Oh, Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same to the world

Oh, Valerie Plame
So they made a wreck of you
Give me the rest of you and I'll give the world

But you were just some silly girl
Taking in the sights of your empire's colony
So I took you into my confidence
Without a thought of consequence
To my heart or to my mind

But Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same to the world

La da da da
La da da da
La da da da da da, da da da da

Oh, Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same plume on high

Dear Valerie Plame
I live for that long exchange
Outside of the bureau de change in Shanghai

But I was just some stupid boy on a bus
When your nom de guerre was code-name Caroline
So my vespa became your chariot
From the green zone Marriott
To be etched upon my mind

But Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same to to the world

And when they flashed your picture across the screen
How my heart seemed to leap out of me
And they attached a list of your identities
But the one you'll always be

To me

Is Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same to the world

Valerie Plame
If that really is your name
I would just shout the same to the world

La da da da da da da
Hey, hey, Valerie Plame


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  • +1
    General CommentGreat addition to the excellent Decemberists catalog. I think its funny what Colin Meloy said about this song, that he was watching the news and a bit came out about the CIA exposing Valerie Plame, and he just thought hey thats a great name to put in a song! And he does it and its bloody genius.
    ILOVEokkervilriveron December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentParts of this song remind me so much of Bagman's Gambit. I think it's about a guy who falls hard for a woman that turns out to be a spy. Even though she just uses him, he's still so smitten that no matter what she really is, he'll always remember her as Valerie Plame, the girl he fell in love with.
    2marinerssurviveon December 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentshouldn't it be "code-name" instead of "code-named"?
    uubeatleon October 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry guys, if anything's wrong feel free to make corrections cause I wrote this from a live version. Decided not to listen to the real tracks before they're released...
    hugmecolinon October 08, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentna na na na na na na
    na na na na
    Hey Jude

    ...well, that's the first thing that came into my mind when I heard this.
    emmyem24on December 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell see the thing is, what happened is, the vice president of the united states, mr.cheney
    got mad at Valerie's husband because he said there is no yellow cake uranium in Nigeria, something like that, which messed up plans for flim flamming the country into going to war on Iraq. So what this very
    loathsome old man did, he blew the cover of the guy's wife, who was an undercover cia agent named Valerie Plame. That's why I came her, cause i could not quite get what the song is saying.

    So if it's true the guy thought it was a good name to put in a song, well, that's kind of a problem.
    Because what we have here is the vice president of the u.s. committed treason, for which he would have faced a firing squad not that long ago. And probably should have anyway- not just for this but many other things too.

    The other thing though is it hurt Valerie very bad- really ended her career in fact.
    While cheney gets off, allowing this guy scooter to take the fall for him.

    I like the song too. It's just i'd like it more if it did not seem to be mocking the real Valerie,
    which makes it sound kinda mean. I hope cheney don't hear it- he'd just laugh at poor Valerie again

    You all can watch many youtubes of her testifying to a congressional committee, and talikg to reporters and stuff.
    gritonaon August 20, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDick Cheney is a bad man, we get it gritona.
    But The Decemberists aren't The Rx Bandits or Anti-Flag, they aren't going to write songs to call out political officials.
    I personally think it's a neat song and I like that the idea came from something as commonplace as watching t.v. and hearing an interesting name.
    rebelmidgeton November 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the tone of this song is more empathetic towards Valerie Plame rather than mocking. It's sung from the point of view of someone who saw her picture on TV, found her story fascinating and tragic, and becomes so smitten he imagines hanging out with her during some of her exploits.

    A great tune musically as well. All of the Decemberists get involved and it builds and builds until it all drops out for the vox-only, Beatles-nodding ending.
    tomautoon February 19, 2010   Link
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    My Interpretation"But I was just some stupid boy on a bus
    When your nom de guerre was code-name Caroline
    So my vespa became your chariot
    From the green zone Marriott
    To be etched upon my mind"

    "And when they flashed your picture across the screen
    How my heart seemed to leap out of me
    And they attached a list of your identities
    But the one you'll always be

    To me

    Is Valerie Plame"

    Seems to me be fairly easy to understand. He met a girl, fell in love with her. She disappears. When Plame gets exposed by Cheney they show her on TV and the guy sees it.

    Just my interpretation.
    seulenstein0on June 21, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentInteresting song, very high quality considering it is a B side. It is the Decemberists though and half of my favourite songs of theres are B sides.

    Kind of like a Bagman's Gambit lite which is all good in my books. I just hope that the new album isn't all new songs, there need to be a few historic pieces.
    viginti_treson October 05, 2008   Link

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