High on a wire
Poised for an imminent fall
Clowns always smile
Greasepaint and lust in their pores
Start to sway and I hold your hand
Fall, the smile surrounds his head
Hot ashes, clay
Hot ashes fade
To lean, to err, too far along for me
To wait around, to smile is to accept
In center ring
Rolling in sawdust and hay
Covered in paint
Damn everything but the circus
Damn the men and the women who stare
At the freaks in the cages and snares
Hot ashes, clay
Hot ashes fade
To win, to err, to fall too far for safety
To lean, to wait a while is too easy
To lean towards, to fall too far for me
To wait a while around is too easy
To lean too long, to fall too far for safety
To seem to smile, to lie is to accept


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Scenes From A Vinyl Recliner song meanings
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    General CommentI'm taking a chance here but in my opinion i would say i agree with davkay and bobo but to add to this, the reference to the circus freak and cages and snares...i get the idea he's saying those, who live the cushy life, get a kick at wathcing those who struggle through life to make a living even if they're (the freaks in the cages and snares) not proud of what they have to do to get by. To them that's all they are. Also those who have struggled to get there have forgotten where they started from and become the person watching the circu for entertainment. I hope i made this understandable.
    Dreamwevron September 08, 2002   Link
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    General Commentnot sure about the meaning of this song, but i love it, the chorus is amazing and then end where its just intruments is so intense...has an unpolished quality that was lost as they grew older.

    i think this might be glen condemning poeple who live the secure life and never take risks or ask questions.
    Davkay20on June 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthence the title - scenes from a vinyl recliner. the poeple glen is condemning are making judgements about others from their cushy lives...
    Davkay20on June 17, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWell, he's falling, surviving his fall, and then accepting this fall as something to make his character harder and stronger... or so I assume.
    Bobo192on June 17, 2002   Link
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    General Commentgood idea bobo192...i can see that too
    Davkay20on June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, pur-lease, my analogy sucked.
    Bobo192on September 10, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti love this song! For me, this song is about somebody who sees somebody else completely different and how they may not necessairily snicker and stare but question their place and authority in this world and then question their own authority in this world. They lived a cushy luxurious life and see someone else living completely different.
    Ozzysblackchairon June 24, 2007   Link

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