"The Oil Slick" as written by and David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan....
I went looking for a song for you
Something soft and patient to reflect its muse
I took a walk will all my brightest thoughts
But the weather soon turned and they all ran off
Took to the ocean, in a boat this time
Only an idiot would swim through the shit I write
How can I talk of light and warmth?
I’ve got a voice like a gutter in a toxic storm

All the dark words pouring from my throat
Sound like an oil slick coating the wings we’ve grown
There goes a love song drifting out to sea
I'd sing along if I could here over the oil slick

So it came to pass and I came home
With four worn out limbs and not one love song
How predictable this is all you've got
Yet another selfish signpost to my ruin of faults

All the dark words pouring from my throat
Sound like an oil slick coating the wings we’ve grown
There goes a love song drifting out to sea
I’d sing along if I could hear

Over the dark words pissing from my throat
Sounds like an oil slick coating the wings we’ve grown
There goes a love song drifting out my reach
I’d sing along if I could see past the oil slick

The oil slick
The oil slick
The oil slick

There is light but there’s a tunnel to crawl through
There is love but its misery loves you
There’s still hope so I think we’ll be fine
In these disastrous times, disastrous times

There is light but there’s a tunnel to crawl through
There is love but misery loves you
We’ve still got hope so I think we’ll be fine
In these disastrous times, disastrous times


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"The Oil Slick" as written by David William Lawrence Kennedy Andy Monaghan

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  • +5
    My InterpretationI know how dangerous it is to identify the lyrical "I" with the singer/writer, but this is clearly Scott talking about himself. He's such a warm, friendly and seemingly happy person in all the interviews I've seen of him, but clearly also very critical of himself, constantly reflecting on his actions and quite dark in the conclusions he draws. You can see that through all the FR albums, be it in "The Modern Leper" or "Footshooter". In almost all of his break-up songs he tends to look for the fault first and foremost within himself and lays little blame on his exes.
    But the important thing is, he is aware of this trait in himself and has learned to live with it, which IMO is what this song is about. It fits therefore, that despite the selfcritical lyrics, this is one of the most uplifting and "happy" songs on the album.
    I don't think Scott will ever be a happy-go-lucky ball of kittens and rainbows, but as long as he can laugh about it "we've still got hope so I think we'll be fine
    In these disastrous times, disastrous times".
    Nabend1401on February 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite song on their new album.
    I think it's about someone who wants to do his loved ones justice, maybe by writing a love song or actually improving himself. However the harder he tries the more impossible it gets, which is shown cleary in the refrain, a certain inability to find the right words and the impression of himself that its not good enough. "All the dark words pouring from my throat sound like an oil slick coating the wings we've grown[...]There goes a love song drifting out of my reach". While being just a song about a writing block on a love song for someone, it also tells the desire to change, that he wants to improve for his loved ones. This is shown in the last lines of the songs. The inability of writing a love song is just another sign of his (recent) struggle with his loved ones.
    Shonakon February 23, 2013   Link

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