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Topless models
Doing semaphore
Wave their flags as she walks by
And get ignored

Illuminations
On a rainy day
When she walks her footsteps sing
A reckless serenade

I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need
Call up to listen to the voice of reason
And got his answering machine

The type of kisses
Where teeth collide
When she laughs the heavens hum a stun gun lullaby

Those twinkling vixens
With a shining spiral eyes
Their hypnosis goes unnoticed when she's walking by

I've been trying to figure out exactly what it is I need
Call up to listen to the voice of reason
And got the answering machine

I left my message but did he forget back to me
Now I'm stuck here wondering
How it's meant to be

Singing a reckless serenade
Reckless serenade
Reckless serenade
Reckless serenade

Reckless serenade
Reckless serenade
Reckless serenade



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    UnregisteredFeb 25, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    It's basically about a girl, much like every other girl however this girl evidently means more to him and intrigues him more than all the others. She could be anywhere in world, in front of the most incredible happening but all attention would still be swayed back to her somehow. He clearly loves this girl but fascination takes up almost half of this love with her. He realises after thinking a long while after all of the hype of his success what he really wants, and he tries to get what he wants like he is used to, however this girl doesn't give him what he wants and he is stunned and completely confused by this, because he is not used to not knowing and being left in the dark about what he wants. Consequently to this because he has'd to wait and see and wonder about what may happen, he begins to sing a reckless serenade to recover from all of his uncontrolled emotions and let them all out in a way only he could understand and conclude not only for this girl, but for the way she has made him feel, hence it being a 'reckless' serenade. That's just my intake of it anyway, f*****g superb song.
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    UnregisteredDec 4, 2011 at 8:26 am
    No questions about it, the song is about the singer observing everything inside of a strip club. Most people go to a strip club to pay attention to the strippers. A friend of mine is a dj at a strip club, and if you make eye contact, then they'll being doing whatever they have to convince you to get a dance from them. For this reason alone, whenever I have to stop by, I always say either I am either g**, or do not make eye contact.
    The first verse refers to topless models, which are only found in a strip club (or in their case, the red light district). Also, in verse 1, he mentions "they wave their flags", which is money (if strippers were pirates, their flag would be a $1. 00 bill.).
    The 2nd verse is also a description of the setting. "illuminations, on a rainy day" is also evidence they he is in a strip club, do to the fact that its raining (which means the sun isn't visible). The illuminations part is simply in reference to the disco balls or lights in a strip club. The end of that verse says "when she walks her footsteps sing, a reckless serenade". This is his way of describing a stripper, because they are beautiful, but their intentions are reckless.
    The 3rd verse is him rationalizing why he is in the strip club to begin with, but can't, so he stays.
    I think you can piece the rest together,.

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