"On A Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago" as written by Adam Duritz and Charles Gillingham....
A picture of Amsterdam
Bare trees under glass
Framed in the afternoon light
Of a winter long past
When I was a raiser
To Dublin I'd roam
She was a bareback rider
Some miles from home
Come back to me
She's a carnival driver
Hung in the sky
Cutting through time like a memory
Strung on a wire
The color of anything
Fades in the air
But she is the film of a book of the story
Of the smell of her hair
Come back to me
When every thing's over
And every thing's clear
When everyone's older
And no one is here
I try to remember
A girl on a wire
Tumbling and diving above Stephen's Green
Like a kite on the air
Come back to me


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"On a Tuesday in Amsterdam Long Ago" as written by Charles Gillingham Adam Duritz

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    General CommentSuch a beautiful song. I'm a fan of Raining in Baltimore, and when I first heard this I fell in love with it.

    It's a pretty simple song... I think when he has nobody to focus on he goes back to thinking and wanting to the same person.

    Very powerful at:

    When everything’s over
    And everything’s clear
    When everyone’s older
    No one is here
    I try to remember
    A girl on a wire
    Tumbling and diving above Steven’s Green
    Like a kite in the air

    Sums up the whole song I believe.
    Kutzkoon March 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts always his simplest songs that are the best. Those with just a piano and his genius.
    Comebakatzon March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis is a really great song but it makes me nervous when I listen to it. Adam sounds different in this song, almost older... can't really describe it and it makes me think how long it's been since August and Everything After.
    Stephkk1478on November 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song makes me depressed. It reminds me of Raining in Baltimore quite a lot, both are great songs.
    AudiLuvaon December 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think the meaning or meanings of this song in my opinion could be trying to remember a certain time of pure happiness and having a beautiful memory that you lost at the hands of time.. that you try to remember, and you want it to come back, & when you have nothing at least you can have your memories that mean everything to you since time ate them up.
    exitandrepeaton May 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt looks to me like this song was written about Gemma Hayes. It is very similar to Hazy, which he co-wrote with her, and when he sang it in Amsterdam in 2003 (a week after she had left the tour), he later said that he sang it there because he couldn't stop thinking about her. In that song he says:

    "Could you tell me why you're leaving
    Cause I don't know why it has to be so."

    and in this one he keeps crying out "Come back to me."

    Also, he met Gemma in Dublin, and was born in Ireland. "When I was a riser, to Dublin I'd roam. She was a bare-backed rider, some miles from home." He also mentions Steven's Greens which is a place in Ireland. So it seems that the girl in this song is related to Ireland somehow, and so it wouldn't surprise me if the song is about her. I can also mention that Adam once said that this song and Accidentally in Love was about the same girl. So, it's also possible that that song is about Gemma too. I could be wrong about all of this, but it all seems to fit. Great song anyway!
    nitro22888on November 14, 2010   Link

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