The last time I found a song called "Sedalia", I was pretty confused.

Not just because it was in a foreign language, 'cos that doesn't bother me.  It was more that I couldn't find anything close to an English translation on the internet.  Google couldn't even tell me what LANGUAGE it was in.  So now I've found another one that's in English.  Doesn't mean we're all in the clear, though.

The song is pretty, but it sounds like it's about... criminals? Here are the lyrics:

You were the brains of the operation
I was the brawn, so I swallowed my tongue
Money is a good preoccupation
We were the ones who never lost
But we never really won

Think I'm getting tired of this trail
Footsteps don't trip light
Chest is getting tight
And I think you know what I mean
That was your way
You'd always know, but no

You'd never say...

I was young once I can still recall
Staring in the mirror, not recognizing at all
Something must be lost along the way
Eyes that cry the words they cannot say

I can see them all back in Sedalia
Hands puttin' smokes to mouth
Eyes seeking others out
I might learn me a rag of two
Something to pass the time
Keep me off my mind
Stay where the law won't find...

Stay where the law won't find?  The braun of the operation?  Maybe I'm missing something, I mean, I know I'm not the brightest bulb in the box.

I looked up the group, and they're Irish.  I tried to see if there was a Sedalia in Ireland, but I couldn't seem to find one. They're obviously referring to it as a place, but... which one?  I know there are a few different Sedalias around the US alone.  Maybe it's somewhere else in Europe?  I don't know. I just know it was kinda fun to see a song with the name of my hometown in it.

What do you think?  What do you think the song is about? Do you like it? What do you think they mean when they say, "I can see them all back in Sedalia"?

Songily yours,


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