Will you put my hands away ?
Will you be my man ?

Serve it up, don't wait
Let's see about this ham

oh, what happened ?
oh, what happened ?

Home spun desperation's knowing
Inside your cover's always blown


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    Song MeaningThis song is about homosexuality. End of story. Paul himself said so in this recent interview: thefourohfive.com/news/article/…

    I doubt you understood the meaning of that song. It's so absurdist, it's an almost dreamy snapshot of a scenario that involves homosexuality, you know, like bondage and some weird sexual partnership which at the time I felt was very radical as a lyrical context for a rock song.
    lightsickon February 15, 2013   Link
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    General CommentSomething about his gay partner
    capriciouspoeton October 19, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthe is in a restaurant. he is feeling awful about something, you know taht feeling when everything in life seems to evoke emotion. riding the bus, oredering a coffee, or stepping on a snail. the man is a waiter, and the singer is so sad and lonely that he is happy to have this interaction with another human being. "what happened" is self reflective - where did i go wrong

    Will you put my hands away ?
    Will you be my man ?

    Serve it up, don't wait
    Let's see about this ham
    joefoxon October 27, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti thought it had something to do with paul banks love for ham -_-?
    mjwbarkon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentinterpol live is close to sex
    joefoxon December 04, 2004   Link
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    General Commentis any/ all of the band members homosexual?
    woundedsmurf1234on January 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhy are you interested
    atmbt777on February 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti love this song, to me the lyrics dont make it the music does. its one of those songs that takes you away into another world. my favourite at the moment though most of the bands music is great- its so refreshing
    thiscouldbeloveon March 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI'm so weird but I thought it was about the usual overdone homemaker. She thinks she's in love with this guy and it turns out that she isn't (it's been studied that women are less happy in marriage then men). So she goes along with it, tries to like it but it's like she's invisible you know? I always imagined a music video where her hands were invisible and she would always try to cover that up with gloves and such. Anyway she's depressed. So since she's kind of invisible and is concerned about meaningless monotonies of home life (ham) her cover is blown, she knows this isn't who she is. I am so way off I think.
    vend-a-yakon March 19, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think this is close to being Interpol's best song, in terms of musicianship. Just listening to it is glory...reminds me so much of The Cure's "Plainsong"....Interpol at their very best.
    The_Lost_Messiahon March 27, 2005   Link

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