Brand New Colony

11 August 2005

People generally don't pay enough attention to song lyrics, I've decided. Why that is, I don't understand. I mean, really, just read these lyrics from Brand New Colony by The Postal Service. Go on, read them:

I'll be the grapes fermented, bottled and
served with the table set in my finest suit
like a perfect gentleman.
I'll be the fire escape that's bolted to the
ancient brick where you will sit
and contemplate your day.

I'll be the waterwings that save you if you
start drowning in an open tab when your
judgment's on the brink.
I'll be the phonograph that plays your favorite
albums back as you're lying there, drifting off
to sleep... Drifting off to sleep...
I'll be the platform shoes; undo what heredity's done to you:
you won't have to strain to look into my eyes.
I'll be your winter coat, buttoned and zipped
straight to the throat with the collar up so
you won't catch a cold.

I want to take you far from the cynics in this town
and kiss you on the mouth.
We'll cut our bodies free from the tethers of
this scene, start a brand new colony.
Where everything will change, we'll give
ourselves new names. Identities erased.
The sun will heat the grounds, under our bare
feet in this brand new colony.
Brand new colony...

Everything will change.
Everything will change.
Everything will change.

Posted by Greg at 10:16 PM.

On 23 August 2005 at 05:57 PM, Frazier commented:

The song is great, but classic Postal Service where you want so badly to feel like the expressionist lyrics mean something to YOU. In the end, he's just screwing with you.

On 24 August 2005 at 11:46 AM, Greg Veen commented:

Nice! We have a new definition for art: "screwing with you".

On 29 October 2005 at 03:22 PM, loansuk commented:


On 22 November 2005 at 07:29 PM, diana commented:

i think those lyrics are very significant... and no he's not screwing w/ you... you have to read between the lines...

On 16 February 2006 at 11:42 PM, jd commented:

stanza 1):
i'll be... there to always serve you when i can
stanza 2):
i'll be... there always as your protection; rock
stanza 3):
i'll be... there if something troubles you
stanza 4):
i'll be... there playing your favorite music for you if you can't fall asleep
stanza 5):
i'll be... there to undo what the years of growing up with our messed up society has done to you (be yourself), and you won't have any trouble seeing who i really am
stanza 6):
i'll be... there when you are sick, to give you my jacket so you won't catch cold
stanza 7):
i'll be there to protect you from the negative people and aspects of this world, expand the freedom in your life, we will start out a life together on our own.. under our own bare feet.. everything will change for the better

On 6 April 2006 at 01:02 PM, Monica commented:

I am doing a paper on The Glass Menagerie and I read that this song is speculared to based off of the play by Tennessee Williams. So there's some more info for ya. Thanks for the song. Everything is blocked from the school online.

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