in my wet dog sky of blue
I could see you at the gate
in the red eye dawning you
where you always sit and wait
for the passing of the broken heart parade

I would kiss the devil's cheek to get this halo off of me
and in my twisted afterlife you would be my family tree
and we'll both walk around with our tails between our legs

we can rattle our pans at the gate my dear
but the ruby ring man doesn't know we're here
I thought he knew my name
strange he wouldn't even look my way

someone got their fingerprints on my happy ending song
christ and all his ruby rings told me I should hang it up
because I lie so well I even start to buy it too

I lie so well I even start to buy it too

when the trumpet swings my ears start to bleed
I'm hanging upside down in a famous tree
I saw so many things
oh this color's new and beautiful to me


Lyrics submitted by shaythebugs, edited by anban

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    General CommentI think this song is about becoming an atheist, or at least divesting yourself from Christianity. There's references to evolution (tails, I know it's an old idiom, but I can't help but wonder), hanging upside down in a famous tree (the tree of knowledge from Genesis?), "twisted" afterlives, and the fact that the ruby ring man ignores him (and who is later revealed to be Christ).
    ThePythonon November 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentShouldn't it be "we can rattle our tails at the GATE my dear"? At least that makes the most sense to me, noting the previous reference to gate.
    buryuntimeon February 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSeems to me like the narrator does not feel a connection to god...

    "the ruby ring man doesn't know we're here
    I thought he knew my name
    strange he wouldn't even look my way"

    ...but he feels a connection and trust towards Christ:

    "someone got their fingerprints on my happy ending song
    christ and all his ruby rings told me I should hang it up
    because I lie so well I even start to buy it too"

    Perhaps he is trying to say that he has more faith in his fellow man than in an abstract and distant god.
    anbanon June 22, 2014   Link

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