When I heard the news
I nearly lost my breath
My heart stopped
And I held my chest
How could it be true, how could it
be true?
I bought ten copies of the paper
Tried to buy them all
But they wouldn’t let me
How could it be true, how could it
be true?
Cut out the clip
And wallpapered my wall
I took it to work
To make copies so I could paper the
whole house
How could it be true, how could it
be true?
I scanned it too
So I could show it to my out-of-town
I wrote a letter to the editor
To give praise and a mention
To the names they forgot
And the answers they didn’t question
And those answers they didn’t question
So what’s one to do
With all this fame and glory
Hire a PR firm
To tell the rest of the story
How could it be true, how could it
be true?
Write it down quick
So I can make the 4 o’clock news
I know it’s only local
But if it’s what they choose
We’ll celebrate over dinner,
Maybe dancing too
How could it be true, how could it
be true?

Who cut the cake?
Without any warning
Who cut the cake?
With my special knife
Into tiny little pieces for every fella’s wife

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    General CommentThis album gives me such a breezy 60s-70s in New York City vibe, like an episode of Mary Tyler Moore or Taxi. Within that context, the first verse reminded me of a typical reaction to the JFK assassination and the whole song feels like the perspective of a woman remembering when she first heard the news.

    Anyways, wonderful song, wonderful album.
    Tiger_milkon July 27, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI find this song quite ambiguous. As the song starts, it sounds like she's heard something awful. But by the end, she's talking about celebrating and dancing.

    My first reaction was that she has read in the paper that someone she loved has married to someone else ("My heart stopped" and "Who cut the cake / Without any warning?") But that doesn't fit with the rest of the song, which is either about a major world event, or a celebration.

    I'm still not sure what it's about...
    wugubon June 08, 2014   Link

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