"Read the Blessed Pages" as written by Sarah Martin, Stuart Murdoch, Richard Colburn, Michael Cooke, Christopher Geddes, Stephen Jackson and Bob Kildea....
Love and pain and sorrow
Keep the band together

She was like my soulmate
Whispered in my ear

Love was playing music
It was all we wanted

Making plastic records
Of our history

How I knew it mattered
To a certain person
Heard the boy in London
Called out from the crowd

Said something that I could tell me 10 years later
Wishing that he still called like he called that night

Pulling songs from thin air?
Pulling songs from bridges
Smell the air in small town
Where the train line stops?

Ever will I love you?
Now your chapter's over
Ever will I love you
You were good to me

Now I'm in memory?
Is a cherished story
Moan about the present
And arrayed the past

Love is like a novel
Read the blessed pages

Did I do my best dear?
That is all you ask


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"Read the Blessed Pages" as written by Christopher Geddes Bob Kildea

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    My InterpretationI think "Now I'm in memory" is supposed to be "Now a pained memory" as in a painful memory has somehow become a cherished (and thus no longer painful) story.

    This song seems to be referring to the relationship that Stuart had with Isobel Campbell in the mid or late 90's, and there's a theory that Isobel had an affair with Aidan Moffat from the band Arab Strap when Belle and Sebastian and Arab Strap were both playing gigs in London together. That's what the song The Boy With the Arab Strap is about. Although it could have been someone else that Stuart was dating who had an affair with Aidan, not necessarily Isobel.

    But the lines

    Love and pain and sorrow
    Keep the band together

    and

    Making plastic records
    Of our history

    would suggest he's talking about Isobel.
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationYay, I just figured this part out: it's chapter

    Ever will I love you
    Now your chapter's over
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationSince the album title is "Belle and Sebastian Write About Love", I think this song is Stuart's love song to Isobel. They supposedly had a really bad breakup and eventually Isobel left the band in the middle of a tour, so everything ended on a sour note. And every time Stuart has written a breakup song in the past, like "I'm Waking Up to Us", fans always assume it's about his breakup with Isobel. But now it's around 10 years later and Stuart is writing that he's thankful for the love they once had. So with Read the Blessed Pages, he's written a tender love song instead of an angry breakup song. At least that's my take on it. This song is so beautiful it brings tears to my eyes whenever I listen to it.
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationActually, "chapter" totally makes sense, as it goes along with the "love is like a novel" metaphor. So he's saying that the women he has loved in the past have a chapter in his life (or their relationship is a chapter in his life).

    This verse is the most beautiful and romantic verse that I think Stuart has ever written:

    ever will I love you
    you were good to me

    My eyes water up every time I hear him sing that.
    Daisycow610on October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song.

    Interestingly, Stuart (answering a fan q and a on the belle and sebastian website) said that the lines "Ever will I love you/Now our chapter's over/Ever will I love you/You were good to me" were about his father. The song seems to make sense as a sort of autobiographical account of his personal and "professional" past when thought of in that context. Though I'm sure there are many layers at work here.

    As for the lyrics, I think that the line "Where the drain life starts?" might actually be "Where the train line stalls." Not sure about that, though.

    I also think that these lines:

    Now I'm in memory?
    Is a cherished story
    Known about the present
    And arrayed the past

    Might actually be:

    Now a pained memory
    is a cherished story
    moan about the present
    venerate the past

    crosswordpuzzleon October 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe last lines "Did I do my best dear? That's all you ask" really says it all, doesn't it? Sometimes you can try all you want but love comes and goes on its own accord.
    drunkenriverson November 08, 2010   Link

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