Here's the foreign son on holiday
Meeting her eyes about halfway
A look you know it's killed many men
And I've been all of them, inside a week
See the man on the bar who got too drunk to speak

He endures that song mundane as it is
Days in a dream that wasn't his
Nights up at the top of the lift
Where continents drift too far away
To keep it together for long, on this half holiday

From the bar they walk to Place Pigalle
The taxi waved down
Goodnight, sleep well
Now it's just a step to the door
And he wants all the more to bring her away
Out of this temporary half holiday


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  • +3
    General Commenthappy birthday elliott.

    but these lyrics are partially incorrect.
    here's how they should go:

    "here's the foreign sun on holiday
    meeting her eyes about halfway
    a look you know it's killed many men
    and i've been all of them, inside a week
    see the man on the bar who got too drunk to speak.

    he adores that song mundane as it is
    days in a dream that wasn't his
    night's about the top of the lift
    where continents drift too far away
    to keep it together for long, on this half holiday

    from the bar they walk to place pigalle
    the taxi waved down
    goodnight, sleep well
    now it's just a step to the door
    and he wants all the more to bring her away
    out of this temporary half holiday"
    groundfloweron August 06, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthe place pigalle in the song is the actual place pigalle in paris, where elliott stayed for a while
    zaklaughedon April 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGinteardrops, it's thought to have been recorded for Figure 8. Figure 8 was originally going to be called Place Pigalle. There are a few other songs from that era that have been leaked. Brand New Game, Tiny Time Machine, No Life, Sorry My Mistake, and Stained Glass Eyes.
    fall poetasteron September 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHappy Birthday Elliott.
    Desiderioon August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i kind of hear it as
    "chasing a dream that wasn't his"
    but i don't really know
    groundfloweron August 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthere is a studio version release of this now. i'm wondering where he was going to put this etc... bigger question, is where was the studio version leaked from? i would really get my hands on the rest of the songs from that album >=)
    ginteardropson August 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is a great song and I am wonderng about the connection to Place Pigalle in Seattle and whether Elliott titled the song this way because Place Pigalle is right on the waterfront of Elliott Bay in Seattle. It is interesting to think about and if anyone knows the story behind this song I would love to know.
    sisterseaon February 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentconsidering that Elliott did stay in and was referring to the Place Pigalle of Paris, then the meaning of the song seems to be rather obvious. Falling in love with a girl while he's only staying there temporarily on a holiday and wanting to save the relationship but the long distance and separate continents prevent anything more than a temporary relationship. Probably more to the symbolism, but i'm too lazy to analyze the whole song.
    DMV666on August 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdmv666 is spot on. also here are the CORRECT lyrics:

    'here's the foreign son on holiday
    meeting her lines about halfway
    a looking oh it's killed many men
    and i've been all of them inside a week
    see the man in the bar who got too drunk to speak

    he endures that song mundane as it is
    a daze in a dream that wasn't his
    night's up at the top of lift
    when continents drift too far away
    to keep it together for long, this half holiday

    from the bar they walk to place pigalle
    a taxi wave down, good night sleep well
    now its just a step to the door
    when he wants all the more to bring her away
    out of this temporary half-holiday'
    mycaptainkiteon August 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentincorrect lyrics, partially correct interpretation. it's a pretty straight song actually, written very early into the relationship.
    zaklaughedon August 25, 2008   Link

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