Indochina, Capa jumps Jeep, two feet creep up the road
To photo, to record meat lumps and war,
They advance as does his chance – very yellow white flash.
A violent wrench grips mass, rips light, tears limbs like rags,
Burst so high finally Capa lands,
Mine is a watery pit. Painless with immense distance
From medic from colleague, friend, enemy, foe, him five yards from his leg,
From you Taro.

Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
3:10 pm, Capa pends death, quivers, last rattles, last chokes
All colours and cares glaze to grey, shrivelled and stricken to dots,
Left hand grasps what the body grasps not – le photographe est mort.
3.1415, alive no longer my amour, faded for home May of ‘54
Doors open like arms my love, Painless with a great closeness
To Capa, to Capa Capa dark after nothing, re-united with his leg and with you, Taro.
Do not spray into eyes – I have sprayed you into my eyes.
Hey Taro!


Lyrics submitted by shemovesshe

"Taro" as written by Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman, Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.

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  • +28
    General CommentGerda Taro was a war photojournalist in the late 40's/early 50's. She died in her line of work when a tank collided into the side of a car she was riding on. The other important name in this song was Gerda's romantic interest, and colleague, Robert Capa. During the First Indochina War, Capa retreated from his Jeep in a hostile war zone to take pictures. He stepped on a landmine however, which blew apart his left leg. He was taken to a medical station where he died with his camera in his hand.
    Shmuleon July 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentMy favourite on the album. "I have sprayed you into my eyes" gets me every time.
    mooatron June 11, 2012   Link
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    MemoryTaro was a war photojournalists like Shmule said, however...a bit incorrect in the information. She died in July 1937 in a car crash while covering war in Spain.

    Capa did die May 1954 after losing his leg in a land mine. However, the addition of "camera in his hand" is false.

    Beautiful song about to lovers that did AMAZING work, especially Capa.
    noname3on May 23, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is just incredible, lyrically and musically. I especially love the chorus instrumentals... just beautiful.

    The comments here have really improved my understanding of this song, but there is still a question that I cannot seem to answer for myself: What is the significance of the first 5 digits of Pi in this song? (3.1415) I can't seem to fit that in properly with the rest of the piece, and it's really bugging me. If anyone reading this has some ideas, I would be delighted to hear them!

    Thanks to everyone here for always making my music listening a deeper and more complete experience. Cheers!
    nebulousapathyon June 24, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is the instrument played during the drums?
    Guesserbeeon January 22, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just wanted to add something to this, and I hope it adds even more to this song for someone out there as it has for me. It's strange, because I sat around thinking for a long time what the meaning of the line, "Do not spray into eyes - I have sprayed you into my eyes." could mean and it finally dawned on me.

    There are warnings on spray cans that literally say, "Do not spray into eyes". If you take into account what Taro and Capa did as a living, taking photos of war, and how dangerous that is to do, then add in the fact that Taro died while doing that job years before Capa did, you will get the meaning. Basically, to me at least, Taro's death is the warning to Capa of how dangerous their job can be, "Do not spray into eyes". But, Capa ignores this and even knowing full well, he still continues to do that job until it kills him as well, "I have sprayed you into my eyes".

    Now, if you blend in the beautiful and soft way its sung, you get a feeling of peace when you hear that line. That to me is because its meant as if Capa has done so understanding that he might die as Taro did, but that's fine because he will be with her all that much sooner.

    In an abstract way... this is what love between two people is all about. We are all warnings, we all have things we have done in our lives that have terrible consequences. But, the people that love us don't care, and they would even go so far as to do those same things with you because they love you so much.

    "Do not spray into eyes - I have sprayed you into my eyes."

    For me, it really is the most beautiful lyric I have ever heard... it brought tears to my eyes and I couldn't stop crying when I realized what it meant. It is so simple it's almost childish... but it is SO powerful, that the emotion of its meaning cuts deep in a beautiful way.

    It made me think of my wife and my daughter immediately.
    Daoiston May 16, 2014   Link
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    General CommentMy boyfriend passed away two months ago. Since then, all I can think about is the time will I can be with him again. I heard this song and was immediately obsessed with it. I listened to it on repeat but didn't understand what it meant. I looked up the meaning and found this site. I can't believe how connected I feel to this song. It touched me so deeply to hear of a love story after death...
    clakea4on May 22, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationNebulousapathy - I think the pi numbers are mean to say that Capa has come full circle in dying
    icymogulson July 13, 2014   Link

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