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Listenning for the hoofs of the rescue party
Waiting for some ghost pony
To glide into Berkeley
With an old fish bowl for a tear trap
Strapped to its ghost saddle
It moves slow like an excercise bike
On an airport walkway
Something that wouldn't smell like ground ants
Or glossy magazine cologne

But a wet street after light late summer rain
A wooden match just lit
Or something new in the green
Subject of a landscape painting
Or something new in the foreground
In a poster of some Asian mountains
That says "patience" in a funky Italics

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    General CommentI'll try to be the first to take a shot at this.

    To me, it seems like Why? feels trapped or stuck in the place that he is ("Berkeley"). He's waiting for that thing, that moment, or person, that will rescue them from his grudging everyday life in this place he doesn't want to be, and even fantasizes about being rescued from there.

    And in the midst of one of his fantasies, a serendipitous event causes him to focus on a sign that says the word "Patience". It seems almost as if the sign was meant or is speaking to him.

    In other words, the event tells him that he will get out of his situation, he just needs to be patient and let life take him there.
    squareloveron December 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOr something new in the foreground
    In a poster of some Asian mountains
    That says "patience" in a funky Italics

    I looked for a "motivational picture" with that reference, and couldn't find it... I need it so bad...
    jackiwillbeon February 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti'm assuming the mountain being referred to is the one on the album cover that poses the band's name to us. Patience almost seems like the punchline to the band's name.

    the two verses together remind me of the whole "life's a trip, enjoy the ride" mantra.

    also, found this...?…
    thendofthetouron June 01, 2011   Link

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