I saw you standing at the airport
With your chihuahua in your hand
Crying on the moving sidewalk
On your way to Disneyland

And the flowers she sent
And the flowers she said she sent
Are all equally dead
You don't care anymore what she said
And the books she read
And the books that she said she read
Are all spread on the floor
You don't get out of bed anymore

I saw you closing your antique shop
With a boa around your throat
And you tremble like an ostrich
In your ostrich feather coat

And the flowers she sent
And the flowers she said she sent
Are all equally dead
You don't care anymore what she said
And the books she read
And the books that she said she read
Are all spread on the floor
You don't get out of bed anymore


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    General CommentI think this is about someone who has been putting on an image and is struggling to keep hold of that image as a relationship ends which is pushing them to face their own unawareness of their feelings. The song has this numb quality and the chorus hints at someone who is a bit inauthentic. The first verse has all this imagery about moving towards something, in this case, something that stands for happiness (Disneyland) but they are crying. They are leaving for this illusion of happiness.
    The second verse is also like a show of moving on or putting the past behind you (closing the antique shop), but also with imagery of being an ostrich (sticking your head in the sand). The ostrich bit implies the obliviousness they put on is a show - it's a coat. They want to appear unaffected, but it's not real - they are affected. The boa is a bit of a pun, as it can be an accessory to seem glamorous or the idea of a boa constrictor strangling you. The person's own mask is suffocating them.
    voodoodollyon November 22, 2016   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. I don't think the lyrics really have a meaning, just an atmosphere.
    evil_laugheron June 17, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOf course the lyrics have meaning! Its Stephen Merritt. There's a reason why there are references to animals and flowers in this song. Only the lyricist knows. But the chorus is so good it reminded me of a personal situation.
    GrungyBeatleon August 10, 2012   Link

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