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The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane Lyrics 4 years ago
I think this song is about the Holocaust in the 40's. 'A rain of falling cinders' makes me think of when they burned the bodies at the death camps and the ashes would fall from the sky. 'His father's watch, he left it in the showers' could refer to the 'showers' they said they were giving Jews before they burned them, they would confiscate Jews' belongings before the 'showers'; hence his watch got confiscated before he went into the gas chamber. Also where he sings 'the railroad takes him home' could be referring to the trains they used to take Jews to concentration camps and such, maybe the war had just ended and they were taking him home by train.

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