Interpretations:(She Was A) Hotel Detective In The Future

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Interpretation 1[edit]

For some reason, this song reminds me of "Ashes to Ashes" by David Bowie - maybe because they're both iconoclastic sequels to a classic original by the same artist. This song has so many great sci-fi cliches all packed into a short space. Awesome sound effects. -Meconium ( (talkcontribs) 09:51, 14 April 2006)

Interpretation 2[edit]

I think the song is sort of a ridiculous placement of closure on the Hotel Detective Series. Obviously the real point of the song was to ehibit the sci-fi sound and bring something new and original to the repetoire (like TMBG is always doing), so the meaning behind it isn't really supposed to be groundbreaking. But I do think it's supposed to be part of the story. if you look at She Was a Hotel Detective, it talks about her going from a mere Hotel Detective to a billionaire, as it were. Then the story surrealistically continues when the characters continue to live on and she becomes even greater as a Hotel Detective in the future, kind of advancing her status in a humorous, purposefully outrageous way to the level of something nobody has ever reached. She's beyond a millionaire, she's like a space crime fighter or something with more power than the narrator can imagine. But also she's come full circle and she's back to being a detective, so that hints that there's still some kind of regression or bitter failure. The narrator's anguish towards this incredibly strong woman he loves so much also greatly increases through the series. At first he's just being treated in a condescending way, "she likes my face." then she has torn his heart out "your already dead", now in this song he seems to be tormented byt some kind of alternate reality heartache. Now she is shooting beams of lasers into his heart, which is sinking through the detective sky across the milky way (or something like that). She has the "replicant motives of cyborg" which means she has become almost invincible and untouchable to the narrator (he still seems to idolize her), but her motives are that of a robot, a cold, loveless, heartless killer perhaps. And all the narrator can do is weep in an existential void (the wormhole). Since the series seems to forever continue, it fits with the fantasy fact that these characters are immortal, since this lonely narrator who worships her will weep "forever more". So in short the song is just putting a crazy ending to songs about a woman slowly working her way up the ladder of power and fortune, while slowly loosing her soul. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 16:56, 20 July 2007

Wow. You've thought about this! I don't think the Hotel Detectives of the songs are the same person, rather its just a tagline. Plus this is the first one where our narrator has actually been in love. The theme of the song has more to do with the hysterical 50s sci fi of For Science rather than the hotel detective songs. Another example of songs that are essentially just Linnell. Mucking about with the effects its electronic sounds are comparable to Am I Awake and Man its so loud in Here. Most importantly its a great song! (Mr Tuck) ( (talkcontribs) 13:20, 4 April 2008)

She walks with the beard of a rainbow[edit]

Note how this song contains what is more than likely a reference to The Else's "Upside Down Frown" (as seen in the title). "When I'm with you the landscape goes all weird; black is white and the rainbow has a beard. Are your eyes playing tricks, or should you get your glasses fixed? Well, I don't think you're eyesight is to blame; it's just because my frown is upside down."

Yes, the rainbow has a beard. How do you do it, TMBG? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Tyrannosaurus George (talkcontribs) 02:05, 26 July 2011