I found my heart
In a pawn shop, baby
You took me for dead - dead
By the way - you still
I am way past tales
I'm bored and I'm crazy
You took all my good love
And gave it all away

I've been on the backstreet
I'm all alone
I've been on the hotseat
I'm gone - I'm gone
Sweet little love of mine
Take all you can
I'm your pawn shop lover
I'm your pawn shop, broken-heart man

With all your good looks
I still have nothing
Breaking the whip on my back like a man
Still have nothing
Take everything you want
Take all you can
I'm your pawn shop lover
I'm your pawn shop, broken-heart man


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    General Commenti love this song - esp the huuuggeee led zep-esque bass line at the beginning.oh! and way jason sings "ive been on the backstreet"! thats just hot s***!
    hybridkidon December 13, 2004   Link
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    General CommentOkay, first of all, the fifth line is

    "I'm way past tense"

    Which is an awesome double entendre (I'm really tense *AND* past tense as in the verb tense)

    For an awesome band.
    canrockson January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere's more than these lyrics to the song - it's a nine minute track, and after the conclusion of these lyrics around 3:53, there's something of a 3:00+ pause. Then, you get the popping of a record before the following comes in, as near as I can interpret it:

    Oh, she made me wear it
    Those young girls who do worry
    Wearing the same old shiny dress
    But when she is worried
    Try a little tenderness
    You know she's waiting
    Just anticipating
    Things she'll never possess
    But while she's the waiting
    Try a little tenderness
    That's all you gotta do
    It's not just sentimental, no no no
    ???
    But she suffered last spoke so gentle
    It makes it easy to bear
    You won't regret it, no no no
    Young girls that don't forget it
    Love is their only happiness
    But its so easy
    All you gotta do is try a little tenderness
    Try a little tenderness
    All you gotta do is bear
    Just squeeze her
    Don't tease her
    Never leave her
    Just squeeze her
    Don't tease her
    Never leave her
    Gotta hold her
    Try a little tenderness

    { unintelligable }

    The 'try a little tenderness' lyrics are an obvious reference (theft, even) from the clasic Otis Redding song "Try a Little Tenderness."

    Interesting.
    laguna72on April 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA song about giving someone your heart, and watch them throw it away like it doesn\'t matter any more.... Moving, and reminds you loves a bitch...
    Spammyon April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI read in an interview how jason was talking about Detroit being full of pawn shops and he once saw a wedding ring ring in there and it made him really sad, as though it was a broken heart, hence the album title.

    His howling is fantastic, you feel in in your gut.....
    ThePersianRoseon January 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI had to make an account just to comment on this.

    The end of Pawn Shoppe Heart is not thievery. It is most definitely the exact same lyrics as Otis Redding's song "Try A Little Tenderness".

    Laguna72: it's hard to hear what Stollsteimer's saying because he does the song so differently from the original, but the lyrics are exactly the same. He didn't just reference the song with the line 'try a little tenderness' it is a cover and there is no theft whatsoever.

    Jason Stollsteimer is very much influenced by Otis Redding. If you listen to "Sound of Terror" on their debut album, Lack Of Communication, you will, after the break, hear Lauren Wilcox singing another Otis Redding song "Bring It On Home To Me". The Von Bondies didn't steal anything. Jason has said he's influenced by Otis Redding and at the end of the last track on both of their studio albums, they've always done an Otis Redding cover.
    trainstobrasilon February 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI always thought it was "way past tense" not "way past tales". In fact it was one of my favourite lines of the whole song. Way past tense. As in, "I am so agitated that I am way beyond using the word "tense" to describe how I feel."
    moeburnon October 11, 2014   Link

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