"Sub-Culture" as written by and Bernard (gb 2)/hook Sumner....
One of these days
One of these days
I like walking in the park
When it gets late at night
I move 'round in the dark (the dark)
And leave when it gets light
I sit around by day
Tied up in chains so tight
These crazy words of mine
So wrong they could be
What do I get out of this?
I always try, I always miss (woah)
One of these days you'll go back to your home (one of these days)
You won't even notice that you are alone
One of these days when you sit by yourself (one of these days)
You'll realize you can't shaft without someone else
In the end you will submit
It's got to hurt a little bit

I like talking in my sleep
When people work so hard
They need what they can't keep
A choice that leaves them scarred
A room without a view
Unveils the truth so soon
And when the sun goes down
You've lost what you had
What do I get out of this?
I always try, I always miss (woah)
One of these days you'll go back to your home
You won't even notice that you are alone
One of these days when you sit by yourself (one of these days)
You'll realise you can't shaft without someone else
In the end you will submit (one of these days)
It's got to hurt a little bit

One of these days
One of these days
One of these days
One of these days (woah)
One of these days you'll go back to your home (one of these days)
One of these days when you sit by yourself (one of these days)
You'll realise you can't shaft without someone else
In the end you will, in the end you will, in the end you will submit
It's got to hurt a, got to hurt a, got to hurt a little bit
One of these days
Woah, one of these days you'll go back to your home (one of these days)
Woah, one of these days when you sit by yourself (one of these days)
In the end you will submit (one of these days)
It's got to hurt a little bit


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"Subculture" as written by Peter Hook Bernard (gb 2) Sumner

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    General CommentI agree with dxmkrew, you guys are trying too hard, but my interpretation is a little different.

    I think the song is about some guy screwing up a relationship, probably through infidelity:

    "I like walking in the park
    When it gets late at night
    I move round in the dark
    And leave when it gets light"

    He's talking about sneaking around.

    "I sit around by day
    Tied up in chains so tight
    These crazy words of mine
    So wrong they could be right"

    This the guilt of having been unfaithful.

    "What do I get out of this
    I always try, I always miss"

    He asks himself what he gets from being in a relationship. He's tried to be faithful in previous relationships, but he's was unfaithful in those as well.

    "One of these days you'll go back to your home
    You won't even notice that you are alone
    One of these days when you sit by yourself
    You'll realise you can't shaft without someone else
    In the end you will submit
    It's got to hurt you a little bit"

    Basically, this is his depression creeping out. He's telling himself that he's destined to be alone, and maybe he should hurt himself?

    "I like talking in my sleep
    When people work so hard
    They need what they can keep
    A choice that leaves them scarred
    A view without a room
    Unveils the truth so soon"

    I think he's trying to say that if people who work hard to save an unhealthy relationship, that they're going to be hurt in the end. Because once the romance is gone, you can see all the things you didn't want to see because you were in love. I say this because to me, "a view without a room," is some reference to E.M. Foster's book "A Room with a View," where he's saying the romance is gone.

    "And when the sun goes down
    You've lost what you had found"

    There are a lot of ways this can be interpreted. It could be that once you can see the truth, things can't go back to the way they were before. I can also see how he could be saying that when night comes, he knows he's going to go out and be unfaithful again.
    jtaniumon May 04, 2007   Link

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