"Act of the Apostle II" as written by and Martin/murdoch/cooke/geddes/jackson/kildea/colburn....
I'm bored out my mind
Too sick to even care
I'll take a little walk
Nobody's going to know
I'm in senior year
It gives you a little free time
I'll just use it all at once!

Took the fence and the lane
The bus then the train
Bought an 'Independent' to make me look like I got brains
I made a story up in my head if anybody would ask
I'm going to a seminar!

I'm a genius
A prodigy
A demon at Maths and Science
I'm up for a prize
If you gotta grow up sometime
You've to do it on your own
I don't think I could stand to be stuck
That's the way that things were going

The bible's my tool
There's no mention of school!
My Damascan Road's my transistor radio
I tune in at night when my mum and my dad start to fight
I put on my headphones
And I tune out
I am devout
The girls are singing about my life
But they're not here, they've got the wild life

If you want to find out, find out
You got to look them in the eye
That's why my only choice
Is find the face behind the voice?.

She asked the man if the service was open
Not today, just the choir from the radio
Couldn't I sit in? I've come all this way
Will you bugger off, I've got work to do.

The city was losing its appeal
God was asleep
He was back in her village, in the fields

Oh, if I could make sense of it all!
I wish that I could sing
I'd stay in a melody
I would float along in my everlasting song
What would I do to believe?


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"Act of the Apostle II" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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    General CommentThis is the continued story of the girl from part I. She has a challenging home life, and escapes by listening to music. This is where she finds God and/or revelation. (Like Paul heard from God on the Damascan Road.)

    Her favorite broadcast is of a choir from a big church in the city. They are what she listened to during her revelatory moment, and so she decides to go on a quest to see the women singing in the choir face to face. It's her way of trying to grow up, seek answers, and find her own way. She doesn't know exactly what to expect but hopes to find it when she gets there.

    Unfortunately, she doesn't even get into the church! God has not answered, and she finds herself alone in the unfriendly city. She's back to square one of her (dare I say it) life pursuit.
    CopaceticOpuson November 16, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationAlot of this seems to be one of those strange semi-autobiographical songs that Murdoch often writes, where he transposes his own stories or opinions onto the life of a teenage (more often than not) girl. In "Just a Modern Rock Story", a book detailing the career of B&S, Stuart tells fo a story from his youth where he travelled from Ayr in Scotland to London alone in the attempt to speak to the band 'Felt' (or it may have been 'Yes'), a band he idolizes. I think religion is used as a metaphor for music, claiming it creates the same feeling of freedom, release and pure love as the former does.
    Fryon July 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought this song was about the kind of malaise and restlessness you get from having a load of problems pile up, like in Act of the Apostle I where the girl's mother is sick and she's losing focus. In this song, the singer's a "genius" and a "prodigy", but he doesn't seem to care about those things. He's lost his sense of sureness and security about life: like in the lines "The city was losing its appeal" and "Oh, if I could make sense of it all!" and he's trying to rediscover what made him tick by getting into outside things like an 'Independent' and the bible. But at the same time, the singer realizes that the only way to regain that security and sense of "I've-got-everything-figured-out" is to look inside himself. The "God" he's searching for is in his past; "back in her village, in the fields." Btw, I think that the singer in the first part of the song and the girl in the second part are the same person, in that they have the same feelings and problems.

    ... Wow, that's really long and rambling. But hell, I'm the first commenter. ...Sometimes I feel like I relate to this song so completely. :) Belle and Sebastian, simply put, are amazing.
    vlnp89on May 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay i finally figured this song out, after reading some review on the web.

    so continued from part I, this girl looks for an answer in religion

    "the bible's my tool" "my damascan's road's my transistor radio" "i am devout"
    her passion for religion is described like a typical kid's passion for music.
    religion's her escape? something like that.

    but when the music for the first part returns, she's let down by religion. and yea.
    cosmicjiveon August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis reminds me of events from my life
    i take "sick" in the part I to mean that her mother has depression and the girl is "sick" in this song, meaning the same thing
    i believe this is supposed to be first person narrative from the girl in the first song
    the girl isnt really a genius or a prodigy - thats the story she made up in case someone asks why she's not in school
    i like so get this song!! well these songs... its my life!
    personno.1on September 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite song on The Live Pursuit...remember the bastardly choir master from part I of this song? He's the man that this girl asked in part II if the service was open..get it?
    pac43764on October 13, 2006   Link

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