January 30, 2013 - submitted by Paul,

Q. Hi Oracle,

The Scientist is my favorite song and has been for years and years and years.
I always wondered what the lyrics "Coming up tales" meant, and I had a thought today: is he referring to "coming of age tales" or something of that sort? Is he saying that he is growing up or something?


The Oracle replies:

It's the other tails; not tales. It's not the rear end of an animal's body either.
"Coming up tails" refers to heads or tails. It's the flip of a coin which also explains the next line of the song - "heads on a science apart".