"Trapeze" as written by and Patricia J. Griffin....
Little pink dress, hanging by her knees
Just overhead on the old trapeze
In the old tent tonight, spotlight going round
One of these nights the old girl's going down
Hallelujah, the old girl's going down

She started with us on the back of a horse
Just seventeen and already divorced
She took to the air with the greatest of ease
Like she was born to be gliding on the old trapeze

Some people don't care if they live or they die
Some people want to know what it feels like to fly
Gather their courage and they give it a try

Some guy broke her heart and how her heart it did ache
So she went to the tent of the lady of the snakes
Who gave her a potion and she drank it in
After that her heart never ached again
After that her heart never ached again

Some poeple don't care if they live or they die
Some people want to know what it feels like to fly
Gather their courage and they give it a try
Fall under the wheels of a time goin' by

Little pink dress, hanging by her knees
Just overhead on the old trapeze
In the old tent tonight, spotlight going round
One of these nights the old girl's going down
One of these nights the old girl's going down
One of these nights the old girl's going down
One of these nights the old girl's going down
Halle- Halle- Halle-
Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah
Hallelujah



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"Trapeze" as written by Patricia J. Griffin

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    General CommentGreat song. The old girl's just up there on her trapeze but we all know that one day the flying through the air has to stop. That she ever got up there at all is something wonderful, so it's about reaching out for your dreams and swinging with them for a while. Might be a personal reference there; Patty Griffin married and divorced young. The broken heart might even be hers too but not sure if she sealed it with potion. Maybe the potion is her art, her music. Nice contrast between the girlishness of a pink dress and the old trapeze artist just about hanging on to it all. Many of Patty's songs draw you inside them completly for a moment or two. Beautiful words, beautiful voice. She's a wise woman; easy to be in love with her. If only she hadn't drunk that potion!
    NWNmoonon February 20, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't think it's really about reaching for your dreams. More like doing risky things because your heart is broken and you want to feel something.
    galaxiaadon November 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI like this song. I think the image of a young divorced woman taking risks on the trapeze is a neat image and likely somewhat autobiographical for Patty (a metaphor for her own musical performances after her divorce):

    "After spending two years in Florida, Griffin moved to Boston in 1985, where she got married and took on odd jobs. She took guitar lessons, but only began playing music gigs after getting divorced in 1992."

    I'm curious about the potion that the character drinks in this song. The most obvious explanation for me here is that the character (and Patty) learns to drink away her blues.
    rktaylor4on February 27, 2014   Link

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