If someone told me you'd be here
whispering these familiar things
talking to my little pets
smoking the same old cigarettes
I would have laughed

I saw you last in summertime
You said you hated long goodbyes
You said there's nothing to explain
in every life a little rain
et cetera

And a long-forgotten fairytale
is in your eyes again
and I'm caught inside a dream world
where the colors are too intense
and nothing is making sense
There's a floating town of eiderdown
in a mist of mystery
There's an old enchanted castle
and the princess there is me
decked out like a Christmas tree

I guess you've had your little joke
but I have lost my sense of humor
My medication's wearing off
or it's just not strong enough
to cover this

and then you kiss me like before
and I find myself wanting more
and you tell that little lie
that kept me hypnotized:
another kiss...

And a long-forgotten fairytale
is in your eyes again
and I'm caught inside a dream world
where the colors are too intense
and nothing is making sense
There's a floating town of eiderdown
in a mist of mystery
There's an old enchanted castle
and the princess there is me
decked out like a Christmas tree

If someone told me I'd succumb
If someone said I'd be so dumb
after all the sleepless nights
when I turned on all the lights
I would have hit them
but I have turned the other cheek
My voice trembles, my knees are weak
and you beat me once again
and I know what happens then:
you raise the ante...

And a long-forgotten fairytale
is in your eyes again
and I'm caught inside a dream world
where the colors are too intense
and nothing is making sense


Lyrics submitted by Anne Arbour

Long-Forgotten Fairytale song meanings
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  • +3
    General Commentto me it's about a person who dropped you like a hot potato, and he or she comes crawling back in through the crack in the door of your life and weeds their way back into your heart, in spite of those long lonely nights laying in the wreckage of what they left behind.

    sometimes you get weak and take the person back, but you learn your lesson eventually...because that kind of person never seems to change for the better. they recognize the power they can have over you and they use it well.

    one of my favorite sm tunes.
    delialon October 24, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis songis brilliant.
    I heard this song before knnowing Meritt was gay and just thought 'I must be going insane, but I can swear he's singing about a man'. It's so cool the way he can talk about a man without actually using any words specifically.I mean, I read the lyrics and tried to imagine it about a woman, but it sounded so wrong in my head. Prolly because it sounded so right the other way around.
    Beautiful song, so much feeling disguised, it's almost painful. How he makes everything sound so unimportant...
    SeventhMoonchildon May 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentlove it
    tigerbeaton June 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is a hilarious song, the imagery is just fantastic. I see it as being a reignited relationship that the protagonist never thought he'd return to, in which his partner has the power to lie or convince him of all this ridiculous shit that he really shouldn't be falling for. I've felt this way before. The metaphor that his partner is so powerful that they are capable of imagining him in a princess dress, in a fairytale, etc. is pretty funny.
    scienceon February 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe magnetic fields seem to have written the soundtrack to my life.
    amazing.
    blu_girl_4evaon May 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"In every life a little rain" is an allusion to the Ink Spots song "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall"

    Also, I love all the S&M punning: "pets", "decked out", "beat me once again". Merritt is brilliant.
    chairmanroflmaoon January 28, 2009   Link
  • -1
    General Commentone of the greater ones. I think he was trying to call back the great ghosts of 80's new wave. It worked.
    ahh...mcgeeon December 23, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentgreat beat
    pumkinhedon January 15, 2006   Link

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