"The List" as written by and Emily Haines James Shaw....
All dressed down to catch a whiff of the buzz
Smells like the death of the last great cause
But you & I we've been through that and that is not our fate
Give my face to the back of your head
Loyal in your shadow
Yeah yeah yeah
Broken accidental stars

Do lawyers have lawyers?
Do landlords have landlords? we?re wondering
One more cheap suit in the loop, more chlorine in the pool
The blonde dolls smiling behind us
Say, one day you?ll be just like us

All dressed up to catch a glimpse of the list
We've seen some success, it looks like a camero
Yeah yeah yeah
Broken accidental stars

Do lawyers have lawyers?
Do landlords have landlords? we?re wondering
One more cheap suit in the loop, more chlorine in the pool
The blonde dolls smiling behind us
Say, one day you'll be just like us

Calling from the next hotel ? can you put me on the list?
Who we are now we will always be- the best haircuts are taken

Calling from the next hotel ? can you put me on the list?
Who we are now we will always be, the best haircuts are taken

Calling from the next hotel ? can you put me on the list?
Who we are now we will always be, the best haircuts are taken

Calling from the next hotel ? can you put me on the list?
Who we are now we will always be


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"The List" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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    General Comment"Yeah yeah yeah
    Broken accidental stars"
    I guess no one else got this part. But they are jsut referring to four other bands. Yeah yeah yeahs, Broken social scene, KC accidental, and Stars. Metric moved into the same loft as the Yeah yeah yeahs at one point. Emily Haines, the lead singer of Metric was once a part of Broken Social Scene as well as KC Accidental. And she and John Shaws are friend with the members of Stars
    neat0neon October 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with contusion, but I also think when she says, "But you and I have been through that and that is not our fate/ Give my face to the back of your head/ loyal in your shadow/ yeah yeah yeah/ broken accidental stars," she is saying how she and her friends (and previous projects) are loyal to who they are as musicians, and it will never be their fates to be blonde, mainstream dolls. And she feels this way even though they've been tempted by having "seen some success." She compares that "success" of getting into the parties and having publicity to a Camaro. She's saying she's been tempted to dress flashy and buy expensive things to show off and be noticed, but instead she has stayed true to who she is, and she won't sell out like so many others have.
    O Avalancheon June 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much. Another one of my favorites.

    And another pretty self-explanitory one.

    My favorite line of the whole song, "The best haircuts are taken."
    oh_doctor_doctoron October 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI FRICKING LOVE THIS SONG!!!
    my fav lines ..
    "Do lawyers have lawyers?
    Do landlords have landlords? we’re wondering
    One more cheap suit in the loop, more chlorine in the pool
    The blonde dolls smiling behind us
    Say, one day you’ll be just like us"
    EvyCakeson February 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthere asking questions i think

    is music really repattive is it jsut about the fashion and the hair? and are we always guoing to be popular
    oac seton April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNicely done neatOne, you beat me to it, I was gonna mention that. :)
    This is an awesome song, as soon as I figured out the lyrics (admit it, it sounds pretty confusing the first time you hear it) it became one of my favourites of theirs. It's very cheeky, like so many songs from Metric. I love the line "We've seen some success, it looks like a Camaro".
    in_lieu_of_loveon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"All dressed down to catch a whiff of the buzz
    Smells like the death of the last great cause
    But you & I we’ve been through that and that is not our fate
    Give my face to the back of your head
    Loyal in your shadow"

    I don't really get this part of the song... What does she mean by "Give my face to the back of your head"? Anyone have any ideas?, because I'm really curious as to what it means!
    PosterOfAGirlon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think that the "give my face to the back of your head" is basically wanting to give up and maybe perhaps become like everyone else? that's the feeling i get from when she also says "loyal in your shadow."
    i think this could be about the going to shows, wanting to be put on the guest list, perhaps. or just the music industry in general. perhaps trying to get signed, or something like that. it definitly seems like that.
    but she is talking to someone else, like someone who she is trying to make the scene with, telling them "that is not our fate", and that they weren't made for being famous and getting onto guest lists.
    or maybe she means that she doesn't want to try, and that it's unimportant. also because in this first line she says "all dressed down" like, they have just been out to se what is going on, not trying to get onto the guest lists now. so she just wants to give up and become like everybody else, no longer wants to try to be different with haircuts because all the best ones are taken.

    then she is asking questions, like, because this is all elite and whatever, do lawyers have laywers? think this could be referring to what do the people that go to these things and get on guest lists, what do they conform to?

    i'm not that sure on the verse. "one more cheap suit in the loop" could be referring to numerous outfits people buy to go to clubs in. "more chlorine" in the pool gives the effect of like, i don't know.. perhaps chemicals? could be relating to drugs, not sure about that though.
    "the blonde doll smiling behind us, says one day you'll be just like us" i love this bit, she says it in such a sarcastic voice. obviously referring to the amount of dolls and how everyone appears perfect in the music industry.
    the second verse " all dressed up to catch a glimpse of the list" they've dressed up, the opposite to the first line where they were 'dressed down'. they've seen some success, there getting there nearly to be 'on the list'.


    the last lines are the best.
    "calling from the next hotel"
    maybe she is callingbecause she doesn't want to be seen begging, desperate to be on the list. even though she is
    "who we are now we will always be" perhaps trying to convince herself, although she carries on ringing around trying to get onto the list.
    "the best haircuts are taken" when she sings this it sounds like the person on the phone to her is saying it. like, rejecting her ? don't know.
    may be about guilt from feeling the need to want to fit in with these scenes, or i've probably gotten it completely wrong. good song nonetheless
    stopthecaron June 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the transience of many bands' popularity, or perhaps famous people in general, and Metric's fear of becoming a "has-been." (Maybe?) Like, "The blonde dolls smiling behind us/Say one day you'll be just like us," expressing Emily Haine's fear of becoming just a doll, devoid of emotions or opinions. I think it's also about how superficial and fickle fame is: "All dressed up to catch a glimpse of the list/we've seen some success and it looks like a camaro." I think the part about the haircuts is alluding to "scene" or "emo" bands which she feels are not going to last; they are merely a trend. She reassures herself that she is not a trend, however: "But you and I have been through that and that is not our fate/loyal in your shadow." I think the "you" she is referring to is the bands she's looked up to in the past and respected and idolized.
    contusionon June 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about the transience of many bands' popularity, or perhaps famous people in general, and Metric's fear of becoming a "has-been." (Maybe?) Like, "The blonde dolls smiling behind us/Say one day you'll be just like us," expressing Emily Haine's fear of becoming just a doll, devoid of emotions or opinions. I think it's also about how superficial and fickle fame is: "All dressed up to catch a glimpse of the list/we've seen some success and it looks like a camaro." I think the part about the haircuts is alluding to "scene" or "emo" bands which she feels are not going to last; they are merely a trend. She reassures herself that she is not a trend, however: "But you and I have been through that and that is not our fate/loyal in your shadow." I think the "you" she is referring to is the bands she's looked up to in the past and respected and idolized.
    contusionon June 22, 2007   Link

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