"Choir Vandals" as written by and Andrew Kenny....
Burned out like all
Cathie candles
Marked up with the
Choir vandals
Reading, "destroy, destroy, destroy"

Two-speed cycle
Streamered handles
Evenings with the
Roman Scandals
I just want to be someone you know

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"Choir Vandals" as written by Andrew Kenny

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  • +1
    General Comment"A Roman Scandal" was a band from AmAnSet's home town (Austin, TX) featuring a member of "....Trail of Dead".

    whyitsjustmeon September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbeautiful listen-to-alone song.
    SacredAcornon July 26, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy does it feel like this song is trying to hug me?
    Ar0onon November 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI feel like this song is about the author's relationship with a girl, possibly one that has either rejected him or he can't have.
    "Roman Scandals" is a strange musical comedy from the early 30's.
    bocmaximaon May 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthere seem to be references to the catholic church:

    cathie (catholic) candles
    choir vandals
    roman scandals (a play on roman candles or the cover-ups by the vatican of molestation)

    "burned out" and "marked up" follow the lines of dirty business marring the church
    jemappellearielleon July 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentInterestingly enough, "Cathie" (Cathy) was A Roman Scandal's keyboardist Tyler Jacobson's long-time girlfriend. She also made videos for that band, but more importantly Cathy played in Furry Things, an early Trance Records lablemate of AmAnSet whom they frequently shared the stage with.

    She was likely once part of AmAnSet's "scene" but perhaps gravitated towards A Roman Scandal's (which was vewied as more "elitist" or "snobby" and was a few years younger than AmAnSet's) as time passed.["Evenings with the Roman Scandals"]

    As mentioned, Roman Scandal (and most likely their "scene") featured a member of ...Trail of Dead, a band known for their destructive and chaotic shows and out-of-control partying.["Marked up with the Choir vandals, Reading "destroy, destroy, destroy""]

    Just a guess: the author/narrator of this song had an unrequited crush on Cathy and disliked the people she was currently hanging out with but was willing to "spend evenings with Roman Scandals" to "be someone you know". That, or just as likely, the song was written to sarcastically take a jab at Cathy and her new friends.
    texsasson October 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful song
    mtpleasanton March 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRoman infrastructure is well known in history for its odd, quirky scandals.

    "Candles on Bay Street" is a novel by Cathie Pelletier
    Pantaleon March 17, 2013   Link

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