"Broken Bicycles" as written by and Tom Waits....
Broken bicycles, old busted chains
With busted handle bars out in the rain.
Somebody must have an orphanage for
All these things that nobody wants any more
September's reminding July
It's time to be saying good-bye
Summer is gone, Our love will remain
Like old broken bicycles out in the rain

Broken bicycles, don't tell my folks
There's all those playing cards pinned to the spokes
Laid down like skeletons out on the lawn
The wheels won't turn when the other has gone
The seasons can turn on a dime
Somehow I forget every time
For all the things that you've given me
Will always stay, there broken but I'll never throw them away

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"Broken Bicycles" as written by Tom Waits


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    My InterpretationI think it's about bittersweet memories of a broken relationship ("wheels won't turn when the other has gone"), and that even though you might have moved on and don't want reminders ("things that nobody wants any more") you still cherish the memory of the time you were in love. "All those playing cards pinned to the spokes" sound like affairs or deceptions that built up over the years, and somehow there was a tipping point ("seasons can turn on a dime").
    cyclopedeon September 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThe best song from the One From The Heart soundtrack if you ask me. The meaning is pretty obvious
    suburbanon October 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song..
    RomeoIsBleedingon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAll heart over smart. The perfect song.
    sdz896542on January 09, 2016   Link
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    General Commenttimeless arrangement of english words
    sdz896542on October 01, 2016   Link

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