"Stray Italian Greyhound" as written by and Vienna Teng....
Oh no not now
Please not now
I just settled into the glass half empty
Made myself at home
And so why now
Please not now
I just stopped believing in happy endings
Harbors of my own

But you had to come along didn't you
Tear down the doors, throw open windows
Oh if you knew just what a fool you have made me

So what do I do with this?

This stray Italian greyhound
These inconvenient fireworks
This ice-cream-covered screaming hyperactive thought
God I just want to lay down
These colors make my eyes hurt
This feeling calls for everything that I am
Not

I'm not that kind
I'm so good at shooting down any notion
This tired world could change
It's all been bought
Or at least that was my line
No use in spending all that emotion
When there's someone else to blame

But you had to come along didn't you
Rev up the crowd, rewrite the rule book
Where do I go when every 'n' turns into 'maybe'

So what do I do with this?

This sudden burst of sunlight
And me with my umbrella
Cross-indexing every weatherman's report
I was ready for the down slide
But not for spring to well up
This feeling calls for everything I can't afford
To know
Is possible now

What do I do
With a love that won;t sit still
Won't do what it's told
What do I do
With a love that won't sit still


Lyrics submitted by sheela_l, edited by TrickyTea, Typhoneus, alpacameron

"Stray Italian Greyhound" as written by Vienna Teng

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    General CommentWithout knowing it was inspired by attending one of Obama's rallies, I thought this song was about someone cynical that completely lost faith in humanity when the unthinkable happens: she falls in love! And she doesn't know what to do with this positive feeling--she doesn't understand it. I thought that was pretty funny :)

    But knowing that it was inspired by the "hope" and "change" that Obama's been talking about, I can imagine Vienna at the rally, full of screaming fans, vibrant colors, fireworks, and promises of hope. After eight difficult years in America, I think Vienna couldn't bring herself to understand the optimism, for two reasons: 1) It's been so long, and 2) If change doesn't happen, she'll be disappointed and hurt, thus her trying to convince herself otherwise. ("This feeling calls for everything that I am... not.")

    She was probably thinking, "Yeah, way to get my hopes up, Obama!" Haha.
    wing_areaon February 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is the theme song to a future heart-warming dog movie...about an Italian Greyhound named Barack. Vienna said it was about hope in hard times and mentioned Obama. Imagine a dog charming a broke college graduate and showing her the bright side of life. Dogs can do that.

    Perhaps it may be a foster child too.
    sheela_lon February 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe other comments have covered the meaning, so I've gotta say the "harbors of my own" is a nice little reference to Harbor :)
    piratebon March 09, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObama, really? Dammit, Vienna, don't you go getting all political on me.

    Just kidding. Her politics and mine are well enough aligned, and I appreciate this song even more now that I know it's not "just" an Imogen Heap-style ode to being messed up by an unanticipated romance.

    You first three commenters have said it well enough, and I agree with pirateb that this is the "Harbor" of the new album. I can't stop listening.
    raffishtenant2on April 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe thing I didn't get was the... is a Stray Italian Greyhound symbolic of something? I wiki-ed Italian Greyhounds and they are apparently known for the charm... grace... they're in paintings. But aside from that.

    I am just wondering because the greyhound was apparently noteworthy enough to be the title. Just wondering if anyone else has any insight on this.
    fluffynellyon August 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVienna, if you are reading this then you are procrastinating. Get back to your homework! :-D
    danb5on December 30, 2011   Link

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