Citywide rodeo, you set on the stage
Where all the clowns will go when they feel their age

I know that you think you’re not good for anything
The world makes you feel so small
Get on your wooden horse
This is a ride, not a fight
No need to save face, say goodnight, Grace
“Good night, Grace.”

There’s dust on the stadium seats, there’s dust in your hair
You wonder how fast you’ll go when you hit the air

And oh, isn’t it strange how things can change you?
And oh, isn’t it plain that some things unname you
So don’t ask anybody else.

Citywide rodeo, step into your car
Look up at the indigo and pick out your star.


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    General CommentI think this song is about how we all fight against the perceptions people have of us- rather pointlessly, really. But there's "no need to save face" because "this is a ride, not a fight." The line "you wonder how fast you'll go when you hit the air" (getting bucked off a bull's back) is a metaphor for realizing the "dust in the stadium seats" means all your enemies and spectators were imagined. We are our worst enemies, after all. You should "step into your car" and leave your self-criticisms and feelings of insufficiency behind. "Look up at the indigo and pick out your star"- realize who you are and go after it.
    pinkbullets63on February 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI haven't made sence of the whole thing but the "say goodnight Grace" might be a reference to the old show with George Burns and Gracei Allen where at the end Gracie would say something rediculous and George would end the show with "Say goodnight Gracie." In my fam with one of us got to a point where we didn't make sence someone would say to us "say goodnight Gracie" and that was our que to throw it in the towl, which sort of seems like this song is saying. The speaker is telling someone that they're "fighting" something that can't be fought and they don't need to "save face" but should throw in the towl- submit to the way it is so you can enjoy it.
    I don't know.
    notthatoneon October 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentoh god i don't know what it means but i love it. "look up at the indigo and pick our your star"-beautiful. umm meanings meanings... maybe it's about believing in yourself? stab in the dark.
    hab204on August 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think hab has the right idea about this song. I think its about life and how sometimes when you hit a rough spot you cant just give up. For me it gives off a theme like life is for the long run and you shouldnt get frizzled about small conflicts that happen along the way. I think it also incorporates the theme you win some you lose some. If you really read the second verse I think it helps explain my reason
    Ripcordon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you guys have the right idea... especially with the "no need to save face" line. It's like you can't always be right, so whatever happens you deal with it and move on. I love it!
    ChloeGirldieon December 31, 2007   Link
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    I think that above anything, this song follows the process of growing up and staying in the same place at the same time, and/or possibly the symbolism of a day passing. It starts out as a lulliby in the first verse, for all intensive purposes, without much symbolism. It's about a kid just "sitting on the stage" just dreaming of being an entertainer, representing the morning. Then it goes into the chorus which this time has little to no symbolism, but yet shows how being on a large stage can make you feel small, especially as a child.
    Then it goes into the middle of the day where this person is now older, and performing, perhaps even very well, but still no one seems to notice or take interest. Heading back into the chorus, it shows how being in a big empty stadium with no one in it (metaphorical or literal) can also make you feel insignificant. This time, the line "This is a ride, not a fight" stands out saying perhaps something like "Stop fighting to try and get yourself to the top, just be yourself."
    That takes us to the bridge, where the person in this story realizes that him or her trying to be the best whatever has changed him or her. It's like he or she is saying that they didn't get the name they wanted, but instead got labeled for wanting that name, if that makes sense. Also at the same time, they feel like trying so hard has taken away their original name, or what they were naturally good at, and no one remembers what they were good at, so it's lost in the sands of time.
    Finally comes the last verse, which of course, represents death. In the end, the person looks to the night sky for whatever purpose, and quietly submits to death by being driven off in the car.

    This is just my theory. It really is a beautiful song.
    Celestial Theoriston November 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its about about aging and dying.

    Some elders feel ‘useless’ because they are no longer able to contribute either to the home or society. Say goodbye to the gracefulness and agility of youth, look up at the dark blue sky and pick out which star you’ll be in heaven... just a thought.

    Beautiful song.

    whingaon May 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"This is a ride, not a fight."

    Ever since I've heard this line, I've always considered it to be something of a comment on life. Life is a "ride"--an experience that we all have and we're all on our individual paths. However, a lot of people like to compare themselves to others to determine the value of their own lives on different levels. How much money does person X earn compared to me, how many friends does person Y have compared to me, does person Z have an attractive significant other (or simply has one) compared to me.

    The line, to me, says that we should forget all of that and just savor the ride we have rather than battle with others for the "ideal life".
    avsrule131on January 13, 2010   Link

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