"The Spirit of Jazz" as written by and Brian Fallon....
The cool is dead, baby
Go on and sleep
Rest your weary head and love a better me
And in the morning
We'll start over again
That's how they do it up on the screen
So me and my baby
We would dance all night
But I don't know the steps
In my baby's time
To do it like they do it
For the girls uptown
I hear they light them up like the blues
So I'm waiting, so I'm waiting
And she's waiting, and she's waiting
For us to remember

Was I good to you, the wife of my youth
No other soul could love you
Like my rotten bones do
So I will wait on the edges in between
These New York streets
Where you and I would meet

For twenty nine years
We loved that line
And I would take it easy
If I had your mind
But I'm a cannonball to a house on fire
And you're slow like Motown soul
So what man wouldn't love her
With that long black hair
If I cut you up
Maybe I came to bear
To bandage your wounds
With the salt on my tongue
And I'm the only one not here
So I'm waiting, so I'm waiting
And she's waiting, and she's waiting
For us to remember

So was I good to you, the wife of my youth
No other soul could love you
Like my rotten bones do
So I will wait on the edges in between
These New York streets
Where you and I would meet

And only I can heal your wounds
Only I can heal your wounds
When you can't go on
When you can't go on
When you can't go on
When you know, hold on

So was I good to you, the wife of my youth
No other soul could love you
Like my
So was I good to you, the wife of my youth
No other soul could love you
Like my rotten bones do
So I will wait on the edges in between
And I will wait on the edges in between
And I will wait on the edges in between
These New York streets
On all these New York streets
Where you and I would meet


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"The Spirit of Jazz" as written by Brian Fallon

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  • +4
    Song MeaningI think this is a retrospective on that relationship you had in high school, where you really thought it would work: thought you'd get married, etc. But it fell apart.
    gofuckyourselfon May 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentFantastic Song. This whole album is great, just like the 59 Sound
    Brian Fitzon May 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationHe's definitely remembering an important romance from when he was younger. He feels like he has another shot with his love and he's promising to be a better man now that he's grown a bit and holds a better grasp on life. He wants her to remember the love they had and the times they shared in NY; wants the memories of all the special moments to come rushing back and wants her to look at him with those loving eyes once again. He knows that he wasn't good for her back then, but that she loved him truly. That no matter who else she's been close to, he still holds that power over her and is the only one that can remove the pain that he inflicted. He knows that he is still close in her heart and never far in her thoughts. He's ready and waiting for her to come back and give him another chance.
    Alaryson August 14, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really hope the title is a Mighty Boosh reference haha
    benjam326on June 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMust say, I live in NY and I know owe my current love life to the GLA. This song speaks the story of my past relationship. I was dating her and well didnt work to well, a few weeks ago I decided i still liked her, now I went up to her the other night nd I asked her to date me again and i sang the song (how corny)


    Well the point of this rant was... This song speaks the truth Ok break down time:

    "The cool is dead, baby
    Go on and sleep
    Rest your weary head and love a better me
    And in the morning
    We'll start over again
    That's how they do it up on the screen"

    Our relationship died, now go an rest on it and tomorow Ill be a better man, and I hope you wil love me to, just like in the movies.

    "So me and my baby
    We would dance all night
    But I don't know the steps
    In my baby's time
    To do it like they do it
    For the girls uptown
    I heard they light them up like the blues"

    Being a teenager in new york we party alot, and well i cant dance. Also she lives uptown i live down so we always chill on her party scene

    "Was I good to you, the wife of my youth
    Not another soul could love you
    Like my rotten bones do
    So I will wait on the edges in between
    These New York streets
    Where you and I would meet"

    He is saying, was i good to you when we dated? and I love you more than anyone could. They live in Ny and that is where they hang

    "But I'm a cannonball to a house on fire
    And you're slow like Motown soul"

    I am very hectic and chaotic, meanwhile she is calm and collected

    "
    BobbyJeanon January 08, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'for twenty-nine years'
    we loved that line

    Just noticed this line, is that a reference to The National? (the song '29 Years,' and again in 'Slow Show')
    Muppet87on November 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI dont particularly like this song, but these lines always get mi...

    "But I'm a cannonball to a house on fire
    And you're slow like Motown soul"

    "So was I good to you, the wife of my youth
    No other soul could love you
    Like my rotten bones do"

    Nice, really nice...
    kallukon September 15, 2014   Link

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