Ten years, two-thousand stomach aches;
If I get one every other day,
Are we to have another century of guitar when the best instrument in the world is still the piano?

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    General CommentTechnically, there is a thumbpiano...
    kwst483on December 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    The final line, with the pause leading into the heavy cello sound is amazing.
    I don't know if Piano is the best instrument (I'm still partial to guitar), but it works so well for this song.
    The only time where Piano has really blown me away is Mike Garson's contributions to Aladdin Sane.
    JohnnyDeathon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's ironic that Kaki is a guitar god when this song is like 'the best instrument is the piano'.
    SolarPoweredJoyon October 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell,..
    I think this is just a metaphor about all the things WE do or WE are but maybe is not "the right one" for any reason and it hurts. the question is that one;
    are we to have another century of guitar when the best instrument in the world is still piano?

    so for example...are we going to be like this when everybody is diferent?
    are we going to do the same when everybody does the opposite?
    you could find diferent interpretations linked, actually i can find many more.

    i don´t think she is talking about people´s instrument preferences cause it hasn´t sense.
    I like both instruments, it depends on who is playing them...;)

    Sorry, i can´t explain myself better than this.
    musicaliadaon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe thing about piano is that if you learn to play, you generally learn a lot about music and theory and things that someone just picking up a guitar wouldn't learn right away. Notes are arranged in a much simpler way on the piano so I find certain things can be done easier on the piano and then transferred to a guitar perhaps. Pianos are very versatile, and a very useful instrument for a musician, this might be what she is talking about by saying it's the best instrument. I think that this song is just meant to be very ironic though, because no matter how great, influential and useful pianos can be...there is no piano in the song.
    kwst483on November 30, 2009   Link
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    General Commentjust a musing on the current state of the music world, that's all.

    but so gorgeous!
    bohemiandonuton March 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI llike musicaliada's interpretation, don't know if I agree with it...

    The song makes me think of the validity of that final statement. By itself, yes, piano is the most versatile instrument; you've got 7 octaves on a keyboard. But in the context of others playing in several instruments, even if it only has ~40 notes, I think guitar the superior instrument. The advent of pedals gave so many different sounds and moods that I still don't think have been by touched by keyboard.

    In the end though, Johnny death is right; it all depends on the players devtion and imagination....
    inhocsignoviceon March 05, 2010   Link

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