"Mass Romantic" as written by and Carl Allan Newman....
Mass romantic fool wears Foster Grants, his books on tape ring true,
Like everyone wants to say I love you to someone on the radio.
The first voice in the hollowed stars, now the one true loves,
and author of My Life Among the Kids Who Go to Shows.
This is not the way.

In the streetlight dawn, in the streetlight dawn.
This street turns on.

Mass romantic fool, separated by sheets when the curtain calls you,
speaking on the themes of stolen virtue missing from the radio.
Now this romantic duel is into the streets, bon appetit, you've eaten me alive you realize.
This is not the way.

In the streetlight dawn, in the streetlight dawn.
This beat turns on.

This boy's life among the electrical lights.
This boy's life among the electrical lights.
This boy's life among the electrical lights.


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"Mass Romantic" as written by Carl Allan Newman

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    General CommentHmmm, maybe its about william blake going to a catholic church? Yeah, get it, that would make him a Mass Romantic? Ummm, sorry.

    My interpretation...
    Firstly (I think Carl wrote this song), Carl has been known to put lyrical meaning on the back burner, so sometimes TNP songs just don't make sense. But this song seems to be about shallow people in general. Idiots who think they own the world.

    Anyone have any thoughts on the differences between the way Neko sings it vs the way that Kathryn sings it?
    edwarticaon January 14, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationHaven't researched this one yet but let me guess:

    This is a deal about trying to be cool through the trendiest trends of the day like you wearing Foster Grants. Our boy reads the books on tape which is very cool. Listening to the books is like singing to the radio it's like we are in love with the singer and it's just a fake pop song. The book is like the voice which is like finding the true love sent down by God and it's just a book read by kids who stay out all night at shows a lot. You've read the cool book, seen the show, watched the TV program and are cool?- are you?- what have you really done to build a real life? You need to get a life this is not the way. You are coming home in the dawn and the street is active for you. You are a commercial fool who has gotten a one night stand and the light shines in your face from the curtain- as you wake up you realize how this type of sex is stolen virtue and this is what the garbage radio songs forget to mention about living this type of life. This is what you don't hear in all the lyrics of the songs you act out. Now you are fighting with the girl in the streets and you realize your soul is taken by this short relationship. You are walking back home at dawn yet again not from a show this time but from the home of your pick-up. It is not good for you to walk home in the dawn street light this way- you are ruining your long-term for the short. The effects or beat of this way intensifies as you keep taking this wrong way of living to the next level. This is the boys life amongt the street lights as he comes home just before the lights are about to turn off for day. The boy will waste the day and the ability to have the long-term and much better existence overtime while sleeping off the activities of the night. He will wake-up late in the afternoon or early at night to start this life again until he comes to his senses and starts to clean-up his act and have the great life. Not random pick-ups that are very sporadic and then just staying out at the trendy places at night but a life with lasting love and maybe the fewer good shows- the light where he is in the day the right way not trying to sleep through the light as it seeps through the curtains of his short-term lover's room.
    That's just a guess so you need to search for interviews about the meaning of this song... so far it seems to me that all the lyrics I can remember from this band- I have brain fog still follow this range of theme. The comeback answer is always No , No, No, No, No, No, No... the church or spirituality always rings No, No, No, No, No, No, No in TNP's world. Or This is not a Love Song...
    Donny1on May 23, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI love this song!
    cloudy_daiz123on August 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti loveee this song.
    halesterron December 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwhat's your interpretation?
    youtalkway2muchon January 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGotta love AC Newman. And Neko. And TNP in general! I could listen to this song over and over again without ever getting tired of it. It's TEH ROXXORS!
    GimmeAJeepon September 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSaw them last night in Seattle - finally with Neko. Neko pulled an audible and put this one on the set list (2nd night show - playing rarer tracks than normal, so glad we didn't miss this one). It blew the crowd away, even though they had her badly mixed (really shrill and squeaky at times). Also, it was amazing how well they've integrated Kathryn's supporting voice into these older songs. Incredible.

    Who knows what it means? Doesn't matter - from the inside - when it's playing - it is totally rational and so tight -- the louder the better!
    waccoon August 03, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationWhen I say fighting with the girl in the streets it could be his memory of how after waking up the situation ended badly, she nailed him and now he remembers this fight walking how and he not only misses the sex but hates the outcome as well so he has a double whammy. Poor boy...
    Donny1on May 23, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningI like Donny's interpretation but I just want to say, it should read SOUL AND virtue. It's basically about different ways of being a poser. "Separated by sheets" -- an academic who only knows about writing philosophical papers, giving some kind of lecture on morality -- "soul and virtue."
    thehotelambushon October 24, 2013   Link
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    Song MeaningFirst song on TNP's first album. It's a declaration of purpose. To avoid "mass" taste, not to change their music to be radio-friendly.

    On a more trivial note, "hollowed stars" looks like a Gilmore Girls reference to me.
    stormvilleon April 17, 2017   Link

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