Soldier is turning
See him through white light
Running from strangers
See you in the valley

War upon war
Heat upon heat
To cut a long story short
I lost my mind

Sitting on a park bench
Years away from fighting
To cut a long story short
I lost my mind

Standing in the dark
Oh, I was waiting for man to come
I am beautiful and clean
And so very very young
To be standing in the street
To be taken by someone

Standing in the dark
Oh, I was waiting for man to come
I am beautiful and clean
And so very very young
To be standing in the street
To be taken by someone

Questions questions
Give me no answers
That's all they ever give me
Questions questions

Oh, look at the strange boy
He finds it hard existing
To cut a long story short
I lost my mind

Oh, to cut a long story short
I lost my
Mind


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  • +2
    My InterpretationAn interpretation of this song is that a traumatized veteran is relaying his experiences from a war. He was just a boy when he enlisted/drafted ("I am beautiful and clean and so very very young...") Sounds like he was captured and tortured as a POW ("That's all they ever give me. Questions questions...") And emerged from the experience worse for wear. Now he's "sitting on a park bench, years away from fighting" and basically muttering what amounts to nonsense. So to cut a long story short, he lost his mind.
    logistical24on July 30, 2009   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI always thought it's about post-war male prostitution.
    He saw the soldier like a saviour (in the white light), but soon he had to run from those stranger soldiers, separated from his family and got to survive as he could (war upon war / heat upon heat)

    then, years away from fighting, he's cruising in the park.
    "Standing in the dark
    Oh I was waiting for man to come
    I am beautiful and clean
    And so very very young
    To be standing in the street
    To be taken by someone"

    the strange boy receives a lot of nasty questions, but no one can explain what's the point in the war that completely shredded his life.

    to cut a long story shot, he lost his mind.
    kerberoszeroon May 12, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSeems like the OST from Manchurian Candidate - mixes war trauma, childhood and adult manipulation - it's hauntingly paraniod.
    truleighon September 11, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationI've always believed it's about war
    NJJon January 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of their best songs in my opinion, though I've never quite understood the meaning behind it. Damn you people, and your bad tastes for no commenting here your thoughts ! >;
    makeshift jesuson November 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song full of typical new romantic nonsensical nonsense. Classic.
    jimmyjango2000on January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIMO this song is about male prostitution
    "Standing in the dark
    Oh I was waiting for man to come
    I am beautiful and clean
    And so very very young
    To be standing in the street
    To be taken by someone"
    Dilling3ron April 30, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationSame as most peoples' posted already except "war" does not necessarily mean putting on a uniform and wielding a gun. Truleigh said it best, but a bullied/abused child goes through a personal war as well.
    hypOneon May 30, 2016   Link

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