"Hewlett's Daughter" as written by and J Lytle....
Hewlett's daughter,
Loved her father,
And I think she loved me too,
For a little while.

Hewlett's daughter,
I forgot her,
Now I'm treating water
And waste at night.

High above the wrecks
On ice shelves and glaciers.

I spy below the mess
And measure the pressure
Where sofas float on roads
And somebody stole your guns,
Well sir I'm the only one
To get back your stolen guns
I should have been your son.

High above the wrecks
On ice shelves and dressers.

With crash united sewn
On all of my dress shirts
They fire fell the roads,
And somebody stole your guns,
Well sir I'm the only one
To get back your stolen guns
I should have been your son.


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"Hewlett's Daughter" as written by J Lytle

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    General CommentThis song perfectly complements "He's Simple, He's Dumb, He's the Pilot" by beig so light and breezy after such a heavy song. This whole album has an almost post-apocalyptic feel to it, with the remnants of the past everywhere (sofas float on roads; wrecks of dressers), and this song continues that.
    FreeformCannonon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this song his about some girlfriend he had, probably her father doesn't like him.
    instant_streeton April 27, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno. This song is about A girlfriend Jason had and he almost didn't want to break up with her, because he liked her father so much. He aspired to her father and such, "sir, I'm the only one, who'd get back your stolen guns" that's him pledging his allegiance to her father. Infact, Hewlett's father got him the job at the hazardous water treatment plant.
    lurajoonamion May 12, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthazardous water treatment plant, hence: "treating water, and waste at nights" he's treating water, wasted (drunk) at night. High above the wrecks is Jason looking down on all the world like crumbling and stuff. crash united is on all his dress shirts, you know those shirts that say flight united? well, crash united.
    lurajoonamion May 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics remind me a little of the plot of the movie L.I.E.. I got Sophtware Slump around the time I saw that movie (even though I had heard the song a couple of times before)..
    Roxxmaon September 10, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think everyone is almost there on this one - very post-apocalyptic, some global warming in there, eh? What if Hewlett were a metaphor for Silicon Valley products, i.e. I was totally after Hewlett (Packard's) daughter (computers), and those days are behind us now because nature has come after us and now your punch-clock job involves monitoring glaciers, treating water and keeping after stolen guns after the collapse of civilization. Isn't that really the whole Grandaddy ethos? Acoustic-y bonding with nature, overlaid with tech-embracing, synth future shock (but really kind of nostalgic)? Isn't that what we are all about now? Maybe back in the 00s...
    goodskion August 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love this magical tune. Enjoyed reading the interpretations.
    JimmyJimsonon September 14, 2013   Link

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