Would you say that you wish you were worse than you are?
Would you say that you wish you were worse than you are?
See, you made up a list of your luckiest stars.
And you made me familiar to you in the dark, when you said that you wish you were worse than you are.
Hey you, with the gold which you keep or which keeps you in your place,
Do you recoil that its jail house green and copper taste?
Oh, do you love to dance with it hanging like some hula dress so lightly off your waist?

Was it magic or Midas that touched you?
And by magic, I mean “trickery.” And by Midas, I mean “faith.”
By magic, I mean “trickery.” And by Midas, I mean “faith.”

But the tricksters speak of trickery, ‘is your work the work of the Midas touch?’
‘Do you close your eyes when dancing, the same you close your eyes in your lover’s clutches?’
How dare I speak of trickery, I am not bestowed with the Midas’ touch.
I don’t close my eyes when I’m dancing the same way I close my eyes in my lover’s clutches.
How dare I speak of trickery, when the wild things in me are pulling at my sham?
You can follow the lead of the jackal to see where I am.
You can follow the lead of the jackal who waits for the kill to be made by a mightier hand.

You made up a list of your luckiest stars, and you made me familiar to you in the dark.
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
And you made me familiar to you in the dark, when you said that you wish you were worse than you are.
Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh
And you made up a list of your luckiest stars, and you made me familiar to you in the dark.
And you made me familiar to you in the dark, when you said that you wish you were worse than you are.
And I follow the lead of the jackal to see where you are.


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Magic Vs. Midas song meanings
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    General Commentthis is such an incredibly power song, i don't know what to say
    noone1111111111111111111on July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentRight. Time to get things clear.

    Correct lyrics as written by Spencer Krug:

    Would you say that you wish you were worse than you are?
    See you made up a list of your luckiest stars
    And you made me familiar to you in the dark
    When you said that you wish you were worse than you are

    Hey you with the gold
    Which you keep (or whichh keeps you) in place
    Do you recoil from its jail house green and copper taste?
    Or do you love to dance
    With it hanging like some hula dress
    So lightly off your waist?
    Was it magic or midas that thouched you?
    And by magic I mean trickery and by midas I mean faith

    But the sister speaks of trickery!
    Is your work the work of the midas touch?
    Do you close your eyes while you're dancing the same way
    You close your eyes in your lover's clutches?
    "How dare I speak of trickery
    I am not bestowed with the midas touch
    I don't close my eyes while I'm dancing
    The same way I close my eyes in my lover's clutches"
    How dare I speak of trickery
    When the wild things in me are pulling their sham
    You can follow the lead of the jackal to see whee I am
    You can follow the lead of the jackal
    Who waits for the kill to be made by a mightier hand
    And you make up a list of your luckiest stars
    And you made me familiar to you in the dark

    You made up a list of your luckiest stars
    And you made me familiar to you in the dark
    You made me familiar to you in the dark
    And you said that you wished you were worse than you are

    You made up a list of your luckiest stars
    And you made me familiar to you in the dark
    And you made me familiar to you in the dark
    When you said that you wish you were worse than you are
    Could I follow the lead of the jackal to see where you are?

    (eter melodramatic sing-sighs)



    Well, now that's cleared up - what does it mean? I think it's about different kinds of love -
    Magic: trickery - games, lies, deception
    Midas: faith - honesty, trust, love

    When he's saying "hey you with the gold which keeps you (or which you keep) do you recoil from its jail house green and copper taste" - that's a direct reference (in my opinion) to a cheap wedding ring - it looks gold, and it keeps you because it's a wedding ring - but really it's just copper underneath - green and tastes like... copper. Tricks. Magic. Illusions.
    "Or do you love to dance with it hanging like some hula dress so lightly off your waist" is that it doesn't really keep her - it's just another piece around her waist, another token, another affectation...

    I could be waaaaay off.. But I think he's questioning whether the feeling is real or just illusions. That's what the song tells me.
    ValhallasDaughteron February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCorrection: "Do you recall that it has jealous green and copper taste?"

    I know jealous is in there somewhere, but not sure about what lies directly before it.
    ElForkoon August 23, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song has founded an obsession with the tale of King Midas; I'm writing a short story right now about Midas...
    having spikes driven into his head.
    Serilazarethon October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, and in case anyone wonders, Midas was absolutely devoted to the God Pan and said Pan's music was better than Apollo's, for which Apollo cursed him with donkey's ears...

    So it's not just the absolute faith in greed, is it?
    two more of my cents
    Serilazarethon October 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJail house green actually.
    russeon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJail house green actually.
    russeon November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh, do you love to dance with a hang like some hula dress so lighting off your noose?

    this is actually with it hanging like some hula dress so lightly off your noose
    maybe speaking of maggies wedding ring that she might keep on a necklace

    maybe symbolizing maggie likes to go out dancing and pick up guys
    was it magic or midas that touched you
    if magic is symbolizing trickery then we could assume that by magic he is referring to some kind of smooth talking guy
    "working his magic" on maggie not sure what midas could stand for
    i think when he is saying follow the lead of the jackal who waits for the kill to be made by a mightier hand maybe he is referring to maggie who is waiting for him to find out about all this infidelity because she is unsure how to end her and sams marriage/ relationship
    Midastouchon March 29, 2008   Link

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