Do they know those days are golden?
Build a rocket boys
Build a rocket boys!

Elbow - Lippy Kids lyrics meaning

Meaning

Ah, the innocence of youth. So economically, so exquisitely, Garvey tells us that, like anyone when they are young, the boys don't realise quite how golden these days are (and this, as the song implies, is the essence of adolescence). 'Build a rocket boys', he says, from a distance. It's a touching image, suggesting an affection for the kids that rises above the suspicion of the 'settling like crows' line from verse one.

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