"O Valencia!" as written by and Colin Meloy....
You belong to the gang
And you say you can't break away
But I'm here with my hands on my heart
And our families can't agree
I'm your brother's sworn enemy
But I'll shout out my love to the stars

So wait for the stone on your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll go, we'll go, oh, oh

When first we laid eyes
I swore to no compromise
'Til I felt my caress on your skin
Well, how soon we were betrayed
Your sister gave us away
And your father came all unhinged

So wait for the stone on your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll go, we'll go

My O Valencia
With your blood still warm on the ground
Valencia
And I swear to the stars
I'll burn this whole city down, oh, oh

All I heard was a shout
Of your brother calling me out
And you ran like a fool to my side
Well, the shot, it hit hard
And your frame went limp in my arms
And an oath of love was your dying cry

So wait for the stone on your window, your window
Wait by the car and we'll, go we'll go

But O Valencia
With your blood still warm on the ground
Valencia
And I'll burn this whole city down

Valencia
With your blood gettin' cold on the ground
Valencia
And I swear to the stars
I'll burn this whole city down, oh, oh


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"O Valencia!" as written by Colin Meloy

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  • +1
    General CommentThis reminds me of West side story, its an awesome song.
    coolnuts5on October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAt the show at the 9:30 Club in D.C. somebody in the audience asked what this song was about and Meloy said he intended it to be about gang rivalries around Valencia Street in San Fransisco, but when he showed the song to his friend who lives in San Fransisco she said that that would never happen on that street but he decided to keep the name cause a more realistic one "wouldn't sound as good"
    totallyrufas23on November 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYeah... I thought exactly what rainstormsong thought. I kinda think this song is like West Side Story and "We both Go Down Together" as Romeo and Juliet.
    nonsequiter302on December 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm going with Romeo and Juliet. The rival gangs are the Capulets and Montagues. The brother's sworn enemy line could refer to Juliet's cousin Tybalt, who challenged Romeo to a duel. Wait for the stone on your window and wait by the car and we'll go could be a reference to the balcony scene, in which Romeo and Juliet plan to run off and get married. This last part is a stretch but "I'll shout out my love to the stars" could be referring to Romeo and Juliet being described as star crossed lovers. Also of course it ends tragically with death. Who knows what it's really about, but this is what I'm hearing.
    Kyle414on April 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is supposed to be an urban Romeo and Juliet kind of song.

    "Valencia" is the said Juliet, and the singer is Romeo. Valencia takes a bullet for him, where he declares he will burn down the city..
    AubrieAubergineon June 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"The lull" should be "an oath"
    LifesPadawanon August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last "with your blood still warm on the ground," should be, "with your blood getting cold on the ground."
    amandapantson August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are so dark, for such an up-beat song.
    dnowikon August 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgang warfare
    WriterOfFictionson September 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's never established whether or not it is a "brother" or "sister" of the rival gang member who is killed. Just something to think about.
    rassequinon September 05, 2006   Link

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