"The Bronze" as written by and Josh Homme....
I've been waiting
Waiting under things
That rise in the morning
I've been holding
Holding back so long
You can own it
Take it off my hands
Do me a favor
Nothin' wasted
Just fingerfucked and
Busted up all at once

I'm so lost out on the highway
With no direction left to go
Everyday sit up and wonder
Where it was I started from

The more you've found
The less you've been around


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"The Bronze" as written by Josh Homme

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  • +3
    General CommentThis song has probably the greatest guitar solo ever. NO-ONE can make a guitar sound like that, 'cept for our buddy josh. the best part is at 1:53 into the song.
    Mach5on January 25, 2005   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song has long intrigued me. The opening verse is in line with both Homme’s tongue and cheek sense of humor and lyrical motif regarding sex. “Waiting under things that rise in the morning,” is a perfect description of waking up with morning-wood (if you sleep on your back). “Holding back so long,” and “waiting” have connotations that this poor bastard who suffers of morning-wood has also been suffering through a sexual dry spell. Then the line, “take it off my hands, do me a favor” which obviously hints at getting laid, or serviced in some way sexually (lets hope he is getting laid—hand jobs are lame). The matter (i.e. dick) is no longer in his own hands and he is much obliged. Then comes the eloquent “fingerfucked” lyric; which serves to continue the theme.
    Then the second verse happens. Homme goes all existential. Of course, there is a parallel between getting laid and “where it was I started from.” It is as though the sexual encounter has liberated the mind of the morning-wood man (a vice versa of a certain Seinfeld episode). He can now ponder the nature of the universe—in a manner that may not have been possible before.
    The last line: “The more you’ve found, the less you’ve been around” has Platonic implications. Socratic wisdom comes from the cognizance of the individual’s own ignorance—knowing that you are unwise is what makes one wise. This is the implication of the last line of the song and it keeps with the second verse’s existential questions and validates a Platonic/Socratic philosophical view of the world.
    SaltoVonSexronon May 18, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy favourite Queens song and just one of my favourite songs in general. Just...wow.
    MuddyMaeon February 21, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthat guitar is fucking amazing.
    x_miss_red_head_xon October 25, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthe guitar in this song is amazing. to me this song talks about wasted potential
    Lock3don July 02, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan't believe this was hidden away as a B-side on Stone Age Complications. It's an awesome song!
    If_Onlyon February 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah it is. I wish it was on a more content filled cd. as for meaning. "fingerfucked" sort of gives an idea...
    Bloodyteaon July 01, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song rules. Mach, the solo really kicks in at 1:51. Heh. It sounds like he has a little wah on it with low-tone fuzz. That's the shit I want.
    What a great fucking song. Jesus Christ.
    SFP760on December 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoes this song scream morning wood and masturbation to anybody else? It looks like Bloodytea knew where it was going. There's two things I can think of that consistently rise in the morning, and I don't think he wants people to take the sun off of his hands and do him a favor. He's been holding back so long. Fingerfucked. Busted up doesn't mean too much to me however. And then all that highway stuff is lost on me too. Its like the song is about idleness in general perhaps, and getting bored. In conclusion, nobody gives a fuck because its a great song that doesn't need to be analyzed to be appreciated. Hooray for music!
    VelvetEyeson March 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I went for gold, but only got the bronze"

    - Nick
    dorepollon June 07, 2006   Link

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