"Disconnection Notice" as written by Kim Gordon, Thurston Joseph Moore, Lee M. Ranaldo, Steven Jay Shelley and Jim O'rourke....
Did you get your disconnection notice?
Mine came in the mail today
They seem to think I'm disconnected
Don't think I know what to read or write or say
Glossaries injected daily
Words and numbers spell out the price to pay
It simply states "you're disconnected baby"
See how easily it all slips away

This is no direction
Prepare for the city
Angels turn on heaven's light

Hurry up, the stage awaits you
Don't forget to memorize your lines
Can you hear them congratulate you?
Out of step just can't find the time
Will we pass through undetected?
Everything's right here inside our file
You're not so free to be so unprotected
A secret Mona Lisa hides behind her smile

This is no direction
Prepare for the city
Angels turn on heaven's light

Did you get your disconnection notice?
Mine came in the mail today
They seem to think I'm disconnected
Don't think I know what to read or write or say
Glossaries injected daily
Words and numbers spell out the price to pay
It simply states "you're disconnected baby"
See how easily it all slips away


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"Disconnection Notice" as written by Kim Gordon Jim O'rourke

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    General CommentThis is such an awesome song, my favorite song on Murray Street. Beautiful...
    Biscuitson July 03, 2003   Link
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    General Commentwhen i saw them live it was tributed to Kurt...after that the lyrics started to make much better sense
    sonicseaon July 07, 2003   Link
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    General Commentthe video in the new dvd, corporate ghost, also makes it make sense.
    bamvolstoneon June 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentKurtr Cobain? If so, he was a fan of Sonic Youth.
    ZEROpumpkinson May 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah no kidding, they kinda toured together and Sonic Youth kinda got them a record deal with DGC....it goes much deeper than just him being a fan of Sonic Youth.

    Anyway, yeah, it does seem to be about Kurt Cobain and his troubles with rock n roll stardom...more or less
    repbigkton April 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsounds like 9/11 to me
    RedSpikedWallson February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's interesting to learn that it's about Kurt. I never knew that.
    However, I think that anyone who has been feeling missunderstood and felt the horrible feeling of being manipulated can relate to this song. It's absolutely a gorgeous song.
    Can anyone desifer the lines: "This is no direction, prepare for the city, angels turn on heaven's light." I am really puzzled as to what their meaning is. thanks.
    kristina_kson April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about being told that you're no longer 'connected' to that which you are or do. specifically, since it explicitly mentions being a professional musician in the second verse, "hurry up, the stage awaits you don't forget to memorize your lines" i always figured it was something of a personal note from the band about how ill received NYC Ghosts and Flowers was, how maybe in one fell swoop years of acclaim suddenly "slipped away". I had never heard that bit about Kurt though, that's interesting.
    sdjustinron September 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAccording to their biography by David Browne, Thurston wrote it after he got a letter from Coco's school called a "disconnection notice", basically stating that she was alienated from the rest of the kids and whatnot. Thurston himself was extremely alienated in school because of his conservative looks and strange taste in music so he felt a connection with his daughter after receiving the letter.

    So personally, I think that the lyrics are from the perspective of Coco towards her father. The first part of the third stanza kind of gives it away. Coco is often with them on tour, at least she was during her earlier days. From what I can remember I think she was 8 when Murray Street was released, so she probably would have been on tour, which explains the:

    "Hurry up, the stage awaits you
    Don't forget to memorize your lines
    Can you hear them congratulate you?"

    You know...helpful advice to her father before a show.

    Also, "A secret Mona Lisa hides behind her smile" I think is too affectionate to be directed at anyone but his daughter
    honeydewmelynon August 27, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretationmakes me think of being burnt out on drugs
    RoflcopterDownon September 22, 2010   Link

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