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I'm sure you're all familiar with this PDF publication. It hasn't been added to since 2001. Apparently, Neil said something about how fans should be free to find their own interpretations of his lyrics and the author took this to mean he should stop, damn shame! I've had it for ages,but have only recently sat down and started to read thru it all. I am finding it quite addictive reading, especially when people disagree, interesting.
I must admit, having read the many interpretations of DDIO, I still haven't much of a clue what the song's about. I have sung it, took a bit of practice, as it sits around my break. I enjoyed singing it and people seemed to like hearing it. I just tried to sing every sentence the same way as I would speak it, whether or not they made any sense following each other.
For anyone who hasn't seen it, it's here:

I would liken you

To a night without stars

Were it not for your eyes

To a sleep without dreams

Were it not for your songs (Langston Hughes)

What else is love for

But to leave you wanting more? (Tim Finn)

My Digital Art, Poetry & Lyrics

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Oops, finger trouble or should I say so-called smartphone trouble. This link should work.

I wonder why Neil found it so "hilarious" that there was a website where people discussed his lyrics. I found the "revelation" that "Something So Strong" was about caffeine addiction pretty funny. I'm no prude, but "burning and exploding" aside, anyone who thinks "When You Come" is about sex needs a cold shower. It was only a year after commercial radio stations refused to play George Michael's infamous single.

Well, no one supplied any interesting new interpretations to include since, either, and if I had not received a mail from the man himself, I would have kept the manual open.


I have a feeling that the time of these long elaborate explanations has somewhat passed. It was linked closely to the time when most of us were getting their fix from the "Tongue in the mail" list buzzing with activity in the mid-90s. One regular feature was the "song of the week", and the interpretations were just chasing each other in the digests. I just had to pick those I thought to be really original, ask permission, and I would add a new one each week.

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