"Miles Davis and the Cool" as written by and Brian Fallon....
Like Miles Davis, I've been swayed by the cool
There's just something 'bout the summertime, there's just something 'bout the moon
So I laid a kiss on a stone, tossed it upside your window by the roof
Before you change your mind, Miles, bring in the cool

Honey, put on your red dress and your diamond-soled shoes
Climb on out from that window, climb on out of your room
'Cause I never had a good thing and I always had the blues
But I heard that you always kinda wondered, Miles, strike up the cool

Don't wait too long to come home
My, how the years and our youth passed on
Don't wait too long to come home
I will leave the front light on
And the night is our own
Don't wait too long

Like poor Mr. Pitiful, I can't turn you loose
You move like a dream I had, I woke up sweating in my room
But your mama's got plans and your daddy's aim is true
She never understood that it ain't no good, papa never heard the cool

So now I've got up my nerve and found me a stone
With a flick of the wrist and a turn of the key, you'll just fall in my arms

And don't wait too long to come home
My, how the years and our youth passed on
Don't wait too long to come home
I will leave the front light on
And the night is our own
Don't wait too long

So why don't you sing to me on this long drive home
And let the sound of your voice sway sweet and slow
As we go down, down, down from our youth to the ground
Down, down, down from our youth to the ground

We might always be blue
Jackson

Don't wait too long to come home
My, how the years and our youth passed on
Don't wait too long to come home
I will leave the front light on

No, don't wait too long to come home
My, how the years and our youth passed on
Don't wait too long to come home
I will leave the front light on

As we go down, down, down from our youth to the ground
Down, down, down from our youth to the ground
Down, down, down from our youth to the ground
Down, down, down, down, down


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"Miles Davis & The Cool" as written by Brian Fallon

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    My InterpretationSo, here's this:

    I think Miles Davis was the sound that these kids were listening to in their youth. The Jazz musician, by say 1959, had been well into his career. So to hear Miles Davis playing on a record or "on grandmama's radio" would bring back a flood of memories and nostalgia about this person (girl) who has wandered from him as they have grown older. "My have the years of our youth passed on" seems to mean that they continued a relationship of some kind into the future though, as predicted, she wandered.

    The album actually deals quite heavily with concepts of memories/nostalgia, among others, but also abandonment. The yearning for this person to return leads him to plead for her "not take too long to come home."
    And in Great Expectations we see something similar when he sings "I saw tail lights last night in a dream abut my ex-wife." He has been left again, perhaps by the same person.
    In the '59 sound, he is left alone yet again, and permanently, by someone dieing in a car accident. I still have to look further into other songs to see this particular theme pop up.



    Hmm...

    ...I'm actually starting to think that the "someone" in each case is all the same person, perhaps stretching across the album as a whole.
    In this song, it is his child hood friend, who he mentions in The '59 Sound, as the person he "knows 'cause we were kids and we used to hang." Only to grow up to become his lover or spouse and be the leaving "ex-wife" mentioned in Great Expectatoins. She is the one who dies in a car crash, going "down, down, down, from [her] youth to the ground." And she plagues him in his dreams causing him to "wake up sweating in my room."
    She is to forever be the recipient of the singer's longing who hopefully, and pitifully, leaves the floodlight on as a beacon for her return.



    G4dgeton April 08, 2009   Link

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