"Cooling Card" as written by and James/barbot Robbins....
Fear as friend I wish I'd never kissed;
Faded hand to mouth as catalyst.
Technicolored static sender,
Secondguess my love for danger.
Bold-face it with a hand of 10 by 10.

Turn the cooling card
And show your hand to me.
Hands up, past time for both of us to see.

Clothes and match were pulled straight from my bed.
Fatal weather rolls around my head.
Burned the place down to the ground now,
And crazy head singed up this town;
Marked it with a blackened boldface T.

Since I've got myself an easy job,
Money passed behind and now I'm robbed.
Sold away my rights forever
To something that was multi-splendored.
I'll pass up the decision once again.


Lyrics submitted by professor stampede

"Cooling Card" as written by Kim Coletta James Robbins

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    General CommentI used to get a lot out of this song for some reason but not so much anymore. The lyrics are pretty cryptic. As far as I can tell it's about having regrets, indecision, frustration and destructive urges. But that's about as specific as I can get. Great melodic/abrasive tune though.
    Quonseton March 20, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningClassic cryptic Jawbox. Here we have a loss of hope, multiple uses of the images of hands and fire, and the feeling of fear or danger. I can’t really get anything specific from this except that it’s probably about the fear of risks. Maybe it’s less innocent than that and it has something to do with arson or something, though the last verse sounds more like unfulfilling acquiescence. It seems like this person both enjoys and hates danger and risk, and he is somehow addicted to it.
    DevMinoron January 07, 2011   Link

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