We were married in the mirrored hall
When I was sixteen
You spoke the words,
"I love girls in white leather jackets"
That was good enough for love
It was good enough for me

I listened in
When you thought you were alone
Calling the sphinx
On a tornado's phone
Who knows what you meant
I only heard what I wanted

You said I was your blue, blue baby
And you were right
You said I was your blue, blue baby
And you were right

Wandered the halls of the nighttime
My body burned
My legs ached
But you never came to bed
You just left me there awake
You kept me wanting, wanting, wanting
Like the wanting in the movies and the hymns
I want the pharaohs
But there's only men

I want the pharaohs
But there's only men

You said I was your blue, blue baby
And you were right
You said I was your blue, blue baby
And you were right

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  • +2
    My OpinionI'm a male and I don't think those are unrealistic female expectations.
    gabederoseon March 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt's obviously written from a naive point of view. The storyteller was married or had at least been tied to the guy from when she was 16, she really was just a baby. She fell for the moment and what she imagined love to be. As time goes she realizes this guy doesn't live up to the ideal but she still holds onto it.

    I love the lines "Who knows what you meant, I only heard what I wanted" Regardless of age or experience i think everyone has gone through that, probably more than once.
    Pleiades_on March 27, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI saw her live and she made the comment that song was about "imaginary boyfriends."
    nefresh85on September 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfirst let me just say this woman is UNREAL live. i cant not even begin to describe to you. anyways i just got back from her show in vancouver tonight & she opened for this song like so "so this next song is about my first ever real boyfriend... & i totally made it up haha .. aww he was a handsome devil" or something along thoes lines of it being all in her head & or he had no clue or something liek that.. so there you have it kinda out of her own mouth. anyways amazing song. one of my favorites. cant get over the perfect lyrics

    p.s. if you have a chance SEE HER LIVE
    wordlesson June 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite song off of the middle cyclone cd. I love the intro. Neko Case is wonderful all around.
    Ladypiloton June 12, 2009   Link
  • -4
    General Comment
    "I want the pharaohs
    But there's only men"

    How unrealistic have female expectations of men grown in this society? Here's a possible answer.
    BelialCaron March 08, 2009   Link

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