"Quick as Rainbows" as written by and Dan Goodwin Patrick Fitzgerald....
As she walks home tonight
To her house and ignores the stars
She knows there's no-one waiting

Tomorrow isn't clear enough
To give her strength or make her want
To wake and walk in the morning.

And there's hope that I've taken
And there's drugs to make it painless
And men, we're quick as rainbows,
Always rare to keep her thirsty
And I've gone, like she'd always known.

As I walk home tonight,
To my house and ignore the stars,
I know there's someone waiting,

Tomorrow is very clear,
It gives me strength and makes me want
To wake and walk in the morning

But there's hope that I've taken
And there's drugs to make it painless
And men, we're quick as rainbows,
Always rare to keep her thirsty
And I've gone, like she'd always known.

There were times of troubled dreams of hate
I'd take her down to the lake with our love
Watch it swim, we'd watch it drown
Watch our love bob up and down.

And there's hope that I've taken
And there's drugs to make it painless
And men, we're quick as rainbows,
Always rare to keep her thirsty
And I've gone, like she'd always known.

Always corpses at breakfast time.


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"Quick as Rainbows" as written by Julian Swales Dan Goodwin

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    General CommentI think Fitzgerald once said this was based on a novel he read. I can't think of where I read that, but finding this out really cleared up some confusion for me.

    Until I heard Death Of Cool (the second album of theirs that I ever owned), I was confused about what his sexuality was. "Polaroids" and "Gorgeous Love" seemed to have references to being gay, but this song seemed to indicate that he was straight. Mind you, this was a different time for me, and I've since learned a few things about the world--for example, he could have been bisexual, though this didn't occur to me at the time. After finding out he's actually gay, I figured maybe he had left a woman once in his life to be himself, but she took it badly, having a history of dating men who don't stay. That's probably what the novel is about, incidentally--I don't read novels, so I wouldn't know.

    In any case, it's a powerful (and quite catchy) song about dejection, trust issues, and bad patterns. I like the switch in the first two lines of the chorus--"...hope that I've taken...drugs to make it painless." It's as if the hope actually makes things worse, implying that what is hoped for is the real problem. It's one of Fitzgerald's best little strokes of pen.
    maddpsyintyston March 18, 2009   Link

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