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There's a pub on the south side of town
Time stands still while they're still wine around
She's the one you left out of the cold
The one whose always and never alone
Did she let him go or did the four winds blow him away?
Does she even know she's the girl with the red balloon?
Keep her glass full of cheap Champagne
She will tell of the man with no name
Smoke and mirrors have done her in
She's in love and she won't be again
Did she let him go or did the four winds blow him away?
Does she even know she's the girl with the red balloon?
So lovely
So lonely
Floating away
Did she let him go or did the four winds blow him away?
Oh, does she even know?
Did she let him go, did the four winds blow him away?
Ooh, does she even know she's the girl,
She's the girl with the red balloon?



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    UnregisteredSep 5, 2012 at 8:59 am
    "calico" is just a fabric/material - think little house on the prairie etc. Calico has nothing to do with prostitution. The commenter just before me (the really long in-depth comment) is right. There's an episode of desperate housewives in season one that uses a red balloon for that exact symbolism. Eva's character had a miscarriage after falling down some stairs which she was having trouble grieving over as she hadn't exactly wanted to be pregnant in the first place but a friend makes her confront her emotions with this ritual of taking a red balloon and letting it go etc and she has a really hard time letting go and though she finally does it makes her realize how much she truly wanted the pregnancy/baby. So, my point, is that this song is definitely pointing towards a lost love that she won't let go of. It's a beautiful song though. :)
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    UnregisteredJan 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm
    The girl with the red ballon is the name of a piece of graffiti art (in london where there are pubs) by bansky. It is a little girl letting go of a red balloon, reaching for it. The woman in the song is a prostitute that has become numb & disallusioned about love because of her profession. Maybe she's internally the little girl reaching for her dreams (a real love(r)).

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