"This Is A Call" as written by and David Eric Grohl....
Visiting is pretty
Visiting is good
Seems that all they ever wanted was a brother

This can be a secret
We can keep it good
Even all the ever wanting had a problem

This is a call to all my
Past resignations
It's been far too long

Fingernails are pretty
Fingernails are good
Seems that all they ever wanted was a marking

Them balloons are pretty
Big and say they should
Ever fall to ground
Call the magic marker

This is a call to all my
Past resignations
This is a call to all
This is a call to all my
Past resignations
It's been too long

Minicyn is pretty
Minicyn is good
Seems that all the cysts and mollusks tend to barter

Ritalin is easy
Ritalin is good
Even all the ones
Who watered down the daughter

This is a call to all my
Past resignations
This is a call to all
This is a call to all my
Past resignations
It's been too long

Fingernails are pretty
Fingernails are good
Seems that all they ever wanted was a marking

Them balloons are pretty
Big and say they should
Ever fall to ground
Call the magic marker

This is a call to all my
Past resignations
This is a call to all
This is a call to all my
Past resignations
It's been too long


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"This Is a Call" as written by Dave Grohl

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    General Commentsearch "minicyn" on Google.com or Dictionary.com and both will ask you if you meant to type "minocyn" which is a shortening of minocycline or tetracycline, both antibiotic drugs. Both of those medications are sometimes given to (attempt to) treat acne. Unless I am greatly mistaken, Grohl was a sufferer of acne, and he might be referring to that. (A cyst is a more painful version of a pimple. Mollusks, a.k.a. snails, are slow. "The cysts and mollusks tend to barter" = the cysts stay around until they get traded away and are gone, but the trades are being performed with the molusks, so the cysts stay for a really long time and are ugly and painful and embarrassing.)
    emilimo701on November 21, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentDave Grohl said about the song: "The chorus says 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you."

    More likely than not it's just a list of inside jokes.
    HMBeaston February 09, 2008   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningNow, the way I see this, his "past resignations" are things he's given up on. Calling things "pretty" and "good" are the way he felt about the things before he gave up on them.
    Over all, the song is about having to go to rehab over drug abuse. And then addressing the things that he had left behind in his life, including the drugs.

    His resignations:

    Visiting = Once a person becomes addicted to certain drugs, they become very detached from the world round them and tend not to interact with friends and family. "Seems that all they ever wanted was a brother" shows that his family missed him quite a bit while he was on the drugs.

    Fingernails = Not quite sure about this one..... Certain drugs (such as meth and cocaine) cause the person who is under the influence of them to pick and bite at parts if the body (fingernails, face, ect.) Perhaps this is what it means?

    Ritalin = Drug that he's given up on


    -----------------------------------------Lyrical Analysis---------------------------------------------------------

    This can be a secret, we can keep it good = He's speaking to his drug dealer, he doesn't want his dealer to tell anybody that he's purchased his drugs and he wants to keep it good with him.

    Them balloons are pretty big, and say they should ever fall to the ground, call the magic marker.= Well, the balloons represent happiness in life, if his happiness is the ever fall, he is to call the magic marker. The magic marker, as most of you know, is an inhalant, producing an artificial high if its fumes are inhaled. So it basically says he does drugs when he's sad.

    It's been too long = He's been doing drugs for so long, it's hard for him to stop.

    Ritalin is easy, Ritalin is good, even the ones that watered down the daughter. = He is saying that Ritalin is an easy drug to score, and that it's a really good drug. The "even the ones that watered down the daughter" part refers to how Ritalin, even if it induces highs, it is very dangerous. "Watered down the daughter" is a way of saying having a miscarriage, which many drugs can cause.

    Seems that all the cysts and mollusks tend to barter. = Minocin is a type of infection killing medicine often used for sores and openings. Many drugs can cause these to form, so minocin would be used to get rid of infections in them
    HERLYSHERTon April 29, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's about being a teenager. Secretly visiting a lonely girlfriend ("Seems that all they ever wanted was a brother") with big balloons and long fingernails.

    Minicyn (for acne) and Ritalin (for focus) are common meds used by teenagers.

    And he's just trying to get over that awkward phase because it's was a long time ago.
    torosilandiaon January 16, 2015   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationSo Dave have said that this song is like a wave to people from his past. This is what I think some of the lyrics mean:
    "fingernails are pretty
    fingernails are good
    seems that all they ever wanted was a marking" - people from his past mark their part of his life with "their fingernails"

    "them balloons are pretty big
    and say they should
    ever fall to ground
    call the magic marker" - when all these people no longer are a part of his life they fall to the ground like balloons, but they "call the magic marker" to mark their part on the "balloons", so that Dave will remember them

    I honestly have no idea what the minicyn and ritalin parts are about...
    kaisasofiaon September 13, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentheh ths song rox!
    roborton August 31, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is probably just a random song that Dave wrote as a creative outlet once Nirvana was no more (*sob*)
    rock_bunnyon October 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDave Grohl is fab!
    sinister_bluefishon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have no idea what this song is about, but i do know that it absolutely rocks!
    myusernameisthison January 26, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDisclaimer Girl you have no idea what you are talking about. Go and listen to your Maroon 5 cd.
    michaelcpageon July 28, 2005   Link

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