"Sanssouci" as written by and Rufus Wainwright....
Who will be at Sanssouci tonight?
The boys that made me lose the blues tonight, and then my eyesight
All together, playing games of cards
Gambling the tiny shards of brass, once my heart

Who will be at Sanssouci tonight?
I'm looking through the window from the garden
Waiting for the call to my hotel room
I'm tired of writing elegies to boredom
I just want to be at Sanssouci tonight

Who will be at Sanssouci tonight?
Surely not the one that loves me truly, only
He's probably down at the stables, there
Gently polishing my cabriolet, only
I don't care, I really want to go

So I'm opening the doorway to the ballroom
Callin' up some dude from my hotel room
I'm tired of writing elegies in general
I just want to be at Sanssouci tonight
Tonight, tonight

The candles seem to all have been blown out
Cupid's wings have cobweb rings and no one's about
Could it be I came to the wrong place?
But I swear I saw them climb the stairs, that sweet mystery
Who will be at Sanssouci tonight?

It's only when you're outside that you notice
Only through the window you can see them
Once the door is open all will vanish
Ain't nobody at Sanssouci tonight
Tonight, tonight


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"Sanssouci" as written by Rufus Wainwright

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    General CommentRufus said this song is about the palace just outside Berlin and also spending a lot of time in a hotel room.
    'From the sublime .... to the sublime!'
    onemanguyon May 31, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWho will be at Sanssouci tonight?
    Surely not the one that loves me truly, only
    He's probably down at the stables, there
    Gently polishing my cabriolet

    Only through the window you can see them
    Once the door is open, all will vanish

    ... so the only ones who are real in this song are the singer and his lover? The two of them, avoidance, and too much time in hotel rooms. Ennui kills the best of intentions. And the best of relationships.
    floodlineon June 07, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"The boys that made me lose the blues and then my eyesight
    All together, playing games of cards
    Gambling the tiny shards of brass, once my heart"

    does anyone else think this is to do with his past with crystal meths?
    rosie_posieon June 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is a direct reference to "the Happy Prince" by Oscar Wilde. Sans-Souci is the palace the prince lived in..and if you were to read the short story you would notice other references..especially the lines quoted by rosie posie...in the story the prince gives up his eyesight to help people in his city.
    girl844on June 15, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti just read in spin that this song supposedly implies that he is not "totally satisfied with sobriety"

    he used to be a meth head
    fallonon July 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSanssouci is Sans Souci and means = without concern/ Without worry.
    ariesstyleon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI learnt that from listening to Rhod Gilbert on BBC Wales radio
    ariesstyleon September 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI know he supposedly briefly lost his eyesight due to meth abuse....maybe he's cross referencing that with the Oscar Wilde story? The boredom reference seems to clinch it for me that this song is somewhat about maintaining sobriety. It's fucking boredom that's the worst part about not using.
    velocityJEon October 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love the little flute line in the background.
    sonatinaon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSince "sans souci" means "without worries" or something to that effect, this song always reminds me that no one really is without worries/concerns/problems. I'm reading it as if Sanssouci is some kind of bar or whatever that represents being entirely without worries - giving you time to drink and party and whatever. Being at Sanssouci means that you have no troubles.

    "I just want to be at Sanssouci tonight"

    - I want to have no worries.

    "It's only when you're outside that you notice
    Only through the window you can see them
    Once the door is open, all will vanish
    Ain't nobody at Sanssouci tonight."

    - The people that are entirely without worries only pretend that they are. They live the "happy" life with parties and drinks and the like, but it doesn't mean they have no problems even if they want it to seem that way. You can see them through the windows, but that is only an illusion - they are not really there, and they will vanish from sight as soon as you open the door, since they are not really free of troubles. This charade, you will only see when you enter Sanssouci yourself and see that there really is no one there.

    Hell, I need to polish my skills in describing things, haha.
    Lthefanon May 31, 2009   Link

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