"A Song For The Deaf" as written by Josh Homme, Mark William Lanegan and Nick Oliveri....
Nobody's coming down the hall
Nobody echoes in my head
Broken reflection had a look
Nobody ever needed her

I got what was
I want to take what's left
Ready now

Beautiful senses are gone
Canary in a gilded cage
Singin'

Sweet, soft, and low
I will poison you all
Come closer, racing to your turn

I got what was
I want to take what's left
No talk will cure
What's lost, or save what's left
For the deaf

I can go get fucked
Lie beside the ditch
So low round my neck
Strung out every stitch

Who are you hiding
Is it safe for the deaf
Beautiful cancer
Infiltrate and forget
And I saw you coming
And I heard not a thing
A mistake not to listen
When I knew where you'd been

And I got what was
I want to take what's left
No talk will cure
What's lost, or save what's left
For the deaf


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"A Song for the Deaf" as written by Mark William Lanegan Josh Homme

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    General CommentI have very little idea what this song is about, but I'll take a stab at it anyway.

    I think Homme is trying to say that you have to sometimes let stubborn people be stubborn. You can't waste your time constantly preaching to someone or trying to make them see things your way. In the end, it's like talking to the deaf. I especially sense this message in the chorus. He's speaking as someone who understands himself and the world, and doesn't care about other people's perceptions ("Broken reflection...nobody ever needed it").

    I also believe that he's comparing deafness to blindness in the "blind can go get fucked" verse, with the latter being a metaphor for ignorance. It's one thing to acknowledge a circumstance, and not allow it to change your views or ideals. It's another thing to be in denial. Stubborness and ignorance are not one and the same, in his eyes.
    drtre62688on January 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHi! this is like my first post here, but I think I've found a connection with this song to a previous. If you look at the first verse, it completely contradicts their earlier song "In The Fade" as it goes 'cracks in the ceiling, crooked pictures in the hall, come and breath in, im leaving here tommorow'.
    This one seems almost like the same guy has gone crazy with the girl not showing up- he's taken everything that was here-including the crooked pictures as a 'broken reflection' (if we take the pictures to be mirrors or himself) are gone too. Breathing in, too is lost forever, as he wants it all for himself (perhaps a majiuana reference). Remember the previous song being "in the fade"? Well both the blind (which "can go get fucked") and the deaf could definitely be interpreted as being "in the fade", but he isn't sharing whatever was there anymore. The halo round his neck may of represented his previous connections and obligations (that were good)with them (ie In The Fade) but now its a collar around his neck, and has hurt him, so hence the blind and deaf who he helped can 'get fucked'. He knew this before, as "In the Fade" He says 'they dont know ill never do you any good, laughing is easy i would if i could'. Finally, He became 'faded' himself (prob. drug ref.) as he didnt detect who ever he was singing to,probably the same girl(if im right about all this) who was beautiful but a cancer, which obviously killed his previous love that was "In the fade". 'WHen I knew where you'd been' could suggest that he knew she was cheating on him or something. Again, finally, 'what's lost, ill save what's left for the deaf' could reinforce that he is 'faded' as well from the fact he wants to take everything. The canary could be him, in that cage when all those loving senses go from "in the fade", or her, or him before he went on this crazy spree not liking the other faded/blind/deaf and poisoning them.

    Or, I could be reading into this waaaaaay too much!
    freeze43on April 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is clearly about deaf people.... think about it. How much can it SUCK not being able to hear? Not being able to hear music. If Joshua Hommes were to go deaf that would absolutely destroy him. So he feels most sympathy for the deaf above all.
    Jefferson719on June 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentJust suggesting a lyric change. Are you sure the line is:

    "So low round my neck
    Strung out every stitch"

    I always thought it was

    "This halo 'round my neck
    Has torn out every stitch"
    clearlyfoeon December 11, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI think it's interesting how this leads into Mosquito Song. It's like this is the big 'finale' of the album, while Mosquito Song is the epilogue. He's come so far across the nation and the radio stations he's listened to for entertainment have become nightmarish and disturbing. This song is the culmination of that. He turns off the radio, gets drunk/high on nicotine/valium/vicodine/marijuana/ecstasy/alcohol, drives off laughing... and then comes the hellish final track.
    Crane42on April 12, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDArk song.
    pixie_mindon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentim at a loss for words too, cool song tho! i like the guitar screaming at the beggining, makes my hair stand up everytime
    Zeppelinswimmeron March 31, 2005   Link
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    General Commentdoes everyone agree that this song is the best song on this album???

    i figure thats its maybe...scizophrenia or bipolar...?
    cabhanon June 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's a great song... very dark and menacing, though somewhat sad at the core. I don't understand the meaning, though.
    Marquezon December 04, 2005   Link
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    General Commentman. i really shouldnt be saying pointless crap like this on songmeanings but ya, cabhan. i could definitely say this is the best song on the album. although, then i could just as easily say any other song is the best on this album, just cause the album kicks ass. and a one, a two, a you know what to do!
    Cubensison December 06, 2005   Link

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