"Ripple" as written by and Wilson-piper/kilbey/daugherty/koppes....
Tiny baby, so naive
I can't believe what you believe
You were once so happy here
It may not be Eden or summer in Greece
You may not even find the Gold Fleece

In the drag of this atmosphere
Now I don't want to bring up a delicate matter
No I'd much rather bribe or flatter you
'Cause flattery gets me everywhere

But you punctured my tires, you crossed all my wires
I brand your acolytes as a pack of liars
And the fire's singing everywhere
Buckle like a wreck on the cold green sea

Like you were a ripple in my memory
I lent you some collateral to buy new clothes
It went out the window and up your nose
And that's the end of the honeymoon

Yeah we walked down the aisle for another mile
I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles
And you can have all the money soon
You're so deluxe, you're so divine

You're so fifty light years ahead of your time
You're a riddle, you're a ripple
You're the human sacrifice to the goddess of ice
Your hairdo is filled with diamonds and lice

And you're hardly off the nipple
Another little glitch in continuity
Like you were a ripple in my memory


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  • +1
    My InterpretationIt might be about several things. One of them could be Kilbey's struggle with heroin addiction.
    tetsuo29on September 05, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song's obviously about heroin.

    It kind of saddens me because this is one of the greatest songs ever written and I have this theory that most great songs are written about love or death. And while you could make the joke that a song about heroin is about both of those things, it's not really the same thing.

    So what's the kicker for me? "I'd walk a million miles for one of your smiles. And you can have all the money soon?" And there's no denying it as it gets even more direct thereafter. So Kilbey (the mail protagonist) is offering both a trail of tears AND his credit card (i.e. everything he owns and more)?

    The sad part is that these are some of the most romantic lyrics ever laid to tape within the context of an equally romantic aural context (instrumentally). The 19th century British Romantics could only have hoped to have penned desirous feelings such as these. Most of them were only slightly aware of opiates and their effects.

    I'm sad to report this to the female specimen: even if you're currently in a relationship, the chances of your beau ever even conjuring thoughts such as these because of you is slim to none. Why?

    It's simple science. You are not a physical addiction.
    daydreamsson March 24, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was rice instead of lice?
    BluCrumbTruckon November 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe narrator is infatuated with a younger woman, who while she isn't intelligent is rather cunning. she has shady friends, and an obvious drug problem. as the song goes on, you get the impression that he's waking up to the fact that she's no good...
    TheNipperon April 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commentlush and surreal. this song was on a driving mix my boyfriend made and we'd drive around sydney at night and sing along.
    politicson May 09, 2009   Link

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