"Mrs. Potter's Lullaby" as written by Adam/bryson Duritz and Matthew/mize Malley....
Well I woke up in mid-afternoon cause that's when it all hurts the most
I dream I never know anyone at the party and I'm always the host
If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts
You can never escape, you can only move south down the coast

Well, I am an idiot walking a tightrope of fortune and fame
I am an acrobat swinging trapezes through circles of flame
If you've never stared off into the distance then your life is a shame
And though I'll never forget your face,
Sometimes I can't remember my name

Hey Mrs. Potter don't cry
Hey Mrs. Potter I know why but
Hey Mrs. Potter won't you talk to me

Well, there's a piece of Maria in every song that I sing
And the price of a memory is the memory of the sorrow it brings
And there is always one last light to turn out and one last bell to ring
And the last one out of the circus has to lock up everything

Or the elephants will get out and forget to remember what you said
And the ghosts of the tilt-a-whirl will linger inside of your head
And the Ferris wheel junkies will spin them forever instead
When I see you a blanket of stars covers me in bed

Hey Mrs. Potter don't go
I said hey Mrs. Potter I don't know but
Hey Mrs. Potter won't you talk to me

All the blue light reflections that color my mind when I sleep
And the lovesick rejections that accompany the company I keep
All the razor perceptions that cut just a little too deep
Hey I can bleed as well as anyone, but I need someone to help me sleep

So I throw my hand into the air and it swims in the beams
It's just a brief interruption of the swirling dust sparkle jet stream
Well, I know I don't know you and you're probably not what you seem
Aw, but I'd sure like to find out
So why don't you climb down off that movie screen

Hey, Mrs. Potter, don't turn
Hey, Mrs. Potter, I burn for you
Hey, Mrs. Potter, won't you talk to me

When the last king of Hollywood shatters his glass on the floor
And orders another. well, I wonder what he did that for
That's when I know that I have to get out cause
I have been there before
So I gave up my seat at the bar and I head for the door. Yeah.
We drove out to the desert just to lie down beneath this bowl of stars
We stand up in the Palace,
Like it's the last of the great pioneer town bars
Aw, we shout out these songs against the clang of electric guitars
Well, you can see a million miles tonight
But you can't get very far
Aw, you can see a million miles tonight
But you can't get very far

Hey, Mrs. Potter, I won't touch and
Hey, Mrs. Potter, it's not much but
Hey, Mrs. Potter, won't you talk to me
Hey, Mrs. Potter, won't you talk to me
Hey, Mrs. Potter, won't you talk to me


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"Mrs. Potters Lullaby" as written by Adam Fredric Duritz David Lynn Bryson

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's a song about pining. Cute. It's Adam Duritz talking to himself about his lovelife and all its dead ends with the thin guise of actually telling it all to an actress he probably never even personally met.

    It's got a lot of similar themes to other CC songs -- the "lovesick rejections," the "idiot walking a tightrope of fortune and fame," etc. etc. The underlying theme is, if I'm so rich and famous and loved, why can't I hold down a meaningful relationship. He feels like he's play acting a part bigger than him, and he's in over his head ("You can see a million miles tonight, but you can't get very far", and "We stand up in the palace like it's the last of the great pioneer town bars.")
    ballzofsnoon April 29, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat made you think nobody else found that. yeah it's all throught the song.
    sambo28on April 15, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI was really intrigued by the Gatsby reference; it encompasses the whole song. The idea of a pretender to fame (Gatsby) pining for this unattainable (& likely married) woman (Daisy) is so universal, so sad. F. Scott Fitzgerald is amazing, and so is CC.
    And a tilt-a-whirl is an amusement ride.
    airwolf queenon March 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentApparently this song is about Monica Potter, an actress that Adam saw in a play in LA, I believe.
    infidelon April 18, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYea thats what i heard too, but regardless who its about. It an amazing song, definetly one of my favorite CC song. Lyrically its awesome, its got a really really cool beat as well.
    LiveUrLifeon April 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh there are most definitely parallels to other songs. I see it as the first song on the album, right after the radio single, as a little introduction in case you missed the last two albums. Still without love, but now a different take on it: not mopey like August, not bitter like Satellites. The album's great. I'm still trying to find the connection to Time & Time Again: "Out into the desert we're gonna ride..."
    davidecoyoteon June 12, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It's definately one of my favorites. I find parallels of this song in the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. If anyone else sees the connection, let me know. It's a great way to think about the song, gives it even more meaning.
    Qd103on June 13, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti didn't tihnk it was razor perception--i thought it was "Rays of perception"....but i could be wrong. anyway--wonderful song...will live forever
    gottalovethehitson July 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love the line 'dream i never know anyone at the party and i'm always the host' cos, to me, it means how when more people arrive at a party or anywhere u find it harder to talk, i find it easier to talk to people one on one. to adam it could mean anything, maybe that everyone knows him because he is famous, but he doesnt know any of the people that know him, maybe the 'party' is when adam plays live shows, it makes sense but im just guessing.
    sambo28on September 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentit is 'so i throw my hand to the air and it swims in the BEAMS'(beams of light that project a picture onto the movie screen)
    sambo28on September 05, 2002   Link

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