Gentle hum of the old machines
Here we come scrubbed and scoured
Patches on our jeans
When the drone sounds
In the cool night wind
We pick up the call
Kick all the traces in
Hungry for love
Ready to drown
So tie down the sails
We're going downtown

Great big drain on the power grid
You may not like Tate's methods
But you've got to admit
She's a real nice kid
We walk light
Down the wires
Higher than weather baloons
Empty hearts on fire
Hungry for love
Ready to drown
So tie down the sails tonight
We're going downtown


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  • +2
    General CommentAlso straight from John's mouth:
    "This is a song about all my friends who died because they took too much speed and heroin."
    acowkickedmeon January 27, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentStraight from John's mouth:
    "It's about your friends who borrow money from you and they say they can use it to fix the car, but what they're actually gonna do is use it to buy speed."
    Mistar_Glasson June 09, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentReminds me of being a teenager in Independence, Missouri in the mid nineties and breaking into places because there's nothing else to be and because you're eating a lot of drugs and you're tired of staring out the window through the mini blinds for nine hours at a stretch.
    zampfon July 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentMy guess is the "tate's methods" line refers to Tatum O'Neal, as they were both child actors in movies at roughly the same time. By the way, I love this song!
    discorporatedon June 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it also somehow about Sharon Tate? And the Manson Family?

    Whatever, I love it when that guy uses the first-person plural.
    kagion February 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor some reason, those lines 'You may not like Tate's methods
    But you've got to admit
    She's a real nice kid' always get to me.
    Blithiumon October 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentany chance that tate is a reference to the manson murders?
    justjewy18on March 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt possible, the more definite reference is to Born Innocent, starring (you guessed it) Linda Blair (of Exorcist fame.)

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Eccentricityon March 25, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"any chance that tate is a reference to the manson murders?"

    "It possible, the more definite reference is to Born Innocent, starring (you guessed it) Linda Blair (of Exorcist fame.)"

    Yes, but Born Innocent doesn't have a character named Tate; the question about that character remains. No obvious instance of a girl named Tate, who has questionable "methods" but is recognisably "a real nice kid," comes to mind.
    RevAKMAon April 08, 2010   Link

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