For the moment slipped right through him
Combed his hair, combed his hair
Knew the feeling of contentment
The actors' actor
The actors' actor
Smiled a smile uncomprehending
I took his time, took his time
Wore a hat, so he'd impress her
They took a ride
They took a ride
As I could wait for hours
I could wait and never fall down
Never fall down
Never fall down
He is down beside the river

Lyrics submitted by atomsplitter, edited by Cutecarton

Barnaby, Hardly Working song meanings
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    My InterpretationThis is one of the most beautifully cinematic songs from YLT, along with the more recent, "you can have it all." Barnaby is a fascinating character, perhaps inspired by the protagonists from Thomas Hardy's victorian-era stories. A flawed character who tries so hard but ultimately "falls down" in his pursuits. The solo guitar line almost echoes tragedy. In later retrospection, he finds peace in solitude. The final line can be symbolic or literal, the inevitable analogy of the river following the course of his life and death. A melancholy song though if you've heard them perform it live, is actually more uptempo and almost 90s indie-punk.
    Cutecartonon October 09, 2015   Link

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