The Civil Wars: Girl with the Red Balloon Meaning
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Girl with the Red Balloon Lyrics
Time stands still while there's still wine around
She's the one you in the calico
The one who's always and never alone
Did she let him go,
Or did the forewinds blow him away?
Oh does she even...
anonymous Feb 24th, 21:32 report
I believe the red balloon is a symbol of love, and the girl doesn't know that she has the man with no name's love, she doesn't even know his name. So she just spends her time in a dingy old pub, drinking cheap champagne, wearing some sort of calico cloth.
anonymous Feb 20th, 2013 2:40am report
its about a girl that doesnt realize she is the object of the mans love. (any man or no man)
she is oblivious due to glass filled with wine. (alcohol)
anonymous Dec 9th, 2012 12:39am report
The girl with the red balloon is symbolic of lost love.(It may or may not have to do with Banksy's lovely rendering). The question in the song is does she even know she's the girl with the red balloon--ie is she aware that she's lost love--she's pushed someone away, "did she let him go?" Another poignant lyric--"she's always and never alone." She seems to surround herself with men/people and can't take the love she's offered. She's lost, and she doesn't it--or doesn't know she's lost love.
anonymous Jun 15th, 2012 6:03am report
I think that this song is about a girl who waits for the right guy, but because of the mistakes she's made, she can't find him. The red balloon is a reference to a kind of scarlet letter. She wears it without knowing it. And she can't keep a man because of it. Smoke and mirrors is a metaphor for her past. She's made mistakes and they've ruined her.
anonymous Jan 11th, 2012 1:33pm report
I take the red balloon as a metaphor... the girl with the red balloon is the girl who has everything, and this balloon is symbolic of everything about her that is amazing, and she does't know how amazing she is; 'does she even know, she's the girl with the red balloon', she can't see it through the smoke and mirrors. she could have her pick of anyone, but instead she chooses this guy, just a meaningless guy, so meaningless that he is 'a man with no name'.
I think it's written from the perspective of a guy who is in love with her, she's kind to him, letting him in out of the cold, but oblivious to his feelings. He's curious as to what's happening, and he's jealous.
anonymous Jun 16th, 2011 6:51am report
No, you dumb shit. Granted some artist created a piece with a girl and a red balloon doesn't mean there are any correlations. The whole 'girl with red balloon' is a bit trite in my opinion anyways. Granted in this case is was well executed. Not to mention the shit Banksy stands for- he's a bit of an ass with the whole 'jokes on you' thing goin for him. Don't affiliate such a beautiful song with that shit.
anonymous May 20th, 2011 5:16am report
A beautiful musical telling of Banksy's girl with a red balloon. The feel and emotional impact is similar. A remarkable song and a remarkable piece of art.
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