this quote might relate to the meaning of the lyrics?
    pikabooon May 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwine, women, and song = sex, drugs, and rock and roll
    punchboyon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwine, women, and song = sex, drugs, and rock and roll
    punchboyon December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe term "Via Dolorosa" refers to the path Jesus walked to his crucifixion.
    LuckyDucky8676on October 14, 2008   Link
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    Lyric Correctionthe word is shacked.
    nonomdeplumeon March 26, 2010   Link
  • -4
    General CommentPoster Above me is a nigger
    Lagon October 28, 2007   Link

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