His girlfriend (at the time of this song) expected something out of their relationship but he’s kind of just going with the flow.
Just like Princess Fiona, the girlfriend has hoped to find her Shrek (“Prince Charming”). Hoping implies that there’s a chance he couldn’t be.
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Not literally killed, obviously. But killed by the people who ignore him, neglect him. He goes unknown, “quietly”
Does this look like a good day to you?! I think not.
He’s widowed and like, REALLY LONELY. It’s worse because he’s got no one to live for but goes on living.
He blames the community he grew up in because many people within it probably had relationships defined in violence. When you’re surrounded by that, you start to think that’s normal.
Not rowing like the sport but rowing like “having a row” aka “bickering, fighting”
This song seems to be taking a direct stab at the government, sworn to protect and uphold the rights of its citizens but clearly things are not all rainbows and cupcakes.
She left him because she wanted to and also Barry White sounds like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=br-Dy3puDoc
Because she had her friends collect her records AND changed her number. Now he can’t even listen to them. Damn it.