"The Speed of Things" as written by and Robin Hitchcock....
All in the terror of the moment
That pounces as it open swings
A line of dots illuminated
For I have seen the speed of things

I fed you in your chair this morning
You made a mess of everything
By afternoon, you drove a sports car
You were driving at the speed of things

You held my hand when I was crying
You were allergic to bee stings
I threw some earth onto your coffin
And thought about the speed of things

I kissed you by the clear, cold river
I felt like I was growing wings
But I grew horns and found another
Oh, a girl to share the speed of things
Oh, a girl to share the speed of things

All in the terror of the moment
That pounces as it open swings
A line of dots illuminated
For I have seen the speed of things




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"The Speed Of Things" as written by Robin Hitchcock

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    My InterpretationPerhaps Hitchcock's most heartbreakingly beautiful song.

    The title says it all, really. The three middle verses relate, in a very melancholy way, how confounding the passage of time can be.

    "I fed you in your chair this morning
    You made a mess of everything
    By afternoon, you drove a sports car
    You were driving at the speed of things"

    These lines are addressed to a child who goes from a toddler eating in a high chair to an adult driving a sports car, seemingly in one day (parents of adult children can relate to this sentiment quite well).

    "You held my hand when I was crying
    You were allergic to bee stings
    I threw some earth onto your coffin
    And thought about the speed of things"

    This verse appears to be addressed to a parent or guardian who comforted the singer as a child, but passes away unexpectedly.

    "I kissed you by the clear, cold river
    I felt like I was growing wings
    But I grew horns and found another
    Oh, a girl to share the speed of things"

    These lines have real bite: addressed to a former lover, the singer recalls the euphoria of this early love, but admits his betrayal of this relationship as he discovers someone else he wants to spend his time with.
    RogerRyanon March 29, 2013   Link

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