"Broadripple is Burning" as written by and Richard Charles Edwards....
Children, Broadripple is burning
And the girls are getting sick
Off huffing glue up in the bathroom
While their boyfriends pick up chicks.
And darling I'm lost.
I heard you whispering
That night in fountain square.
The trashed filled streets made me wish we were heading home.

There was love inside the basement
Where that woman used to lie
In a sleeping bag we shared upon
The floor almost every night.
Oh, darling I'm drunk,
And everything that I had loved has turned to stone.
So pack your bags and come back home.

And I'm wasted.
You can taste it.
Don't look at me that way,
'Cause I'll be hanging from a rope.
I will haunt you like a ghost.

If my woman was a fire,
She'd burn out before I wake,
And be replaced by pints of whiskey,
Cigarettes, and outer space.
Then somebody moves
And everything you thought you had has gone to shit.
Well, we've got a lot.
Don't ever forget that.

And I wrote this on airplane where the people looked like ants.
And when a woman that you loved was gone,
She was bombing East Japan.
Don't fucking move,
'Cause everything you thought you had will go to shit.
We've got a lot.
Don't you dare forget that.

And I'm wasted.
You can taste it.
Don't look at me that way,
'Cause I'll be hanging from a rope.
I will haunt you like a ghost.

And I'm wasted.
You can taste it.
Don't look at me that way,
'Cause I'll be hanging from a rope.
I will haunt you like a ghost.


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"Broadripple Is Burning" as written by Richard Charles Edwards

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  • +4
    General CommentFirst of all, I love this song. Can't stop listening to it. I saw them in concert a couple months ago. Loved it.

    In my opinion, again its just that, but I think this is a song about a failed long distance relationship.

    "Oh honey...........pick up chicks"

    Broadripple is a neighborhood in Indianapolis I believe. I think this portion is talking about the utter chaos that hes been left in now that she has left him all alone in the neighborhood the grew up in and fell in love in.

    "And darlin'.......headed home."

    He remembers the night she told him she was leaving. He wishes they were heading back to Broadripple, but he knows they aren't. She's off to bigger and better things. So he's lost.

    "And there was love.....most every night"

    This is more reminiscing about their time together in Broadripple.

    "And darlin' I'm drunk......and come back home."

    He's drunk and he went to where she moved and he is begging her to move back to Broadripple so they can be together and make everything right.

    Refrain

    He's drunk and can tell she knows. He doesn't want her to judge him, he just wants her to come home. Otherwise he's going to be miserable and won't be able to live without her.

    "And if my woman.....outer space."

    She left him in the blink of an eye to move elsewhere and the only thing he knew to replace her with was booze and cigarettes. The cigarettes and outer space makes me picture a guy standing in the middle of the street, smoking a cigarette, looking up at the stars, thinking about what he's lost. It's quite haunting.

    "Then somebody moves.......to shit"

    Basically says when somebody moves away the whole relationship that you thought was perfect blows up in your face.

    "But we.....forget that."

    Here is trying to convince her. Even though we are far apart, we've got a lot going for us.

    "And I wrote......east Japan."

    Here is flying back home after his unsuccessful attempt to convince her to get back together and maybe even come home. She's the "nuclear bomb" that has devastated his life (east Japan).

    "Don't F%#$
    nlukenon October 26, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI'm not sure what all this talk about Bripple high school is, Broadripple is a district near downtown Indy. It's kind of the cultural district of Indy, lots of little shops and a few nightclubs. Home to Indy CD and Vinyl, a kickass music store, and Metamorphosis, a hipster tattoo parlor. Tons of artsy, hipster, indie kids around. Lots of smoking and drinking and sleeping with eachothers friends..... all while listening to incredible music. Broadripple is burning. I see it... and so does Richard Edwards.
    antsyon July 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentChildren, Broadripple is burning
    And the girls are getting sick
    Off huffing glue up in the bathroom
    While your boyfriends pick up chicks

    And darling, I'm lost
    I heard you whispering that night in Fountain Square
    The trash-filled streets made me wish we were headed home

    And there was love inside the basement
    Where that woman used to lie
    In a sleeping bag we shared
    Upon the floor most every night
    And darling, I'm drunk
    And everything that I have loved has turned to stone
    So pack your bags
    And come back home

    And I'm wasted
    You can taste it
    Don't look at me that way
    'Cause I'll be hanging from a rope
    I will haunt you like a ghost

    And if my woman was a fire
    She'd burn out before I wake
    And be replaced by pints of whiskey
    Cigarettes and outer space
    Then somebody moves
    And everything you thought you had will go to shit
    But we've got a lot
    Don't ever forget that

    And I wrote this on an airplane
    Where the people looked like eggs
    And when a woman that you loved is gone
    She was bombing east Japan

    And don't fucking move
    'Cause everything you think you have will go to shit
    But we've got a lot
    Don't you dare forget that

    And I'm wasted
    You can taste it
    Don't look at me that way
    'Cause I'll be hanging from a rope
    I will haunt you like a ghost
    wyliecainon January 19, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo the version of Broadripple above: I think this song is about a guy who has lost the love of his life.

    When he's speaking of "Broadripple burning", he's saying how down hill it has gone from former years.

    ".. that night in Fountain Square.. the trash-filled streets made me wish we were headed home" - again talking about how Fountain Square is a dump lately.

    He's speaking about these two places because him & his girl friend would often frequent these parts of Indianapolis. Now that she has passed away or left, everything good about either district has completely vanished.

    "And there was love inside the basement.. where that woman ((used)) to lie" - Again, telling you she has passed away or left him cold.

    This guy takes to booze, cigarettes & day dreaming as a vice to fill the whole he now has.

    Him hanging from a rope is not meant literally but metaphorically. Saying that he basically is dead now. What else could he be living for without her in his life?

    I feel like the 2nd to last verse is about closure but I need help on the "bombing east japan" part. Maybe talking about World War II. I'm not sure if woment were inlisted in the militart back then, possibley but I just don't know. - If so theyn maybe it's about a guy who loses his love in war?

    And yes, I'm from Indianapolis and swing by both of these area's quite frequently. They've both gone to shit. So the song is true.
    simplerecordson July 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFirst of all, I love this song. Can't stop listening to it. I saw them in concert a couple months ago. Loved it.

    In my opinion, again its just that, but I think this is a song about a failed long distance relationship.

    "Oh honey...........pick up chicks"

    Broadripple is a neighborhood in Indianapolis I believe. I think this portion is talking about the utter chaos that hes been left in now that she has left him all alone in the neighborhood the grew up in and fell in love in.

    "And darlin'.......headed home."

    He remembers the night she told him she was leaving. He wishes they were heading back to Broadripple, but he knows they aren't. She's off to bigger and better things. So he's lost.

    "And there was love.....most every night"

    This is more reminiscing about their time together in Broadripple.

    "And darlin' I'm drunk......and come back home."

    He's drunk and he went to where she moved and he is begging her to move back to Broadripple so they can be together and make everything right.

    Refrain

    He's drunk and can tell she knows. He doesn't want her to judge him, he just wants her to come home. Otherwise he's going to be miserable and won't be able to live without her.

    "And if my woman.....outer space."

    She left him in the blink of an eye to move elsewhere and the only thing he knew to replace her with was booze and cigarettes. The cigarettes and outer space makes me picture a guy standing in the middle of the street, smoking a cigarette, looking up at the stars, thinking about what he's lost. It's quite haunting.

    "Then somebody moves.......to shit"

    Basically says when somebody moves away the whole relationship that you thought was perfect blows up in your face.

    "But we.....forget that."

    Here is trying to convince her. Even though we are far apart, we've got a lot going for us.

    "And I wrote......east Japan."

    Here is flying back home after his unsuccessful attempt to convince her to get back together and maybe even come home. She's the "nuclear bomb" that has devastated his life (east Japan).

    "Don't F%#$
    nlukenon October 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBroadripple High School is a school in the Indianapolis area, it burnt down and was rebuilt close to 100 years ago. I think it's very likely the first line of the song is a reference to this school.
    melpod87on December 09, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentlove this song.

    Broad Ripple is a high school in IN, likely where they attended.

    Someone explain E. Japan bit? I'm trying to think Enola Gay here, but I don't know.
    erbylikewhoaon November 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song. it describes life in indiana so well.
    kbbbbon December 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbroad ripple is an area of town which is where the high school gets its name... broad ripple has tons of clubs and bars and some of the unsavory things that happen there are described in this song
    creativlylackingon February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso was he wasted on an airplane?
    haha just kidding...this song is awesome.
    but yeah, i dont get the east japan part either...
    agonyoftheleafon April 05, 2007   Link

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