Shh
C'mon, c'mon

My best friend's a butcher, he has sixteen knives
He carries them all over the town
At least he tries oh look it stopped snowing
My best friend's from Poland and oh he has a beard
But they caught him with his case in a public place
That is what we had feared

He severed segments and secretly liked that
He always had the time to speak with me I liked him for that
He severed segments and secretly liked that
He always took the time
He always took the time

C'mon now pussycat

My best friend's a butcher, he has sixteen knives
He carries them all over the town
At least he tries oh look it stopped snowing
My best friend's from Poland and oh he has a beard
But they caught him with his case in a public place
That is what we had feared

He severed segments and secretly liked that
He always had the time to speak with me I liked him for that
He severed segments and secretly liked that
He was growing on me
He was growing on me


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  • +4
    General CommentBobster, if it was so obvious that it was about Jack the Ripper and everyone else is so stupid for not noticing, why did you need to ask Kessler? Did Kessler even write the lyrics? You arrogantly called everyone else dense for not knowing something you probably weren't sure of yourself and hence needed confirmation. If you really believe in freedom of speech and personal interpretation you'll argue properly and not just resort to insults. You're not here to ridicule others, you say? Yes you are, everything you've said has in one way or another insulted someone or everyone. You called Ethilien a "jackass" for posting an innocent idea. I haven't read the book s/he's talking about, but maybe you should before you go calling him/her an idiot for making the connection. If you read it maybe you'd actually understand why they think that and why it's hard to believe you. You start trying to belittle Ethilien by claiming they're really young when half of what you've said is immature crap about them crying and fingerpainting. You show even more signs of someone who's run out of things to say by calling them dumb for not checking something as pethetic as the post dates in this "rediculous" flame war. Personally, I do believe that the song was probably about Jack the Ripper, it makes alot of sense. Anyway, you could both be right or both be wrong, at least Ethilien had the maturity to present it as a perfectly respectable theory. You can't know what Banks was thinking when he wrote the lyrics.
    Leif_Eriksonon August 10, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenthey, people can say whatever they want about any song. the only reason i have something against you is..well, you're a jackass. i don't see anyone else in this forum trying to insult anyone or anything. and do you really expect anyone to believe your load of crap about kessler telling you? now, if that were true, wouldn't it have made sense for you to say that in the first place in some attempt to further support your hypothesis? yeah, "nice try"
    Ethilienon June 02, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWhat a silly thing to fight about! Bobster, why do you care so deeply about direct evidence supporting an interpretation of a piece of art? Should every post on this sight contain links to substantiated evidence supporting each and every hypothesis and interpretation? I'm not attacking anyone here, I just find it intriguing. Bobster, you clearly pride yourself on the knowledge that you have on this subject (and many others I assume), isn't it enough for you to know these things? Or is the knowledge not really what you are after? It seems that more important to you than the knowledge is belittling those who don't possess the same knowledge, and subsequently affording yourself a sort of pedestal to stand on. You clearly are an intelligent individual and in my opinion that should be enough for ANY person. The fact is that most people don't possess the capacity to identify the things that (seemingly) come so easy to you. Your intelligence is limited only by your ego, just as it is with many intelligent individuals. You're smart, it's obvious. You don't need to rub it in anyone's face, they already know. Some of the interpretations left by others are of the sort that simply CAN'T offer solid, concrete evidence as they are based on a feeling or emotion. Short of talking directly to the writer (...), it is impossible to substantiate. Even if someone had spoken with the artist (as you claim to have done), the conversation itself is impossible to substantiate. So as you see, you are guilty of the same transgressions as those you accuse, albeit in a different manner. Good art spawns false interpretation because good art reaches the masses and appeals to them in a personal way. If you turn it into a research project, the art dies. I dare say that you do not want to be responsible for any fraction of that reality...
    grymreefahon November 16, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentum, retard, i was referring to your entry on 5-26, way past march. any person with common sense would've mentioned supposedly asking kessler about the song. but i guess you're not too good at fabricating stories.
    you obviously don't understand my point because you're so narrow minded. say what you want about the art, don't try to diss other people doing the same, and the only time you can is when you see that person being an ass. in this case, that's you. of course i can label you as a liar, if you don't have any proof to support your hypothesis, mr writer, and in your words, otherwise they aren't valid. because according to you, everything needs evidence right?
    funny how you can call me a little girl when in your first entry all you did was whine about everyone else, moron. anything you say to me i can throw right back at you, dumbass.
    now give us all some tangible evidence for your claim, you silly little boy
    Ethilienon June 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwow gingerhorsie, are you going to tell me kessler told you personally what the song means too? believe me, if both of you read the book it'll all make sense. every line in the song pertains to some part of the book whereas your analysis about jack the ripper has a lot of holes. the main problem is you're explanation for a good amount of the lyrics, that they're there for rhyming convenience. they may seem random, but they each are references to Slaughterhouse 5. please, do you honestly think i'm embarrassed mr bobster? you're just a silly little boy, and probably really emo too. this is an online forum, dimwit. it's not like i actually know you people. this is just something to pass the time. yes i know i'm stubborn, and you are too, but the difference is that at least i can admit that. you call yourself an adult? let me remind you that you were also taking part in this "ridiculous" flamewar. and also, you did not defeat me, because you know what, you have no proof. neither of us can prove to each other our ideas, because neither of us know for sure what the song means. if you think you won because you decided to drop kesslers name then that's your deal, but anyone who isn't dense can see through that. now that is really childish. "ooo kessler told me so!" how do you expect anyone to believe that? how about this. you email the band about roland, and then maybe they'll post the answer on their FAQ page of their site. that's the only plausible way to end this argument.
    Ethilienon June 07, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"all the other interpol songs are pretty straightforward "

    um.. HUH?
    marson July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think BOBSTER or whatever his name is needs this site to give himself meaning or accredidation. And if the dumb cat actually listened to what he/she was saying he would see the contrast in his statements. LIKE HOW IN THE HELL CAN YOU PUT SOMEONES INTERPRETATIONS DOWN WHEN YOU CLAIM TO HAVE ACTUALLY TALKED TO THE SONGWRITER!!!!. You cant belittle them on the strength of not having your own interpretation, if your so DAMN smart you wouldnt have needed to talk to anyone supposedly at some show. Stop being a lame ass and get a life.
    SteelyDanforeveron November 05, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUm, Bobster man - shut the fuck up. This is not a formal debate, we're not in high school or the U.N, so people are allowed to post their thoughts and ideas about what the song means to them and not face your incredibly witty rebuttles. You need to leave your indie rock bunker, get some fresh air, make a friend perhaps - and then get your head out your ass.

    This song, no matter what its about (The Slaughterhouse reference does make sense), is a good song and their best aggressive, post-punk moment on the immaculate TOTBL...
    deenaon December 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBobster is probably correct, but also an pathetically egotistical, narcissistic twat.
    Death Discoon January 01, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song just reminds me of a murderer that happens to be a best friend of the songwriter maybe the song writer is even gettin into the business with his murdering friend. and i think the guy walked around with an actual case filled with his knives...for convenience of coarse. and i figure the pussycat line is that he mostly kills girls or something...

    make love not war kids! lets all play nice!
    AWalkDownAlamedaon January 26, 2006   Link

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