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Carly Simon - Grandmother's House

  • Artiste: Carly Simon
  • Album: The Bedroom Tapes (Extended Edition)
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Grandmother's House

I slip on my red cape.1
I slide on my stockings.
I lace up my black boots.
Hear the wind as it rattles the window.
 
I blush on some color,
Blow the kids guilty kisses.
I pick up my basket.
Down in the elevator, I go.
 
Rain is slanting.2
The cops are smiling.
The bread is baking.
Time goes so slow.
 
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house,
To Grandmother’s house we go.3
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house,
To Grandmother’s house we go.
 
Christmas is coming.
The city is humming
With last-minute shoppers,
As the rain turns to snow and accumulates.
 
Windshields are wipenings.
We’re weaving through traffic.
Temperatures are falling.
I’m beginning to get desperate.
 
The walls are waiting.
My heart is racing!
What if I’m too late?
Time goes so slow.
 
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house,
To Grandmother’s house we go.
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house,
To Grandmother’s house we go.
 
Hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya
Hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya, hiii
 
The corner of Houston4,5
Salvation Army,
Shiny white package.6
I’ll go home as the woman who can do everything.
 
The Lords are leaping.7
The Ladies8 dancing7.
The cars are creeping.
Time goes so slow.
 
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house, (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)9
To Grandmother’s house we go. (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house, (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
To Grandmother’s house we go. (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
To Grandmother’s house, to Grandmother’s house, (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
To Grandmother’s house . . .we go. (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
 
She won’t be disappointed (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
In our little tiny canopies10 (hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
I'm gonna bring the kids (hiya)
I’m gonna bring the punch (hiya)
I’m gonna bring the rum (hiya)
I’m gonna do the dance (hiya)
I’m gonna do everything (hiya)
I’m gonna’ screw my husband (hiya)
until he’s wild and red in the ears (hiya)
I’m gonna’ screw Santa too (hiya)
In front of everybody (hiya)
Oh my God!(hiya)
(hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
We go...
(hiya, hiya, hiya, hiya)
 
  • 1. Slip on means 'I put on my cape to wear'. She's getting dressed.
  • 2. She is in traffic now, describing the things that she sees as she drives or as she sits at a stop light.
  • 3. A red cape, black boots, picking up a basket, and going to Grandma's house allude to the story of Little Red Riding Hood. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Red_Riding_Hood.
  • 4. Apparently Houston Street in downtown Manhattan.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston_Street. Many thanks to Ww Ww
  • 5. She's slowly getting closer to her destination.
  • 6. Interpretation note - Though packages are seen with Christmas trees in window displays of shops, she seems to refer to herself as the shiny white package, the pretense of trying to meet everyone's expectations of the perfect woman.
  • 7. a. b. This alludes to the song Twelve Days of Christmas, popular in the US. https://lyricstranslate.com/en/Christmas-Carols-Twelve-days-Christmas-ly....
  • 8. Possibly "the lane is dancing", a play on words, as she is still in traffic
  • 9. Hiya - Appears to be an indigenous chant but also a play on words as the greeting. She has finally arrived and is saying hiya to everyone as she enters her destination.
  • 10. Possible typing error or play on words canapés
Publié par LizzzardLizzzard le Mar, 22/01/2019 - 18:55
Dernière modification par LizzzardLizzzard le Ven, 08/03/2019 - 17:07
Commentaires:

Official lyrics to tracks on The Bedroom Tapes: http://carlysimonmusic.com/music/Bedroom_Tapes.html. It appears that a few typographical errors were made.

The Bedroom Tapes is singer-songwriter Carly Simon's twenty-fourth overall album released in 2000. . . .On April 6, 2015, Simon re-released the album as a special edition with two bonus tracks." https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bedroom_Tapes "The disc’s name, The Bedroom Tapes, refers to where the songs were recorded – in the repurposed bedroom of Carly’s daughter in their house on Martha’s Vineyard where Carly set up her studio after leaving New York in 1998. The relaxed atmosphere allowed Carly to work at her own pace and in her own way." https://www.axs.com/carly-simon-releases-expanded-edition-of-the-bedroom...

foot-notes are added by a good stranger Wink smile

Ajouté en réponse à la demande de Alma BarrocaAlma Barroca
Merci ! 2 remerciements

 

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LizzzardLizzzard    Mer, 23/01/2019 - 16:00

wow. such nice song and pleasant voice.
thanks for posting, haven't hear it before )

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Mer, 23/01/2019 - 16:59

It was Alma Barroca who brought it to us. I had no idea Carly Simon was still making music. Her voice is amazing.

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Jeu, 24/01/2019 - 18:38

Lizzzard found the lyrics to seemingly the entire album (http://carlysimonmusic.com/music/Bedroom_Tapes.html).
Thanks Lizzzard!!!! Alma Barroca confirmed that the lyrics are accurate.

I have requested that ownership of the transcription be transfered to Lizzzard.

Sorry for whatever time was wasted, but at least we can move forward with translation, confident of the accuracy of the original transcription.

LizzzardLizzzard    Jeu, 24/01/2019 - 18:21

nothing was wasted)
+ you added useful notes (that's great, course i didn't know about 2 and 3)

BreezyDayBreezyDay    Jeu, 24/01/2019 - 18:37

Oh thank you. This makes me feel so much better.

I am trying to add footnotes for people around the world in all uploads. Many countries know a version of "Riding Hood", but many countries do not.

My uploads are currently a mess, so I'm 1) going through them one-by-one to make sure idioms exist/appear and 2) adding footnotes to make sure any person from any country can understand. I can't save the world, but darn it, I can share good music, even if it kills me!

Ww Ww found the article/link about Houston Street. Thanks Ww Ww!

LizzzardLizzzard    Jeu, 24/01/2019 - 19:00

notes are always important (specially when you are learning language) . so you are doing great things!)