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4.15-SITTING BY THE WINDOW (Moby Grape)

Moby Grape

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[Intro]

I was sitting by the window
Watchin' for the rain,
The reflection of your picture
Against my window pane.

     But just the same
     I'm playin' my game
     And I guess you're playin' it too.
     Go ahead and play it on through.

The times we had together
It was sunny every day.
Now it's cloudy every morning
And it stays that way all day.

     [Chorus]

[Break]

I was sitting by the window
Watchin' for the rain
I thought you were beside
Just like before the rain.

     [Chorus]

[Coda]


Sitting by the Window uses droning acoustic effects, similar to the Doors in The End, which supplies one of the few distinctive psychedelic sounds on the Moby Grape album. I note here that the electric bass-line melody in the break of Sitting by the Window is much like the sound and melody used by the Guess Who in the 1970 song No Time.

There are three parts to Sitting by the Window: the A section, chorus, and a distinctive guitar section which is repeated. The A section is a shuffle, perfect for depicting someone idling on a window sill and daydreaming. The chorus is much smoother and pop oriented, and has the sweeping conviction of future plans. The lyrics aren't particularly striking, but there is sense here; the Moby Grape didn’t seem to go in for surrealism. The song simply conveys the disillusionment of a love that has been found out to be merely part of a game. It seems the singer was aware that he wasn’t sincere in the relationship, but he’s disheartened to learn that his lover wasn’t either.

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