"The Unguarded Moment" as written by Stephen Kilbey and Michelle Parker....
So hard finding inspiration
I knew you'd find me crying
Tell those girls with rifles for minds
That their jokes don't make me laugh
They only make me feel like dying
In an unguarded moment

So long, long between mirages
I knew you'd find me drinking
Tell those men with horses for hearts
That their jibes don't make me bleed
They only make me feel like shrinking
In an unguarded moment

So deep, deep without a meaning
I knew you'd find me leaving
Tell those friends with cameras for eyes
That their hands don't make me hang
They only make me feel like breathing
In an unguarded moment


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"The Unguarded Moment" as written by Stephen Kilbey Michelle Parker

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    My InterpretationI'm often not good at catching the meaning the lyricist intended, but I can find my own meanings for some songs--this being one of them. As discussed in the 'Under the Milky Way' thread, The Church are a massively underrated band, and this song is one of their best.

    To me, it speaks of a transition--in the aftermath of a failed relationship perhaps--with the subject finding him?self in the bleak days, and upon being seen by the ex and her? friends and having them zero in on any flaw or weakness in him makes him contemplate suicide, IF he is caught unawares by them (the unguarded moment).

    As he recovers, and perhaps, hitting the bottle too hard, the comments by those unaffected by the emotions he feels, now don't make him suicidal but rather--IF he lets it get to him--they just make him feel small.

    Finally, he is ready to move on, and the constant reminders of his past failings he now finds empowering, if he thinks about them at all.

    My 2c.
    remarcsdon September 07, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song deserves at leat one comment...
    Great song!
    karenlovesmusicon July 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...at least two

    "Tell those girls with rifles for minds"
    KrizzySheedyon October 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song... Great Australian band, should have conquered the world...
    Josegaon June 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe Church is very under-rated. This is an awesome song. One of my favorites by them.
    monster36604on January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI also want to add that this is one of my very favourite Church songs, and they have a huge number of great songs to chose from.
    PeterPumkinheadon March 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI kind of agree with remarcsd except that I don't think it's based on a boy/girl relationship of love. I think it's more generally about derision from others, bullying perhaps. And how this kind of negative behaviour only serves to make the person stronger after he gets over the "shrinking" and feeling like dying.

    The "cameras for eyes" line intrigues me. Does it refer to paparazzi perhaps with their cameras always up to their eyes, thus implying that the singer is a celebrity? Or does it refer to the way that a "bully" (for want of a better term) looks at you and their eyes seem to be taking a snapshot of you as if they're more focused on their target for derision than on more important things?

    The second line in each stanza that refers to the second person; "I knew you'd find me...", I think this 2nd person is more a generalised "other person" or other people. Perhaps friends, family or the song's audience even. I don't get the feeling that this person is the ex lover of the singer.

    Rifles for minds, horses for hearts, cameras for eyes. Awesome metaphors.
    Forrykookon September 16, 2013   Link

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