He spends his time
or maybe half of his time
or part of the time wandering
'round the creeks and cobble stones of hackney lanes
with a tear in his eye
as the children walk by, he's thinking of a song
then stops to paint a picture of a frown
walking around
Dan Treacy's smile
leaves you trying to decide who's the victim, what's the crime?
no rest for the mind
that's seen it all before
and I don't know where he lives
but he's a myth of a man
and Texas Bob the cameraman
is off to fix his sit before the show
yeah, but where did he go?
to know when your time's up
you flip the glass and watch the hours quickening
oh oh oh oh oh
in the back of the station
fluorescent lights about to quit their flickering
well he speaks his mind
he says "what is crime?"
Dan Treacy's eyes
In the middle of the park
when the underground is dark,
he's a poet he's a lark
he starts thinking about a place that no one knows
and when the creeks run dry
he stays frozen in time
strange lights in the sky
start blinking
I can see the car outside but he's listening
he's listening
and he's making up his mind
He made his mind up
to get things done and overcome
He made his mind up
yeah he's gonna let it go
he made his mind up
in the park and at the station
he made his mind up
yeah, he's gonna get it done
he made his mind up
ooh yeah he's gonna get it done
he made his mind up
yeah, he's gonna let it go, uh oh
no matter the time
oh oh
when the creeps run by
oh no
he's making his mind up
oh oh oh oh
yeah he's gonna get it done whoa
oh yeah, when the creeks run dry whoa oh
yeah, he's gonna listen to his soul,
yeah, when the creeps walk by and say
"come here boy, look me in the eye"
bow to the heart, back to the beat of
Dan Treacy

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    General CommentWell Dan Treacy is a singer / songwriter in the band Television Personalities.. so it is an ode to him. The song seems to just be about him walking around London hackney lanes.. and just making up his mind. haha good song
    Proof327on March 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI may be way off here, but is this song talking about murder?
    LanceLovesMusicon March 25, 2010   Link
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    My OpinionI think is sort of weird to dedicate a song to another artist but two in one album is unheard of.
    ejaywillieon May 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song kinda sounds like Voxtrot in the way that he sings
    a13xftwon May 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWell, first, he's obviously deep in thought. Possibly depressive thought, from drawing frowns.

    Then, it mentions his smile makes you wonder "who's the victim, what's the crime"
    This implies his smile has a faked, or evil quality to it, like he is ashamed or obtaining guilty pleasure, either one.

    Then later, it implies that he is making a major change in his life. Perhaps giving up a life of crime. Perhaps seeking drug addiction recovery. Perhaps forgetting/emotionally detaching from a dark, unwanted memory. Perhaps moving on from a past way of life, in general?

    Simply speculations.

    This may be a literal or figurative reference to Dan Treacy himself. It could be in tribute to him, but based on the introspective nature of the song, that seems unlikely. Perhaps it is recounting treacy's struggles, or simply using him as a mysterious figurehead. If anyone had a definitive life history of treacy, that may be very helpful.
    Johnde08on August 04, 2010   Link

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