"Low Light Buddy of Mine" as written by and Samuel Ervin Beam....
In the wake I'm waiting for the light to change
Is about your mind, but I can't complain.

He can make a lot of money, he can touch his toes,
He knows he never looked to the lights alone.

I love you and you love me,
So we never demand and we never agree

I love you and you love me
And there's a new fruit humming in the old fruit trees

In the wake I'm waiting in a parking lot
He's jealous of me and what we've got

He can rattle his bell in shining shoe
And never in doubt where I found you

I love you and you love me,
So we don't get back and we don't say please

I love you and you love me
And there's a new fruit humming in the old fruit trees

'Cause in the wake I'm waiting for the rain to pass
He's a buddy of mine, but that won't last

'Cause he ended down there on an empty cup
We both took him full and he showed up.

'Cause I love you and you love me,
So we both get stuck and we both get free.

I love you and you love me
And there's a new fruit humming in the old fruit trees


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"Low Light Buddy of Mine" as written by Samuel Ervin Beam

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    General CommentIt sounds to me like the "buddy" is a past self that he wants to forget. He sees how he was and is grateful that he is who is today. He realizes all that he has, all the pleasures and comfort of a new found companionate love, could never have been found if he was still as he had been. It's a song about change in a person, "new fruit humming in the old fruit tree".
    donnyboyon May 13, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationThe 'buddy' seems to be a very sneaky, dishonest friend of the main character in this song. He's waiting for the "light to change" and the "rain to pass" in the guy's relationship so that he can swoop in. That he "never looks till the lights are low" means that he always claims that he doesn't do or say a nasty thing intentionally, and sort of tries to sabotage his friend's relationship without him knowing. Of course, this is all from the narrator's perspective, so even if my assessment is correct, the situation might be a different one, since it seems to be very subtle and subdued.
    Tommy12on June 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentDuring an interview Sam commented that this song was about a threesome.
    jed kingstonon July 12, 2013   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about three gay men.
    The man in the white car is someone who isn't out, perhaps even still in a heterosexual relationship. He is jealous of the narrator's relation with his boyfriend or maybe just the narrator's gay friends.
    He will never come out, he will never end up in a healthy relationship with another man but he might do some naughty things with other men in the parking lot.
    Maybe he had a threesome with the narrator and his partner? I imagine gay men are a little bit more sexually open than the rest of us, but still the narrator need to calm his partner down to avoid jealousy.
    Also the sentence about 'fruit humming' leads me to think of gay men.
    milison November 18, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this poem shouldn't be over-analyzed. For me it's obvious in its simiplicity. It's about an ex-partner who has started going out with someone else, who may have more obvious qualities, or at least seem to ("He can make a lot of money, he can touch his toes" and "He can rattle his bell in shining shoe") and the storyteller might even have at some point joined the party (making Sam's words about the song being a threesome believable) but the new guy knows, just as well as they do, that he will never really have with her what they have. Their love is not really challenged by him and they are a still team. I'm guessing the threesome ended up in the original twosome.
    DeaAquilaeon November 03, 2015   Link

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