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Lyrics from The National's Ada:

Stand inside an empty tuxedo with grapes in my mouth waiting for Ada

I've not come across the phrase before, nor can I find an attributed meaning.

One of the song meanings forums suggests this means "unable to talk since one's mouth is full"

Is that correct, or is it a phrase the song writers have invented?

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closed as off topic by Robusto, RegDwigнt May 19 '11 at 11:29

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You might be interested in the Song Meanings proposal. – RegDwigнt May 19 '11 at 11:30
I'm not sure this was really off topic. I think it was a valid question where the answer would be something like "this is not a commonly used idiom, but something that the song writers wrote or this song specifically". – b.roth May 19 '11 at 12:04
@b.roth, which could be "too localized" hence off topic – Prof. Falken Oct 8 '12 at 12:47

Maybe he literally just had some grapes in his mouth? ;)

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