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Interpretation 1[edit]

I think that the video for this song spells it out clearly. This song seems like it is about a person who feels less than whole after a relationship fallout. This person is pining about how the other person took the best part and ended up leaving.

Even without seeing the video on the Venue Songs DVD, the song resonated with me because I have just begun to heal from a recent divorce. --Mandark 12:44, December 8, 2005

Interpretation 2[edit]

It is my fervent hope that someday John Linnell will learn that the word "orange" has two syllables. Not "arnj." —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 19:22, December 18, 2006

"Orange" has about 4 accepted pronunciations. Check a dictionary. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 16:49, August 22, 2012
He says it more fully in Oranges (Alt), though it's still more like "orn-jez" instead of how I've always said it ("or-an-jez"). --MisterMe 16:32, 6 December 2012 (EST)

Inanimate longing[edit]

This song reminds me a little of "I Am Not Your Broom." Except instead of being sort of literal like "Broom" (with an inanimate object singing to a person), "Orange Peel" lends itself to a more metaphorical interpretation. The orange peel represents everything that's been left behind, and the song imagines the resentment and hate that all of these left behind things (apple cores, candy wrappers, people) must feel. It's a surprisingly potent little 90 seconds, and the mandolin gives an extra little tug at the heart strings. This one could stand next to much of their more traditional album work. --Northside Jonny 22:23, September 28, 2007

Local Knowledge[edit]

The Orange Peel is a well-known music venue in Asheville. The Giants play there anytime they come to western NC. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 10:08, January 4, 2011