"Roscoe" as written by Eric Pulido, Paul Alexander, Eric Nichelson, Tim Smith and Mckenzie Smith....
Stone cutters made them from stones
Chosen specially for you and I
Who will live inside
The mountaineers gathered timber
Piled high
In which to take along.
Driving many miles, knowing they'd get here.

When they got here, all exhausted
On the roof leaks they got started
And now when the rain comes
We can be thankful

Oh ah oh
When the mountaineers
Saw that everything fit,
They were glad and so they took off

Thought we were devoid
A change or two
Around this place
When they get back they're all mixed up with no one to stay with

The village used to be all one really needs
That's filled with hundreds and hundreds of
Chemicals that mostly surround you
You wish to flee but it's not like you
So listen to me, listen to me

Oh, and when the morning comes,
We will step outside
We will not find another man inside
We like the newness, the newness of all
That has grown in our garden soaking for so long

Whenever I was a child I wondered what if my name
Had changed into something more productive like Roscoe
Been born in 1891
Waiting with my Aunt Rosaline

Thought we were devoid
A change or two
Around this place
When they get back they're all mixed up with no one to stay with

1891
They looked around the forest
They made their house from cedars
They made their house from stones

Oh, they're a little like you, and
They're a little like me
When they're falling me

Thought we were devoid
A change or two
Around this place
(This place)
(This place)

When they get back they're all mixed up with no one to stay with
(When they get back they're all mixed up with no one to stay with)


Lyrics submitted by wethevehicles, edited by LisLemon, midnightcowboy, ajdallas, gobrobot

"Roscoe" as written by Eric Pulido Eric Nichelson

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    General CommentI thought it was about how parents raise you, and going off disregarding everything to make your own identity.

    No, seriously.
    kittenchowmeinon January 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmhhh so parts of the lyrics have something to do with Prokofiev, Tims favourite classical componist (born in 1891) and with one of his symphonies... ---> Peter and the wolf. grandpa and grandson are living in that house in the woods...and the wolf is somewhere out there (ever wondered why midlake got the wolf mask everywhere??) The animals are all helping together to reach heir aim, catch the wolf...while fulfiling that task they forget about the enemy status they usually have among them (i.e the cat and the bird) ...and "When they got back they're all mixed up (so they r also singing about proper social behaviour...helping together to reach an aim)
    With no one to stay with".... guess my english sucks..anyway..a great song!
    mattk
    mattkayon March 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe artist portrays the life of a Stone-cutters and mountaineers at the beginning of the song with the hope of showing a progression from how life was back then to how life is today. The artist thinks all civilizations try to improve life for example using stone to build a dwelling place (Stone-cutters made them from stones
    ..) and using timber to make chingles (On the roof leaks they got started
    And now when the rain comes we can be thankful
    ...) , however the artist points out that not all advancements or improvements or progressions in society are necessary and good. We can be thankful for no longer having to withstand roof leaks when it rains, but is it really necessary to have computers automate almost every apspect of life or two and three cars in the average home driveway which consequently increases our dependency on foreign oil (The village used to be all one really needs
    Now it's filled with hundreds and hundreds of chemicals...)
    ? Ultimately the artist is saying even though we have come so far as a civilization in technology and medicine etc and we have and purchase so much stuff, people in the past lived just as productive if not more productive lives with much much less. Do not be consumed with the thought that everything needs to change to be better be content with what you have for as the artist said (We have all we need...) we had all we need back then and the same holds true today.
    amcgaryon April 18, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat in the hell is this song about? I love it to pieces but I can't for the life of me figure it out and it drives me crazy. Is it all metaphor or is it just a story?
    technoon June 26, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think it's sort of a lament... for a simpler time, a time of working with your hands and actually making something practical and beautiful-- the mountaineers building their own houses. he seems to be saying with all the new industries (hundreds and hundreds of chemicals) we've lost ourselves... i dunno how to describe exactly what it says to me but it makes me want to get away from the cities and back to the basics of human life.
    lura04on August 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is saying how mixed up the modern hectic world can be, remembering how good the simple things are and how we should not let things get too complex, just keep them simple and get away from the unnecessary bustle and race of these days. As Lura04 said, it's a lament for times gone when things were simple.

    Matt
    Jonnoboyon December 02, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe first couple of verses is about craftsmanship and helping others in society. it's a commentary on how a society works: one man helping out the others and how grateful we should be.

    the second is loosely a lament on environmental and societal degradation. i think this fits with the whole sad, gloomy feel of the song.

    it's truly a masterpiece of a song, the best of 2006 for sure.
    muaddib420on February 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can listen to this song over and over again! Love it! The song is layered beautifully and you can enjoy and distinguish each instrument. This song is A-class.
    jamiesabinaon February 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a sik song . best one on midlake's new album
    lampon February 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe rythm section here is a masterwork, and yes sounds like Mick Fleetwood and John McVie, but they are their own band. I love the lyrics here.
    penguinbloozon February 27, 2007   Link

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