Ok fine, even the sky looks like wine,
And everywhere I turn there,
a new face in time, stuck inside the well
fresh hands to attend to
Blue Flower, Blue Flame,
A woman by another name is not a woman
Don't know why, don't know when
a cathedral sick of the sky again, says to it;
"Please not now, will you just look at the time, it's standing still! Somewhere applause falls dead on the hillside"
Blue Flower Blue Flame,
a woman by another name is not a woman, Ill tell you what I mean by that, maybe not in seconds flat, maybe not today...
Blue Flower Blue Flame,
a woman by another name is not a woman, Ill tell you what I mean by that, maybe not in seconds flat, maybe never

a gray ashen sadness rises like the sun, oh well, It was time I decided to try this hotel, her world..
Tulip has an inner animal, shes' in it for a good time,
I was on the outs for awhile but now things are alright,
I gave you a flower because foxes travel light,
And a penny for your thoughts was,
never enough,
your head gets filled with that stuff. Your head gets filled with that stuff....













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    General CommentI'm grasping at straws here, just like with every other Destroyer song, but, I would assume that this song from the upcoming LP Trouble In Dreams is speaking of marital infidelity. Basically his wife is the "Blue Flower" and the woman he had the affair with is the Blue Flame", i.e. short term. Perhaps following that theme we could assume that the recurring line "a woman by another name is not a woman" is a statement to his wife that the affair meant nothing, that she is the only woman who means anything to him. Or maybe the first verse is leading up to the actual sex and the second; starting with the lines; "a gray ashen sadness rises like the sun, oh well, It was time I decided to try this hotel, her world.." the gray ashen sadness could be the guilt that he's feeling, but rationalizes this with the fatalist view of "oh well, it was gonna happen anyway". And finally, still following this idea, we could also assume that the speaker finally settles on staying with his wife, and ending the "Blue Flame" But then again, its pretty much impossible to figure out what Dan means..
    The_Marble_Faunon January 22, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOr maybe a reference to Hello Blue Roses? Blue flower; the band, blue flame; Dan's apparent girlfriend/bandmate Sydney Vermont?
    The_Marble_Faunon February 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat's in a name? A [blue?] rose by any other name would [not?] smell as sweet... I think he's really exploring the romance of his relationship there, what with the Romeo & Juliet paraphrase and all. Alot of Trouble In Dreams (on only my second listen as i write this) seems to have a recurring theme of years wearing on and monogamy, and how they relate to one another. As well, this song seems to me expressive of European (blues?) imagery, and if i'm not mistaken, Hello Blue Roses began during an extended stay in Spain.

    An unrelated point of interest is that the last part is in another song, 'You Gotta Wonder, Snowy', wacky! Bejar's a fucking riddle wrapped in an enigma surrounded by a labyrinth that we'll never get to the centre of, man.
    Renaissance Danon March 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFirst he mentions 'sky' as something old like wine, yet lustrious and able to spill your guts with, but everything looks like wine [everywhere i turn there]
    Finally a new face, some girl stuck in a place he can pull her out of, like maybe he's been in her position before and wants to reach out to those [fresh hands to attend to]

    "Although you're similar[Blue fl. /blue fl.], no one will compare to thee."

    (see recurring theme of similar doubles) [don't know why, don't know when]=it just happened one day
    This actually reminds me of a picture I took flickr.com/photos/blublub/4000427974/sizes/l/in/photostream/ there it is. It's a metaphor for two things married, tired of the same old-same old.[a cathedral sick of the sky again, says to it: Please not now, will you just look at the time] = 'I'm tired of you"
    So true because his feelings are this: even his wife so perfect and endlessly adoring as the sky can become tiring in time, especially when it stops>> [it's standing still! Somewhere applause falls dead on the hillside.]

    He wants to tell his wife that it's her he truly wants, but he holds back, like she doesn't seem to care & won't listen. So he will give her another day.

    She still doesn't seem to listen to him. [I'll tell you what I mean by that] "If you don't ask about me you'll never understand me!" So in sudden rage he gives up

    [gray ashen sadness] like the end of a flame :[
    [rises like the sun ,oh well] expected like the sunrise. He doesn't remourse much, thinking it was time he tried a new affair. [Tulip has an inner animal, shes' in it for a good time] So fun and easy to be with.
    [on the outs for awhile but now things are alright] "She helped me through"
    [gave you a flower because foxes travel light] He knows his wife so well, actually tells her about his affair with a flower, quite fearlessly, thinking she doesn't care.
    [a penny for your thoughts was never enough] Of course, she did care
    [Your head gets filled with that stuff....] but did not talk about it, because she was so stuck on pretty poetries and idealistic beauties in her mind~
    Getting so caught up with their relationships fanciful chemistry she had stopped time. Going into her own endless dreaming. Wishing she had spoken up when she had the chance to tell him "I know and I'm made at you for seeing her, I love you"

    (Guessing that the original Woman is the flame(that destroys him) Tulip is the flower(that he has the ability to destroy)
    haileybananason November 16, 2010   Link

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