"The Bronze Medal" as written by Bob Fairfoull, Colin Newton, Rod Pryce-jones and Roddy Woomble....
It felt cold inside, so we threw the radio onto the fire
It felt good to watch it, burn away to nothing

You said you felt weak
I hope its got nothing to do
With the things you told me

Nothing but your eyes
Looking down on the third place
You've got nothing but determination
To come in third

You were always going to be like this
If it's somewhere that's as cold as this
You were always meant to be like this
In the cold

It felt warm inside, so we threw the television on the fire
It wasn't frustration, because I had nothing to throw away

When there's nothing but your eyes
Looking down on the third place
When there's nothing but determination
To come in third

You were always going to be like this
When you're somewhere that's as cold as this
It was always meant to be like this
In the cold

You've got nothing but your eyes
Looking down on the third place
You've got nothing but determination
To come in third

You know that you always meant to be like this
You know that I'm always meant to be like this
You know that you always meant to be like this
You know that you're always meant to be.


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"The Bronze Medal" as written by Colin Newton Bob Fairfoull

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    General Commentthis is the best idlewild song, the just the best song ever! i love it with all my heart and would die a small death to hear it live. i cant work out what its all about but its amazing
    bunnywoombleon June 27, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI've seen them live twice and never heard it live :'( They play their more popular ones too much. I REALLY wanna hear Close The Door live too. I think it's pretty damn obvious what it's about though - even from the title!
    hezbez_ekon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've seen them live twice and never heard it live :'( They play their more popular ones too much. I REALLY wanna hear Close The Door live too. I think it's pretty damn obvious what it's about though - even from the title!
    hezbez_ekon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've seen them live twice and never heard it live :'( They play their more popular ones too much. I REALLY wanna hear Close The Door live too. I think it's pretty damn obvious what it's about though - even from the title!
    hezbez_ekon April 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIdlewild fulfilled their own prophecy - they were just recently voted 3rd best Scottish band of all time :)
    butterflykiss84on March 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song live a week ago, he sings it soooo amazing live, much much better than the recorded cd version, if that's possible!! The feeling that went behind the chorus lines when he sang them was unbelievable, reeeeally recommend seeing them on their '05 tour!! =D
    katy17on April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI heard them play this song live in Glasgow. It was amazing, best concert i have ever been too.
    matt55on June 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is two songs in one really, or at least two stories.
    The first story is conveyed in the verses about throwing objects onto the fire and watching them burn. It's meant to represent how you can burn things and just the pure destruction of them can make you feel warm, just to see what was once there burn away. Of course for him that doesn't matter because he had "Nothing to to throw away" anyway.
    The second story is about her, and how she's always going to be the third wheel. She either doesn't want to or is determined to always be there, but not the be the most important thing to him. To always sit on the sidelines, but never make an action to be with him.
    Also, I think it's meant to be "Looking down on the fire place" not the "third place", but it may just be the accent. It makes more sense to me as "fire place", since it strikes up this imagery of someone intensely watching the fire, thinking about how they'll never be what they want to be.
    bugmenoton October 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI've always thought this song is about Scotland and its relationship to the rest of the UK (i.e. coming third to england and wales/NI)...

    "You were always going to be like this
    When you’re somewhere that’s as cold as this" - Scotland is cold!

    "Looking down on the fire place" - Looking down (geography-wise) at England

    I could be wrong... :)
    bugmenoton December 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentHah, I never thought about it like that. That song makes way more sense like that actually. :D

    Go Scottish patriotism.
    bugmenoton January 01, 2006   Link

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