listen up lovely
and hear what the evening sees in you
lilacs and landmines
you count on your fingers
pitches you ought to be and soon
just let them call you

why do you think you're here?
trouble the backseat
worry the windshield with that face
what couldn't you have?

head of st. catherine
hearts that willl run to meet you
we only volunteers my ear

why do you think we're here?
is that why they call it clear?

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you can die
if you decide

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you can die
if you decide

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you can die
if you decide

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you can't die
if you decide

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you can't die
if you decide

i reckon i'd say some sometimes
my delicate slip of sunshine
you



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    General CommentI think it's about love. I get the idea of a man and a woman together in a beautiful embrace and all he can think of is how much he loves her.
    Zytheon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentum... YEAH it's a love song, but seriously. get a little deeper. it's about this girl he's in love with who thinks that she's the shit and has all these great plans for her life, and he's just kind of chuckling at her.
    ddragonflyon September 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm not entirely sure what this song means.

    I see the subject of the song possibly as the singer's daughter. Perhaps he is instructing his daughter, he in the metaphorical evening of his life? He sees here a very lovely girl, lovely as lilacs, but also treacherous to tread upon.


    Her father also believes in her saying "What couldn't you have?"

    I take the second part of the first verse to say "the pictures you ought to be in soon" which to me demonstrates the girl's vanity. She is waiting on people to give her much.

    The second verse is what makes me think the subject is a daughter because she sits in the back seat fogging up a window with her worries. She believes herself completely admirable and desirable, but will anyone see her so?

    In the third section, I believe the head of St. Catherine references a Catholic saint who had a great education and a very high opinion of herself. She said she would only marry one who surpassed her in reputation, wealth, beauty and wisdom. I just learned of her, but she fits very nicely with this interpretation, especially because she is known as a martyr by beheading.

    It seems that she, like St. Catherine is asking for devotees worthy of her. Perhaps seeing none troubles her.

    Then comes the song's titular line : "Why do you think we're here? Is that why they Call it Clear?"

    I'm baffled by this line. My initial instinct is that call it clear means "obvious", but perhaps it means free from obstacles. It could be double entendre meaning both that she believes her attractiveness, perhaps in many ways, to be obvious and for the father's part that he believes her path to be free of obstacles.

    For later he repeats again and again that his loved one can or can't die (it sounds like both sometimes). He believes the way is open to her. She must only decide.

    When he says "delicate slip of sunshine" I get the sense that the singer refers to a possibly transient state of self-love rather than an actual life.
    jlauritson February 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the writer is somewhat of a distant observer. He loves the person he is writing about though.

    I have no context for assuming the character is a women other than she is referred to as lovely and dear. She can be beautiful, but also dangerous. "Lilacs and land mines".

    She might not spend enough time listening to others, but sets an idea in her head and keeps it. He says "hear what the evening sees in you" and "just let them [pitches] call you". I think she has a high opinion of herself. jlaurits had a wonderful insight into the comparison to St. Catherine. Being compared to her head is especialy apt. She is head strong.

    She can have whatever she wants; she is smart enough to do anything she tries to do and she is beautiful. Nothing is wrong with her, but she knows it.

    The author warns that her pride could lead to her demise. "You can die if you decide". He knows what is right for her but she does not, and he knows it.
    Guidovivaldion January 17, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"pitches you ought to be and soon" should be "PICTURES you ought to be in soon," "why do you think you're here? trouble the backseat worry the windshield with that face" should be "why do you think WE'RE here? YOU trouble the backseat YOU worry the windshield with that face," "head of st. catherine hearts that willl run to meet you we only volunteers my ear" should be "THE head of st. catherine"S the hearts that will run to meet you we ARE only volunteers my DEAR" and "i reckon i'd say some sometimes" should be "i reckon i'd say SO sometimes."

    also, st. catherine's is a college in minneapolis/st. paul, where the band is from... i'm pretty sure it's a reference to the college and not the actual saint, but those are some good thoughts.
    ddragonflyon January 20, 2008   Link

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