it is "she swears it helps with the lights out...
She says it helps with the lights out
Her rabid glow is like braille to the night.
She swears I’m a slave to the details
But if your life is such a big joke, why should I care?

The clock is set for nine but you know you’re gonna make it eight.
So that you two can take some time, teach each other to reciprocate.

She feels that my sentimental side should be held with kid gloves
But she doesn’t know that I left my urge in the icebox
She swears I’m just prey for the female,
Well then hook me up and throw me, baby cakes, cuz I like to get hooked.

The clock is set for nine but you know you’re gonna make it eight.
All the people that you’ve loved they’re all bound to leave some keepsakes.
I’ve been swinging all the time, think it’s time to learn your way.
I picture you and me together in the jungle it would be ok.

I’ll bring you when my lifeboat sails through the night
That is supposing that you don’t sleep tonight

It’s like learning a new a language
Helps me catch up on my mime
If you don’t bring up those lonely parts
This could be a good time
It’s like learning a new language

You come here to me
We’ll collect those lonely parts and set them down
You come here to me

She says brief things, her love’s a pony
My love’s subliminal

She says brief things, her love’s a pony
My love’s subliminal



Lyrics submitted by saturnine, edited by shark119

Leif Erikson song meanings
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  • +11
    General CommentHere is what Paul had to say about why they named the song after Leif Erikson:

    Paul: That was one of those things where, if you were to be able to isolate the keyboard part to that song-- which you probably can't-- but if you were in the studio, or if you just heard us doing a soundcheck, there's a quality to it which someone commented was kind of Viking-esque. Like if you were watching a film, you could see the galleon approaching the coast, the fucking Vikings peering over the edge or whatever, and then I just said, you know, "Oh, Leif Erikson," and I was really happy that everyone could live with it, because for me, it's like absurdist. Absurdism is great, 'cause why not? It seems more arbitrary to take a lyric and make it your title than to take something completely out of left field."
    JeffKaos71on December 03, 2004   Link
  • +9
    General CommentI've been thinking about this song a lot lately. i think it's about 2 individuals who are attracted to the subtleties(sp?) of the other's personality.

    "she says brief things her loves a pony"
    she has a cutesy, sort of naive attitude about life and shows her love in that obvious lovey dovey kind of way

    "my love's subliminal"
    his love is harder to detect, but its there, sort of "between the lines"

    the two of them connect in such a way that they don't need to say much to know how the other feels, hence:
    "it's like learning a new language, helps me catch up on my mind"

    i'd love to know what anyone else thinks.
    paranoidandroid83on April 13, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commentleif erikson because he is discovering new territory. this is such a song about 2 people dealing with a difficult, real and deep situation of loving and growing together. i don't see it as depressing. they will keep growing together. this is a mature relationship. things are not seen pink and optimistic. love, yes. but realistic. there has been fear, taking things from sexual to emotional and understanding how far the other has gone in the process has been almost harrowing. for the man here this is completely new territory. we don't know about her, but we can imagine for her too...
    blackalisson March 03, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is beautiful.

    "her rabid glow is like braille to the night"-gorgeous line

    no idea what he's talking about though
    paranoidandroid83on April 09, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti think a pony is slang for 25 british pounds, "her love's a pony", maybe this song is about a hooker
    interpaulon December 14, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOther way around. She's the one who doesn't want to get too involved.
    carnifexon July 27, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commentwow blackaliss, nice job with:

    leif erikson because he is discovering new territory. this is such a song about 2 people dealing with a difficult, real and deep situation of loving and growing together. i don't see it as depressing. they will keep growing together. this is a mature relationship. things are not seen pink and optimistic. love, yes. but realistic. there has been fear, taking things from sexual to emotional and understanding how far the other has gone in the process has been almost harrowing. for the man here this is completely new territory. we don't know about her, but we can imagine for her too...

    ^totally reflects my sad life sighhhh
    eliaszovon April 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentShe says brief things, her love’s a pony
    My love’s subliminal



    i think that just sums up my entire life.
    plastic jesuson May 06, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti see it more as a couple who's realtionship is all about sex. however, the guy has become attached to the girl emotionally, and wants their relationship to mean something more. but "She feels that my sentimental side should be held with kid gloves" and doesn't want any of that. on the rest of it i'm kind of unsure, i think that he reconciled and decided to just let their relationships stay the way it is, even if he wants more, "cuz I like to get hooked." the last lines i interpret as just being a summary, and her love being "a pony" means that she just wants to have sex, her love is totally animal, and she doesn't talk much(she says brief things). but of course, like so many men, he is attached anyway, "my love's subliminal."

    this is just my interpretation of what is in my opinion the best song on Turn On the Bright Lights and one of the best songs ever
    bamargeroon May 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"She swears I’m a slave to the details
    But if your life is such a big joke, why should I care?"
    A slave to the details.. meaning that he won't see the bigger picture of what's going on between them. It's almost like in the beginning, he's the one who is completely about sex, and she's trying to explain to him that you can't have a strictly sexual relationship with out such attachments forming. His response is "But if your life is such a big joke, then why should I care?".. I think this is his way of saying that she's been around and it's hard for him to take her advice seriously.

    "The clock is set for nine but you know you’re gonna make it eight.
    So that you two can take some time, teach each other to reciprocate."
    I think what this means is that they're each becoming more and more excited about this relationship.. they want to 'set the clock back' so that their time together can come faster. They want to "teach" eachother to show their feelings freely, because they are both afraid of admitting that they really do care immensely for eachother.

    "She feels that my sentimental side should be held with kid gloves
    But she doesn’t know that I left my urge in the icebox"
    His sentimental side should be held with kids gloves? I think what this means is that she's trying to tell him that she sees his attachment and that she knows he has a different side to him. However, what she doesn't know is that "he left his urge in the icebox", which could mean that his feelings for her aren't more then they were before, even though she would like them to be.
    This is where I get [slightly more] confused:

    "She swears I’m just prey to the female,
    Well then hook me up and throw me, baby cakes, cuz I like to get hooked."
    She's explaing to him that he just plays right into women, does just what they want him to. Has sex with them. His response is "well then hook me up and throw me, baby cakes, cuz I like to get hooked". I think what he's trying to explain is that if that's what this relationship is, then he's all for it. He wants this sexual relationship, then he wants to be thrown away.

    "I’ve been swinging all the time, think it’s time to learn your way.
    I picture you and me together in the jungle it would be ok."
    I think what this means is that he's had quite a few stricly-sexual relationships, but he's ready to finally commit to this girl. He's finally admitting that he, indeed, loves her. "I picture you and me together in the jungle, it would be ok"... I see the jungle as being love and he thinks that maybe they can last; they will manage to get through the "jungle" and will be just fine in the end. He sees a lasting companionship in her that goes beyond love.

    "I’ll bring you when my lifeboat sails through the night
    That is supposing that you don’t sleep tonight"
    I'll welcome you into my life if you are willing to except my offer.

    "It’s like learning a new a language
    Helps me catch up on my mime"
    Relationships are such a new thing for him. Hm. Help him catch up on his mime? Mime has so many meanings.. but. I think this means that it's going to help him catch up on all his acting. He's now going to learn to actually show affection and love, rather than faking it.

    "If you don’t bring up those lonely parts
    This could be a good time"
    If you don't bring up all my previous sexual relationships, I'll be able to enjoy this more. He's asking her to forget his past.

    "You come here to me
    We’ll collect those lonely parts and set them down
    You come here to me"
    Once again, if you are willing to be with me, then we'll both just forget about the past and move on... Together.

    "She says brief things, her love’s a pony
    My love’s subliminal"
    "She says brief things". I think that line is particular is about her saying "I love you", and her "love's a pony".. meaning, she says it often and is quite proud that she has managed to tame him. His love is "subliminal", so he doesn't say I love you quite as often as she does, but he admits to its existence.

    Sorry it's so lengthy. But I just wanted to analyze the whole song.
    ObstacleTwoon November 23, 2004   Link

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