Sometimes when this place gets kind of empty
Sound of their breath fades with the light
I think about the loveless fascination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Lower the curtain down on Memphis
Lower the curtain down all right
I got no time for private consultation
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

And it's something quite peculiar
Something shimmering and white
Leads you here despite your destination
Under the Milky Way tonight

Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find
Wish I knew what you were looking for
Might have known what you would find

Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight
Under the Milky Way tonight


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"Under the Milky Way" as written by Steven John Kilbey Karin Gunilla Jansson

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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    My InterpretationThis is a stretch, but this song reminds me of Graceland and people's "loveless fascination" with Elvis.

    The line, "Lower the curtain down on Memphis" is significant - otherwise, why mention the city? (Graceland, by the way, is in Memphis.)

    The chorus, then, makes sense to me: "“Wish I knew what you were looking for, might have known what you would find.” Of course, he doesn't have time to chat with people ("private consultation"), but it sparks his curiosity.

    It seems the narrator, too, is drawn to Graceland for reasons unclear to him, which is why "it's something quite peculiar. Something shimmering and white
    Leads you here despite your destination, under the Milky Way tonight."

    He may not have thought about visiting Graceland, but once in Memphis - how can you not?

    If I'm off the mark, then the clue to the song's meaning is the city of Memphis.
    sebrazon September 17, 2012   Link

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