"Nice Old Man" as written by and Homer Flynn....
Something smiling sweetly
Something tall and thin
Something deep within my heart
Reminded me of him

He was not my lover
He was not my friend
He was just a nice old man
Who played the violin

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    General CommentThis song is about a pedophile, I think, who is hitting on a young girl. She says in the end, "No, he's not my lover, No he's not my Boy friend, he is just a nice old man..." Indeed a creepy song, for it's lyrics, if not for the tune itself.
    Ortafalcon9on March 28, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt could probably be about a pedophile, but then on the other hand she says in this song that "something deep within my heart", so that could also be that the girl had been in love with the nice old man...
    Kvaak kvaakon April 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with both of you. But I think at this point in the story, the girl (or boy) has already been molested by the old man.

    I think the first few lyrics are the victim's relationship with some other person, a healthy relationship. However, they have difficulty accepting the stability of the relationship or 'purity' of the infatuation because no matter how they feel, they associate love with the rape. This isn't uncommon, a lot of rape victims have difficulty in relationships afterwards. Because intimacy can scare them. Remember, the first few lyrics are about someone else 'smiling sweetly' and looking 'tall and thin'. It's the feelings inside the victim that remind her of the 'nice old man'.

    The last lyrics are pretty straight forward. The rapist is not a friend or a lover (therefore it was not consensual. Because people usually have sex with either their significant others and sometimes friends. And I highly doubt the narrator is having an affair with the old man).

    But also there could be some detachment here. As in, he seemed like just a nice old man (who played the violin) and not anyone scary. He didn't seem like a bad, nasty, smelly mean old rapist.

    Sorry for the wall of text. Funny how such a short song can be so indepth?
    fizzypopismon June 25, 2010   Link

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