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Swinging with the swing band conductors before the last two words, Sonny Liston; she was never heard from again, just like Sonny Liston. She went down Swinging at her killer in the Cadillac. Great Petty tune.

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You put your heart and soul into something, but to no avail. Everything you had is gone now. And hopelessness sets in. The narrator begins to suck everything out of anyone that stands between them in a desperate hope of maybe having the things they loved again.

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Utter confusion. You have ups and downs often, and it’s weird. It leaves you with more questions than answers

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This song can be about anything, from sex, drugs, or even just happiness. Something that seems almost unattainable. I personally view it a sexual frustration. You want to have it but you can’t because of other factors that don’t allow you these pleasures.

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I always thought the song was about John being in love with this girl, despite the fact that they can't seem to get it right. It eats him alive because he thinks it's him, and he always tries to make it right, ie "And I've done all I can, to stand on her steps with my heart in my hands."

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I believe this song is about the hopelessness of a meaningless existence. I interpret the line ‘an abyss that laughs at creation’ as a reference to the theory of absurdism by Albert Camus. This theory in short term is the paradox between humans searching for meaning in existence their entire life when in reality there isn’t one. I predict Ian is discussing the point of actually living in a meaningless world, ‘existence, well what does it matter?’ I believe is a question Ian frequently asked himself, why bother to continue living in a meaningless world?. Thus, I believe this...

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My interpretation:: “She” is addiction, specifically alcoholism. This song is about how it’s a 2 way street and certain people tend to be more likely to fall into addiction. I.e., She has tragic taste in men, preferring comedians / performers. It’s from both perspectives of the personified addiction & the addict. Having some clarity after recovery, about how when in the depths of addiction you might look back on situations and reframe what really happened to be less painful - the logic isn’t there (1+1=3, then 4+4=9) you’ll tell yourself anything to make it less painful to recall until you’re...

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GL songbook says:"The entrance going down to Port MacNichol from the eastern extremity of Lake Huron into Georgian Bay. There are three smaller islands closer in and four magnificent islands farther out. It was a vacation spot when I used to go sailing. The boat was named Sundown, incidentally. A romantic ballad about the rigors of everyday life and getting back to nature."

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To me this is about a man who could see things going on in the world around him that others were not recognizing. Like a person who sees a conspiracy theory that is actually true. Most people would call them crazy, and speaking out is dangerous. He thought being a hero looked like fun as a child. The dangers of sharing what you know are a reality. This man believes that we are all being controlled by the powers that be. Our control is an illusion. His heros had the heart to lose their lives out on a limb....

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I can absolutely relate to this beaut :(

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