dug up a fifth of hood river gin,
and that stuff tastes like medicine
but i'll take it, it'll do.
on the couch in the living room all day long,
music on the television playing our song.
i'm in the mood,
the mood for you.

turn the volume up real high,
all of that money, look at it fly.
and you smoking like a chimney.
shadows crawled across the livingroom's length,
i held onto you with a desperate strength, with everything. with everything in me.

i handed you a drink of the lovely little thing on which our survival depends .
people say friends dont destroy one another, what do they know about friends?

thunder clouds forming, cream white moon, everything's gonna be okay soon.
maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day.

carried you up the stairs that night,
all of this could be yours, if the price is right.
i heard cars headed down to oblivion up on the expressway.

your drunken kisses as light as the air,
maybe everything that falls down, eventually rises.
our house sinking into disrepair,
ah, but look at this showroom filled with fabulous prizes.

Lyrics submitted by oneturnoutoftune, edited by TheSatah, gifoverit

Game Shows Touch Our Lives song meanings
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    General Comment"Okay, it's the one thing that's weird about playing colleges. I'm married, and Peter's divorced, and so we start talking about marriage and stuff and I know I'm talking to a room full of people who go "Yeah, that's in the distant future, you know, and I'm not very interested in that right now"...But there may come a day--and y'all who are talking need to hear this--there may come a day when you get married, right, and --yes!--and when you get there, when you get there and you run out of Vicodin, and all that's left is the cheap vodka because you went to a liberal arts college and you studied poetry. Yeah, and so now, now you're married and poor and strung out on sleeping pills in Central Florida, and all you've got is cheap vodka, and you want to sing love songs to the person you now want to destroy. I want you to know the words when the time comes."
    ABookOnAShelfon January 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "our house sinking into disrepair/ah but look at this showroom, filled with fabulous prizes" as in, we are in shambles and pretending that things are as glamorous as the game show we're watching, drunk and empty..

    the alpha couple...
    kozmikon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song reminds me of the scene in American Beauty where Lester Burnham sort of seduces his wife ("I'm in the mood/the mood for you") even though they both know their marriage is long gone. She worries about him spilling beer on the couch and he comes back with "it's just stuff!" All the references to price/money/materialism in this definitely remind me of that scene.
    agelessbeautyon June 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is one of the songs on tallahassee that actually is about an event, not a feeling.

    this song features the alphas drunk, in love, and sharing a moment watching game shows on the couch.

    its about how even if you're not still with someone, or friends with them, or anything, you can still connect with them. its just about those moments when nothing else matters.
    Cyrus_and_Jeffon July 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI believe in this song the Alpha husband goes back and forth from wishing his life was so much more and being somewhat satisfied with what it is.

    “Dug up a fifth of Hood River gin / ” It’s sort of ironic that Hood River gin is known for it’s bowler hat which represents an English gentlemen. The Alpha couple is so far from that. This could represent their desire for luxury, but they’re lack of effort to try to actually obtain it.

    “ / music on the television playing our song. / I'm in the mood, / the mood for you.” I believe that the music is a game show theme song, considering the rest of the lyrics. The fact that this music gets him in mood insinuates that the prospect of luxury is what turns him on. Or perhaps he believes his wife is the luxury, the prize. Or both.

    We effectively get an image of a sort of white trash household. They sit around all day drinking and smoking in the dark with the TV on loudly. I believe this is very important, because they live very far from luxury. Their lifestyle is described with a jutting honesty as if the narrator doesn’t even realize these things are unhealthy, just facts. So lines like, “I held onto you with a desperate strength, with everything, with everything in me,” are especially touching. He seems to realize that “everything” in him is not much, and all he can do is hold on to her.

    “People say friends don’t destroy one another, / what do they know about friends?” I believe this is the narrator’s fear that his wife will rise above him. The entire song, everyone and everything else seems to be above the two of them. He knows he is so far down, so he desires to keep her down too and believes that that is friendship, or rather, sticking together.

    “Thunder clouds forming, cream white moon, everything's gonna be okay soon. / Maybe tomorrow, maybe the next day.” This line is very important. We see a storm forming. So does the couple. Above that is the “cream white moon”, which I believe represents the luxury that is so far out of their reach and even above the storm. However, the narrator insists things will be okay. It seems very ignorant and blind. It is either that, or he believes his wife and him will stay (down) together, and in that sense, everything will be okay.

    “Carried you up the stairs that night, / all of this could be yours, if the price is right.” The couple lives in a state of fantasy. As mentioned before, there are points where the narrator seems to realize that his wife is all he has (and perhaps needs), but when he’s not in that clarity, they seem to like to pretend that things are perfect. He’s carrying her up, fantasizing about winning a game show.

    “I heard cars headed down to oblivion on the expressway.” This again is a representation of the people above him.

    “Your drunken kiss is as light as the air. / Maybe everything that falls down, eventually rises.” More of the above us sort of theme. Her drunken kiss is “light” but he recognizes that they’re down, and hopes they can rise.

    “Our house sinking into disrepair. / Ah, but look at this showroom, filled with fabulous prizes.” This last line sums up the feeling held throughout the entire piece. It’s a final realization that their house, their home, is a mess. And yet, there is the showroom--in their minds, in their love. And then the question is, will that be enough?
    pricillacoxon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSuicide and murder are at the core of the Alphas. They use alcohol as their weapon. The end goal is the same, both of them dead, but the intent varies from song to song.

    Here, we see them sitting around watching meaningless, shallow game shows while drinking "the lovely little thing on which our survival depends", which they then admit they use to "destroy one another", but that is the most friendly thing they can do. Because they're so alike in their self-hatred.
    jf998247on July 18, 2014   Link
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    General CommentKozmik is definetly right.
    BoomSwaggeron May 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentcarried you up the stairs that night,
    all of this could be yours, if the price is right.

    seems like a plea.

    i love it.
    cupcake5on June 11, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe title of this song came from johns wife, she ad-libbed while they were watching some crap on tv
    pocketsfullofshellson June 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOoh, good job Pricilla.
    ABookOnAShelfon February 20, 2008   Link

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