it was a grey bitter night
full moon had all disappeared
we asked the tide where he had gone
she said to you he's gone to versailles

we packed the ship, left that day

stand at the side and the sky in versailles
stand at the side and the sky in versailles

the time took us, left us there
you found him on the hillsides of versailles
he asked the moon to come back to our side

stand at the side and the sky in versailles
stand at the side and the sky in versailles
stand at the side and the sky in versailles
stand at the side and the sky in versailles

make away, the moon tonight

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Versailles song meanings
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    General CommentI don't think Pinback themselves have a WWI or WWII "fetish", as someone so misspelled. But I think their fans have a weird obsession with the World Wars.

    As far as I can tell, two of their song names are associated with actual battles in World War II (Tripoli and Manchuria) and one is associated with WWI (Versailles). However, these three names are part of the underlying theme of songs named after locations (Avignon, Seville, Syracuse, etc).
    MS21on January 30, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"For the moon had all but dissapeared"
    "we packed the bags(ships) and left that night"
    "Stand at the side of the sky in Versailles"
    "The tide took us and left us there"
    "We found him on the hillsides of Versailles"
    "We asked the moon to come back to our sky"
    "We carried, the moon tonight"

    These are live version lyrics, I don't know if the albumn version is different
    tdamcbigityon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is another reference to the WWII game they play, Versailles being a pretty important treaty, the one that ended the war.
    liruichenon September 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentVersailles is a city in France. The Treaty of Versailles was the treaty.
    Fattson May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe treaty of versailles ended WWI dude, and was a prime reason for Hitler gaining power in germany to start WWII.
    You're right tho, they love playing round with WWII.
    Manchuria - is a Chinese country next to Japan, and was more or less the start of the Pacific War.
    June - someone made a great annotation of being under bombs being dropped. Ive looked around to find when there were large scale bombings during June, but really couldn’t find anything significant
    Tripoli – Apparently someone said this was a very bloody battle, where Italy was mostly involved. They commented that it was possibly the bloodiest battle of WWI…I think this guy forgot about the Battle of the Somme tho lol, that was just a tad more bloodier :p
    Seville – Someone made the connection with loss from WWII. The lyric ‘theyre coming to kill us’ gives this theory a little justification.
    Byzantine – A link was made as ‘we parachute to kill, for we fear the empire’ or something like that. Yet again WWII.
    I think I pulled out most of the songs which relate to the bands fedish with the world wars.

    The other themes I notice with Pinback besides WWII, are links to childhood, names of cities throughout Europe, and Drug experiences.
    kiwi_on August 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThere's also a Palace of Versaille where the king of France, Louis XVI, his wife, Marie Antoinette, and child lived for a time. Louis wanted to rule another part of France as an absolute monarchy and took refuge in the Palace. Then the French Revolution took place and a mob captured Louis, along with his wife and child, while they were asleep. Louis and Marie were forced to walk 12 miles back to Paris, all while being taunted. They were held in prison for three years, after which they executed Louis and Marie. No clue what happened to the child.

    This song makes more sense, for me, thinking about this situation. The mob travelled to the Palace of Versailles to reclaim their king, only to murder him and his wife - all for a good cause, or not, it's whichever your views are on the scenario; a change did come about, though.

    I can almost picture the mob, full of fury, marching their way towards the Palace, screaming and yelling, tripping over each other in a passion of excitement, searching for their king. All of this is silent. You can see the anger in their faces and by their lips opening wide, throwing their fists and torches in the air.

    My point: This song makes the mob's mission seem romantic.
    Boswellon February 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe treaty of Versaills ended WWI not WWII. Just saying.
    blaze1157on April 17, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song along with Anti-hu on Nautical Antiques is one of the best back to back track groupings ever.
    stevestevensonon November 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVersallies was a huge, lavish castle that King Louise the XIV built that nearly put France in debt.
    Boswell is right.
    I think this is about how King Louis the XVI and his wife Marie Antoinette tried to escape off to Austria when the french people revolted and kept them captive.

    'the time took us, left us there
    you found him on the hillsides of versailles
    he asked the moon to come back to our side'

    Louis and Marie were caught when they tried to escape.
    cowboyxkaileyon February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThey use themes from the World War games they play, and use them as metaphors for the underlying meanings of the songs.
    perricosuavezon October 28, 2011   Link

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