"Dilettante" as written by and Anne Erin Clark....
Oh Elijah, don't make me wait
Nobody's winning
The sharks are swimming in the red

Oh Elijah, don't make me wait
While you are sleeping
My mind goes creaking down the hall

Slow down, dilettante
So I can limp beside you
And follow in your house too

Hang on, street savant
My bank in my back pocket
How far you think it'll take us?

You're like a party I heard through a wall
I'm always watching you through a keyhole
Let's not forget
Let's not forget
Let's not forget
Why we crawled here

Oh Elijah, don't make me wait
I got no patience for an estrangement, anyway

Wake up, Avenue C
Your hometown is still sleeping

You're like a party I heard through the wall
Invite me
But I'm always watching you through a keyhole
Let's not forget
Let's not forget
Let's not forget
Where we crawled from

Oh Elijah, don't make me wait
What is so pressing?
You can't undress me, anyway

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"Dilettante" as written by Anne Erin Clark


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    General CommentI think it's "Slow down dilettante so I can LIMP beside you" instead of "live beside you" :)
    Uncanny11on September 08, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"The next song is a love letter to New York City, where we live, but sort of like an 'I love you, but I also kind of hate you' kind of letter. If you've been to New York, I think you'll understand. It's like 'I love you so much, you're so amazing, but I'm addicted to you and also please come and take your shoe from my throat.' (Comments before live performance 4/18/12 in San Diego youtube.com/…). Still not sure I know exactly what she means, but it's an incredibly seductive sound.
    abirataon November 15, 2012   Link
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    General Commenti think yr right! :] thanks
    wild_ cosmiaon September 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think she says "I'm always watching you through a key hole" and also creaking down the hall, not wall. And I don't know for sure what she's saying in "So I can limp beside you - and follow in your house? too" And I think it's it's can undress, not can't. I am not sure on these though. Thanks for the lyrics!
    smallatomicbombon September 10, 2011   Link
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    Lyric Correctionyou need to move the question mark to the bottom line. it's
    "What is so pressing you can't undress me anyway?"

    also it's
    "creaking down the Hall"

    "follow in you House too"

    "my bank in my Back pocket"
    "how far you think IT'll take us?"

    "watching you through a keyhole"
    deadrumbearon September 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorites on the album. I don't get the reference to Elijah. Biblical?

    My interpretation is that Elijah is a dilettante in his interest in the singer. She wants him to show interest in him. "while you are sleeping my mind goes creaking down the hall"

    He's busy doing other things "What's so pressing, you can't undress me anyway?".
    plataon February 20, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI wonder if the name Elijah is a reference to the Biblical prophet who hid in the desert for three years, or is the actual name of a man she is hoping to see; perhaps both?

    Maybe I'm pushing it but perhaps the reference to sharks is a vague reference to King Ahab, which sounds like Captain Ahab who sought Moby Dick, or maybe they are just the money pushers behind her recording career.

    The line "you're like a party I heard through a wall" -that I suspect may be a direct reference to the Del Amitri song "Heard through a wall". The song of an eager lover who promises to burst into the life of his love and make her heart swoon. As a live performer I'm sure she spends lots of time touring and likely may overhear other lovers through the doors and walls of hotel rooms.

    During the seder holiday a special goblet of wine is filled for the prophet Elijah, then the door is opened to allow him to enter and drink; and at every bris a chair is set aside for him. This song is a song of invitation and waiting, of her longing to be with her own personal Elijah.
    fortune8on July 03, 2017   Link

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