Rhines?

Posted October 6, 1998 at 9:00 am No Comments

I have this habit of becoming addicted to songs.  Does that ever happen to you?   You’ll hear a song on the radio, and you won’t think much of it.  Then you’ll hear it again a day later and you’ll think, “hey, this is really catchy.”   The next time you hear it you’ll start singing along, and before you know it you’ll get these cravings to hear the song over and over.  Fortunately, the addiction usually only lasts for a few days, at which point you realize that you don’t hate the song exactly, but you just don’t really want to hear it again.  It actually comes as a somewhat startling realization. “Wait,” you think to yourself, “it’s just as good of a song as it was the last 27 times I’ve heard it — why don’t I want to listen to it again?”

It happened to me a few months ago with that song “Flagpole Sitta” by Harvey Danger.  Before that it was “One Week” by the Barenaked Ladies and “The Way” by Fastball.  Even earlier, there was “You’re Still the One” by Shania Twain (insert wry commentary here that pokes fun at Dan’s musical taste) and “Ooh Ahh Just a Little Bit” by Gina G (insert even more insulting commentary here).

My latest addiction is the song “Inside Out” by Eve 6, which brings me to the point of this update: I have a question.  What are “rhines”?  In the chorus of “Inside Out”, lead vocalist Max Collins sings:

I would swallow my pride, I would choke on the rhines,
But the lack thereof would leave me empty inside;
I would swallow my doubt,
Turn it inside out, find nothing but faith in nothing.
Want to put my tender heart in a blender,
Watch it spin round to a beautiful oblivion;
Rendezvous, then I’m through with you.

My only guess is that the “rhines” are some metaphorical component of his pride, so that when his pride is swallowed, he “chokes” upon the rhines.   Or perhaps he doesn’t choke on them, since he refers to a “lack thereof” which makes him “empty inside” — does this mean a lack of pride, or a lack of rhines?

Have an answer?  Write me.

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