I got warnings from jealous friends;
Cases of borrowed clothes
And a vial of Dramamine from my mother.
And she said, "Forget what mom likes
'cause things have changed";
Taught me how to make booze at home:
call it "Old Uncle Zeke" and drink it early next week.

Now, if there's anything I've had enough of it's today.

It's nice to go nautical when choosing a doormat.
Oh so nice to go nautical when choosing a doormat:
I trust my navy nurse smile will put them on their feet again;
I know my navy nurse smile will put them on their feet again.
Save a glacier name for my daughter
For when the snow turn red when the train pulls away.
Listen to them whisper:
(She's alert, she's open-minded, she's involved)
(She's alert, she's open-minded, she's involved).

So on a warm winter night--
On a worry-free winter night
(Still a woman who enjoys feminine props, like a filmy sky crowded with filmy white clouds)
In parrot green and lemon yellow--
Appeared champagne's daughter

(Sitting in a blue lacquered chair
With wide gypsy stripes).

Now, if there's anything I've had enough of it's today.

For it seems no matter whether I weekend in Nice or Newark,
As it were, I get no peace.
"So you shirk
The excursion and watch them remove
from the hold
This year's champion Dwarf Marigold?"

But as there's no snakeroot anywhere on the vessel,
Or at any of the scheduled landings,
And certainly no leopard flower--
At least he's a first-class gold brick.

(She's alert, she's open-minded, she's involved)
(She's alert, she's open-minded, she's involved).

Took the velvet-caped me (let me tell you) from the golden slope.
Riding the golden gulf weave,
Park this Florida houseboat
On the rocky coast so I can see.
Sit side by side beside myself me.
On a ninety inch sofa and matching loveseat,
Listen to them whisper:

If there's anything I've had enough of it's tonight.


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Navy Nurse song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is so awesome! It truly encompasses the FF's entire career, highlighting everything great about it: Blueberry Boat's fractured globe-trotting tragicomedy, Gallowsbird's mundane insanity, Bitter Tea's art-rock quasi-techno, even Choir's detailed, exaggerated story-telling. Plus a new hard-rocking edge of its own! I no longer worry that the Fiery Furnaces will run out of ideas; I just wonder how anyone else will be able to keep up.
    TearsforAffairson November 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song!
    theTyranton September 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw them live, Eleanor rounded the "o" from "this years champion dwarf MarigOld" just like in the studio album. it is SO unbelievably seductive. lol
    reverbtankedon December 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI read in an interview that a lot of Widow City's lyrics were taken directly from images and articles they had seen in 70's magazine. Which is why a lot of the album doesn't make sense since it's sort of a collage of sorts.
    I think this song really incoporates a lot of that. Nautical doormats, champion marigolds, could all be 70's imagery
    getsiton November 23, 2009   Link

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