"Purple Prose" as written by Steven Blaine Harrison, Henry William Harrison, William Rees, Kai Fish and Kapil Trivedi....
I'm a tourist
World at my feet
Across hither and dither
And hither and dither
And hither and dither
Won't fall off my seat

I've a camera
Keep my photos in a book
The more I keep shooting and shooting
And shooting and shooting
And shooting and shooting
The less I have to look

I'm a tourist

Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where have you gone?

You're an oyster
And that's food for thought
What's not for sale
For sale, for sale
For sale, for sale
For sale, for sale
Cannot be bought

I'm a tourist

Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where did you go?
Oh Cairo, where have you gone?


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"Purple Prose" as written by Kai Fish Henry William Harrison

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    General Commentfirst comment!

    i absolutely love this song, from a fantastic and criminally overlooked album, at least by the mainstream anyways.
    Gregor89on November 13, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn? I haven't finished the book yet but there are similarities i've noticed.


    The big giveaway would be, 'Oh Cairo, where did you go?' as in the city Huck and Jim need to find to head north. The Cairo in the book is pronounced CAY-roh though as opposed to KYE-roh in Egypt, as Blaine sings it, so either he didn't know, or it has nothing to do with Huck Finn haha.
    And I suppose being a tourist down the Mississippi? And dither because Huck in indecisive as to his views of society.
    What's not for sale cannot be bought -- Jim?


    The camera part's got me. Civil War photography which is the only thing I can link it to was used to reveal the truth, reality and devastation of war which was disguised by romantic artists, so it doesn't make sense that in this case, taking pictures would help to avoid reality.
    Picture-taking could just be a metaphor though and not nearly as technical haha.

    Also the who and why and the connotations of being an oyster I have nooo idea about.
    Oysters are secluded? Ugly on the outside yet hold a beautiful pearl on the inside? Tasty and nourishing? Does this have to do with Jim? (if the next part of that verse has to do with him)

    Aye don't know, but that's my attempt.

    And i've never seen The Purple Rose of Cairo so I can't make any conclusions about that. maybe just a play on words in the title? And if it has to do with Huck Finn, then purple prose is quite humorous as well.

    Or just shows that it has absolutely nothing to do with the book at all.
    mmmarisaon November 29, 2008   Link

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