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I'mNotThePope



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 11, 2007 4:23 pm    Post subject: Birds of Paradise Farm Reply with quote

So what happens at the end? Or is the ambiguity the appeal? And was that ever NH's address?
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yohan and hilda



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2007 10:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

he set the birdies free!
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I'mNotThePope



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I assumed he must have done. I don't know, I just thought it was splendidly opaque. Are the lyrics anywhere?
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Woody



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2007 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My parents knew
These people who
For all their faults
Were very nice
They owned a farm
Whose olde world charm
Earned it the name of 'Paradise'

We came to stay
One holiday
We played croquet
And burned our arms
But I was charmed
And lost for words
When first I heard
The birds of Paradise Farm

Singing gay songs
All the day long
Making love to the dinner gong
Wondering when
Their human friend
Would come to feed them

I looked in the trees
And in the air
I searched the eaves of disused barns
Till finally, to my despair,
I found the caged birds in Paradise Farm

Singing gay songs all the day long
Making love to the dinner gong
Wondering why their tiny lives
Should be spent behind iron bars

Now Leonardo da Vinci
St. Francis of Assisi
But Neil Hannon of The See House, Fivemiletown
Well, it doesn't sound quite right somehow

Singing gay songs all summer long
Making love to the dinner gong
Wondering when their human friend
Would come to free them.

When the last day came
I took my time
They called my name
And revved the car
When nature calls you must reply
They laughed
Waving goodbye
To Paradise Farm ...
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Hev_p



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 9:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A previous explanation of the last verse was that on the last day of the holiday, his family was waiting to get going, but Neil was nowhere to be found. When he finally reappeared, his family thought he'd been having a wizz, but he'd actually been setting the birdies free...or something.
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yohan and hilda



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the middle eight bit (or whatever it is, I'm not a musician), went like this.... but Neil Hannon of the Sea House, Five Miles High.....

Doesn't particularly make sense but that is what I think it sounds like.
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yohan and hilda



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just done some googling, no one else heard what I heard....
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I'mNotThePope



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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 2:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Woody wrote:
My parents knew
These people who
For all their faults
Were very nice
[...]


Ta ever-so!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2007 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yohan and hilda wrote:
I thought the middle eight bit (or whatever it is, I'm not a musician), went like this.... but Neil Hannon of the Sea House, Five Miles High.....

Doesn't particularly make sense but that is what I think it sounds like.


i always thought it was 'sea house' (probably because of my obsession with promenade!) as well
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17thBeatle



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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2007 3:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hev_p wrote:
A previous explanation of the last verse was that on the last day of the holiday, his family was waiting to get going, but Neil was nowhere to be found. When he finally reappeared, his family thought he'd been having a wizz, but he'd actually been setting the birdies free...or something.


Or he wanted to but couldn't bring himself to do it, and actually did just go for a wizz.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 12:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, you never know for sure if he set them free... which call of nature he was answering and who was waving goodbye to the farm. I'd like to think he let them go, but they may not have been adapted to the British climate and ecosystem and could have died. Plus he would have got into terrible trouble.

My bet is he had a reluctant whizz instead.

I love this song by the way. Its one of my favourites.

Oooh, I've found a local farm that delivers organic vegetable boxes and its called Paradise Farm. Woo!
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shall we all be dull and do interpretations based on punctuation?

When the last day came, I took my time. They called my name and revved the car. 'When nature calls, you must reply' they laughed, waving goodbye to Paradise Farm.

or...

When the last day came, I took my time. They called my name and revved the car. When nature calls, you must reply. They laughed, waving goodbye to Paradise Farm.

He says he took his time but he doesn't say he set them free. 'when nature calls...' could be said by Neil, his family or the birds. Birds can't talk but this is a song not real life. The laughing could be done by the family or the birds. I don't think birds can laugh. But this is a song not real life. The waving goodbye could be done by the family or the birds. I don't think birds can wave. But this is a song not real life.

*explodes in a purple miasma of possible meanings*
Can you tell I've got time to waste this morning?
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Oskar



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I hope Neil never explains it...I didn't think he actually freed them - hence the mid-8 of his own inadequacy - but then I never thought about the call of nature as going for a slash either. That could be the song ruined forever now... But aye; the ambiguities make the song...
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 8:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

While we're here, what does the bloke say at the end of the music video to Radiohead's 'Just'? Wink

(a sure way to get flamed/ignored on the Radiohead board)
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Woody



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now that is the question ... Confused
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yohan and hilda



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think he says that he is getting paid loads of money to lie on the floor on a pop video. You can see him doing the nudge nudge wink wink thing just before he starts to speak.
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Woody



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PostPosted: Wed Sep 19, 2007 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some say he's saying 'I'll tell you now, I'll tell you now', and if you look at the video carefully, his mouth does seem to be saying words very similar to that ... though in all likelihood it's probably just nonsense
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Garibaldi McFlurry



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'The See House, Fivemiletown' was Neil Hannon's address when he wrote the song - the See House is the residence of a Bishop - his dad was the Bishop of Clogher in the Church of Ireland, and the house is in Fivemiletown, a small town in County Tyrone. Makes perfect sense!
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I'mNotThePope



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PostPosted: Thu Feb 24, 2011 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is there a word on urbandictionary.com for receiving a topic notification from a long-dormant discussion? "Threadslap", perhaps?
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Garibaldi McFlurry wrote:
'The See House, Fivemiletown' was Neil Hannon's address when he wrote the song - the See House is the residence of a Bishop - his dad was the Bishop of Clogher in the Church of Ireland, and the house is in Fivemiletown, a small town in County Tyrone. Makes perfect sense!


I wonder who registered here just for this accurate answer (and re-activating a 3 year old topic).
Odds are high that it's you, Neil ! Got ya ! Razz
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Garibaldi McFlurry



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PostPosted: Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can assure you I'm not Neil! I was googling for the address of the current Bishop (to Street View it) and saw this topic and thought I would reply.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone requested this at the Waterford gig last October (I flew from the US to Ireland for for DC shows). Neil didn't play it but did mention that the farm in in the song was not far from Waterford.
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Cathy W.



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 28, 2011 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

distantshores wrote:
Someone requested this at the Waterford gig last October (I flew from the US to Ireland for for DC shows). Neil didn't play it but did mention that the farm in in the song was not far from Waterford.


Good for you for making the trip to Ireland from the U.S. to see TDC shows! The last time I went to Europe to see Neil play was six years ago during the VFTCM tour. Neil is due for a U.S. appearance. Smile
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