Hey, glad girls only want to get you high
And they're alright

There will be no coronation
There will be no flowers flowing
In the light that passes though me

Hey, glad girls only want to get you high
And they're alright

There will be no graduation
There will be no trumpets blowing
In the light that passes through me

With the sinking of the sun
I've come to greet you
Clean your hands and go to sleep
Confess the dreams
Of good and bad men all around
Some are lost
And some have found
The light that passes though me


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  • +2
    General CommentLike most Guided By Voices songs, I have no idea what this one is about, but I feel safe in proclaiming it to be one of the greatest songs .(period)
    distopiandreamguyon January 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcouldn't agree more
    kissofthecobraon January 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy bad on the last comment I meant to say men go after WOmen with hot bodies
    dakucuruon March 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWOah, i see what you mean now.
    doodoodooon April 30, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWOah, i see what you mean now.
    doodoodooon April 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt was the first GbV song I ever heard. I saw the video clip on Rage. It's so bizarre and wonderful.
    elwyn5150on January 20, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationThe phrase "Glad Girl" was the nickname for the character Pollyanna from the mid 1910s. Pollyanna was a little girl who seemed to be incapable of being negative, i.e. she was always "glad." She lived in a dour old town with a dour old aunt, and her cheerfulness eventually made everyone in town happy.

    The character was hugely popular, to the point Pollyanna and "Glad Girl" were household names at the time, which is why you occasionally hear people called Pollyanna-ish when they're (over) optimistic. There was a "Glad Game," "Glad Clubs," etc.

    At one point in the story, she's injured and bedridden, and starts becoming very pessimistic. But the townspeople come and visit her to tell her how happy she had made them, and eventually she cheers back up. The verse at the end:

    "With the sinking of the sun
    I've come to greet you
    Clean your hands and go to sleep
    Confess the dreams
    Of good and bad men all around
    Some are lost
    And some have found
    The light that passes though me"

    ...fits the Pollyanna story pretty well, i.e. she's bedridden and told the stories of "good and bad men all around." I'm sure this comes across as reading WAY too much into the lyrics, but if they aren't actually referencing Pollyanna, that would be a pretty big coincidence.

    Bob Pollard's extremely well read, so I'm 99% sure he'd know about all that. That said, like a lot of great lyrics, there are several interpretations, and the hot chick interpretation obviously fits. I'm also 99% sure Pollard's aware of those connotations as well (heh.)

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    tpojtpojon November 27, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General CommentWOah, i see what you mean now.
    doodoodooon April 30, 2006   Link
  • -2
    General CommentThis song seems to be about how a lot of men go after men because of their hot bodies.
    dakucuruon March 25, 2006   Link

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