"The Shrew" as written by and Zach Condon....
She wasn't ever obliged
To lift me a buckle or rise
And once her eyes covered with flies
The pain she no longer disguised
Windows that I'm terrorized in time
Never to ignite
There was once a time beside
It holds each one in light
'Til the market left dry
How long she's been by my side
But at last, the stable's retired


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"The Shrew" as written by Zach Condon

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    General CommentI don't think it's "Windows that I'm / terrorized in time," to me it sounds more like, "Windows alight / where I rest inside."
    eli.breenon January 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI don't even understand how there aren't any comments on this song yet, but I feel ever so grateful to be the first. The Shrew is one of Zach Condon's favorite works [as noted by hmi on release] and whatever reason he has is probably much more personal, but I can't help but give credit where credit is due. The horn fanfare on this track is amazing, and his vocals are so sharp and cut in at exactly the right time. As far as the meaning is concerned, I don't want it to seem convoluted, so I'll keep my thoughts simple. The shrew, by definition, is a temperamental woman. Specific events or symbols are difficult for me to pick out, but obviously they've been together a while. The stable becoming retired may be a symbol for the end of a relationship, a home, a way of life. Whatever the meaning I can't help but think of the lines from Cherbourg:

    A fall from you is a long way down, but Ive found a better way out.
    taylordcraigon February 26, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"She wasn't ever obliged"
    ryandailyon March 31, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti really don't understand much the song so if can someone please comment here of the meaning i'll really appreciatte it
    Epicuroon June 05, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationJust Amazing.
    This is the way I interpret this song. Starts assuming that it's about an old couple.

    "She wasn't ever obliged
    To lift me a buckle or rise"

    I think this part refers to the woman from the husband's perspective, she was never obliged to do this or that for me, or even rise in the morning to care for me but she did it.

    "And once her eyes covered with flies
    The pain she no longer disguised"
    This seems to express that the wife died and the husband had to see her go through pain and finally death.
    The next part is very hard for me to interpret but I assumed it might talk about memories not sure if good ones or bad ones, could be good ones that they spent together when they were able to but the husband doesn't want to remember because of the pain he is already baring.
    "Windows that I'm terrorized in time
    Never to ignite
    There was once a time beside
    It holds each one in light"

    "'Til the market left dry" I am not sure how to connect this because it could be interpreted as a relationship that runs out of love, so i will just leave it at that.

    "How long she's been by my side
    But at last, the stable's retired"
    Pretty self explanatory, how long she has been my companion but at last, she can rest.

    That's all I could think of, I would like to know your opinions.
    Tito1980on September 22, 2010   Link

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