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4.14 - 8:05 (Moby Grape)

Moby Grape

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[Intro]

Eight-oh-five.
I guess you're leaving soon.
I can't go on without you.
It's useless to try.

To love you is so good.
To keep you would be so wonderful.
Here is my heart that I give--
It's all that I have.

     Please change your mind
     Before my sunshine is gone.

     Do you think you could try? (3x)

[Break]

[Chorus]

See it through
(Understand how I feel)
Until I can prove it to you.
(Until I can prove that it's real)
Don't fill my world with rain.
You know your tears

     Would only bring pain in my heart!

Eight-oh-five.
I guess you’re leaving...

     Goodbye!


Matthew Greenwald of allmusic wrote of 8:05 that “it was a precursor to some of the harmony-driven work that Crosby Stills & Nash would pioneer in a couple of years”. In a sense that’s true; Moby Grape seems to have taken Crosby’s harmonies into a country music setting similar to some of Buffalo Springfield’s material. The song no longer sounds like Los Angeles, but rather like “the West” that San Francisco symbolized in groups like Moby Grape and Quicksilver Messenger Service, a cousin of cowboy music more than Hollywood sunshine. The introductory guitar work sounds like something from the softer cuts of the Airplane's Surrealistic Pillow until the singing starts.

The lyric accurately dramatizes a moment in time which separates lovers. Though the means of transportation is not clear, it is quite evident that the singer is trying to convince his lover (“you”) not to get on board. The metaphors are consistent, and when the structure breaks free of verse and chorus, near the end of the song with the phrases pain in my heart and Goodbye! the pleading becomes particularly moving in its overextension, while at the same time, hopeless.

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