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Mondays is for drinking
To the seldom seen kid

I've been working
On a cocktail called
"Grounds For Divorce"
Whoah
Polishing a compass
That I hold in my sleeve
Whoah
Down comes him on sticks
But then he kicks
Like a horse
Whoah
There's a
Chinese cigarette case
And the rest you can keep
And the rest you can keep
And the rest you can keep

There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Down which of late
I cannot help but fall
There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Down which of late
I cannot help but fall

Mondays is for drinking
To the seldom seen kid

There's this
Whispering of jokers
Doing "Flesh by the Pound"
To a chorus of supporters
From the little town halls
There'll be twisted karaoke
At the Aniseed Lounge
And I'll bring you
Further roses
But it does you no good
And it does me no good
And it does you no good

There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Down which of late
I cannot help but fall
There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Down which of late
I cannot help but fall
There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Down which of late
I cannot help but fall
There's a hole
In my neighborhood
Ddown which of late
I cannot help but fall

Someday we'll be drinking
With the seldom seen kid



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    UnregisteredMar 9, 2014 at 7:18 am
    This song makes me think of someone having an affair, possibly with a divorced woman with a child. The line about the compass that he holds in his sleeve makes me think that he feels off balance about the whole matter since normally one would hold a physical compass in hand or a moral compass in your heart or mind rather than on a sleeve where he might be wearing his heart (which of late I cannot help but fall). I think of the "whispering of jokers" as people in the town who want him to pay for his crime "Flesh by the Pound" and who are gossiping about the relationship that is thought to be doomed by the narrator (bring you further roses, but it does you no good) because he has no intention of leaving his wife and "does him no good" because it's endangering his relationship with his wife, but he's so enmeshed in the affair that he can't break it off. I think of the "Seldom Seen Kid" as the woman's child who is currently being kept away as much as possible, but someday when the relationship goes public, they'll all be drinking together.
    "Down comes him on sticks - But then he kicks - Like a horse?" I got nothing.
  • U
    UnregisteredJun 10, 2012 at 1:46 am
    "seldom seen kid" is ironic: he's never seen, because he's dead. The song's not about divorce; "grounds for divorce" is the name of a mixed drink, whose name indicates whimsically how strong it is, like "screaming orgasm. "
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 23, 2012 at 5:58 pm
    They re singing about the monday club where out of work locals go drinking cheap booze on a monday daytime. Hence it is a cocktail called grounds for divorce as he ll be well drunk when he gets home.
    Theres a hole (dive) in my neighbourhood n he keeps going there.
  • U
    UnregisteredApr 11, 2012 at 7:04 pm
    Getting rid of his problems by drinking at the local pub. And that one day he'll be drinking with the child he can no longer see as often.
  • U
    UnregisteredFeb 11, 2012 at 2:22 pm
    Talking about being consumed with his divorce and getting his mind off of it by drinking at his local pub... Finding comfort in alcohol rather than think of the bad stuff going on. The whispering of joker and supporters are referring to the divorce court.

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