if i walk down this hallway
tonight, it's too quiet
so i pat through the dark
and call you on the phone
push your old nummers
and let your house ring
till i wake your ghost

let him walk down your hallway
it's not this quiet
slide down your receiver
sprint across the wire
follow my number
slide into my hand

it's the blaze across your nightgown
it's the phone's ring

i think last night, you were driving circles around me
i think last night, you were driving circles around me
i think last night, you were driving circles around me
i think last night, you were driving circles around me

i can't drink this coffee
till i put you in my closet
let him shoot me down
and let him call me off
take it from his whisper
you're not that tough

it's the blaze across your nightgown
it's the phone's ring

i think last night, you were driving circles around me
(repeats till end)


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    My InterpretationI have to agree with everything that lozte said- it sees to make sense that Greg is singing about calling an ex-lover to confront her about their past relationship (to "put her in his closet") so thathe is able to "drink his coffee", aka move on, but instead a new boyfriend answers the phone and that's where we get the "let him shoot me down/ and let him call me off".

    But from the next lines ("take it from his whisper/ you're not that tough") it means that the new boyfriend is whispering harshly at him but still whispering for fear that she might crack in her resolve (her toughness to stay away from Greg) and dump this new boyfriend.

    Now! To address this line: "it's the blaze across your nightgown/ it's the phone's ring"
    I believe that the "blaze" is the passion that Greg and she shared (this assumption only comes with the mention of the word "nightgown"). From this, Greg's refering to their passion as his calling her, aka he still has feelings for her (but because of the closet line, I'm still assuming that he just wants to make things clear before he even thinks of moving on).

    The driving on circles bit could be literal (which I highly doubt) but most likely it's refering to the fact that she was on his mind all night, driving continuous circles of uncertainty in his mind as he thinks the situation over and over again.

    That's what I think, anyway!:)
    alshmeeon September 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song. Its one of those songs that can just make you cry in an instant. I dont know what the song is about. But in my point of view, it reminds me of someone who is thinking of a loved one who has pass. And they cant get over them. Im sure i might be wrong but for some reason everytime i hear this song it remind me of death and love.
    arod621on December 10, 2009   Link
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    Song Meaningthe refrences to "him"/ "he" come from the fact tht this was originally written and sung by a girl Kristin Hersh in the 90s hope tht helps clairfy any confusion
    abbylee17on May 21, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwhat is a "blaze across your nightgown"? i love that part of the song but i don't get it. does he mean an actual flame?
    audcaton October 21, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song, its haunting
    can anyone recommend any other songs like this
    katzophranicon November 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was used at the end the Dollhouse episode "A Love Supreme". Two characters were struggling with the loss and the remnants of their loved ones. So arod, your description isn't off at all. Certainly a common interpretation.
    And I agree - it's one of those songs that just draws out the tears and doesn't stop.
    SazzyBon December 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAfter listening to this song on repeat for a few days, and falling in absolute LOVE with the lyrics and melody, I personally draw my own conclusion as to what it means. I think it's about someone calling someone who is now with another person. The person their with, answering the phone, and going off on the guy. I believe he was calling for closure, "I can't drink this coffee, till I put you in my closet" and doesn't want to hang up without that "Let him shoot me down, and let him call me off," the lover obviously not being civil about it. Anyway, that's just my interpretation. Beautiful song despite what you get out of it.
    lozteon January 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentCorrection: I meant to say "Someone calling an ex-lover who is now with another person." Realized it sounded far too redundant. Sorry about that!
    lozteon January 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOkay, so here's my interpretation:

    if i walk down this hallway
    tonight, it's too quiet
    so i pat through the dark
    and call you on the phone
    push your old nummers
    and let your house ring
    till i wake your ghost

    It's him walking through his house, he tries to walk softly because he doesn't want to break the silence that's been left since he lost his lover. He calls the girl's house, knowing she won't pick up because she's gone, so that's why he would be letting the "house ring till I wake your ghost."

    let him walk down your hallway
    it's not this quiet
    slide down your receiver
    sprint across the wire
    follow my number
    slide into my hand

    I think this means the actual spirit, he wants to feel her with him through the phone. I don't know why he refers to it as a "he" though, so I could be wrong. But "sprint across the wire, follow my number, slide into my hand," sounds like my meaning.

    it's the blaze across your nightgown
    it's the phone's ring

    Maybe as he's listening to the phone ring, he's watching a candle's flames reflect on a nightgown she had left at his house. This is a really beautiful image I think.

    i can't drink this coffee
    till i put you in my closet
    let him shoot me down
    and let him call me off
    take it from his whisper
    you're not that tough

    This is close to what lozte said, he's calling for closure, to hear her voice one last time even though he knows he can't. I think "him" is either a relative of the dead girl that didn't like the singer, or her husband that she was cheating on with him.
    Aquarius121on February 07, 2010   Link
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    General Commenthe's walking around inside his house feeling how lonely he is, the house that once was full of life with his ex girlfriend and now it's just quiet and dark.

    he decides to call her old number before she's moved in with him, her house's number.. he knows very well who is going to pick up the phone and that's why he keeps the phone ringing until it's picked up by "her ghost", which is in my opinion her new boyfriend .. not HER spirit.

    the new boyfriend or the ghost wakes up and walkes down the hallway that is nothing like the singer's hallway, since the girl lives there so he enjoys what the singer misses.

    he takes the phone away from the room in a hurry, and answrs him..

    "it's the blaze across your nightgown
    it's the phone's ring"

    'i am not over you, i drive around your house at night and my car's flash blazes across your nightgown, the ghost sees it and he knows i'm not over you ... i ring at your house and he also knows it .. but do you?'- the singer keeps thinking

    he can't help but to do what he's doing, he's still in love and he can't believe that she's now with someone else, but he want to move on so bad, so he tries to get it over with and call her to talk to her in person.

    but instead, the ghost answers and whispers harshly "GET AWAY FROM HER, SHE'S MINE AND SHE'S HAPPY"

    but again, why would he whisper if she was his, and happy?
    the singer realizes it's because he's still on her mind, and the new boyfriend is trying too hard not to let her know he's calling fearing the fact that she might want to go back to him.

    why all this?

    because he thinks last night, she was driving circles around him.
    she was on his mind ... taking over his thoughts ...
    he can't do anything so much as drinking his coffee before he has made peace about this with himself.
    shaYmaon July 28, 2011   Link

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