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    Posted: August 16 2021 at 18:15
So I have been hearing the Nine Feet Underground suite by Caravan for a little bit, and I am sort of confused on what it is about? It is mostly instrumental with two sets of lyrics, making it quite difficult to figure out. 
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Yes, I'm as lost as you are, so maybe somebody can enlighten us.

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I initially thought it was about transitioning into some sort of afterlife. But after giving it a few more spins, I wasn't sure.

Like, "Love's a Friend" seemed to me like it was about not being sure if you're "on the other side". And "Disassotiation" was about accepting the fact of having passed away.

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Maybe it has something to do with love, since some of Grey and Pink's tracks are sort of like ones. I really like the tone of the song. 
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Funny, it never even occurred to me before to pay attention to the lyrics. Itís one of those tunes where the music has enough of an emotional arc that the lyrics donít matter much. Iím curious now though.
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From loudersounds.com: Richard Sinclair says "ďWith Nine Feet Underground they were individual pieces, but with continually playing them through, and because each piece was only about five minutes long or something, I found it quite interesting to join bits up. I think it evolved, really. And this idea of doing one long number, Iíd completely sorted it out well before we went into the studio. I was living in a basement flat at the time that was nine feet under ground level.Ē 

This is likely the reason why the two sets of lyrics seem to have no relation to each other
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I could ask Richard Sinclair for ya, him and I are buddies!
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It's like 6 feet underground, but deeper.
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Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

It's like 6 feet underground, but deeper.
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It's about shagging your bird and feeling alright. 

Like most songs, apart from the ones that are about not shagging your bird and feeling bloody miserable.


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Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I could ask Richard Sinclair for ya, him and I are buddies!


It's a David Sinclair composition, not Richard's. 

Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

It's like 6 feet underground, but deeper.


I used to think it was pun on being buried a bit deeper into the ground, but indeed, Dave said it was because he lived in a basement. Kind of ruins the Canterbury legend, doesn't it?
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Originally posted by Sean Trane Sean Trane wrote:

Originally posted by dougmcauliffe dougmcauliffe wrote:

I could ask Richard Sinclair for ya, him and I are buddies!


It's a David Sinclair composition, not Richard's. 

Originally posted by SteveG SteveG wrote:

It's like 6 feet underground, but deeper.


I used to think it was pun on being buried a bit deeper into the ground, but indeed, Dave said it was because he lived in a basement. Kind of ruins the Canterbury legend, doesn't it?
It doesn't ruin anything for me:) I like that they came up with this title in their typical unpretentious and humorous approach. Its really quite common that great titles has similar back stories such as this one anyway. Even regarding more "serious" bands and artists. Coming up with a mysterious and profound sounding title from living in a basement "nine feet underground" is really part of what being creative is all about, I think.
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who else can name an album "The unathorized breakfast item"?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote BaldJean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: August 18 2021 at 04:04
for me it is the thoughts of a dead man (provided dead people can still think) about a love he had in his life. hence the title "Nine Feet Underground"


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Is it about 4 and a half people buried in the same coffin?
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Originally posted by essexboyinwales essexboyinwales wrote:

Is it about 4 and a half people buried in the same coffin?

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I'm not sure it's about anything.
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