I rise and curse the waking day, curse the grime and curse the stains on the air and on the skin of the bed I'm tied within. Hiding from the twitch and crash, of the mood I hear you hatch. You're the mother growing cold - you're the bath now running old. I can feel the wall between us separate the filthy scene, as I push the door aside - swallow, swallow, swallow, smile.

I wander round the gulf between us, wonder how I came to feel as fragile as a broken bone, as useless - I'm a broken bone. Come on let's fight let's feel alive. Come on let's fight let's feel alive - it's the only feeling I've kept towards you that resembles any passion, any tremble, any word, I'll take and turn it, twist and pissed-on, I'll return it. Give me more, give me, I'll swallow, swallow, swallow, smile

But it's alright, I lie. It's alright, here's another lie.



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    General Commentjesum crow. i havent heard this song but i think its pretty obvious whats going on.
    attack_of_the_tacoon May 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSo want to hear this song.
    Mattre4on October 13, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgolly wow.
    Donton December 11, 2005   Link
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    General Commentgolly wow.
    Donton December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentUm, yeah.
    I need to hear this.
    Now.
    ohmygodwooon January 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell, I need to hear this too... but HOW? No known recording exists!
    enriciaon February 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey've recorded this and are going to use the recording for...something. Not sure if it's for the 3rd album (which they're also working on) or a new single. Either way, can't wait to hear it.
    DaLocoBraton May 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing, I love the absolute irony of the title.

    If you really need to hear it, just look around for it online.
    It'll come up, sooner or later.
    peonyandoceanon September 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThey recorded it and put it on vinyl for the fanclub, you can join up here: franzferdinand.co.uk/fanclub/
    But anyway the song seems to be a bit about masochism (the bed i'm tied within, come on let's fight let's feel alive) and being with someone you dont like and who doesnt like you. This is especially obvious in the part about "you're the mother growing cold". In this relationship, both people dont care for each other much and "the only feeling I've kept towards you that resembles any passion" is hatred (or sex if youre pervy). I think it's a really interesting song, and just shows the broadness of Alex's and Nick's lyrics. Best band ever.
    natalieday217on October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI just got the vinyl from FF:FC I can't help but notice how it seems that they reversed the lyrics of "You're the mother growing cold - you're the bath now running old." Normally you would think of a mother growing old and bath water growing cold. I thought that was very interesting.
    markisarealboyon March 28, 2007   Link

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