Solarium malaria looking for the stereo
Wanted to save being excommunicated from the area
A it’s okay.
In the city he said he cut a cord of wood,
No bigger than a thimble but still plenty good.
A it’s okay.

Cause it’s just a bump on a rash of robberies.
On account of the world economy that’s making us sick.

Go get the man who said he’s on to me,
He thinks we’re in the kitchen with our sticks.
But he don’t know that Paris is burning down,
You’d never know it in this town.
The governor’s walking around like he’s got tricks for you.

Catch as Cassius never became the killing machine,
Run him over ruff shod ‘till he bleeds army green out,
So devout to the saint that lost his seat he never seen,
Semi-automatic rosary out devout.

Cause it’s just a bump on a rash of robberies.
In a world to sad for Solomon we just sit.

I’ll watch your economy,
I’ll tell you when the police have it fixed.

Paris is burning down,
You’d never know it in this town.
The governor’s walking around like he’s got tricks for you.

So take a minute to laugh it over,
We’ll make sure it’s all true,
Just like she said behind the barn on last December eve.

Baby falls 40 feet caught by a street cleaner
Coming home from the union hall, he saw the fall.
A it’s okay.
JP Sousa found a radio, a radio
Sousa found a place to go, a radio in his head that said…

It’s just a bump on a rash of robberies,
An old sand lot anomaly that’s saving this day.
In a world too sad for sodomy
We’re just sitting in the kitchen with our stray.

But Paris is burning down
Governors are walking around
We’ll make sure that they do right by you.

So you think you might go to Beatrice
Even though the letter was never found,
Maybe it will come tomorrow noon.

She is asking her fallen saint to
Please return her straight-laced fighter
Who don’t know who she is,
He don’t know who she is.

Where are you my sweet Desmond Doss,
Have you softly gone to winter,
Here I’ve brought you your two two-dollar bills back.

But I’m not waiting for sweet Eliza.
She can have her watercolors back,
I found them on last December eve.

You look strangely quite so familiar,
The way you talk of suppertime
But I don’t know who she is,
Don’t know who she is.

And you, you bring this beloved stranger
At the foot of this pile on Gideon’s bed,
She gave me a needlepoint motorbike.

SO go and take this to sweet Eliza,
It was written and gently given to the courier
Pending arrival soon.

Could you hold me just one more older
Then I’ll go as your fallen fighter
Waiting at the door, can’t see you anymore,

Here my dear a sweet Nostrovia,
In a letter sent to December.
I will wait for you to just humble me home.


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    General Comment"In a world too sad for sodomy"

    This is a song reflecting the need for gay rights :)
    collegeguy666on October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentChad says that the song is about a lady whose been married to her husband for a long time and now she has to accept his new mental state and that he can no longer recognize her. Then she has to love him for who he is despite his dementia, so I have no clue where the hell you got the gay rights from.
    hondo928on October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is clearly about a man who has dementia, and how his wife is trying to cope witht he fact that her husban no longer recognizes her. Chad said this in an interview, and though i see the gay rights reference, the song isnt focused on it.
    Klal531on November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm not sure where Desmond Doss comes into this picture tho, nor do i understand who most of the other names are. But, for those intereseted, Desmond Doss was the first Conscientious Objector to receive the Medal of Honor for serving in the Vietnam war. He passed away in march of 06.
    Klal531on November 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentHomophobia is gay, hondo928. Recognize.
    collegeguy666on December 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs Hondo928 said the song is a slideshow through time. I'm still stumped by a couple of references (Solarium malaria doesn't come up with any connected hits on google), but the two containing Paris burning are pretty obvious: the two world wars.

    JP Sousa is a direct reference to the famous marching band composer John Philip Sousa who wrote most of the patriotic songs that Americans know (Stars and Stripes Forever, for one). Probably a reference to the start of American Cold War pride that got its start from World War II patriotism.

    "Nostrovia" is a little weird. Not sure if Chad meant for it to have a double meaning. It's a drinking toast in Russian. The mention of December makes me think it is seeing as December is a powerful month in Russian history (the Decemberist Revolution for one).
    Rovmison May 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe quick paced parts of the song are not meant to make sense, it is the old man flashing back and making things up in his head.

    He sees Paris burning, but is the old governor walking around aimlessly because it is not actually happening.He has war flashbacks JP Sousa.

    It's all intentional gibberish because thats what's going on in his head, The slow parts of the song are about the present and his wife dealing with him becoming delusional and not recognizing her.
    lld3on September 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think all the different names are just the mans inability to understand who he is and who is wife is
    "You look strangely quite so familiar,"
    "And you, you bring this beloved stranger"
    dbergeronon May 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe music video helps to understand the general meaning of the song quite well (if not the individual references): youtube.com/…
    EzraSlickon November 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commenttime.com/time/magazine/article/…

    "Baby falls forty feet caught by a street cleaner"

    Hmmm...

    Interesting. :)
    sdrawkcaBknihTon June 03, 2010   Link

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