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    No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Ive heard from alot of people that this is a song about disneyland. Judging from the title id assume it was bashing the park in some way.........is this true?? thanks

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    "Tragic Kingdom"

    Once was a magical place
    Over time it was lost
    Price increased the cost
    Now the fortune of the kingdom
    Is locked up in its dungeon vaults
    The castle floor lies in traps
    With coiled wired set back
    Decoyed by old cheese
    Now the drawbridge has been lifted
    As the millions

    They drop to their knees
    They pay homage to a king
    Whose dreams are buried
    In their minds

    His tears are frozen stiff
    Icicles drip from his eyes
    The cold wind blows as it snows
    On those who fight to get in
    On heads that are small
    Disillusioned as they enter

    They're unaware what's
    Behind castle walls
    But now it's written in stone
    The king has been overthrown
    By jesterly fools
    And the power of the people
    Shall come to believe they do rule
    They pay homage to a king
    Whose dreams are buried
    In their minds
    His tears are frozen stiff

    Icicles drip from his eyes
    Welcome to the tragic kingdom
    Cornfields of popcorn
    Have yet to spring open
    Have they lost their heads
    Or are they just all blind mice
    We've heard all their stories
    One too many times
    Hypnotized by fireflies
    That glow in the dark
    Midgets that disquise themselves
    As tiny little dwarfs

    The parade that's electrical
    It serves no real purpose
    Just takes up a lot of juice
    Just to impress us
    They pay homage to a king
    Whose dreams are buried
    In their minds
    His tears are frozen stiff

    Icicles drip from his eyes
    Welcome to the tragic kingdom
    Cornfields of popcorn
    Have yet to spring open

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    wow

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    a friend the other day said something about one of their songs being about disneyland. I didn't believe her. I guess I never read the lyrics.

    I did know that they were from Anaheim though. That's why they have oranges and orange trees on the album cover.
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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    That, and "Remain Seated Please; Permenacer sentados, por favor..."

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Quote Originally Posted by mrfantasmic
    That, and "Remain Seated Please; Permenacer sentados, por favor..."
    Yeah, that's the Matterhorn safety spiel right?

    Tragic Kingdom is one of my favorite songs and albums. I can still listen to it all the way through after all these years.

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    also, all the members of the band had worked there at some time
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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Quote Originally Posted by dontbecheekin
    a friend the other day said something about one of their songs being about disneyland. I didn't believe her. I guess I never read the lyrics.
    That is why you should believe her about all things Disney.
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...





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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Quote Originally Posted by dontbecheekin
    a friend the other day said something about one of their songs being about disneyland. I didn't believe her. I guess I never read the lyrics.

    I did know that they were from Anaheim though. That's why they have oranges and orange trees on the album cover.
    yep, they are all Anahiem natives, and the Sunday Morning Video was filmed in Gwen Stephani's parents house and the surrounding neighborhood..

    my nephew loves No Doubt and tracked down gwen's parents house..

    and here is another bit of useless trivia..the members of the Black Eyed Peas are all Bowling Green Ky natives


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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Quote Originally Posted by MAXandBELLESmom
    also, all the members of the band had worked there at some time
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    I'd asked their manager about this a few years ago, he's an old acquaintance of mine, he was unaware of anyone in the band having been CMs called it "another ND urban myth".

    Here's the band discussing Disneyland though:
    GWEN:
    We played at a photo developing place once. It was like a Fotomat in the daytime and a club at night. I don't even know where it was. We also played Disneyland, which I think is really weird. That gig ruined everything for me--being behind the scenes at Disneyland.
    LAUNCH:
    Speaking of Disneyland, your album title Tragic Kingdom kind of tips the hat to Walt's Magic Kingdom and serves as a kind of statement about your "wholesome" upbringing in ultra-conservative Orange County, Calif. Can you elaborate on that a little bit?
    TOM:
    You know, a lot of the employees at Disneyland, they like it, and I think they've called it that for years. I don't think they seem to care. The song has kind of a negative look at the mixture of balance between art and commerce. Disney is a great example of that.
    GWEN:
    I think that place has a lot of weird, little underground secrets.
    ADRIAN:
    We grew up around Disneyland, most of us. We've all gone there hundreds of times; we love it. It's a great place. It's perfect. Everything's nice. But it's really kind of a corporate whorehouse, I think. I've had friends who've tried to get jobs there, but have had to cut their hair. It's just over the top. Orange County is like that, too. Right before our album came out, Orange County went bankrupt. The town is supposed to be a nice, Republican land. It's a nice place; I'm proud to be from here, it's sill a little tragic, though, I think.
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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    confession: when i was 14 i bought that record just so i could listen to the matterhorn safety spiel at home..

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Don't most Anaheim area teenagers end up working at Disneyland at some point?
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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    If you also listen very closely to the end of the song, you can hear the Matterhorn spiel AND someone playing the Star Wars theme on a saxophone. Honest.

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Their best song EVER! I love to listen to this song when I'm pulling up to the parking structure. The guitar solo in it is the best part of the whole song. Love it love it love it!

    Oh yeah...off topic but the Black Eyed Peas are from L.A. Don't know about Fergie though since she joined after they formed the group. Otherwise I don't think the would have been calling L.A. their home when I saw them with Gwen at the Hollywood Bowl last October.

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    Re: No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"

    Quote Originally Posted by Experiment626
    Oh yeah...off topic but the Black Eyed Peas are from L.A. Don't know about Fergie though since she joined after they formed the group. Otherwise I don't think the would have been calling L.A. their home when I saw them with Gwen at the Hollywood Bowl last October.
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