Homespun and well brought up
Glassy-eyed and primed for the rough

You were the one I loved
You were the one I loved and adored
And I can't go wrong,
I won't be lost, I won't be labeled
I can't go wrong,
I won't be lost, I won't be labeled

I know you don't mind
I know you don't mind
I will not be labeled

I know you don't mind
I know you don't mind
I will not be labeled

A shy one you always were
Eccentric with a twinge of fur

But you were the one I loved
You were the one I loved and adored
And I can't go wrong,
I won't be lost, I won't be labeled
I can't go wrong,
I won't be lost, I won't be labeled

I know you don't mind
I know you don't mind
I will not be labeled

I know you don't mind
I know you don't mind
I will not be labeled

And it's you helpin' my fever go down
Lost

But I'm a man o' steel no more
A man o' steel no more
On the Oregon shores,
Brought to my core
A man o' steel no more


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    My InterpretationI absolutely love this song. My favorite of the new album.

    It's all about the last verse. I mean, clearly she's lost a love, and is in that state where she doesn't yet understand it, hasn't yet let go of it, doesn't want to call it or label anything, doesn't want to be wrong. But there it is. The Wrong.

    And God, what does that do to a person? Where do you go when you feel so wrong about part of your life and have to turn around and walk away?

    "But I'm a man o' steel no more
    A man o' steel no more
    On the Oregon shores,
    Brought to my core
    A man o' steel no more."

    That's it. You are brought to your core. And, I think, one has to recognize some value in that. Then, go on. Rebuild.

    But God almighty, the crescendo to that verse - "But I'm a man o' steel no more" - quite possibly the greatest musical moment of my entire year, if not this whole decade. I kid you not. Made me cry the first time I heard it.

    Which means she got the feeling exactly right. Amazing. Just amazing.
    triswebon November 26, 2008   Link

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