"Juno" as written by and Wright Monks....
I got a place in the Arctic Circle
I've got a place that I painted white
I've got a home in the salty ocean
So right, so right

All of the lions in your bedroom
All of the tigers we ignored
Pulling the wool down over your eyes
Yes sir, yes sir

You and your soapy eyes
Called it off so late at night
But your hand's on your heart
'Cause your head's always right

You and your soapy eyes
Called it off so late at night
But your hand's on your heart
'Cause your head's always right

I'm gonna go back for the science
I'm gonna stay for the decimals
No one will laugh or know the difference
Same old, same old

Fine, you were right
This wound needs ice
Fine, you were right
This wound needs ice

You and your soapy eyes
Called it off so late at night
But your hand's on your heart
'Cause your head's always right

You and your soapy eyes
Called it off so late at night
But your hand's on your heart
'Cause your head's always right
Juno, you're tired, Juno, you're tired



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"Juno" as written by Graham Fraser Wright David Thomas Monks

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    General CommentThe song title "Juno", could depict a context to the Roman mythology: the queen of the gods "Juno", full name "Juno Moneta" (Greek equivalent Hera), literally translates to "She who warns", an appropriate name for the song subject, who is hesitant and guarded of her feelings, but believes her emotions to match with her logic.

    Juno was head queen of the gods, wife to Jupiter (or Zeus, the Greek equivalent). Ironically enough, her husband was constantly cheating and having affairs with other goddesses, nymphs, and human women, all of which Juno was fully aware of. In all instances however, she chose to either overlook such affairs or punish the lesser beings her husband mated with rather than Jupiter himself.

    Juno was a goddess of marriage, birth, and the empire's finances. The duality of creating such a practical/logical and impersonal approach to a relationship stemming from emotions was one the Romans lived by. For them, everything was double sided; logic and emotional abandon had to keep each other in check, order had to arise from chaos, and even with the physical rotation of seasons, even winter and spring had to trade off. As the goddess of marriage, finances, and queen of the gods, The Romans practiced symbolizing the union of logic (knowing your partner and making a sound decision to commit to them) and emotions (the unbridled love and joy one feels around that person that affects their decision to commit) through marriage ceremonies in spring (the month of June, after its namesake).

    Interpreting the context of the title lead me to form my own theory on the verses, imagining a conversation a boy has with his girlfriend about the ending of their relationship. The girl appears very logical and reserved, however not inattentive to her emotions, just more trying to withdraw within her own logic/rationale after being emotionally wounded. The boy, I pictured to be more aggressive due to his own emotional wounds, is at the same time logical, but only in the sense that he is able to point out "Juno's" flaws and logical inconsistency:

    I got a place in the Arctic Circle
    I've got a place that I painted white
    I've got a home in the salty ocean
    So right, so right

    (The contrasting symbolism of a cold place constantly in fluctuation between dark and light. The arctic circle is noted as being the polar opposite of spring/birth. It's a barren wasteland of ice, but is incredibly bright to the point of blinding intensity. The notion of "painting white" the interior of the home to me represents trying to make the insides and outsides match. The person feels cold and dark, so painting the place white shows him trying to cover his true feelings. The opposite of marriage and union, the narrator travels there alone, with no companion. The reference to "salty ocean", a metaphor for tears, also depicts a cold place, but one dark and suffocating. By having these two homes simultaneously, the boy shows a dual nature of conflicting feelings at the dying of a relationship.)

    All of the lions in your bedroom
    All of the tigers we ignored
    Pulling the wool down over your eyes
    Yes sir, yes sir

    (The reference of "lions in the bedroom" is interesting. Juno's chariot was depicted by the Romans as being drawn by two lovers she had changed into lions for their refusing to worship her after she had joined them in union. The concept of acknowledging the lions but "all of the tigers we ignored" to me represents ignoring the emotional aggressive feminine qualities, a whole half of the relationship abstraction. By the boy saying Juno "pulls the wool down over her eyes", he says she had for so long only acknowledged the practical aspect of their relationship, and ignored/suppressed her own emotions.

    You and your soapy eyes
    Called it off so late at night
    But your hand's on your heart
    Cause your head's always right

    (The "soapy eyes" comes from washing out the eyes; seeing clearly for the first time. The hand being on the heart shows that while her heart is steadied, her head and heart work together with one another to reach conclusions, not letting one overpower the other. The fact that she rationalizes her emotions leads "her head to always be right".)


    I'm gonna go back for the science
    I'm gonna stay for the decimals
    No one will laugh or know the difference
    Same old, same old

    (The need to "go back for the science" and "stay for the decimals" shows the boy's recoiling from his emotions after being hurt at her decision to leave. He disrupts his own balance between logic and emotion by searching for answers merely through empirical perspectives, needing to rationalize every detail. That "no one will laugh or know the difference", he believes will serve as more of a shield. By covering his emotions with logic, no one will assume he is hurt at all, that life will progress as it should and always had before her arrival.)

    Fine, you were right
    This wound need ice
    Fine, you were right
    This wound need ice

    (Here, he makes a revision to his previous statement, knowing that covering or trading one extreme for another will not make him appear any happier than he actually is. "Fine you were right" is his admittance to Juno/his ex that he must acknowledge his emotions and heal them=>"this wound needs ice". This leads him to trade homes from the salty ocean to the arctic circle. By still seeking solitude, but one in a brighter, albeit cold atmosphere, allows him to recover properly.)


    Juno, you're tired
    Juno, you're tired

    (This last line references to Juno, it could be goddess or girlfriend. Both were tired of making the relationship work and having a constant uneven proportion of logic and emotion outdoing each other within this particular relationship. Juno retiring to the arctic circle as well, depicts that she is also in need of solitude and healing, as well as the boy, before either can move on to start something fresh and new again.)
    KaelaInColdWateron March 06, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfavorite song on the album
    HomerunHenryon March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthahaha this songs about the most common excuse women make to not have sex. I didn't mean that chauvinistically.
    sanguinolentuson March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentawesome song. I love this LP.
    sweetblisson March 28, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah i agree sanquinolentus. great song.
    spiritedawayon April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is definately one of my favourite songs
    throaty_silveron May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is definately one of my favourite songs
    throaty_silveron May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the first verse refers to semen
    "salty ocean", "place i painted white"

    as for the rest i completely agree with sanguinolentus

    also shouldn't it be "wound needs ice"?
    NateChaion August 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's
    "I'm gonna go back for the science,
    I'm gonna stay for the decimals.
    No one will ever know the difference."
    Chainsaw Armon January 14, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLOL I highly doubt there singing about semen!!! I think its about a girl who ended a relationship (or something along those lines) based on decision made with her head, despite what her heart felt hence "your hand's on your heart cause your head's always right"
    Ever sinceon May 19, 2009   Link

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