"Love Song of the Fly" as written by and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn Kyle Vernon Hanson....
I take offer of your open window, oh
and permit myself the nearness of you
even just the scent of what you've left behind
drives me in circles of lust
oh your crumbs and your dust

I enter each room and perform for you
might you love me alone for my skill and grace
how we tease and chase
this song for you I hum in your favorite key
please render me adoringly

But sweet ribbons you vex me
when your treachery holds me fast
my adoration only led me straight into your trap
I beheld them a gift for me
never dreamed they would extinguish me
though perfumed, my wings are torn
a fallen warrior

Oh why do you despise me
Only criticize me
your wrath collides with the love that resides
in kaleidoscope eyes
you care not for my speed and bravery
you only think me base and dirty
but I love you still darling
multiplying in my eyes

I wished only to care for you
make beautiful your castaways
you see all life is bound with this grace
I regenerate hope with
every morsel on which I feed
and in return all I ask is compassion and tenderness
that's all any lover really needs

And now you know
I cherished you so
I'll perish, though
become your dust

Lyrics submitted by thriggle

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    General CommentOf course, the meaning of this song is explicit in the song's title. Like all the songs on the album "Share This Place," "Love Song of the Fly" is from the perspective of a bug (well, technically not a bug in this case, but an insect).

    But if you set aside the title--the only title on the album that explicitly mentions the type of creature the narrator inhabits--the song gets much more interesting.

    What we have here is essentially a lustful obsession. "Even just the scent of what you've left behind..." It's very reminiscent of Chrétien de Troyes’ "Lancelot (The Knight of the Cart)," in which Lancelot goes gaga over a glove dropped by the kidnapped queen. It's an unhealthy obsession.

    And if you take into consideration the trap and subsequent lines about being despised and criticized, the whole song seems almost to apply to the perpetrators caught on "To Catch A Predator."

    So, are we supposed to feel disgusted with the fly for its unhealthy obsession? Or sympathetic with the pedophiles for their unrequited love? That's probably a stretch, but it bears consideration.

    This song humanizes the fly and coaxes us into sympathy, making us at least somewhat sorry for it. Yet if the narrator were human, wouldn't we find it repulsive? And the cool irony is that we *do* find flies repulsive. Following this logic full circle puts us with a song about how flies are gross, but not in the way you might assume.

    A really great song.
    thriggleon April 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWow, Thriggle really went above and beyond in that analysis. But I think the fly is meant to be a much more sympathetic character than you gave it credit for. After all, the fly doesn't do anything wrong in the whole song- on the contrary, it's given traits like bravery and selflessness that not even the human is given. I think it's more meant to be an analogy for unrequited love- after all, the fly loves the human but the human rejects and tries to extinguish every advance, even actively hating and trying to kill the thing that loves it. The ending really seals the deal- the fly even accepts being killed if it benefits the object of its affections.
    Appers66on August 27, 2008   Link

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