"Pablo and Andrea" as written by and Ira David Kaplan Georgia Mia Hubley....
show me where you keep all your secrets upstairs
night after night you sleep while they're setting off flares

someone came and took all the roses away
now you'll sit showing me tears if you want me to stay
cause down the street all the meters have run out of time
run out of time

I waited for you as the trees swayed out of time
in a crowded room I pick up your lonely stare
I'll cover for you like a slipcover covers a chair
but someone came and took all the roses away
it was only 5 minutes, it felt like it stretched into a day
someone came and took all the roses away

took all the roses away
took all the roses away

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Pablo and Andrea song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite part is the solo. There's an incredible but gentle beauty there.
    elwyn5150on March 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar solo is ira's finest moment. such a thing of beauty.
    crackheadon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. . . It's not even that I can relate to it in any way because in all honesty I really have no idea what it REALLY means. I love the lyrics though and I love the music. One of my favorite Yo La Tengo songs.

    My Favorite Part: "I waited for you as the trees swayed out of time / in a crowded room I pick up your lonely stare."
    ars musicaon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentYeah, the solo is awesome, as well as everything...Yo La Tengo is probably one of the most diverse bands ever...I just found them about a week ago and I am soooo glad!!!
    maxis308on May 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about a girl who waited too long for her man and when he came finally she had lost her virginity, but when I read the uhhhclem´s comment about who Pablo and Andrea were it seems I´m off the beam - maybe it´s about her ghost talking to him
    peibl1on June 13, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti want to make love while this song is playing
    DanseWithMeon April 25, 2013   Link
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    General CommentMy impression is from the point of view of someone who's partner just lost someone at the hospital, and they'll "sit there showing tears if you want me to stay" like "I can leave if you want to grieve in private, or I can be here for you while you go through this". Someone took the flowers away, like a hospital worker is clearing out their room after they've passed
    PairOFishon December 19, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI could have sworn Georgia sings "no use in showing me tears if you want me to stay" instead of what is posted here.

    It seems like Georgia (singing the part of Andrea in the story) is desperately trying to unlock Pablo and free him from whatever misery he's in. He sleeps through all of the fun (setting off flares outside), he's hiding something, lonely, etc. She doesn't mention the color of the roses, so it could just be that Pablo's upset about a break-up (red roses in that case being the love taken away) or he's in mourning still long after the (black) roses are gone.

    All of the verses about time are just emphasizing that she's not going to give up on him. This lyrically also seems to tie into Blue Line Swinger ("I'm willing to hold your hand while you're lost,
    while you're so full of doubt")

    That's my best stab at it.
    realitysoldieron September 13, 2008   Link

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