Dear god you're a patronizing asshole. This whole time I hadn't realised that these interpretations were...interpretive. Now I know, and I feel much better, fuckwit.
Anyway, I'll buy the single event theory, sort of.
The opening is where I have the problem with Greg's interp, but I am much less skilled at communicating my thoughts than he is. I'll try anyway.
The brothers wore the clothes and did the things to make the story seem IMPROBABLE, like the lie they HOPE that it was. If the brothers were indeed witnesses to some event, aliens or otherwise, whatever it was was so terrifying that the boys tried to make it as fantastical as possible, and not give it a chance to seem like truth.
The part about frightening the small children away, again, is exagerating to the point of the fantastic, and the very end (I may just go away hey....)...I see that as a kid stating something so ridiculous that it's not taken seriously. Like "Better leave the door unlocked tonight, mom, just in case I go out with the aliens (or whatever) tonight." And mom pats his head and says "haha, right, Little Davy, aliens."
Does anyone here understand what I'm saying?
Oh, and after sleeping on it, I think one of the strongest lines in the song is "I was stone and he was wax so he could scream and still relax...unbelievable." I think this line is the essential difference between David and Terry, between sanity and madness. They both saw the same thing, but when David saw it, he froze. Turned to stone. Said, "this isn't real...everything's going to be okay...this is some sort of nightmare...maybe I'm crazy..." and so on, flirting with madness, but never accepting it. I saw this thing. Must have been crazy. It wasn't really there. Never becoming crazy. Terry, on the other hand, embraced whatever nightmare they witnessed. He was wax, he was maleable, open to suggestion, open to experience. He could get sucked up in the event, scream, but at the same time, accept it, relax because it was real and he didn't THINK he was crazy, which, ironically makes the difference. Two men see a leprichaun. The one who says, it wasn't there I'm crazy is sane. The one who says it WAS there Im NOT crazy, is crazy. Anyway! Terry was there, it was real..it was unbelievable.
Get what I'm saying, kids? And Gnoome, c'mon...tell be about how stone and wax is about anal sex.
They only want you when you're seventeen;
when you're twenty-one, you're no fun.