"I'd Like Your Hair Long" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey, Tim Lash, Bryan St. Pere and Matt Talbott....
I'd like your hair long and laid on to the ground
You'd prefer an astronaut
Someone to relate to and someone to command
And I would be a simple man

I could hardly wait for my stars to fall in line
And synchronize and shine
A wasted string of years, and a wasted string of lies
It's still the same to me

It's a waste of a song
You're a waste of my lungs
It's a waste of a song
I'd like your face gone and in its place the sun

And I would be an astronaut
For I have come to surface to catch some light and feed
And I have everything I need
And I could hardly wait for my stars to fall in line

And synchronize and shine
A wasted string of years, and a wasted string of lies
You're still the same to me
You're a waste of a song

You're a waste of my lungs
It's a waste of a song


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"I'd Like Your Hair Long" as written by Jeffery Dimpsey Bryan St. Pere

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    General Commenti could hardly wait for my stars to fall in line
    and synchronize and shine

    i love that line a ton....
    it makes me think of not having your shit together and seeing those who do get ahead in life.
    rachiecakieson July 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHere's my interpertation of this song:

    Let's start things off by saying it really reminds me of a past relationship of mine and that's what I'm basing my interpertation off of.

    I beileve this song starts off after the break up with someone who was loved by the person singing (or someone he knows?).

    The lines:
    "i'd like your hair long and ladeled to the ground"
    Refers to how they love that person for themselves. Kinda like that saying about "letting your hair down." They love the person for who they are and wouldn't want them to change.

    The next line:
    "but you'd prefer an astronaut"
    Shows how the other person broke up with them for someone who's head is in up in space. Pretty much a total idiot who has no idea what is going on in the world.

    It continues by saying how they could relate to each other, because the person who broke up with the singer is not the brightest person either. It also states how in this new relationship the singer's ex is in the other person will do whatever they say and take "commands." (Which also could show the singer's ex was very bossy and controlling... possibly why they broke up.)

    The part about the "simple man" shows how the singer feels about themself - which is that they are pretty basic when it comes to the relationship. All they need is love and respect.

    "i could hardly wait for my stars to fall in line
    and synchronize and shine" - Reflects on how the singer really wants everything to be better for them and to be successful in their own eyes. Maybe that means to be in a good relationship.

    "a wasted string of years, and a wasted string of lies
    it's still the same to me" - Tells how the singer knows this was a waste of his time and a bad relationship,but none the less, still loves the person.

    "it's a waste of a song
    you're a waste of my lungs " - Could show how they have written many songs about the ex and tried to fix things by speaking to them, but knows this person will not go back with them.

    "i'd like your face gone and in its place the sun
    and i would be an astronaut
    for i have come to surface to catch some light and feed
    and i have everything i need"

    This part shows how the singer is in a new relationship and has become exactly what their ex was - someone with their head in the air (a snob) and someone who is an idiot (head up in space.) They think they have moved on and forgotten about the ex, but they also know taht their ex will always be apart of them. However, by this point in time they are pretending to hate the ex. They repeat the other parts to show that they secretly still feel the same as they use to, but know its a wate of thought.


    That's how I think of this song. It's very sad when you think of it.
    CynicalCreepon August 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMatt said this song was about a women he dated for 22 years and she tried to make him into someone he wasnt and how she fucked him up. The chorus "its a waste of a song" goes on to say how he wasted this song by writing it about her.
    Kyebon June 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love HUM; they’ve been my favorite band since 1994, and I still listen to their albums monthly (usually on a road trip since they’re great from start to finish).

    Back in college, I dissected “You’d Prefer an Astronaut” as term paper for an English comp class (we had to pick a piece of literature, and I argued the lyrics were poetry; the prof agreed). I no longer have the paper, but I still recall the gist of it.

    For as beautiful and ethereal as the lyrics are, the album tells a relatively simple but heartfelt story of a relationship’s inception, duration and aftermath. In short:
    Little Dipper — two “star-crossed lovers” get together despite parental disapproval

    The Pod — This relationship used to rock, but now it’s full of drug-related drama

    Stars — The girl is becoming disillusioned, feeling that she’s missed better opportunities in life because of the choice to be together; resentment builds

    The Suicide Machine — this is the man’s perspective. He feels like he’s stuck in a boring rut of the same old B.S.; drugs help him cope.

    Very Old Man — the decision is made to break up. Ironically, the climax of the story is “softly recorded”

    Why I like the Robins — After the break-up, the woman is hoping that all the guys who used to want her still will. The guy just wants to sleep around.

    I’d Like your Hair Long — He’s annoyed and conflicted because he wants her back, but not the way she was. He’s angry that she wasn’t what he expected.

    I Hate it Too — meaningless sex isn’t as awesome as it sounds; he misses her.

    Songs of Farewell and Departure — this is kinda like when a play has a narrator who leaves the audience with some final thoughts about the “moral of the story” that was just told.
    So, the last few songs are almost like the stages of grief: denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. Eventually, the guy copes and is alright.
    MattD1980on April 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentwell in short this song is me...at least what i am dealing with right now...
    Buttens...
    Buttenson August 06, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI would absolutely love to know who this song was written about!! I've got a few "bitches" in mind....
    FreezeSukkaon January 02, 2008   Link

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