"Woolly Muffler" as written by and Sult/huffman/nelson/lin....
All I ever wanted to be was a woolly muffler on your naked neck
Double wrap me when it's cold
But you pulled a little tight just now
And I'm afraid I feel a choke hold coming on

All I ever thought we might come to was second dates
And flirting eyebrows
Or maybe even psychic friends
And we could share a secret language

And almost definitely make more of it
Than it was
But everyone around us would know
Everyone watching would know

This is not a walk with walking wounded
Here's the ball, here's the pole, now where's the tether
Where's the tether?
Hands can grow together

If you're not careful or grateful or whatever
And I never much cared much too much to begin with
I will not take your possibilities under my care
I will not see you on the bus

You want me to hold your hand
It's a courtship I can't stand
And here I thought you were crying because you were happy
But no no no

Friends will turn against you
People disappoint you every time
So if you've got greatness in you would you do us all a favor
And keep it to yourself?

Keep it
Keep it to yourself
A labored expat fantasy:
Quit your job and move away with me

Oh what bliss it would be
To pretend we never met
I'm elated now
I'm elated now

I'm elated now
I'm elated now


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    General CommentWhy has noone commented on this, it's the best song on the album after flagpole sitta!
    Kraliaon June 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is probably my favorite on the Merrymakers album. To me it's about a guy who is totally into a girl but she doesn't acknowledge his existence. Because of how she makes him feel, he thinks he would have been better off never knowing her in the first place. The woolly muffler or scarf is an awesome metaphor. I also love the bitterness with which Sean describes hands growing together and people turning against him. It's powerful.
    kiranon January 12, 2007   Link
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    General Comment I like this song very much, but I strongly disagree with Kiran's interpretation (no offense meant, Kiran). This is about the fantasy of a relationship versus the reality of one. The persona (poetry term for the character narrating the poem/song--we aren't supposed to assume the writer is the narrator) has had a serious crush on someone for a long time, and that someone was the subject of many fantasies and desires of the persona (who we'll call a "he" for convenience). Nonetheless, "he" assumed they'd never actually be together ("All I ever thought we might come to/Was second dates and flirting eyebrows."). However, they HAVE gotten together, and what's more, the "crushee" (made-up term for the object of the persona's affection) has fallen in love with/is becoming emotionally codependant on the persona, and wants a deep, committed relationship. The persona--who we'd expect to be on cloud 9 right now--is ready to run for the hills ("You want me to hold your hand/It's a courtship I can't stand."). "He" has commitment and trust issues ("Friends will turn against you/People disappoint you every time") and does not want the responsibility or confinement of a serious relationship ("I will not take your possibilities under my care."). The persona loved the crushee when the crushee was a nice, controllable, consequence-free idea (think of the "expat fantasy"); the messy reality of being with this person is undesirable to him, so he's leaving. And he's not doing it gently.
    Scheherezadeon August 03, 2009   Link

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