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?

  • You might be interested in the Song Meanings proposal.
    – RegDwigнt
    May 19, 2011 at 11:30
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    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, 2011 at 12:04
  • @b.roth, which could be "too localized" hence off topic Oct 8, 2012 at 12:47

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

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