Oh, well, well, well, well, well
Well, we're looking at the cover
We're spending all our time just staring at the magazine
Well, look who's on the cover, wasting all our time
Some pseudo fascist hero machine
Well, that's no space for a human being
That man is not a hero or saint
When somewhere in deepest America
Grown men weep at the sound of his name
So it goes

And it goes
All the girls named Gloria sing sweetly out of key
The sun rose in the west today
Accidents in the land of the free

Oh, well, well, well, well, well
Well, I grew up where they showed you the body count
In color on your dinner TV
And I've been numbed so insensitive
That all I can think about is you and me
You know, children from the best homes
They all have 'guns and butter'
They have their share of 'murder blue'
Well, it's not such a wiggy awesome good time
When the shopping mall militia point their cannons at you
So it goes

All the girls named Gloria sing sweetly out of key
The sun rose in the west today
Accidents in the land of the free
I love this world harder in my imagination
Than my conscience should allow
But, accidents do happen
Accidents will happen
Don't you dare to ask me how


Now everyone believes in
The stories about the Cadillacs
Everybody's got enough to eat
And people always keep their eyes glued to the ground
When desperate men, he's gotta cling to the streets
And I swear, "Myself, I will help them. I will be an upstanding man."
Well, when I walk by and I hear them cry
That money just sticks to my hand
What's wrong with me?

All the girls named Gloria sing sweetly out of key
The sun rose in the west today
Accidents in the land of the free
I love this world harder in my imagination
Than my conscience should allow
But, accidents do happen
Accidents will happen
Don't you dare to ask me how
On and on it goes
All the girls named Gloria sing sweetly out of key
The sun rose in the west today
Accidents in the land of the free


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Accidentally 4th Street (Gloria) song meanings
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    General Commentfirst, the lyrics offer no clue what "4th Street" in the title signifies. therefore my guess, below, is preliminary and subject to change in the event the 4th Street reference ever becomes clear.

    the song criticises aspects of modern America: the first verse condemns celebrity worship. the second condemns violence on TV and commercialism. The third condemns the myth of America as an affluent nation of Cadillacs and a chicken in every pot, juxtaposed with the reality of widespread domestic poverty, and hypocritical lip-service to altruistic values masking a culture of greed and egocentrism, of which much denial prevails.

    "All the girls named Gloria" is a sarcastic term for angels
    "sing sweetly out of key" heavenly praises sung of America, however sweet, ring false, out of tune and out of touch
    "sun rose in the west today" could mean that everything we think is true is false/opposite (the sun should rise in the east).
    "...accidents in the land of the free" pulling this out of an unnamed orifice here, but this could be mean that individual "success" stories in America are nothing more than accidents, that success comes in spite of, not because of, the way things are. or it be meant sarcastically, that success-story "accidents" are not accidents at all and that individual success in America occurs only after climbing upon the backs of others.

    "accidents do/will happen.... don't you dare ask me how" the narrator is ashamed of his/her own success, either calling it an accident literally, or suggesting sarcastically that it occurred not as an accident but at the expense of others.

    "4th Street" may refer to a place where an accident occurred that inspired the song, but I can't fathom how an accident might have inspired this criticism of American culture/economy/society.

    mliem411on July 01, 2011   Link

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