"Intermission" as written by Elton John, Scott David Hoffman and Jason Sellards....
When you're standing on the side of a hill
Feeling like you didn't be done
Here it comes, strawberry sponge
Chasing away the sun

Don't let those precious moments fool you
Happiness is getting you down
A rainbow never smiles or blinks
It's just a candy colored frown

You were going on at half-past seven
Now it's going on a quarter 'til nine
All the angels want to know
Are you lost or treading water?
And you're going on your fifteenth bender
But you've only got a matter of time
Yes we've all got seeds to sow
Not everyone's got lambs to slaughter

When the night wind starts to turn
Into the ocean breeze
And the dew drops sting and burn
Like angry honey bees
That is when you hear the song falling from the sky
Happy yesterday to all
We were born to die

Sometimes you're filled with the notion
The afterlife's a moment away
You want to tell someone the way that you feel
But then you ain't got nothing to say
You fight for freedom from devotion
A battle that will always begin
With somebody giving you a piece of advice;
By the way you're living in sin

Now there's never gonna' be an intermission
But there'll always be a closing night
Never entertain those visions
Lest you may have packed your baggages
First impressions are cheap ambitions
Sometimes are long goodbyes
Truth so often to living dormant
Good luck walks and bullshit flies

When the headlights guide your way
You know the place is right
When the treetops sing and sway
Don't go to sleep tonight
That is when you see the sign
Luminous and high:
Tomorrow's not what it used to be
We were born to die
Happy yesterday to all
We were born to die


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"Intermission" as written by Scott David Hoffman Elton John

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    General CommentThis song is awesome. I simply love how this song so incredibly upbeat but the lyrics are about what's wrong with the world.

    I think that's the point of the song, a juxtaposition of the happy and upbeat optimism of a person who recognizes pessimistically that the world sucks.
    Ayavaronon November 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCome on people, discussion!
    I have a feeling this song is primarily about death, and uses the metaphore of life being a stage production.

    "You were going on at half-past seven, now it's going on a quarter 'til nine. All the angels want to know: are you lost or treading water?" sounds to me like someone has managed to avoid their own death, and the angels in Heaven are wondering where the person is.

    "Happy yesterday to all. We were born to die". Happy yesterday because there our time has ended and there will be no tomorrow.

    "You fight for freedom from devotion, a battle that will always begin with somebody giving you a piece of advice: By the way you're livin' in sin" is clearly about religion and trying to live your life without it. Maintain atheism?

    There's more to say, but for now I must away!
    NooshXon July 22, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this is a song about someone who is going to commit suicide. He ( or she) is starring his last sunset , drinking a lot just to get enough courage to do it. Scenery is astounding, but he tries to stay firm, becasue it's all a distraccion.
    "Don't let those precious moments fool you
    Happiness is getting you down
    A rainbow never smiles or blinks
    It's just a candy colored frown"
    At nightfall, he begins to hallucinate, with angels waiting for his decision
    "All the angels want to know
    Are you lost or treading water?"
    while he ponders on how things really are in life
    "Truth so often to living dormant
    Good luck walks and bullshit flies".

    It's also suggested that he had to fight against religious morals , probably a reference to those people ashamed of being gay amidst judgemental bigots

    "You fight for freedom from devotion
    A battle that will always begin
    With somebody giving you a piece of advice;
    By the way you're living in sin"


    After that, still completely drunk, he drives his car to a certain selected spot

    "When the headlights guide your way
    You know the place is right"

    and then he crashes and die

    "Tomorrow's not what it used to be
    We were born to die
    Happy yesterday to all
    We were born to die"
    alacraneoon November 04, 2014   Link

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