"Tall Tales For Spring" as written by and Vanessa Carlton....
God rest his head Sunday afternoon
And the wicked in me is surely the wicked in you
We pray to a ghost that we never met
Time turns for a cure, from the scientists for

Madness, madness of the heart
But you knew it, you knew it from the start

And Hawking will tell us no tall tales this spring
My eyes saw the chaos that started everything
Maybe it's faith, when the sadness takes hold
Still stars through a window, will they ever know this

Madness, madness of the heart
But you knew it, you knew it from the start
There's a madness, a madness of the heart
But you knew it, you knew it from the start

Stare a sleepy smile into a sunbeam
Is this nothing more than a daydream?
Color stained glass cathedral
Confess a past that will let you go

God rest your head Sunday afternoon
And the wicked in me is surely coming through
And pray to a ghost that I've never met
Still searching for someway out of this mess

It's the heart
It's the heart

And there's madness, a madness in the stars
But you knew it, we knew it from the start


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"Tall Tales for Spring" as written by Vanessa Carlton

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    General CommentFirst of all, I am an atheist… what I don’t understand why people have to turn everything into a religious battle. I am also a writer and an English major…. I am not showing off that I am educated or that I know more than anyone. I have done explication to poetry and writing. I explicated the entire song. Yes the song does allude to God, Holy Ghost, etc. But the main point of the song is that she had her heart broken and is looking for peace at a church. PLEASE if you have negative comments keep them to yourself. Frankly I don’t give s**t! This is simply my humble option… truth be told only Vanessa Carlton can say since she wrote the song. =)

    P.S. I only wrote because I hate when people talk bad about Vanessa Carlton

    Tall Tales For Spring

    God rest his head Sunday afternoon (alluding to God resting because people are in church), and
    The wicked in me is surely the wicked in you (reflecting on sinful behavior people in general)
    We pray to a ghost that we never met (obvious no one has met God… allusion to holy ghost)
    Time turns for a cure, for the scientists for (people seek answers to life on sciences)

    Madness, madness of the heart (the weary heart… this represent LOVE)
    But you knew it, you knew it from the start (trusting on someone that u know will break your heart)

    And Hawking will tell us no tall tales this spring (hunting/looking for answers to life on tales… this could be biblical)
    Our minds hold the chaos that stared everything (our doubts are what cases chaos in relationships or faith )
    Maybe it's fate, as the sadness takes hold (broken hearted)
    Sill stars through the window, will ever know this (will she know if he was the one soul mate)

    Madness, madness of the heart (the weary heart… this represent LOVE)
    But we knew it, we knew it from the start (trusting on someone that u know will break your heart)
    Madness, a madness of the heart (the weary heart… this represent LOVE)
    But you knew it, you knew it from the start (they know relationship is doom to fail but the still take chances)

    Stare a sleepy smile into a sun beam (ray of hope for love)
    There's nothing more than a daydream ()
    Colored-stained glass cathedral (alluding to finding peace in church)
    Confess a past that won't let you go (can’t let go of past relationships)

    God rest his head Sunday afternoon (alluding to God resting because people are in church)
    And the wicked in me is surely coming through (in church sees what goes around comes around, she probably broke someone’s heart and the break hers)
    And I'll pray to a ghost that I've never met (alluding to the holy ghost)
    Still searching for some way out of this mess (searching for peace for her broken heart in faith)

    It's the heart (love)
    It's the heart (love)

    There's a madness, a madness in the stars (weary about religion if there is a heaven.. why can’t see find peace. And why did the break her heart)
    But you knew it, we knew it from the start (knows this is the end of relationship)
    opheliacgirlon March 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis may be the most elegant and sincere pro-atheism song I have ever heard. Think about it.

    "We pray to a ghost that we never met
    Time turns for a cure, from the scientists for
    Madness, madness of the heart
    But you knew it, you knew it from the start."

    She's saying the religion and faith in things we don't understand are total madness and loss of reason and people are looking to science and logic for answers. She goes on to talk about how "Hawking will tell us no tall tales this spring." In contrast to various faith that have stories to explain everything. It makes more sense if you consider that when asked about her beliefs, she talks about how she's an atheist but Stephen Hawking's work and ideas means a lot to her.

    Anyway, regardless of whether or not anyone agrees with that, that's what I see in it and I think it's a beautiful song.
    UhHuhHeron July 28, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI agree with the last comment on two things: 1. It is about the "madness" of religion and 2. It is elegant.
    However it is hard for me to listen to this song because in every line she is insulting me. It's a beautiful back handed slap.
    I love her music, I have for a long time, but it's hard to promote someone who just released a song that is basically calling you crazy.
    ilovecalciferon October 04, 2011   Link

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