Equator
Sparks Lyrics


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I always thought that I had quite a gift
As a judge of human character
This is the day and the time and the place
And I wonder, wonder where you are
Surely we set it for 3pm, surely we said it was march the 10th

Equator, equator
You said you'd meet me there
You must be just around the bend

Well all of the gifts are now melted or dead
And I'm sorry, sorry in advance
Ill make it up to you, that I can promise you
If I am given just half the chance
God you'll be laughing, I look a mess
But you see I've been half way 'round this place

Equator equator
You said you'd meet me there
Equator equator
You said you'd be right there
Equator equator
Oh yeah

Equator equator
Doo doo doo doo
Equator equator
Doo doo doo doo doo doo
Equator equator
Oh yeah!

Equator equator
You said you'd meet me there
You must be just around the bend

I've got to stop here and rest for a moment
I'm sure that you're not far away
You always walked just as slow as you talked
Letting me think I could have my way
I wasn't fooled for a second, girl
I knew it was you who controlled our world

Equator equator
You said you'd meet me there
Equator equator
You said you'd be right there
Equator equator
Oh yeah





Equator Equator

Overall Meaning

In "Equator," Sparks's lead singer, Russell Mael, sings in a plaintive tone about a meeting that hasn't happened. He initially remarks on his ability to judge people, which makes it all the more bitter that he has been stood up or left waiting. He is hoping that the other person is just around the bend, but at the same time, he worries that he has missed the meeting or that fate is against him. He apologizes for something but doesn't explain what. He promises to make it up to the person he is waiting for the moment he is given a chance. In the meantime, he rests for a moment and reflects on the patience of the person he is waiting for. He suggests that they are walking slowly towards him, which means that it was indeed the other person who was really in control of their world.


The song seems to be about the uncertainties of waiting and how that stress and tension can undermine even those relationships that we thought were robust. The Equator, being a physical location that spans multiple territories and cultures, may also serve as a metaphor for the many cultural differences we may face in our lives. This may also speak to the challenges faced by the lovers featured in this song as they navigate their unique differences. Even though there are warnings and threats of apologies, the song ends without resolving the situation.


Line by Line Meaning

I always thought that I had quite a gift
I believed I had the talent to judge human character.


As a judge of human character
Referring back to the claim in the previous line.


This is the day and the time and the place
Referring to the present moment and location.


And I wonder, wonder where you are
Expressing uncertainty and curiosity about the whereabouts of someone.


Surely we set it for 3pm, surely we said it was march the 10th
Remembering a prior agreement on a date and time to meet.


Equator, equator
Repeating the word 'equator' for emphasis.


You said you'd meet me there
Recalling the promise made by the person in question to meet at a certain location.


You must be just around the bend
Assuming the person is nearby and will be arriving soon.


Well all of the gifts are now melted or dead
Alluding to the idea that any positive aspects of the relationship or connection have vanished.


And I'm sorry, sorry in advance
Apologizing ahead of time or preparing to do so.


Ill make it up to you, that I can promise you
Pledging to make amends for some prior wrongdoing, mistake or error.


If I am given just half the chance
Hoping to be granted an opportunity to rectify past errors or mistakes by the other person.


God you'll be laughing, I look a mess
Anticipating the reaction of the other person, which might include amusement, due to the singer's unkempt appearance.


But you see I've been half way 'round this place
Explaining the reason for the singer's disheveled appearance, having traveled a great distance.


Doo doo doo doo
Non-linguistic vocalized sounds for musical and rhythmic effect.


I've got to stop here and rest for a moment
Taking a brief break from traveling, possibly due to exhaustion or weariness.


I'm sure that you're not far away
Expressing belief that the other person is nearby.


You always walked just as slow as you talked
Noting a characteristic about the other person, possibly for identification purposes.


Letting me think I could have my way
Suggesting that the other person may have let the singer believe he had more control or influence over the situation than he actually did.


I wasn't fooled for a second, girl
Asserting that he remained aware and alert throughout the situation and was not misled.


I knew it was you who controlled our world
Acknowledging that the other person had power, influence or control in the relationship, and may have even been the main decision maker or influential force.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: RON MAEL

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