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Artist: [Counting Crows]
Album: [Hard Candy]
Track: [13] - Holiday in Spain
Length: 3:49
Released: [July 9, 2002]

"[Holiday] [in] [Spain]" is the final official [track] on the [Counting Crows]' fourth studio album [Hard Candy]. I say official track because there were several different versions of the [CD] created, and many of them contain [hidden bonus tracks] including their remake of [Big Yellow Taxi] which became a hit [single]. Holiday in Spain is a slow, sad, [piano] [ballad]. The [accompaniment] to this [lyrical poetry] is very soft - almost hidden until the later half of the [song]. While the CD was released in July 9, 2002, the song didn't make its [live debut] until [September 25, 2002|September 25] of the same year during their Hard Candy promotional tour.

The song is not about holidays and vacation. Rather it's about escaping from life - [running away], [hiding], and [trying to forget]. More specifically, it is about the disarray of life and the desire for [Calgon, take me away|something new and different]. Sure, [Counting Crows|we]'re rich and famous now, but as [The Beatles] have told us, [money can't buy me love]. In one verse, it is seen that the TV is on, all that's left to eat in the house are some stupid bananas and some alcohol, and the the poor guy can't even find his shoes. Sometimes it is simple things like this that just [drive you insane] - you just need to [get away from it all]. After you've [drowned your sorrows] with a few drinks, you've still got to deal with life somehow - or do you? He later suggests that he could probably fix all these problems given the time, but the fact is, sometimes you just don't feel like doing that so it becomes easier just to pack up and leave for a while. And sometimes that's okay.

If you just can't bear the thought of having [today] turning out anything like [yesterday], then you can probably relate to this song. At a concert in [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania|Pittsburgh, PA], [Adam Duritz], lead singer and [songwriter] for the Counting Crows, had this to say about the lyrics:

"When I started writing this song it was this incredibly stupid song about getting [drunk]. It was this big rock song about getting drunk, and I finally threw it out because it didn't work. But I was sitting around one morning playing this music, and I was flipping through the [lyric] book and I found this page of [It's all turning into a big shitty pile of words|shitty lyrics], and I kind of rearranged everything. And then all of a sudden, what had been this really stupid song about getting drunk was this really great song about waking up in the morning with a [emotional hangover|hangover]."

"It's kind of a... it's kind of for all those mornings where you wake and whatever you did the day before is just [too much] to deal with... So if you ever had [One of Those Days|that kind of day], this is the song for you."

[I have nowhere to go. I will ride all night.|Got no pl][Nowhere to go but down|ace to go]
But there's a girl [Though really, I'm waiting for you.|waiting for me] down in [I Don't Want to Go to Mexico|Mexico]
She's got a bottle of [The tequila experience|tequila]
A bottle of [Gin Makes a Man Mean|gin]
And if I bring a little music I can [I do not fit in; I am not alone|fit right in]

We've got [Airplanes to Nowhere|airplane rides]
We got California drowning out the window side
We got [Limo Wreck|big black cars]
And we've got stories how we [Rock Stars and their bizarre love-lives|slept with all the movie stars]

I may [Spending holidays alone|take a holiday] in Spain
[Flying Without Wings|Leave my wings behind me]
[And then you made the world go away for a little while|Drink my worries down the drain]
And fly away to somewhere new

Hop on my choo choo
I'll be your engine driver in a [The Devil and the Bunny Show|bunny suit]
If you dress me up in [pink] and white
We may be just a little [Numbing Effects of Alcohol|fuzzy] 'bout it later tonight

She's my [the sad thing is, if you get her you'll be sick of her in a year|angel]
She's a little better than the one that [Why do all the pretty things always run away from me?|used to be with me]
Cause [Somewhere someone is tired of taking her shit|she liked to scream at me]
Man, it's a miracle that she's not living up in a tree


Everybody's gone
They left the [Video Killed the Radio Star|television screaming that the radio's on]
Someone stole my shoes
But there's a couple of bananas and a bottle of [booze]

Oh, well [happy new year]'s baby!
We could probably fix it if we clean it up all day
Or we could simply [The weather is here, wish you were beautiful|pack our bags]
And catch a plane to [Barcelona] 'cause [Sometimes this city feels like an expensive tomb|this city's a drag]

-Chorus (x2)-

[|Holiday in Spain] - [Lyric|Words] and [Music] by [Adam F. Duritz] of the [|Counting Crows]

[in10se|I] [transcription|transcribed] the quotation above from a recording of a [concert] that took place [October 13, 2002|10/13/2002].

[Copyright Compliant Lyrics and Poems|CST Approved]