"Waves of Rye" as written by Daniel Raphael Rossen and Fred Hurley Nicolaus....
Ghastly protector
Save me from this waste
He's mouthing off like a bastard
Drowning the waves of rye

Spinnin' round the ballroom floor
Round and round the ballroom floor
Never seen but always saught after
After, after

Ghastly protector
Save me from this waste
He shakes me up like no other
Laughing in my face
He's mouthing off like a bastard
Drowning in those waves of rye

Spinnin' round the ballroom floor
Round and round the ballroom floor
Never seen but always saught after
After, after

Heaven is a ballroom
With high celings
Filled with white balloons
And smoke machines


Lyrics submitted by kstemz, edited by PaperCookies

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    General CommentI may be completely off on this, but the way I have always interpreted this song was that we are all already living in Heaven. White balloons are the clouds in the sky. The smoke machines are what are necessary to cover up the fact that we are already in Heaven.... Life is a ballroom, and we are all dancing. --Maybe a bit obscure, but this is just how I take it....I adore this song/album, needless to say.

    James
    notthelivingon January 03, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think "never seen but always sought after" makes more sense. i think he's struggling with the idea of God; if he does exist, he is a ghastly protector, laughing in my face. Everyone is crying out to him to save them from this waste. I don't know where the waves of rye fit in though. I am not schooled in agriculture.
    freakindeakinon January 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"save me from this waves" doesn't make much grammatical sense.
    seantson October 13, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"heaven is a ballroom, with high ceilings. filled with white balloons and smoke machines."
    haleycrackedouton November 06, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthaha, sorry for the mistakes. it was loosely translated. I actually myspace messaged Fred (from DoE) and he gave me some of the lines of lyrics I couldn't seem to figure out but he said him and Daniel decided not to release the lyrics because they thought it's more interesting when people have their own interpretation of them. :)
    kstemzon November 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMaybe waves of rye has something to do with "The Catcher in the Rye". Meaning the trouble of dealing with the real cruel life. The Catcher is also sort of protector - thats how Holden understands it.
    OddHaton April 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI interpreted this as reminiscing on a drunken escapade. There's constant references to being drunk and incoherent due to those "waves of rye" - especially in the lines: "He shakes me up like no other/Laughing in my face/He's mouthing off like a bastard/Drowning in those waves of rye." It repeatedly says "save me from this waste", almost like the singer is regretting how his drinking is causing his life to slip away.
    TurnUpTheFuzzon November 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of catcher in the rye
    Lucanioon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentreminds me of catcher in the rye
    Lucanioon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSometimes I can't believe how much people read into things on this site, but at the same time it is highly amusing that the first commenters didn't realize this song is about someone being a drunkass.
    sweetadeleiiineon July 29, 2010   Link

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