"A Sisters Social Agony" as written by Tracyanne Campbell and Kenneth John Mckeeve....
A sisters social agony

You bruise like a cherry my darling girl
Words can mean nothing to some in this world
I want you to know I thought about you last night
I cried
Play indie rock if that's what you want
Quote Mike Leigh films it will turn them all on
I heard you were going on a first date
That's great

Don't apologise
Try your best not to disguise
To get misty eyed at times is fine
Sometimes it feels like you're the only one
A freckle appeared on your lip from the sun
Those kids that you run with, they put you down
Make no sound

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"A Sisters Social Agony" as written by Tracyanne Campbell Kenneth John Mckeeve

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  • +2
    General CommentI think it is about 'indie kids', those long faced people, and their seemingly elitist society. The speaker's sister is trying to be a part of this attractive society, - she listens to the right music ('play indie rock if that's what you want') and watches the right movies ('quote Mike Leigh films'), - and she may as well succeed, but she is still sad and lonely. still depressed and feels phoney and hypocrite, because it's not her life, it's not what she loves truly.

    Her older sister sees and understands all of this (perhaps she too did the same thing when she was younger) and she gives her younger sister advices and tips about being her own person: 'try your best not to disguise'.

    The younger sister is a delicate girl ('you bruise like a cherry') and the snide remarks of her so called friends offend her ('words they mean nothing to some in this world'). The older sister cries for her sister, and yet she can't save her. It's up to the young sister to understand what she is doing wrong and to fix it herself.

    One can understand this lovely song as a declaration of intent from the band. Camera Obscura are an indie band, but they were never a majot part of the indie scene, nor they wish to be.
    NadavAon November 01, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, it is almost like my older sister wrote this song and sang it to me. It's basically a perfect description of me and how she feels about me.
    nervous ticon March 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song perfectly describes my relationship with my sister. I think it's about an older sister talking to her younger sister, telling her about the trials and tribulations of dating.
    SheIsDynamiteon October 02, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think its "Despise" instead of "Disguise"
    this song is soo pretty, i love the "oooohs" throughout.
    dustybreezeon September 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe says "despise", not "disguise".
    I agree with you guys, and I wish I had a big sister like Tracy.
    bookendson July 03, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's A Sister's. I love this song.
    mockingsmileon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definitely agree with what's being said. The speaker has probably been through the same phase of growing up as her sister, quoting Mike Leigh films and thinking it makes her hipper and intelligent as a result. As an older sibling it's pretty easy to relate to because as you get older you realise how silly such attitudes are but ultimately can't stop the younger from doing it, just as no one could stop you yet.

    I used to think this was a bit tame for the elder to be chastising the younger to be doing - I mean, what's harmful about listening to indie rock? I realised later though the thing about her 'friends' putting her down. The overall message of the song is about not trying to fit in and putting up with cruel treatment as a result.
    Prisoner.I.Wason February 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's about a girl who tries to hard to fit in with a "cool" crowd, compromising herself when it's not really who she is
    deerMAUSon June 06, 2012   Link

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