"The Party" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
Honey, the party, you went away quickly
But oh, that's the trouble with ticking and tocking
I lick the ice cubes from your empty glass
Oh, we've stayed much too late
'til they're cleaning the ashtrays

Do you have change or a button or cash?
Oh, my pockets hang out like two surrender flags
Oh, but I'd pay anything to keep my conscience clean
Keeping my eye on the exits, I'm steady now

How did we get here?
With creaks in these chairs
Oh there aren't enough hands to point all the fingers

But I sit transfixed by a hole in your t-shirt
Oh I've said much too much and they're trying to sweep up

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"The Party" as written by Anne Erin Clark


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  • +3
    General CommentI think it's "keeping my eye on the exit sign(s) steady now..."
    charlottewrobotson June 15, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSo far, these are my favourite lyrics on the album. "But oh, that's the trouble with ticking and talking"
    leahperon April 09, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"...sweep up"
    leahperon April 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this song is about an affair:
    "Oh, but I'd pay anything to keep my conscience clean
    Keeping my eye on the exits, I'm steady now"

    The way she describes in detail her surroundings like "creaks in these chairs" and "hole in your t-shirt" shows that she's being very careful and observant of this new person she is with.

    Absolutely love this song! Her tone and timing are perfect in every second of the track.
    chachachaseyon February 23, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretationi feel like this is the moment when you meet someone at a party and you're kind of hoping to hook up - you're talking and suddenly the time flies - you're so ready to surrender yourself to this person but something is still keeping you from giving in until suddenly the party's over, have you lost your chance? what do you do now? find someplace new to go or part ways?
    focusedon June 17, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt is such a hot, romantic song. To me it is what happens to Cinderella when she ignores the midnight curfew. The prince is into her anyway, regardless of class standing or money in her pockets. So they just stay and close the ball down. All the other suitors she that they have no chance and leave. I especially love when the song switches to a waltz tempo and you can almost see the glitter ball and the confetti...and streamers and what not. It's just such a great start to a relationship. The imagery of her turned out pockets and hopefully acceptance by the prince....Ou la la...it would be hotter still if this were about David Byrne. They are so good on stage together.
    Splerbon October 26, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"But I sit transfixed by a hole in your t-shirt
    I said much too much in the trying to speak up."

    I love that kind of detail, it's almost overly sentimental. And the pace of that couplet is just perfect.
    glennisraelisrealon April 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe opening line is just:

    Honey, the party went away quickly

    She hangs on the second syllable in "party", rather than saying "you". She slurs many of the words together ... like she was the last one to leave a party. Brilliant.

    satchelackon July 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAll of this song, to me, reminds me of what anxiety is like, especially when you're thrown into a social situation. The slow, slurred delivery seems like her trying to spit out her scattered thoughts as well as she can, and the feeling of sitting "transfixed by a hole in your t-shirt Oh I've said much too much and they're trying to sweep up" just seems to emulate that lack of confidence from doing little mistakes. Maybe I'm just crazy haha.
    Nirgeon March 07, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPretty sure it's "Oh, we stayed much too late", "I'd pay anything"... and also "I've said much too much and they're trying to speak up"?
    leahperon April 17, 2009   Link

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