"Eddie's Ragga" as written by and Jim Eno Eddie Robert....
Someone that I met but I hardly knew
He said that everyone loves a defective heart
He'd parted ways with diction, this was late last night
He see me getting your affection and it proved he was right
The way I stared off thinking that all was sound

Anyone that I knew would've called me found

You can break my legs, you can kick me downstairs
But there ain't no getting over Joanie Hale-Maier
Just let me walk away
Let me walk away

And then the place ignite
It's in my face and I'm
Behind the bass line

Someone that I knew but I hardly met
Told me, it's hopeless I'm a slut for the New York Times
She made my heart soft, worn an aiguillette on her arm
She never been to Texas, never heard of King Kong
And it'd been so long since I'd been suitably high

So we did an Airborne, settled in for the night

Tell me sweetness don't somehow reach your heart
Until you fall flat down and you can't wait to start
This is the one cold truth we've all of us known
As I think to myself this could be easy or I could face it alone

And then the place ignite
All out of grace and I'm
Behind the bass line

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"Eddie's Ragga" as written by Eddie Robert Britt Daniel


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    General CommentFirst, I love love love how the line goes, "Someone that I met but I hardly knew" in reference to the guy who parts ways with diction, and "Someone that I knew but I hardly met" in reference to the girl who made his heart soft and had never been to Texas. I think this play on words may be very telling/meaningful. I believe it suggests that there are different kinds of strangers, and that meeting and knowing someone are two very different things.

    Second, while we're on the topic of strangers, I find it very interesting that this topic is also mentioned in the line, "Hung up and bent on a stranger," from The Infinite Pet, and "I want to land the part of Eddie in The Stranger Dance," from The Two Sides of Monsieur Valentine. I find it double-interesting that this figure, Eddie, shows up in both Valentine and Eddie's Ragga.

    Third, I find it interesting that the word, "ignite" shows up here as well in the line, "I turn my feelings on inside, Feel like I'm gonna ignite," from I Turn my Camera On. In Camera, I believe the line describes an explosive emotional epiphony, and it's interesting to apply that same meaning in Eddie's Ragga.

    Putting it all together, I think this song is about someone who has a defective heart (perhaps even someone whose feelings have been, "untouchable for life," to quote Camera, although that may be taking things a bit far), and he receives affection from a girl he felt like he knew (although they'd hardly met) and, "then the place ignite, It's in my face...," because he had an ephiphony of some sort where, "Anyone that I knew woulda called me found". However, although most people get to know the people they meet, this is a story about whether to meet again with someone who he already felt like he knew. In the end, however, it appears the reunion will not occur, because he thinks to himself, "this could be easy or I could face it alone", "and then the place ignite, all out of grace and I'm behind the bassline", because he has opted for the aversive route, perhaps almost as though he were hiding behind the song.

    I'll be posting a few more comments for Ga^5 and Gimme Fiction songs on this site. Thanks for reading.
    pine_applehearton June 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFabulous song but I'd wish I'd never looked at the lyrics. I could have sworn he sings:

    'Its hopeless I'm a slut for the new york SOUND'

    Its still a geat song though.
    joylessloveon August 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMoodiest song on the album... it builds and builds and then cuts out unexpectedly before anything really happens; but it fits the quitting mood of the song, with Britt pleading "let me walk away, just let me walk away".

    Seems to be about sleeping with someone to get over an ex and being overwhelmed by the situation, not really being sure he can go through with it. Then again, I could be off.
    fgevilmonkeyon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe first verse is GENIUS. i love this song and i really really really wish they'd played it when i saw them.
    ap0theosizeon January 23, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti appreciate your ability to transcribe lyrics right
    jjjonatronon April 01, 2008   Link
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    General Comment148 plays on my itunes so far. I love this song. I interpret it as a man going through a break up and finding a rebound at a bar.

    "Someone that I met, that I hardly knew, he said that everyone loves a defective heart" = some stranger at a bar is telling him that chicks dig a sad dude, especially after a break up.

    He ends up meeting a girl, getting high, and taking it from there. But in the end he realizes that this new hook up is not helping him get over his previous girl.

    That's just my interpretation. BTW, how is this not everyone's fav song? kidding, of course, but personally, I love it.
    captaincommandoon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentNew York charm, surely?
    tbcon March 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentPine Apple's comment is incredibly insightful and was a pleasure to read. I have a thought that is more technical. The line about her never having been to Texas, I think, ends with "King Khan" and not "King Khan." King Khan is the Montreal based genius frontman of King Khan and the Shrines and King Khan and the BBQ show. Just a thought -- Britt Daniel giving some indie rock respect perhaps?
    jujueyeballon October 16, 2010   Link
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    General Comment*Instead of King Kong.
    jujueyeballon October 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can safely say that these are Spoon's best lyrics.
    mofloon March 05, 2011   Link

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