"Tea and Sympathy" as written by and Janis / Ian....
I don't want to ride the milk train any more
I'll go to bed at nine, and waken with the dawn
And lunch at half past noon
Dinner prompt at five
The comfort of a few old friends long past their prime

Pass the tea & sympathy
For the good old days long gone
Let's drink a toast to those who most
Believe in what they've won
It's a long long time 'til morning
Plays wasted on the dawn
I'll not write another line,
For my true love is gone

And when the guests have done
I'll tidy up the room
I'll turn the covers down
And gazing at the moon
Will pray to go quite mad
And live in long ago
When you and I were one, so very long ago

Pass the tea & sympathy
For the good old days long gone
Let's drink a toast to those who most
Believe in what they've won
It's a long long time 'til morning
Plays wasted on the dawn
I'll not write another line,
For my true love is gone

And when I have no dreams
To give you any more,
I'll light a blazing fire
And wait within the door,
And throw my life away
"I wonder why?" they all will say
And now I lay me down to sleep,
Forever and a day

Pass the tea & sympathy
For the good old days are dead
Let's drink a toast to those who best
Survived the life they've led
It's a long long time 'til morning,
So build your fires high
Now I lay me down to sleep,
Forever by your side


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"Tea and Sympathy" as written by Janis Ian

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    My InterpretationI think it is about an elderly lady who has lost her husband of many years. She's trying to deal with it all, comforting herself with a 'few old friends' and 'tea and sympathy' but she finds it too hard to live life without her 'true love' who has been there with her for her entire life, and though the death was recent, it feels like such a 'long long time' since she's been with him.
    I think that after her friends leave she realises that she's wasting her life 'waiting for the dawn' because her love won't be with her, so she kills herself, in order to be 'forever by his side.'
    It's a bit morbid, but that's what I think. The song is beautiful either way.
    essenceofcrabbeon April 11, 2012   Link

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