Peoria! Destroyia!
Infinity! Divinity!

For Lydia! Octavia!
And Jack-of-Trades!
The Cubs! Hooray!

The Opera House
Where Emma sang!
America! Oh will it play?

And Santa Clause!
The Great Parade!
You have it made!

Into the crossfire
Faithfully run
Middle America
One on one
We saddle the fun times

Lyrics submitted by drinkmilk

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    General CommentI made a login just for this song. I'll explain some of this since I am sitting in Peoria right now!

    Lydia refers to Lydia Moss Bradley who founded the college that I am at right now (Bradley University).
    The cubs have a single A team here in Peoria. Emma Abbot was a famous opera singer from Peoria. About Santa i'm not sure, but there is a Festival of Lights every year at christmas, and there is a parade that goes with that.

    I hope that helps! I really like this song!
    pingpongheroon September 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe "And Santa Claus/The Great Parade!" refers to Peoria's Santa Claus parade which is the oldest regularly occuring parade in the nation!
    Ryonon March 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah... this song makes me want to go to bradley university. my parents both went to bradley and met there.....

    if you didnt know... bradley is on the princton review 375 or 365 or whatever number it is best schools... so check it out! it is very pretty and is located in a very nice town... peoria!
    knittingon September 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI met my wife in Bradley University...
    fretsurferon February 08, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyes, and the music is Christmassy
    sam samsonon May 31, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti went to bradley u! go braves! makes this song a bit more special to me.
    miss.modularon July 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentInto the crossfire
    Faithfully run
    Middle America
    One on one
    We saddle the fun times

    What does this mean i ask?
    Middle America One on One??
    is this something with economics?
    i remember his other song Lint being about economics
    Peoria sounds a bit like Utopia
    xtrabiotoxinon February 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat about Octavia and Jack-of-Trades?
    liesse00on March 09, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI grew up on the great plains so it makes me think of that overexposed dusty sky and birds in cottonwood trees growing through blank, paint-peeled signage at closed down shopping malls. It makes me think of everything mentioned in the song as something on a faded mural in a sun bleached, overgrown, abandoned parking lot. The melody is kind of sad so it makes me think the things mentioned are being remembered in a way that suggests they are gone or if not gone, not the same anymore. It's sad and nostalgic and still waiting for something. Freeway overpasses, offices, showrooms, assembly lines, floorplans, dealerships, subdivisions, grand openings, billboards, progress, sprawling progress; a prairie fire that wanders about.
    Thefloodon June 08, 2013   Link

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