"These Are the Fables" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
in coral and gray
In submarine chambers
One day
It swam for the light

The jewels that lit
The cities that float there
Cities in circles drawn perfect complete
Holding the secrets on my street
My street, my street

So come in and play
The song of the siren
It's commonplace
You hear the voice rise

In one wave
And crash on your doorstep
Making the circle here perfect, complete
These are the fables on my street

Ten thousand dancing girls
Kicking cans 'cross the sky
No reason why
Why ask to pay yourself

For the call of the wild
You found this child
So raise him

And wind your back
Come back to the river
The currents speed by
And hope the men fear

The hammer comes down
So hard on the evening
Cracking the dawn of your
Days are repeat

These are fables on my street
My street, my street

Heaven shook Hell
And down from its pockets
The ring in your bell
It fell through your hands

Hang at your feet
The doors that won't open
Marking the journey of our friends complete
These are the fables of my street
My street

My street, my street
Lay down in glory, you're not alone

My street, my street
Lay down in glory, you're not alone


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"These Are the Fables" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    General CommentI love this song. One of my favorites off the album.
    _smogalerton December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI like it too
    Lost the Ploton June 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song took forever to grow on me, but it's one of my favorites now. Beautiful.
    CharlatanSinon July 31, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI love the instruments they use in this song... I heard it and was like WHOA.
    airwolf queenon January 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAhem, if they ever do make a movie from Fables (the comic) they better use this song. :D
    edwarticaon November 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is goddamn amazing. where are the rest of the comments? :(
    m3nd3son March 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat an amazing song. I can't believe it is not more popular. When she sings,

    "Ten thousand dancing girls
    Kicking cans 'cross the sky,"

    wow. Definitely grabs me.
    scammaj12on April 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree-great song. What does it for me actually is the ingenious melody. Definitely one of the most original melodies I've ever heard. As far as the meaning though I'm clueless. Even for them this is cryptic.
    KasperTon October 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOkay, this is probably a really odd interpretation, but I think it's about a mother that has had a miscarriage or stillbirth?

    The setting itself is ocean-like and the ocean is often used as a metaphor for sex. Cities in circles could be the ovaries, the ten thousand dancing girls the eggs. The "wind back to the river" could be the actual birth, as well as the hammer coming down on the evening.

    But you get towards the end of the song and there's this:

    Heaven shook hell
    And down from its pockets
    The ring in your bell
    It fell through your hands

    So I'm thinking the baby didn't make it? The final lines "lay down in glory, you're not alone" would support that too. I don't know, does anyone else have any ideas?
    conspicuous7on July 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI was turned on to New Pornographers by a friend at work that is young enough to be my son.. as a 60 year old music lover I fell hard for this group.
    There is not a single track on the twin cinema cd that I do not absolutely love and have in bedded into my soul.
    The time signatures, lyrics, selection of instruments and the singers make this one of the best of an entire generation.
    Good job to all who brought this art to us (you youngsters..;-)
    ricketsukoon September 10, 2014   Link

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