Chestnut park on a Saturday night
Mystical boys feeling all right
Raggedy wisdom falls from my hand
As the ladies of Cambridge know who I am

I've had dreams of Boston all of my life
Chinatown between the sound of the night
But if you leave I just don't think I could take it
Take it
Take it
Take it

Graveyard freaks we're falling in style
Lady's the pharaoh, Charles is the Nile
That's a museum, that's a cool place
Stones of your fathers standing today

I've had dreams of Boston all of my life
Chinatown between the sound of the night
But if you leave I just don't think I could take it
Take it
Take it
Take it

I've had dreams of Boston all of my life
Chinatown between the sound of the night

Because when you left my room
To go to the kitchen
I imagined that you were dead
A morbid streak runs through
The whole of my family
But for you I could put it to rest

But if you leave I just don't think I could take it
Take it
Take it
Take it


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Boston (Ladies of Cambridge) song meanings
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  • +1
    Song Meaning"Ladies of Cambridge" is a reference to women at Harvard. Harvard is located in Cambridge and Chestnut Park is a short walk from campus. "Raggedy wisdom falls from my hand", once again, a reference to intellect, fitting into the entire Harvard theme. Makes sense, especially because the song is titled Boston.
    Rromanon February 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRroman is 100 percent correct. artistikfreedom, yeah the Fung Wah bus truly does exist in Chinatown but I don't see anything in the song that alludes to that or to NYC in any way.
    JimmieNeverDieson April 16, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThey went to Columbia, in NYC, so they would have to take the 'Chinatown bus' (the Fung Wah bus) for trips up to Boston.

    "Ladies of Cambridge" is both a reference to the ee cummings poem and to taking trips up from NYC to meet Harvard girls.
    anonymous99on January 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGonna go out on a limb here...I think the song's about Boston
    cliffdoggon December 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've been addicted to this song recently. Hell, I like it more than it's a-side, Mansard Roof. With it's addictive melody, great beat, and cool Boston homage (I'm from the area). Go Vampire Weekend!
    treefingers505on February 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentsecond line of the second verse is definitely:

    lady's the pharaoh, Charles's the nile

    like the river.

    maybe the last line is 'stones of your fathers standin' there today', since they're talking about hanging out in a graveyard. Also, I think chestnut park is an expensive old folks home kindof place in brookline, but i don't know what that has to do with the charles or cambridge.
    deadparrot42on February 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think the incomple verse is like

    graveyard freaks we're fallin in style
    lady's the pharaoh, Charles is the nile
    thats a museum, thats a cool place
    stones of your fathers standin' today
    life_aint_chesson May 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentee cummings wrote a poem (untitled, as always). You can look it up by its first verse, which is "the Cambridge ladies who live in furnished souls". This song is more or less a reference to that poem.
    justdramaon June 16, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcos when you left my room
    to go to the kitchen
    i imagined that you were dead
    a morbid steak runs through
    the whole of my family
    but for you i could put it to rest

    the bridge/slow part gets me. i don't know how, but it relates to me, in some way.
    deathcab4awesomeon February 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe part that you said you can't make out for the life you goes something like

    Graveyard freaks we're fallin' in style
    Lady's the Pharaoh, Charles is the Nile
    That's a museum, that's a cool place
    Stones of your fathers standin' today
    JimmieNeverDieson June 08, 2009   Link

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