"Whitewash" as written by and William/wilson Leen....
This night never happened
If it's all right with you
Not a word of our weakness
So much as a clue
There's a place outside
I'm glad to play no part
The fairest arms can tally up the faintest stars
Wash away my weekend
Shatter my sight
C'mon sweet amnesia
You're needed here tonight
Take a seat in the shadows
Forget it as it goes
Dissipate in the morning air
All you know
If you find out
You'll find every lie you might
I was nowhere near last night
Whitewash everything in sight
These suspicions have been long drained dry
Our persistence holds them here
A maze of bars and rented rooms remain
Enough to make you almost look away
This night never happened
If it's all right with you
Another for the collection of things we didn't do
That private party is over
Thank God we get new starts
The fairest arms still tally up the faintest stars
When it comes down
In a clear and certain light
I was nowhere near last night
I was nowhere near last night
Whitewash everything in sight.


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"Whitewash" as written by William Leen Robin Wilson

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    General CommentThis song is basically about that moment of mutual (Not a word of OUR weakness) horror when you wake up next to the wrong person after a night of drinking.

    And as magicman said, it's a mistake that gets repeated-
    "Wash away my weekend
    Shatter my sight
    C'mon sweet amnesia
    You're needed here tonight"
    means he goes out to get drunk in order to forget the things he did last time he was drunk.

    One line I'm not clear on:
    "The fairest arms still tally up the faintest stars"
    Fairest here probably means most reasonable, not prettiest, and tallying up stars could refer to getting stars for good behavior as a kid...
    spiralingshapeon January 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about making a mistake, a mistake that has been made over and over and over again.

    Probably sleeping with someone who he shouldn't be sleeping with, either a friend's girlfriend, or somebody that by all rights, he has no reason to get with. Like the rich man's daughter...?
    magicmanx9on November 24, 2004   Link
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    General Commentsweet amnesia is a great line. been there done that.
    Tapies24on July 01, 2008   Link
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    My OpinionIn general, this song is hugely underrated. In my opinion, it's simply one of the best songs, not only musically, but also lyrically, that GB's ever made.
    CrueTrueon February 18, 2009   Link

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