"IOU" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
Old world underground where are you now?
Subtract my age from the mileage
On my speeding heart, credit cards
Accelerate, accumulate
Looked for you downtown
Wound up in a movie with no story
Now it's late and you are nowhere to be found

Hesitation's always mine
Hesitate outside the times
With all I don't say
With all I don't do
I'm sending you
Invitations to hesitate too

Every ten year-old enemy soldier
Thinks falling bombs are shooting stars sometimes
But she doesn't make wishes on them
When she wishes, she wishes for less ways to wish for
More ways to work toward it
Ten year-old enemy soldier
Our falling bombs are her shooting stars

Hesitation's always mine
Hesitate outside the times
Oh call me or drop me a line
Say you've been with me
Say you've been with me
Say you've been with me
This whole time

Old world underground I never knew you
But I've seen your face everywhere
There was a farm before we tore
The small town down
Multiply divide


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"IOU" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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    General CommentWow, I can't believe that no one has commented on this!

    It's one of my favorite Metric songs. It's just gorgeous. The melody, the lyrics, everything. I especially love the last part of the song, where it's just like the beginning, but then it stops and just the guitar is going. And then you get the drum beat, and she starts going, "Old world underground I never knew you..."

    The lyrics are pretty self explanitory, I think. It's kind of a comment on today's culture. Movie with no story, credit cards, war, multiply divide. How we used to have it good, but we've ruined it.

    "there was a farm before we tore
    the small town down"
    oh_doctor_doctoron October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite metric songs, I used the part "Every ten year-old enemy soldier
    Thinks falling bombs are shooting stars sometimes
    But she doesn’t make wishes on them
    When she wishes, she wishes for less ways to wish for
    More ways to work toward it
    Ten year-old enemy soldier
    Our falling bombs are her shooting stars

    hesitation’s always mine" as my intro to a radio show I had for a while.
    .miserable.grief.on January 01, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhen she wishes, she wishes for less ways to wish for. more ways to work toward it.

    i love that line. it tells us to stop wishing and instead make it come true.
    funktionon January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSubtract my age from the mileage
    on my speeding heart

    speeding hearts.. sigh*
    glory_chldon February 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis song is awesome!! .. my fav lines posted by miserable.grief.
    totally awesome song
    i can never get tired of metric
    EvyCakeson February 23, 2005   Link
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    General Commentpassion is this song, set in the unemotional, surreal landscape that is real life
    sweetsweetpetrolon February 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd if you want to go a bit deeper, the "multiply, divide" part could be comparing humains/humain society to cells, they just multiply and divide, simple as that.
    _Lovedrug_on February 06, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow everyhing about this song is great. Emily Haines is amazing, and not to mention reeeeeaaaly hot haha.
    positive_tensionon February 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentno one mentioned the simple yearning of the old underground music scene. i got hooked on this woman's words right when i yearned to know the stories everyone has about music and noise played up on a stage you need to surf to reach. bah.

    her tone of voice carries the song.

    the enemy soldier idea is something i have to live by. you have to hold on and try. because she stays quiet and hopes you read her to stay quiet beside her. i don't know. it's late at night.
    tinylittlewordson June 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti realized today this song also refers to cocaine use in the line

    "subtract my age from the mileage on my speeding heart, credit cards."

    note credit cards. those credit cards..
    tinylittlewordson September 01, 2006   Link

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