"The Fizzy and the Still" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Sunday mornin', here we are
The boy's come home
Not quite the movie star

he's been in Hollywood
The boy's come home
The boy's done good

He says she asked too high a price
Neglecting to declare
What sits between them there on ice
Chilled with the fizzy and the still
He tried but didn't make it there

It's not for me
It's not for me

He says she asked too high a price
Neglecting to declare
What sits between them there on ice
Chilled with the fizzy and the still
He tried but didn't make it there

It's not for me
Not for me

Sunday papers, here we are
The boy's come home
The boy's come home


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"The Fizzy and the Still" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    Song MeaningFizzy and still are two types of water - carbonated and non-carbonated. Common terms used in the UK.

    In this song, it represents the image of posh Hollywood, where you get two types of water on ice and all your other whims catered to. Now, to go through the song:

    >Sunday mornin', here we are
    >The boy's come home
    >Not quite the movie star
    >he's been in Hollywood
    >The boy's come home
    >The boy's done good

    Son coming home to his parents' house. They are ordinary folk (from the way they speak). The son didn't quite make it as a movie star, but did fine there.

    >He says she asked too high a price
    "She" is Hollywood. Succeeding in Hollywood demanded too much of a personal cost. (The cost is not mentioned; maybe it's betraying his values and turning into a different kind of person; maybe something else)

    >Neglecting to declare
    Going to Hollywood, he had been unaware of the way things really are there.

    >What sits between them there on ice
    >Chilled with the fizzy and the still
    Before going there, he'd had ideas of Hollywood as fancy and glamorous, but no one told him what goes along with all that.

    >He tried but didn't make it there
    >It's not for me
    >It's not for me
    He tried to fit in and adapt, but couldn't (or, I think, decided he did not want to - that lifestyle, in such sharp contrast to how he grew up, "is not for me")

    >Sunday papers, here we are
    >The boy's come home
    >The boy's come home

    Everything is back to the normal, relaxed pace of life back home. The family is back together.
    Stranger2kon September 10, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is this song about? I have no idea, but would love to hear some interpretations.
    FenJazzon July 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMark's narrator seems to be Mom & Dad.

    Son's dream failed.
    "boy's done good" is an interesting line in the context: the son admitted defeat, but parents lost no respect for him.

    For my ears, the rest of the details in the song are not important. Song is about Mom & Dad's reaction.
    Birdsheadon June 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentto add to my last post: I'm not sure you'll see the parent's reaction in the lyrics so much as how they are song, and how the piece is played.
    Birdsheadon June 06, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationFizzy (sparkling) and still (non-sparkling) are the two types of bottled water. I think this is here used to symbolize a failed relationship between two very different personalities - it is implied that the girl is a Hollywood actress.

    "LA without a map" is a great movie with this theme; sometimes the prize is not worth the price.

    There is a sense of defeat in the narration, an intense and exciting lifestyle is not for everybody - yet the boy may in fact have "done good", going back to core basic values instead.

    The narration may be interpreted as a comparison of the mundane (visiting his parents) with the lost fantasy - and the grieving of this loss.
    Najrobion March 09, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationHow about this? It's a song about a newspaper story, with accompanying photo, that Knopfler was reading one Sunday morning. It was an interview with a Brit who'd gone over the Hollywood and had now come back. The storyline was that he'd done well, but Hollywood had asked too high a price of him. It wasn't for him because he wasn't cut out for a life of fame. But there's chilled bottles of still and fizzy water sitting on the table between him and the interviewer, a symbol of the perks associated with the media attention that, even if he won't admit it to the interviewer, he really does crave. So it's not that he couldn't deal with the lifestyle, as he's telling the interviewer. The real reason he's back is simply that "he tried but didn't make it there".
    kleeron February 18, 2016   Link

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