"Hello, My Treacherous Friends" as written by and Damian Kulash....
Sitting for lunch in a square in this town
This town that I'm new to,
New fellow from my new town sat me down
And explained it to me:
How when I spin from him I spin from myself,
The center can double the speed of the crust.
Thank you, my treacherous friends.
I'm cringing for myself when I cringe for you.
 
Hello, my treacherous friends,
And thank you for joining me here tonight.
I brought you all here to discuss, as I must,
How grateful I am

Hello, my treacherous friends,
And thank you for joining me here tonight.
I brought you all here to discuss, as I must,
How grateful I am for your insights.
 
With regard to my newborn arachnid kids,
There's something we must discuss:
Perhaps we should sit them down and explain
How not to be saved.
Perhaps you could help me to demonstrate
How your center can keep up its sickening spin.
Thank you, my treacherous friends.
Perhaps for my children your surface will smile.
 
Hello, my treacherous friends,
And thank you for joining me here tonight.
I brought you all here to discuss, as I must,
The fate of my children, the spiders.
 
Hello, my treacherous friends,
And thank you for joining me here tonight.
I brought you all here to discuss, as I must,
How pleasant it's been

Hello, my treacherous friends,
And thank you for joining me here tonight.
I brought you all here to discuss, as I must,
How pleasant it's been this demise.


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"Hello, My Treacherous Friends" as written by Damian Kulash

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    General CommentThe center can't double the speed of the crust; the outer edge of anything spinning are always spinning faster than its center. So the "new fellow from my new town" probably said something that was a logical fallacy, was either lying or stupid, leading to the line "I'm cringing for myself when I cringe for you" because the narrator is both cringing for himself (since he has to sit there listening to untruths) and for the man talking to him (since he's making a fool of himself).

    The chorus (which, omitted from the posted lyrics, repeats itself with some modification) makes me think of a crime lord or mafioso. Still, it makes sense in the context of thanking his "friends" for showing him untruths (which, though wrong, are still helpful insights since they serve to demonstrate what is not the truth).

    The line about teaching the spiders how not to be saved is almost certainly ironic. "Let's teach them your falsehoods, maybe you can demonstrate your irrational assertions for them."

    It could be about evangelical Christianity, but that's not necessarily so based solely on the lyrics. The story about vacationing in a building full of spiders is compelling, and the spider-children analogy was probably too cool sounding to pass up.
    thriggleon February 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, it must be the best song so far that I've heard by OK GO. Which btw the song's name is "Treacherous Friends." Anyway.. treacherous means dangerous. *shrugs* I have no idea what this song is about.
    a_phantom_mulleton July 26, 2002   Link
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    General Commenthey. i entered these lyrics and song titles that i grabbed from okgo.net, so i'm assuming they're correct, but i dunno.
    qshapadooyon August 16, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is Hello my treacherous friends,
    sedated1985on October 06, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI read on rollingstone.com that this song kind of gives the finger to music critics... makes sense, really
    Thunderbolton March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthis song talks about Spiders!!!!!!
    BloodKidon March 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttotally about spiders
    i picture some crazy guy talking to spiders and stuff like willard with rats.
    granola brinkon April 29, 2003   Link
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    General CommentSpiders are metaphors...his life is spinning out of control. When he thanks them for their insights he's being sarcastic, the title Treacherous Friends is ironic because friends aren't supposed 2 be dangerous. Wonderful song, simple yet meaningful
    therealjulieton June 04, 2003   Link
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    General Commenti was told that this song has to do something with drugs...and he's having a really bad trip, which is why he sees spiders...
    flyswatteron June 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI have to admit, my interpretation is closest to granola brink's. It makes me think of Aragog in the first Harry Potter book.

    Spiders are "treacherous friends", they eat harmful bugs, but they are dangerous (and icky) at the same time.

    Stanza one: the singer is new to town, looking for a place to sit for lunch
    someone sits next to him and gives him cryptic advice

    Stanza two: his children are spiders (arachna-kids is such a cool phrase), and he wants to teach them how "not to be saved" This is backwards, because you want to save your children, don't you?

    Stanza three: what will the fate of his spider children be?
    sakeboxon April 10, 2004   Link

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