"Centennial" as written by John Van Deusen, Robert Krueger and Eric Sturgeon....
Why is my heart so full of doubt?

So separated. Been cut clean
Immensely jaded and I don't really know what I mean
When I begin to tell you that my heart
Is being pulled at by another
You deserve to hear I all from the start
I was on my own and I was living to love you
For the first time I was home in the world of my mother
We spoke to each other and from the tone in your voice I foresaw

You and I were on our way out!

Green eyes and curly hair?
Let me tell you man she sings the body electric!
Lungs fought and gasped for air?
Let me tell you man she sings the body electric!

You are. You are. You are. You are

Gravity is pulling me towards a moon
In to deeper introspection and its clear as a northwest night
What I'll lose if I continue on down this road in to steady
Narcissism will I have the skeleton to show?
That I lived a lie deceiving my lover till the day that I die
Do I want to steal the heart of a girl who deserves a real man not a boy?

Why is my heart so full of doubt?

Truly sweet and beautiful?
Let me tell you man she sings the body electric!
She caught your eye and touched your soul?
Let me tell you man she sings the body electric now!


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    General CommentThis is truly an amazing song. The guitar work is quite extraordinary. The meaning is more difficult to get behind, at least for me. I kind of like these puzzling songs.
    The first first definitely is talking about a relationship he had that faded because his heart was "being pulled at by another" and he didn't want to tell his girlfriend and break her heart, but he knews it's the best thing he can do. She "deserves to hear it all from the start."
    He goes on to talk about the circumstances surrounding his new-found love. "I was on my own, I was living to love you. For the first time I was home in the world of my mother, we spoke to eachother, from the tone in your voice I foresaw. You and I were on our way out!" So just in talking to her he realizes that the relationship is fading.
    Now, in the song "We Sing in Time" he uses the words "Sing the Body Electric" in the context of Ray Bradbury's sense, that is, the body itself is becoming machinized because of modernization. But I wonder if he's using them here ini the original Walt Whitman sense? the poem "I Sing the Body Electric" by Walt Whitman was written before electricity was discovered. It simply meant "I sing of the body in rapid action" the poem speaks of the body under physical strain. If so, this speaks of the beauty of the body in a similar sense.
    My favorite part is the second verse. The greek story of Narcissus tells how he fell in love with himself by a lake and stayed there till he died. Afterward his skeleton becomes a flower. "Will I have the skeleton to show that I lived a lie decieving my lover to the day that I die?"
    Incredible!
    RavenGripon September 18, 2009   Link

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