"May Queen" as written by and Phair....
Don't be fooled by him, he's fine
Rock-and-roll Ken doll, he's a national end-all
He's an off and on friend of mine

Where have I been?
Got any what?
Who have I seen?
I spy a May queen
You were miles above me
Girls in your arms
The changing of her majesty's guard is truly amazing

Got any what?
Disease, hashish, a mind?
Do I have any what?

Where have I been?
Got any what?
Who have I seen?
I spy a May queen
You were miles above me
Girls in your arms
You could've planted a farm
All of them hayseeds


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    Song MeaningI think this is fairly clearly about her infatuation with a guy, probably Nash Kato, who is out of her league, and nominally/ostensibly her friend (maybe almost a "frienemy"), but effectively aloof. "May Queen" refers to someone who is semi-exalted, kind of like homecoming queen. She is not saying he's gay, maybe instead that he's a shallow/vapid dandy/pretty-boy, "a rock and roll Ken doll". They see each other, and he is always surrounded by an always-different set ("the changing of Her Majesty's guard") of very good-looking but also-vapid women--"all of them hayseeds", which I take as a somewhat less demeaning alternative to 'bimbos'. So he is above her, in the sense of out of her league. But he sees her and asks her (maybe a formulaic set of the always-same) basic questions, either to genuinely hit her up for drugs ("Got any what?"), or else to make a joke of their standard banter, or maybe to tease her about her dope smoking. To me, a great little song, fairly simple, but with nice imagery and good music, maybe about the third- or fourth-best song on Exile in Guyville (which says a lot!).
    NAwlinsContrarianon January 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI really want to know what this song means. I can think of a lot of different things. I know in the old days the may pole was kind of a fertility orgy thing but that's just a guess.
    rapunzelEEDon January 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this is about facing reality
    sunglasseson January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsomeone finally told me what this was about. liz liked a guy for a really long time. she didn't see him for a while, then saw him at a party. he is surrounded by girls, she begins to wonder what she ever saw in him. he is the may queen, a show-off.

    "Where have I been?
    Got any what?
    Who have I seen?"

    these lines are like their conversation

    "You were miles above me,
    Girls in your arms.
    The changing of her majesty's guard is truly amazing."

    this talks about how he's surrounded by so many girls, the changing of her majesty's guard symbolizes his ever changing girlfriends/partners.
    omigoshbritton December 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe other interpretations are probably better than mine, but this song is pretty funny to me. I always viewed it as about a guy that would never go for her for some reason. yet, whenever she sees him, he is surrounded by beautiful girls. It seems like he goes through an endless circle of lovers. Then Liz says he's a "May Queen"! I always viewed this as the guy being gay. I know that's not really it, but it makes the song more interesting. Haha!
    SupahManDudeon July 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWonderfully interesting and unconventional song structure for a pop track, and wildy expressive and creative lyrics. This album is really under-rated, if you ask me.
    lovegoeson April 18, 2013   Link

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