"Waiter" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
Under blankets these hills cover neatly
We'll take steps to make sure our failures are hidden
But it's hard when our voices echo over ripples?
That form on the lakes and the edges they prey on we'll shine

Swim around the lake
Hoping like hell we'll find shelter in
Coal mines incubating lies fathers and families,
Hammers and ties brace for the winter
Until that rumble leapt up to his jaws

Spines of furrowed earth jut jagged as they rise
Like welts up on our backs on our bellies
Its cold as the lord in the bedroom
Lord at your feet
The lords shaking the headboard
With nothing to eat

Cold restless stumbles wanders towards the light
That breaks out from the town little homes bearing sheriffs
Playing across drifts to the back of the brain
Where they flicker like fire speaking of times that they shined


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    General CommentI think it's about secrets and trying to cover up, not sure about waht though. My first thoughts were government secrets - "make sure our failures are hidden", but it might be an affair - "lords shaking the headboards". Or it could be a mistake to do with mining that the government tried to cover up.
    mattz123on May 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentits about waiters in restuarants
    and drugs
    and teaching people to make it themselves
    and people not forgetting how to find it,
    because they can''t forget, no matter where you go,
    theres always a restaurant, theirs always food.
    you never know, but sometimes, you do.
    getfastereron January 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentit's about failing at doing what you wanted to or where meant to do and trying to cover it up with a simple job and falling into the system and then that other failure eats away at you. that dream that used to shine but now only flickers and eats away at you.
    humble_024on January 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthumble 024 nailed it. Its about losing your way, wasted potential, etc.

    There's so many people waiting tables, living day to day. And they could shine if they had the chance
    minus_the_herdon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, and i agree with humble on the meaning, but one of the things that makes portugal so great is that their lyrics can be interpreted so many ways...

    so to each his own
    aecteron February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI believe this song was influenced by Edgar Allen Poes' "The lake to..." references such as "Spines of furrowed earth jut jagged as they rise".


    In spring of youth it was my lot
    To haunt of the wide world a spot
    The which I could not love the less-
    So lovely was the loneliness
    Of a wild lake, with black rock bound,
    And the tall pines that towered around.

    But when the Night had thrown her pall
    Upon that spot, as upon all,
    And the mystic wind went by
    Murmuring in melody-
    Then–ah then I would awake
    To the terror of the lone lake.

    Yet that terror was not fright,
    But a tremulous delight-
    A feeling not the jewelled mine
    Could teach or bribe me to define-
    Nor Love–although the Love were thine.

    Death was in that poisonous wave,
    And in its gulf a fitting grave
    For him who thence could solace bring
    To his lone imagining-
    Whose solitary soul could make
    An Eden of that dim lake.
    sean772on January 22, 2009   Link

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