I want your silent parts
the parts that the birds love
I know there's such a place
I had my back turned,
you didn't realize I'm lonely
You lack the things
to which I relate
But I see no harm.
Come way, come way, come way
It's over.
And 1, 2, 3

When I'm feeling lazy, it's probably because
I'm saving all my energy to pick up when you
Move into my airspace
Move into my airspace
Something's coming over me
I see you in the doorway
I cannot control the part of me that swells up when you
Move into my airspace
Move into my airspace

But each night,
I bury my love around you
Oh each night,
I bury my love around you
You're linked to my innocence

This is a concept
This is a bracelet
This isn't no intervention
This is a concept
This is a bracelet
This isn't no intervention
This isn't you yet
What you thought was such a conquest
Your hair is so pretty and red
Baby, baby, you're really the best

Can I get to this way, I think so
Can I get to this way, I think so
Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way?
Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way?

We should take a trip now to see new places
I'm sick of this town and I've seen my faces change
We should take a trip to see new places
I'm sick of this town, I've seen my faces change
(each night I bury my love around you)

Say hello, say hello to the angels
Say hello, say hello to the angels



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  • +2
    General CommentI think that this song is a morbidly sexual story hidden in a punky tone so people dont get too freaked out by it. I think that it starts out with, you guessed it, masturbation. "I had my back turned,
    you didn’t realize I’m lonely" It starts out with that and then leads to pedophilia. He seems to be telling the person he is with what love is, showing her youth and naivity. Also, she is linked to his "innocence", which could show his guilt of rape. BUT IT GETS BETTER! I believe that the ending has to do with murder. He seems frantic when he is trying to get there, possibly the burial point:Can I get to this way, I think so
    Can I get to this way, I think so
    Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way?
    Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way? " Also, he says that he wants to run away in the lines directly after. Finally, and most obviously, he tells her to say hello to the angels, which shows her death (the murder idea), her innocence (the child rape idea), and lastly his guilt (masturbation and murder). Maybe I should stop watching Law and Order SVU.
    Your Band Suckson December 19, 2004   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is not about sex, hornballs. It's really quite sweet and romantic. Here we go:

    I want your silent parts
    the parts that the birds love
    (He wants inside her head. Where we go off in the clouds. He literally means birds...not dirty birds.)

    I know there's such a place
    I had my back turned,
    you didn't realize I'm lonely
    (He's glimpsed/heard her psyche, while his attention was on a stale relationship. He was listening and she didn't know he was lonely.)

    You lack the things
    to which I relate
    But I see no harm.
    (They're different, but she interests him.)

    Come away, come away, come away
    It's over.
    And 1, 2, 3
    (He wants her to go with him because his relationship is over. He wants her.)

    When I'm feeling lazy, it's probably because
    I'm saving all my energy to pick up when you
    Move into my airspace
    Move into my airspace
    (He's preparing for her)

    Somethings coming over me
    I see you in the doorway
    I cannot control the part of me that swells up when you
    Move into my airspace
    Move into my airspace
    (When he sees her his heart swells...maybe his other organ, too. ;) But, this is really referring to all those intense feelings of attraction that swell up when we see someone we're in love with.)

    But each night,
    I bury my love around you
    (People, if this part was about penetration he would have buried his love INSIDE her not AROUND her. He's dropping hints of his love for her, but he's still hiding it)

    Oh each night,
    I bury my love around you
    You're linked to my innocence
    (Purity)

    This is a concept
    This is a bracelet
    This isn't no intervention
    (I agree...this portion stinks, but here's what I think...Interpol reminds me of the police. He makes references in his songs like, "Please, police me." One of the meanings for the definition of braclet is "handcuffs". So it could mean, that this is an idea to restrain her from looking elsewhere. It's not to delay her or come in between whomever she may be interested. He wants her to quit looking and wait for him. There's no need for him to intervene because he knows he is the right one for her.)

    This isn't you yet
    What you thought was such a conquest
    (When she realizes he wants her, she's gonna be more fulfilled with him and the guy she was aiming for won't seem like such a conquest anymore.)

    Your hair is so pretty and red
    Baby, baby, you're really the best
    (Flattery)

    Can I get to this way, I think so
    Can I get to this way, I think so
    Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way?
    Can I get to this way? Can I get to this way?
    (He's trying to figure out how they can be together.)

    We should take a trip now to see new places
    I'm sick of this town and I've seen my faces change
    (He's stressed out and restless, he wants to go explore the world with her.)

    Say hello, say hello to the angels
    Say hello, say hello to the angels
    (He thinks she is an angel from Heaven and is saying to greet the other angels where she is at.)
    Spiritus75on January 15, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful.
    with very subtle sexual undertones.
    look closer. they're there.

    it reminds me of this boy i adore very much.
    therefore, i enjoy listening to it twice as much.
    plastic jesuson May 06, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell anyone who reads these lyrics should know it's sexual, it's not that subtle!


    this song makes me dance like no other
    precipitateon October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's so fast-paced... kinda like that adrenaline rush you get when you're close to hookin up with someone.... :)
    hoydenon October 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentsex described in poetry
    joefoxon October 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I cannot control the part of me that swells up when you
    Move into my airspace"

    i don't see how that's subtle at all.
    Invalid Usernameon November 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the most sexual song I've ever read/heard, no question about subtlty, though it's nice that they wrapped it under at least one layer of inuendo.
    I love that climax though, right toward the end, "This isn't you yet, what you thought was such a conquest, etc." It's amazing how this song so efforltessly trivializes sex. "You lack the things to which I relate, but I see no harm," is such a perfectly phrased line, but it shows how far from art and beauty is sex. I don't know. Maybe it's just me. And no fair calling me a virgin loser who doesn't know what he's talking about, cuz I'm six feet tall at the waist and I get girls like all the time.

    But seriuosly, does any one else think that Interpol are pro-absinance or something like that?
    geradeauson December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAs I reread the lyrics I see a lot that I missed, mostly more ennuendo and masturbation evidence.
    Your Band Suckson December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdance, dance, dance your ass off
    gilbagon January 06, 2005   Link

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