"Happiness' Border" as written by and William Toby Martin....
He was invited so he came to the wedding,
even though he hadn't seen her
for two months or three,
and there over silver cutlery and bedding
she told him that she'd never felt so happy.

He lived his life out of order,
stopped at happiness' border.
They read his crimes out aloud,
but he'll never know how
to make her so happy when there's a crowd.

Although she'd never agreed in theory
she felt, biologically, it was time.
Still, the whole rigmarole makes her uneasy,
that's why they were drinking this cask wine

She will be left lonely,
but she will be right.

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    General CommentFound this on a forgotten CD--the anti-hit list.
    My lord, I love it.

    The meaning of this song tickles me, it seems so obvious, but I can't grasp it fully. Yeah, he likes her, she gets married to someone else because she thinks she should, but feels somewhat palpitated about it.
    He doesn't feel too gall.
    But I think there must be something else to it. Hidden, you know?
    verbosityon January 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentVerbosity, I think you're half right. The speaker wishes she weren't getting married to this other person, but he knows that it's the right thing for her to do (maybe it's because he can't be with her fully due to his own circumstances). The last line really speaks to me, "she will be left lonely, but she will be right." It's getting married for the sake of it because it's "biologically time" and you've been with a person forever so it seems like the right thing to do. The speaker knows that her husband doesn't know how to make her happy when there's a crowd, and he can sense that she's lying when she says that she's so happy. I think that ties in with the song's title, "Happiness' Border"... she and this outside man were so close to happiness, but they can never truly cross the border and reach it. So the woman settles, and she's kind of like a trophy wife. Her new husband wants to parade her around, but she's so uneasy about all of it. It's not the life she wanted, but she drinks her wine and accepts it. I think also it may be a larger critique of marriage, and basically saying that people don't seem to do it for the right reasons.
    asSTARSfallxon March 23, 2011   Link

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