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A taut wire, her father's evil empire
Jenna dreams of being physically able to behead herself at the dining room table

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    General Commentthis is a gorgeous little song. I can't believe no one's commented. just cause it's short don't mean it's meaningless...

    there's a tension in Jenna's family due to her father's work/empire - he's wrapped up in it? he's trying to force her into following his footsteps? - which results in those quietly disastrous dining-room scenes with which everyone in an unhappy family is familiar. Jenna wants to die rather than sit through them. it's SO succinct and so well done.

    I also thought the beheading part was kind of cool, because I originally thought he was saying that she was dreaming of being head of the table (leader in the family, taking over Daddy's business) but then it turns out to be just the opposite when you listen properly. Owen Pallett is such a brilliant writer I wouldn't be surprised if he did that on purpose
    predicateon May 17, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is a haiku style poem.

    This song will always be one of my favorites. Because it is short and sweet.

    A taut wire. - Jenna is a titerope wire acrobat for a circus.
    Her father's evil empire. i.e said Circus.
    Jenna dreams 'of beig physically able', she fell from the tightrope.
    'to be had herself at the table... she can't make it down to the table on her own.

    It is short And bitter.sweet. (tragedy)
    xenochromeon April 14, 2011   Link

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