"Take Me Out" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Robert Hardy and Paul Robert Thompson....
So if you're lonely
You know I'm here waiting for you
I'm just a cross hair
I'm just a shot away from you
And if you leave here
You leave me broken, shattered, I lie
I'm just a cross hair
I'm just a shot, then we can die

I know I won't be leaving here with you

I say don't you know
You say you don't know
I say, take me out!

I say you don't show
Don't move, tide is low
I say, take me out!

I say you don't know
You say you don't know
I say, take me out!

If I move this could die
Eyes move this can die
I want you to take me out

I know I won't be leaving here (with you)
I know I won't be leaving here
I know I won't be leaving here (with you)
I know I won't be leaving here with you

I say don't you know
You say you don't know
I say, take me out!

If I wane this could die
I wait this could die
I want you to take me out

If I move this could die
Eyes move this can die
Come on, take me out

I know I won't be leaving here (with you)
I know I won't be leaving here
I know I won't be leaving here (with you)
I know I won't be leaving here with you


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"Take Me Out" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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  • +16
    General CommentSaw them live recently- before they played it, they explained it.

    'Franz Ferdinand' are named after the guy who was shot, a minor incident in Eastern Europe that lead to the outbreak of World War 1. Ferdinand and his wife were shot at the same time; the song talks about the moment between his wife being shot and him dying- he feels he might as well be dead, "Come on, take me out!", his wife's murders have left him 'broken, shattered I lie'.

    A very melancholy for such a upbeat song with such a funky riff.
    boss_2kon April 17, 2004   Link
  • +5
    General CommentCrosshair nailed it. Gawd knows where he got the energy to write so much:) It's an excellent song by an excellent band... one of my favorites, although I probably say that about a few too many bands ;) The about a guy in love but he lacks confidence. Haven't met too many of those types in my lifetime. Wow, music makes me laugh....just thinking about a college-aged man named Yasime Rahim from Tanzania who's dad was a diplomat to Russia. Yasime asked me to marry him after we had known each other (sitting around listening to music) just two weeks. I laughed thinking he was joking. He immediately left the room and didn't speak with me for a few days....finally explaining that in his country not all people date first. Then he proposed again. Talk about feeling like a schumck for saying NO. We did begin a friendship, though, and he promised not to ask me again. Sorry for the story of my life; I had just forgotten about that first proposal...
    ComeOnEileenon October 06, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI see three potential interpretations running in this song.

    #1: Voice is of Ferdinand, talking towards his wife, in the moments between her death and his.

    #2: Voice is of Ferdinand, talking towards his assassin, right before being shot.

    #3: Voice is of a person, somewhere, who wants to be with someone, but knows they won't be, and is "broken shattered I lie" by their rejection.

    As I see it, #1 or 2 is definitely intentional, and #3 is most likely partially intended. The reason I believe he's speaking to his assassin is because the words "take me out" seem to be most specifically directed towards the assassin. In this interpretation, the song takes place in the split second where Ferdinand makes eye contact with the shooter, right before being killed. Accordingly, the song is about the emotional connection between them, and Ferdinand begging to die out of sadness over the loss of his wife, by that interpretation.
    WesJansonon January 26, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentToday is the 100th anniversary of Franz Ferdinand and his wife being killed, thus starting WW1, so this is the song of the day I suppose.
    randomuser1105on June 28, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song makes me wanna dance! the riff is jus so damn catchy!
    light_up_light_upon April 13, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentExcellent song.
    Aneurysm1985on May 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song then...nice little history lesson. What of the video? Did it contain any imagery to suggest its meaning? I remember seeing a lot of old school imagery like bareknuckle boxers from near the start of the last century. I really like the switch of guitar play about a quarter of the way through. It's a sound I haven't heard before, very catchy and unusual.
    OpinionHeadon May 10, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is quite sad if you focus on the lyrics... I also like the bit when the beat slows down, just before the main riff comes in.
    Mike_Spikeon May 26, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh, god, not the MTV thing again. I really don't see what the problem is; sure, all the shows suck, but what does that have to do with the videos they play? And if it wasn't on MTV, where else would you see it? VH1 only plays "adult-alternative". All the other music videos are owned by MTV. Launch is nice, but I like to watch videos before they get ran through the grain-o-filter. Near as I can tell, the only reason that a band would stay permanently underground is that NO ONE WANTS TO LISTEN TO THEM. Getting accepted into mainstream is a reflection that it at least sounds good, even if people don't fully appreciate what they're listening to. Unless you make it a point to listen to things that no one else could enjoy, be prepared to hear more of your favorite bands on the radio, or even(GASP!) MTV. I mean, you never hear Juggaloes complain about ICP selling out.
    Kiloon June 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti thought it was
    broken shattered alive
    not borken shattered i lie
    dank22on September 18, 2004   Link

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