"St. Apollonia" as written by and Zach / Condon....
All these saints that I move without
I lose without in vain
All these saints, they move without
They moved without again
Well, all these places will lose without
They lose without a name

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"St. Apollonia" as written by Zach Condon

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    General CommentSt. Apollonia was the patron of toothache, because her teeth were pulled out before she was burnt for not denouncing Christ.

    Well, if you ask me, St. Apollonia was not a very significant saint. So the point here may be the insignificant things in life we don't even realize around us.

    "I move without, I lose without a name"

    something too insignificant, that one can live his/her life without, and die without knowing about it

    and it applies to the rest of the song. But I think the beauty of the insignificant things/people/places are also underlined in the song. Although they are insignificant, the repeated use of "without" reflects a feeling of something missing in the singer's life, thus a disappointment. Maybe it's just me, but the song gives me a feeling that the singer is also yearning to see/meet these things/places/people; and to fill in that gap.
    helendon November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song from the album. I think it's about growing up and realizing that nothing is permanent and that every person you pass or building you enter will one day be in ruins.
    d15k0zachon December 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song simply says: there are people we meet, get to know, think they are good, then we move on, and drift apart. beautiful.
    heb1039on May 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentApollonia is a character in The Godfather by Mario Puzo. She is the bride of Michael Chorelone, but is untimely killed by a set up gone wrong. Michael was madly in love with her and had the "thunderbolt", an Itallian expression for being madly in love upon first sight. Michael has to leave Sicily and the burrial place of his beloved wife. This song kind of reminds me of that but it could be totally wrong.
    zmaster1024on May 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I believe he's saying that people who think they're beautiful and wonderful today, will be lost tomorrow. For some reason the building makes me think of churches, but that could just be because he calls the people "saints."
    ShawneeChildon July 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI find all the points made here about possible interpretations really intriguing, guys. Nice one!

    As much as I love Flying Club Cup, this song always makes me smile in recognition, because I think it's Beirut's take on Portuguese Fado! Besides the musical similarities, Zach mentioned in the Grauniad that Fado was one of the influences for this album... and the song's called St. Apollonia, same as Lisbon's old, romantic train station!
    lilithinlondonon August 22, 2008   Link

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