Sugar down the syrup in the Queen Anne's lace
Shining in the light of nightshade
Cultivating unsophistication in my face
Trying to think of nothing to say
Grapes gone sour and the spinach went to seed
It was spindly and sick from the outset
Waiting for the hour with a wherewithal to leave
Patient as a dog for its master

Aubergine

Labrador was locked through the promontory rock
She called down, said "time is an illusion"
An inconsequential shift as the continents drift
But my confidence was crushed and I miss you regardless

Aubergine
Aubergine

Aubergine: You can be your body but please don't mind
if I don't fancy myself mine--you at 32 still tied to your poor mother's apron strings!

Sorrel in the gravel and the saffron robe
Sleeping like a shark in the cordgrass
Now I saw how far I travelled down the solipsistic road
I climbed out to ask for directions
There was not a pond in sight, here I'm gasping like a fish
In the desert with a basket full of eggplant
Who asked about the passage from the bible on my wrists
But I couldn't catch my breath enough to answer


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    Lyric CorrectionSugar down the syrup in the Queen Anne's lace
    Shining in the light of nightshade
    Cultivating unsophistication in my face
    Trying to think of nothing to say
    Grapes gone sour and the spinach went to seed
    (it was spindly and sick from the outset)
    Waiting for the hour with a wherewithal to leave
    Patient as a dog for its master

    Aubergine

    The Labrador was locked through the promontory rock
    She called down, said time is an illusion
    An inconsequential shift as the continents drift
    But my confidence was crushed and I miss you regardless

    Aubergine
    Aubergine

    Aubergine: You can be your body but please don't mind
    if I don't fancy myself mine--you at 32 still tied to your poor mother's apron strings!

    Sorrel in the gravel and the saffron robe
    Sleeping like a shark in the cord grass
    until I saw how far I traveled down the solipsistic road
    I climbed out to ask for directions
    There was not a pond in sight and here I'm gasping like a fish
    In the desert with a basket full of eggplants
    who asked about the passage of the Bible on my wrists
    But I couldn't catch my breath enough to answer
    iamjackslameusernameon May 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAnyone actually understand this song? Feel free to post an interpretation:)
    xx20ended09xxon May 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentHere's my very long winded interpretation...

    Seeing as the song just before this one is about the Elephant during her trial and sentencing, it would make sense that this one is about the Elephant awaiting the gallows in her prison cell.

    The first two lines describe the Elephant's last meal:

    "Sugar down the syrup in the Queen Anne's lace
    Shining in the light of nightshade"

    It's customary for a condemned prisoner to have a meal of their choice served to them the day of or before their execution. In some cases inmates are either too greif stricken or anxious to finish the meal once it's prepared for them. The second half of the stanza illustrates this:

    "Grapes gone sour and the spinach went to seed
    It was spindly and sick from the outset"

    The rest of the song seems to adress the Elephant's struggle to accept her fate and her "wherewithal to leave" as she awaits her execution. The Labrador tries to assure her that "time is an illusion" and not worth fretting over, but this only seems trouble the Elephant more, causing her to think of Aubergine.

    Now aubergine is another word for eggplant so I'm assuming the elephant admires a particular eggplant and that's what the chorus of the song is about. Perhaps an eggplant was part of her last meal request and the "Aubergine" she's referring to is in the cell with her...or maybe she is reminded of another Eggplant named Aubergine. Animals falling in love with other species seems to be a recurring theme throughout this album so the idea that the Elephant loves an Eggplant doesn't seem too farfetched. In either case, Aubergine speaks to her:

    "You can be your body but please don't mind
    if I don't fancy myself mine--you at 32 still tied to your poor mother's apron strings!"

    Aubergine seems to be suggesting to the Elephant that one's own body is merely an illusion and their love for one another is an allegory. If an Elephant can fall in love with an Eggplant, does ones physical form really matter?

    The final stanza has the Elephant waking up after traveling down a "solipsistic road" in the desert carrying a basket full of Eggplants who ask her about a bible passage on her wrists. This could either be describing an Epiphany the Elephant is having just before her execution or an actual journey through the afterlife. Solipsism is the belief that only one's own mind is certain to exist (very mewithoutYou) so perhaps the Eggplants inquiring about the scripture written on her wrists is just another illustration of how in order to truly believe that anything is real, you have to have faith.
    jaredslegon May 23, 2012   Link
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    My OpinionI think this song is about Rabbit's journey. Taking grapes and spinach along for the trip home. The Labrador trying to comfort him after the loss of his "mother" (Elephant is called Mother in February 1878), and The Labrador's teachings are contrary to Elephant's. So Rabbit is crushed, which causes more thoughts of Elephant.

    As for Aubergine, I think Aubergine is Elephant's name. The line, "Be your body, please don't mind
    if I don't fancy myself mine" corresponds to Elephant's statements in February 1878, Grist For The Malady Mill and Elephant In The Dock.

    The last verse is what caused me to think the song was about Rabbit, notably the line, "I climbed out to ask for directions" I think sorrel and saffron speak of the change to Rabbit's colour, a methaphor of overall change, since leaveing the train wreck, where he was pure white. The "sleeping like a shark" line gives me the image of a rabbit in the grass, but all you can see is ears.

    Overall: I think the song is about losing faith, due to circumstance; realizing a loss of faith, and then not knowing what to do.
    daysofnoeon June 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentAaron sings about the eggplant on another album. x-reference it and you'll get another piece of the puzzle.
    cutdowntreeon July 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't know what the song means but it might help to know that "Aubergine" is another word for eggplant, and the song has a lot of vegetable/food/garden references.
    joshuahedlundon May 18, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't understand much about it, but here's what I got.

    As someone already stated, an "aubergine" is another name for an eggplant. The speaker seems to be awestruck by "Aubergine" which I suppose is a woman. I think the speaker is Aaron; he mentions the Bible verse tattooed on his wrist, and Aaron Weiss has the first beatitude tattooed on his wrist in Hebrew (blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven). Maybe this song leads into the next ("Fox's Dream...") where the speaker proposes to a girl.
    cbayon May 18, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's also interesting to note the parallels between the Elephant's story and the story of Jesus before his execution
    jaredslegon May 23, 2012   Link
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    General Comment@jaredsleg, that's a really interesting interpretation. I had assumed it was just a love song, albeit about a bad relationship, where the singer is in love with a woman--the eggplant--that doesn't want to be with him, partly because of his attachment issues with his mother ("you at 32 still tied to your poor mother's apron strings!").

    An eggplant might represent a person who is beautiful (see bullet to binary, pt. 2, where the lettuce asks to be put next to the eggplant because he "adore[s] her shining purple dress"), but is also bitter or hurtful (since eggplant is very bitter when eaten raw).

    The "wherewithal to leave" line could be referring to the singer's attachment to the woman, who is not into him. He waits for her to make the move to end the relationship, as a dog for its master. The sugar imagery might be referring to something like the puppy love at the beginning of the relationship, though the relationship--the singer now knows--was "spindly and sick from the outset." This interpretation would make the song similar (in meaning) to "nice and blue (pt. two)," which, I think, talks about a relationship that started well, but began "steadily sinking," then began "limping" like broken race horse, and finally was ended. I've read that the lead singer, Aaron, had a relationship that went sour like this.

    I had trouble understanding the "you can be your body" line, but to me it the woman is telling the singer that he is selfish to only care about himself.

    This meaning would tie into the ending, about the solipsistic road, which, to me, has to do with the singer getting caught up in only thinking about himself. As we often do, we think we are following God (he has a bible passage on his wrist), but really we are just doing what we ourselves want to do and saying that it is what God would want. Aaron has previously used a fish in the sea to describe a person being close to God (see "a fish swims in the sea, while the sea is in a certain sense contained within the fish" from Dryness and the Rain), so a fish in the desert is a person who is not close to God. When he's asked to explain the bible passage, he has nothing to draw on because he is not close to God, leaving him gasping for air in a spiritual sense.

    This whole interpretation might play into this song being about the Elephant awaiting execution and thinking about a lost love, and becoming disillusioned with her choice to derail the train, even though she was once so confident about her choice.
    bcmartinon May 23, 2012   Link
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    General CommentEggplants often traditionally represent the element of arrogance, self adulation, or earnings with little effort
    agaetisbyrjunon May 23, 2012   Link

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