"Terminal" as written by and Rupert Holmes....
I've come back this morning
To where I first came alive
Here within this terminal
Where the buses arrive

I was a commuter on the 804
Worked for a computer
On the 19th floor and

You came down the aisle of the bus
And you sat by my side
Shoulder up to shoulder
We shared that 9 o'clock ride

Oh my heart was screaming
As you left your seat
Following your movements
I was at your feet and

Oh... down into the terminal
Both of us smiled
So... we entered the terminal
Just as you smiled

"Won't you leave out work for today?"
You asked of me then
So I phoned in sick on the way
To the home of a friend

We were all alone from 10 a.m. till 3
Really thought the fire
Had gone out of me but

You awoke the sleep of my life
From gray into red
Made the weary wonder of Wall Street
Rise from the dead

Could have held up
Budding my entire life
But I had to get home
To the kids and the wife and so

I left for the terminal where I began
Baby no, I wouldn't have left
If I'd been half a man

So here I am this morning
Where love had asked for the dance
Here within this terminal
Where I passed on the chance

Lord I'll never find her
Though I've truly tried
Probably she's found another
Bus to ride and

I am now about to begin
The last of my days
I'm within what others
Would call a terminal phase

I myself can only say it's livin' dead
Riding to the office with
A song in my head that goes...

La da da...
And you know it grows
La da da...


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"Terminal" as written by Rupert Holmes

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    General Commentam writing because i can't figure out exactly what the song really means. especially when the song mentioned children and wife... hmmm, it seems to me that the song is telling the the person on the song is on his last phase, a terminal phase of an illness. and he's reminiscing the wonderful moments that happened in his life especially when he met and how they met with his love of his life... but beautiful song... heart crushin' when you listen to the melody.. it's lonely...
    pmorales2on January 07, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationBelieve it or not, this song is about ERECTION.

    At first i mistook this song as about a guy having an affair. However, only after careful review of the lyrics did i realize that it's really about erectile dysfunction, sexism, family, and possibly bipolar disorder.

    "...We shared that 9 o'clock ride
    Oh my heart was screaming as you left your seat
    Following your movements I was at your feet and..."

    -this part of the song is about the man on a bus who sat beside a lady, which was implied to be a "looker" (beautiful).

    "Oh... down into the terminal both of us smiled
    So... we entered the terminal just as you smiled."

    -This is where his fantasy begins. the entire episode on the bus is played back in his head for a second time, but this time with a different outcome: the man and the lady know each other and agree to have a "sexual encounter" by signalling each other with a smile.

    "Won't you leave out work for today?"
    You asked of me then
    So I phoned in sick on the way
    To the home of a friend"

    -in his head, the lady asked him if he could phone in sick, which he did the moment they reached the woman's house and was able to use a phone. the "friend" decribed is the lady.

    "We were all alone from 10 a.m. till 3"

    -both of them spent the entire day together...

    "Really thought the fire had gone out of me but
    You awoke the sleep of my life from gray into red
    Made the weary wonder of Wall Street rise from the dead"

    -the man probably had some erection problems, it is implied that the lady had effectively given him an erection.

    "Could have held up budding my entire life"

    -he could've maintained the erection for a long time.

    "But I had to get home to the kids and the wife and so..."

    -he could've had sex with the girl for a longer time, but he had a family to worry about.

    "I left for the terminal where I began
    Baby no, I wouldn't have left if I'd been half a man"

    -so he goes back to the terminal to catch a bus back home. He feels that he is not man enough to have chosen to spend more time with the lady instead of going home.

    "So here I am this morning where love had asked for the dance
    Here within this terminal where I passed on the chance"

    -The plot twist. The man realizes that he is back in reality where he actually passed on the chance to be with the lady, which i found ironic because the lady never really asked him. He probably thought that he had the chance to get to know the lady but he never found the guts to do so.

    "Lord I'll never find her though I've truly tried
    Probably she's found another bus to ride and..."

    -the man thinks that he will never see her again.

    "I am now about to begin the last of my days
    I'm within what others would call a terminal phase
    I myself can only say it's livin' dead riding to the office with a song in my head that goes..."

    -"terminal phase" may or may not mean that the man has an incurable illness, but it may mean that his erection problem really does not have a clear solution. "Last of my days" may also mean that, but i think it means that his boredom with his family is never going to end. "livin' dead" may mean that he can still use his pecker for urinating, but definitely he cannot have an erection for sexual purposes. his penis is "Livin'" but really "Dead".

    "I've come back this morning to where I first came alive" may mean that he felt an erection by just sitting shoulder to shoulder with the lady.

    Hence... ERECTION.
    innocentyearson February 09, 2009   Link

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