"The Easter Parade" as written by and Emma Moss....
Is all that we've become
Just nothing but hats and bags
We're waiting for taxi cabs
So you light cigarettes
And I'm taking drags

In the air, a sea of words,
That didn't come soon enough
In my mind a railway station
And a ticket stub

And it is Easter in the town
I can hear as they strike up the band
We're listening to some old man
Say he came back to life with a hole in his hand

And now the Sunday school is gathered
Together in pink and in blue
They're heralding angels for you
But not for me

They're singing
Gloria in Excelsis
Deo, deo

Gloria in Excelsis
But there's no,
There's no hope

And I am grateful for the things
That you've tried to show to me dear
But there's no Arcadia,
No Albi, and there?s no Jerusalem here

And underneath your pastures green
There's earth and there?s ash
And there's bone
And there are things that disappear
Into it and then they are gone

And there is light that hits the sky
And then it is midnight again
And there is my mother, my father,
And you and we are all impermanent

And on the green they tell their tales
About how even the dead can come back
I just don't believe in that

So you can keep on singing
Gloria in Excelsis
Deo, deo

Gloria in Excelsis
But there's no,
There's no hope

There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing
There's no such thing as ghosts


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"The Easter Parade" as written by Emma Moss

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    General Commentnone on this song either! I'm surprised. someone ought to have commented this.
    cookiejaron March 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a cynical view that the world is just the material that we can see...and that we're all impermanent (like in History of Britain) When she talks about easter and there's an old man, that's like Jesus returning from the dead, which she thinks isn't possible (I used to think it said hole in the hand, which would make sense if it is Jesus she's talking about). The Libertines had a dream about reaching Albion (not alby) and Arcadia (which is like Utopia) but Emmy's saying there's no such thing as that. It's like there's someone trying to convert her, but she's saying though you might sing "Glory to God in the highest," there's no hope and we'll all die and end, and there's no afterlife i.e. being a ghost or the dead coming back, like Jesus.
    Walcotton June 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is the song that first got me into Emmy The Great. It's pure genius from start to finish.

    I think that "We're listening to some old man/Say he came back to life with a hole in his head" may be mistranscribed, to my ear it sounds like "a hole in his hand" which would rhyme better and fit the Easter imagery better.

    The "Gloria in excelsis Deo" ( translates from the latin as "Glory To God In The Highest" ) is what the angels sang when Christ was born in the new testament and has been incorporated into many hymns going back at least as far as the third century.

    Subtle and brilliant this is one of the finest lyrics I have ever read/heard.
    Breakfaston June 03, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti absolutely love this song.

    the meaning should be pretty easy to figure out..
    sheepbunon July 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm with Breakfast on this one.

    "We're listening to some old man say He came back to life with a hole in His hand" makes more sense as it's obviously a reference to Jesus. The old man makes me think that it could be a pastor.

    I also think the line "There's no Arcadia, no Alby and there's no Jerusalem here" could actually be "There's no Arcadia, no Albion, there's no Jerusalem here".
    Moni89on July 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe Easter Parade is a novel by Richard Yates. The main character is called Emmy.
    nosuchthingasghostson July 31, 2011   Link

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