Nippon, won't you take me into your arms and make me
Into a sergeant, emboldened and enlargened
For some the spell was shafted, but I am in your sway
Yes, I am still enchanted by the ways of yesterday

To the public park I walk with my new wife
And in the summer heat, I lose my head
I tell her that the army needs a modus operandi
I tell her where I really went that evening in Chelsea
I tell her I don't think I'll last another single night
She says, Yeah, right

If I do it with an ice pick, will I come back as a jock?
If I fast until starvation will I be born again a Christian?
I hear that death by burning means returning as a girl
But only by seppuku can I retain my virtue

But all my efforts have only made
An army of greedy gays
Will no one read The Sound Of Waves?
Oh, oh, I am afraid.

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    General CommentI think this song is about a man struggling to accept his homosexuality.
    He is married to an asian girl (their bodies tend to be less curvy and developed, similar to males) but he knows he can't be with her because he is attracted to men. Chelsea is the famous gay neighbrohood in New York City. "I hear that death by burning means returning as a girl" might also mean that he is struggling with his gender as well. Seppuku is a japanese ritual of suicide samurais performed to avoid shame, so maybe he feels like he must kill himself to avoid the shame of knowing he is gay and living the lie that is his marriage.

    "But all my efforts have only made
    An army of greedy gays"
    zenzellaon July 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe guy's concept was dungeons and dragons school of magic "enchantment" for this one. link:…

    but that's hardly the song's meaning. its meaning is much more subjective.
    Salty Kevinon May 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commentaccording to interviews this song was actually inspired by japanese writer yukio mishima, who was gay and commited suicide by seppuku...…
    goldeeenon July 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song refers to Uikyo Mishima and written from his perspective. You get a much better idea of the song if you read Mishima's "Confessions of a Mask" An semi-fictitious autobiography of homosexual man growing up in war time Japan (Nippon is Japanese for Japan)
    Claire-voyanceon April 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"and in the summer heat I lose my head" - made me think of Sufjan Steven's "Holland" the first time I heard it. kinda odd that the lyric is so similar, although I'm sure it's a coincidence
    predicateon May 17, 2010   Link

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