"Utilitarian" as written by and John Britt Daniel....
Catacomb catacomb be my security
Count it off count it off be my big sister
I walked for forty-six blocks
You've been putting it off but come on
I've got meat in my arms
I've got steel in my teeth so come on
Making out taking out
It's utilitarian
Heartache adulate
The utilitarian
Oh yeah we're in love with this perverted world so come on
When I walk down the steps I'm just halfway across the world


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"Utilitarian" as written by John Britt Daniel

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    General CommentFor some reason this song sounds like a call to arms to me. I have no bloody idea what it's about, but it is, without a doubt, a great song
    kemekongkaon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyeah, pro-voice, the best part of the song is britt singing the word utilitarian
    avs2006on August 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe the meaning of this song was missed. It is solely about utilitarianism

    Catacomb be my security - a clever choice of wording as catacomb is generally a labyrinth of of grave sites. When combined with security, he is relying on his wrongdoings to be buried in a labyrinth and forgotten.
    Count it off be my big sister - he's asking himself to justify his wrongdoings 'for the greater good' and he relies on this justification like a big sister
    I walked for forty-six blocks - his wrongdoings are bothering him as it is taking him a long time to get over them
    You've been putting it off but come on - his subconscious is urging him to get over them
    I've got meat in my arms - he's convincing himself that he's not weak
    I've got steel in my teeth so come on - and that he can swallow or chew almost anything down - so come on!
    Making out taking out - showing the contrast of indulging in something good only to take out (kill) something else
    heartache adulate - trying to justify pain through excessively praising what good came out of his actions
    Oh yeah we're in love with this perverted world so come on - this is a reaffirming statement to say 'utilitarianism is great!'
    The last sentence is very ambiguous and perhaps the most important line of the song and sadly I can't derive anything thats relevant to the song.. can someone help me out on that line?

    I should also point out the obvious that this is an attack at utilitarianism through first person perspective

    and I love that part where he flashes falsetto in the middle of utilitarian too!
    Eponymon May 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's like big stomping steps.
    LoserNo1on October 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentkemekonga-"sounds like a call to arms"
    Couldn't put it better.

    Based on the lyrics that aren't figurative, it might be a song about a youthful long distance relationship. "Forty six blocks" would be "just halfway across the world" to no one but a youngster.

    "Meat in my arms"-???
    "Steel in my teeth"-braces?
    "Making out"-kissing
    "Taking out"-going on dates
    "Utilitarian"-at that young age, love is sometimes a troubling experience, but still better than the alternative
    "Just halfway across the world"-so his resolution is to make the trip even though it's fricking far away

    BTW I love that raw emotion that comes out of his voice when he screams "It's uuuuuu-tilitarian."
    pro-voiceon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think he's facing a challenge when he sings,

    "I walked for forty-six blocks
    you've been putting it off but come on
    I've got meat in my arms
    I've got steel in my teeth so come on"

    btw, I always thought the steel in his teeth were fillings, but I like the idea that he can chew over anything thrown at him.

    He seems to have a warrior's perspecitve in this one, like it's his battle song. At the same time, there's a definite "I'm bored" outlook implied I think by:

    "making out taking out
    it's utilitarian
    heartache adulate
    the utilitarian"

    The last line, "when I walk down the steps I'm just halfway across the world." means maybe that motivating yourself to do something is the biggest challenge.

    But yeah, the uuuuuuuUUUtilitarian is the best part.
    LoserNo1on June 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThese words are they themselves utilitarian to the song's catchy flow. I think he's just using words that mesh together, that sound like they are saying something but in fact they are not. I see this in groups like Nirvana and Beck. I don't believe there's any kind of cryptic message here, it's just a rock and roll song that sounds pleasing to the ear.
    bgepon July 27, 2007   Link

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