"Freeze Tag" as written by and Suzanne Vega....
We go to the playground
In the wintertime
The sun is fading fast
Upon the slides into the past
Upon the swings of indecision
In the wintertime

In the dimming diamonds
Scattering in the park
In the tickling
And the trembling
Of freeze tag
In the dark

We play that we're actors
On a movie screen
I will be Dietrich
And you can be Dean

You stand
With your hand
In your pocket
And lean against the wall
You will be Bogart
And I will be
Bacall

And we can only say yes now
To the sky, to the street, to the night

Slow fade now to black
Play me one more game
Of chivalry
You and me
Do you see
where I've been hiding
In this hide-and-seek?

We go to the playground
In the wintertime
The sun is fading fast
Upon the slides into the past
Upon the swings of indecision
In the wintertime
Wintertime
Wintertime

We can only say yes now
To the sky, to the street, to the night
We can only say yes now
To the sky, to the street, to the night


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"Freeze Tag" as written by Suzanne Vega

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    My InterpretationA group of children, the singer's younger self among them, go to an urban playground on a winter afternoon. The sunlight is already disappearing from the swings, the slides, the chainlink fence (...'dimming diamonds/Scattering...'), and the lyrics carry a tangible sense of cold ('wintertime', 'trembling', 'freeze' tag).

    The game the children play has the chaser 'tagging' others, who must then stand motionless until freed by someone else. They're running around in the falling darkness, absorbed in their game, raucous with the excitement of it.

    Then singer and a friend (a boy) leave freeze tag behind, and use the less innocent templates of screen icons (Dean-Dietrich, Bogart-Bacall) to pose in roles that will one day be in earnest. 'Slow fade now to black...' - movie terminology, linking the screen stars, the fading light, and a fading of childhood innocence ('Do you see/Where I've been hiding/In this hide-and-seek?').

    'We can only say yes now...' Since they're still children, they can't yet say 'yes' (that token of compliance) to each other, so for in the meantime they practice on the sky, the street, the night.

    For me, this song is about the fading of innocence, with children performing play versions of what will later be real and serious - freeze tag a metaphor for adult interplay (where it's possible to be rendered motionless by someone until freed by someone else), the movie roleplay a precursor of romantic relationships, and the playground (with its grown-up propensities to 'slides into the past' and 'swings of indecision') a play version of the world that waits beyond its chain-link fence.
    TrueThomason May 09, 2012   Link

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