"Radio" as written by and Vienna Teng....
It came from nowhere
On the 38 Geary
A girl with a backpack of shrapnel and wire
Through spiderweb windows
Of blood stained glass
A pagoda's shadow and a cruel sunny sky
Oh the flash then the silence
Shouldn't there be screaming praying crying
Oh anything at all
Tell me where are the sirens
Fire's getting closer but I've got to stay calm

It's just the radio darling,
Just the radio and your runaway imagination
Just the radio darling
We can turn away to another station

Outside they're handing out
Fate to the wounded
Little tags in black red yellow, and green
It's now my twenty-fifth hour
With a scalpel in hand
If I stop moving I will sleep on my feet
And the rumors are seething
Gunfire at freeway exits, bridges mid-barricades
I can feel the fog creeping
God where is the morphine, the sweet lidocaine

It's just the radio

Sing me a love song dear
What good has the news ever done me
Come on it'll never happen here, oh no
We are not some third world country
This is not some third world country

I'm sorry Mama
I held on for as long as I could
I'm sorry Papa
There was nothing more I could do

It's just the radio

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"Radio" as written by Vienna Teng


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    My InterpretationThis seems to be a "what if" scenario involving a suicide bombing in San Francisco. The verses seem to describe this horrific incident and its aftermath actually occurring, while the chorus is sort of a "la la la, I'm not listening" response from far away. The implication seems to be that tragedies like this are much easier for us to ignore when they don't happen on American soil. We can just turn off the news and act like it's just a plot twist in a favorite TV show.

    Also, this is such a minute detail, but it's interesting to me that she starts a verse with the phrase "Outside they're handing out..." in this song as well as the song "City Hall". Both songs take place in San Francisco, but the situations they describe are polar opposites. "City Hall" describes newly married gay couples eating donuts and pizza pie and celebrating their mass nuptials. "Radio" describes fate being handed out to the wounded - the triage nurse has to decide who lives and who is too far gone to save.
    murlough23on April 10, 2009   Link

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