"Harness Your Hopes" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
Harness your hopes
Harness your hopes
On just one person
Because you know a harness
Was only made for one

Don't telegraph your passes
You'll end up with molasses
Cauterized in syrup
And syrup and molasses

And I'm checking out the asses
The assets that attract us
To anything that moves
We're deep inside the grooves

And it's time to shake the rations
Cause someone's gonna cash in
The plot it turns again
The reference starts at ten

Well show me
A word that rhymes with Pavement
And I won't kill your parents
And roast them on a spit

And a-don't you try to etch it
Or permanently sketch it
Or your gonna catch a bad bad cold

And the freaks have stormed the white house
I moved into a lighthouse
It's on a scenic quay
It's oh so far away

Far away from the beginning
The shroud is made of linen
The yearling took the purse
The goth kid has a hearse

Heart-breaking
Earth-quaking
Kiwis they are home baking
Minds wide open truly

Leisure
A leisure suit is nothing
It's nothing to be proud of
In this late century

And I'm asking you to hold me
Just like the morning paper
Pinched between your pointer
Your index and your thumb

It's a semi-automatic
Believers are ecstatic
You see the way they cling
The cold metallic sting

And I'm living in a coma
For Donna de Varona
The harness made of hopes
The lovers on the ropes

Nun is to church
As the parrot is to perch
And my Heart's
Wide open Truly



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"Harness Your Hopes" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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  • +2
    General Commenti get this.
    and i always wanted to be a tenenbaum.

    yay
    noboyshippieon April 16, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEngravement.


    Briiiilliant.
    xaligalxon June 27, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentApparently if you are a girl and get this song, you are more special than other girls.
    androgybunnyon March 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWonderful song, and fun lyrics.

    A word that rhymes with Pavement is enslavement--perhaps it's a wail against the constraints of monogamy.
    mrgrimmon July 16, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning"Show me
    A word that rhymes with pavement
    ...
    And a - don't you try to etch it
    Or permanently sketch it"



    Engravement. Was that so hard?
    Tremoloon March 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat lyrics on this one "Show me-a word that ryhmes with Pavement-and I will kill your parents-and roast them on a spit!" The second I find a girl who gets this!
    Eli_Cashon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe seeming randomness of this song is recognized by the songwriter.. "Minds wide open truely" makes you say, "okay, I'll keep listening and make complete sense of this"
    The song seems to associate itself with finding the one true love and desire someone has, the goal of their life. And if anyone tries to hinder that, they'll "roast them on a spit".
    xdressthepartxon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut it's a rockin' song anyway. Makes me feel all giddy. Or something to that effect. Rock out.
    xdressthepartxon April 26, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is the last great Pavement song, and that it closes out whatever theme was opened up in "Here".
    frankcison June 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm a girl. And I like to think that I get this song. It is one of those Pavement songs that you (or at least I) know all the words to and drive on the highway in the middle of the night, belting it out.

    Favorite lyrics in the song:

    Show me
    A word that rhymes with pavement
    And I won't kill your parents
    And roast them on a spit

    And I'm asking you to hold me
    Just like the morning paper
    Pinched between your pointer
    Your index and your thumb
    paigecolberton May 05, 2005   Link

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