"swing the cellar door" as written by and Timothy John Baker....
wait-wait-wait-
before you go i want you to know
all that you were and the sound that you made when you moved
before you leave i need you to see
all that you mean, you would hardly believe it

sitting in the kitchen wondering how it is i'll tell you this
when the phone rings, so i start right in then:
we are shells or instruments, inside there's sound that speaks to us
if you listen, and i've been listening

and i'm sorry to reduce you to this useless imagistic bullshit
but maybe that's all i've got
maybe that's all i've got
sorry to confuse you with some foolish thing that misses truth
but maybe that's all we are
around a brightly dying star

these spiralled shells, so sexual, could out-reveal the texts we dwell upon,
or maybe not, but certainly
a sound that's free can open me and easily
just rip my heart out, and start me shouting:

this is how i feel... listen

i'm sorry to reduce you to this useless imagistic bullshit
but maybe that's all i've got
maybe that's all i've got
sorry to abuse you with this ruthlessly sadistic music
but maybe that's all i want
(i'm just a really pretentious guy)

but wait! wait! wait! wait! wait! wait!
before you go, i want you to know
all that you were, and the sound that you made when you moved
before you leave, i need you to see
all that you mean, you would hardly believe it

you would hardly believe it...
if i could just speak it...

but this is how i feel...



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    General CommentI'm surprised hardly anyone has commented on any of Hey Rosetta's music - it's got a great sound and the tunes are ell written. I really like this song, because I think he conveys the exact thing that, in the song, he claims to be incapable of: expressing himself in a meaningful way. The situation seems to be that someone he cares about is leaving, but he can't let him/her truly know how he feels, because all he can give is "useless imagistic bullshit." This might also be a criticism of music that are overly poetic but that no one can understand and appreciate because they're too flowery. Of course, I could be completely off the mark here. I really like the title of this song too; J.R.R. Tolkien once said that 'Cellar Door' was the most beautiful sounding phrase in the English language, and so I think the title sums up the song perfectly: it sounds great, but it doesn't mean anything.
    EastCoastGuy110on May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI agree with eastcoastguy. The brilliance of this song is how he stops trying to use ineffective words to explain himself and simply says "this is how i feel....listen". Then the violin solo. The music is the way he feels, and describes it better than words ever could.

    Awesome!
    JanosXon August 28, 2010   Link

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