Brandoch Daha (ticktockman) wrote in thequestionclub,
Brandoch Daha

Lyrics Epiphany

Have you had a sudden realization about song lyrics? Got some examples?

It happened to me just now. I know 10,000 Maniacs "Eat For Two" from the MTV Unplugged performance, and I've always been fascinated by the rhythm and sound, and just coasted over the lyrics. I couldn't have told you what the song was about, just that I liked the way it sounded. I had no idea what the title "Eat For Two" meant.

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So I recently went to the public library and borrowed the 10,000 Maniacs album with the studio version of the song, and ripped it to my computer. Today I was listening to the song, and suddenly I went SAY WHAT?!?. I had no idea until now that the song was about being pregnant -- unexpectedly -- unhappily.

O, Baby blankets and baby shoes, baby slippers, baby spoons, walls of baby
Dream child in my head is a nightmare born in a borrowed bed.
Now I know lightning strikes again.
It struck me once, then struck me dead.
My folly grows inside of me.
I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now.

Well, the egg man fell down off his shelf.
All the good king`s men with all their help struggled `til the end for a shell
they couldn`t mend.
You know where this will lead, to hush and rock in the nursery for the kicking
one inside of me.
I eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now.

When the boy was a boy, the girl was a girl, they found each other in a wicked
Strong in some respects, but she couldn`t stand for the way he begged and gave
Pride is for men; young girls should run and hide instead.
Risk the game by taking dares with "yes".
Eat for two, walk for two, breathe for two now.

Walk for two? I`m stumbling.
Breathe for two? I can`t breathe.
Five months , how it grows.
Five months now, I begin to show.

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