Sometimes I feel like being wispy
And once in a while I feel like being dry
But we're doomed and we're drowned by this feeling we surround
So I hope that I get old before I die

Ohhhhh
It's a long, long rope they use to hang you soon I hope
And I wonder why this hasn't happened
Why why why
And I think about the dirt that I'll be wearing for a shirt
And I hope that I get old before I die

Clear off the kitchen table darling
For on the kitchen table I must lie
I'm just tired for my wife just served the banquet of my life
And I hope that I get old before I die

Ohhhhh
It's a long, long rope they use to hang you soon I hope
And I wonder why this hasn't happened
Why why why
And I think about the dirt that I'll be wearing for a shirt
And I hope that I get old before I die

Ohhhhh
It's a long, long rope they use to hang you soon I hope
And I wonder why this hasn't happened
Why why why
And I think about the dirt that I'll be wearing for a shirt
And I hope that I get old before I die


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    General CommentIn the first verse, we get the first clue. The speaker of the song is somebody who feels vulnerable: "doomed and drowned," and is frightened that he'll die young. Why is he frightened? We find that out next.

    In this verse we get a few clues about the person the speaker is singing this to. He's eligible to be hanged, and we've already heard that his very existence threatens our speaker, makes him feel he'll die young. So we can safely assume that the man who ought to be hanged is a killer. In fact, let's just call him that--the Killer.

    Hanging is an unusual method of execution nowadays, but when it was more popular, people widely knew that being hanged with a long rope was unusually brutal, often causing decapitation. That "they" would hang the Killer with a long rope suggests he's so heinous that nobody would care what happened to him.

    We also see that the Killer has *not* been hanged yet. He has escaped, and is now in hiding. This is the most important clue to the Killer's identity. (Start thinking now: who should have been hanged, but escaped?)

    The matter of the kitchen table is also important. Lying on the kitchen table is odd. Tables aren't used for relaxing. In fact there's only one context where one lies on a table, and that's a doctor's office. We see by this clue that the Killer is involved in the medical business. (Got it yet?)

    The speaker is announcing that he's tired of this, tired of the Killer escaping justice. His wife, serving the "banquet of (his) life" is tiring him by telling him to stop focusing on the case. It has become his life, and he's hopped on the kitchen table to demonstrate how important it is to him: "I could conceivably be killed by the Killer, how do you know we aren't all at risk with this madman walking around free?"

    Now, let's throw the clues together and see what pattern we've got. The Killer is a notorious doctor, eligible for hanging, but running around loose. This can fit only one person--Josef Mengele, who wasn't hanged like all the other Nazi war criminals, but escaped and lived in Brazil till he died of natural causes.
    Tuckeron November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI like the song though it does not depict my hope.
    Mine being to die before I'm fifty.
    Bankrobberon March 26, 2008   Link

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