"Year of the Tiger" as written by and Sharon Clark Anne Erin Clark....
When I was young
Coach called me the tiger
I always had
A knack with the danger

Living in fear in the year of the tiger
Living in fear in the year of the tiger

Italian shoes
Like these rubes know the difference
Suitcase of cash
In the back of my stick shift
I had to be the best of the bourgeoisie
Now my kingdom for a cup of coffee

Living in fear in the year of the tiger
Living in fear in the year of the tiger

Oh America,
Can I owe you one
Oh America,
Can I owe you one
Oh America
Can I owe you one
Oh America
Can I owe you one

Living in fear in the year of the tiger
Living in fear in the year of the tiger
Living in fear in the year of the tiger
Living in fear in the year of the tiger


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"Year of the Tiger" as written by Sharon Clark Anne Erin Clark

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    My InterpretationFigure the song to be about someone who's lost money due to the recession

    Once wealthy "Italian shoes... Suitcase of cash..." the character now struggles to buy a "cup of coffee." 2010 -- the year of the tiger -- she lives in fear, borrowing and trying to survive: "Oh America, can I owe you one?"
    onlineatronon November 29, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with onlineatron. But I'd go further and say the song is from the perspective of not just "someone," but the capitalist, the corporation. "Oh America, can I owe you one?" calls my mind to GM and Chrysler as well as the financial firms, who took money from Uncle Sam.

    The cup of coffee line is interesting not just because it shows how far the capitalist has fallen, but it also calls my attention to the whole "peak coffee" crisis leading to a dramatic jump in bulk coffee prices.

    I had never heard the word rubes before. Definition for anyone who's interested: "n. derogatory. A country bumpkin. From an abbreviation of the name 'Reuben.'"
    northlingon March 03, 2012   Link
  • 0
    Lyric CorrectionI hear "can I owe you one" not "can't owe you one"
    iansaunderson September 06, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "NOW my kingdom for a cup of coffee." The difference is important; it suggests that something has changed between having a suitcase of cash and not being able to even get a cup of coffee.
    Absydionon September 14, 2011   Link
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    Link(s)from Wikipedia: "The album closer "Year of the Tiger" was written about the depression Clark experienced in 2010, the Year of the Tiger in the Chinese calendar. Clark did not elaborate on what caused her depression"
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    rsrs1491on December 24, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationAnnie told filter magazine that she was talking to one of her friends whom is big into chinese astronomy, and her friend told her the year of the tiger was going to be a very rough year, and she said that it was for her.

    So there's that.
    breekowskion July 08, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThe writing credits include her mother which leads me to believe this is a personal story involving family. I do know there was a major event that happened around that time involving a family member and I'm fairly certain part of this, if not all of it, is about him.
    vinnystarduston June 26, 2014   Link

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