Lyrics Talk:(She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future

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That really robotic line has left me befuddled, but here's what I'm hearing, even though half of it doesn't even make sense:

My heart is sinking (right) through the detective spy beyond the muddy gate It shoots through up a void and that detective spy and then it was destroyed

I agree with you almost 100%...except for the part that says "that detective spy"...I don't hear that, but i can't make any of that out. Great jorb!--Duke33 07:57, 14 Mar 2006 (CST)

Is the lyric "the beard of a rainbow" or "the beautiful rainbow"? I'll admit this one may be the ear of the beholder (especially the first time he sings it), but I think beautiful makes a whole lot more sense. - GersonK

To me it sounds nothing the "the beautiful rainbow" and I'm 99% sure it's "the beard of a rainbow". I wrote the majority of the lyrics, and I wasn't sure about everything (mind warp sounds like mind whore to me), but this I'm sure about. Remember, the giants aren't know for their sensicle lyrics. --liam 19:16, 22 Apr 2006 (CDT)
It's beard. How does walking with "the beautiful rainbow" make any sense at all? Walking with "the beard of a rainbow" is perfect English. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 19:27, 22 Apr 2006 (CDT)
OK, after yet more re-listening, I'll agree, it's "beard of". I'll even agree that "beautiful" wouldn't have made a whole lot more sense, just a little more. Now could anybody tell this non-enlsih major what "the beard of a rainbow" is? - GersonK

The same thing as saying, say, "I walk while wearing the coat of many colors." Perfect English, whereas "the beautiful rainbow" would make zero sense whatsoever. -CapitalQtalk ♪ 11:43, 23 Apr 2006 (CDT)


I suspect it's a visual - when you look out at a rainbow, you can sometimes see under it, in the distance, the rain shower that created it, and the rain appears to hang down from the clouds like a gray beard. The beard of a rainbow is the rain that caused it.
It's fanciful, but it suggests that she's accompanied by a storm that causes something beautiful in its wake, comparing her to the rain as she recedes from you. It's a nifty twist on the tired old comparision of rain = sadness, rainbow = joy after or associated with sadness. [~Christina Miller, November 2006]
Wow, and here I just thought it was a really funny line to sing in a song. I really like your thought about it, that she brings with her the downpour that precedes the rainbow, very cool. Although I admit I've never quite seen a beard under a rainbow. ~ magbatz 01:28, 22 November 2006 (UTC)
Heh heh. I guess someone oughta ask Mr. Linnell to be sure, because who knows?  :) If you want to catch a rain "beard," you can see them without rainbows, too, if you live in some place with summer storms. Go outside after a shower or when one is heading your way, and look in the far distance at the flat dark bottoms of storm clouds - from your distant viewpoint the underside of the clouds sometimes look as if they've got gray beards streaming away toward the ground, when the rain is falling from them. It's quite cool. ~Christina Miller, November 2006
We should also note that the Cream song SWALBR from the Disreali Gears album contains the approximate line, "she has the feel of the rainbow, but the rainbow has a beard," before we credit Mr. Linnell with too much original poetic genius on this?  ;D ~Christina Miller, May, 2007

If you want to see a cardioid unwrapping, go to the Wolfram math site: ~Christina Miller, October 2007