"So Stark (You're a Skyscraper)" as written by and Kannberg Malkmus....
I've been waitin' here for oh so long
I've been waitin' here for oh so long

This is life
And it's flat
And it's six
And it's eight, times

This is life
And it's flat
And it's three
And it's four

She's a real debutante
She'll never fall
Waves in the taxi of room-service calls

I've been with viceroys
And I've been with kings
In your emporium
It's gold inlaid rings

She can't live
Beside the spiral staircase
When the money's coming in

White jar left of shelf above blue chair
Leave the old rugs down behind the stairs

Stunning bureaucrat
You're so fucking lost
Stark as a skyscraper
Letters embossed

Stunning bureaucrat
You're so fucking lost
Signing the letters
And cutting the costs

I can't live
Beside the spiral staircase
When the money's coming in

Da, da, da
Ba, da, da
La, da, da
La, da, da


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"So Stark (You're a Skyscraper)" as written by Kannberg Malkmus

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    General CommentPerhaps my favorite song title ever. What an unlikely title for a rock song.
    DevastatorJr.on January 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti'm pretty sure the line is "and it's six...and it's eight...time" which is anal of me, i know, but only cause it actually means something: the song is done in 6/8 time.
    warsaw_350125on January 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDoes the spiral staricase refer to spiral stairs, the guitarist?
    ZEROpumpkinson April 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea how I never made the spiral stairs connection. I will hit myself.

    I think it might be about a girl who has humble begins but blossoms (she's a real debutante) into a social-ladder climbing golddigger but then finds that her life of luxury leaves her bored and empty,
    teapoton January 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was 'waits in the taxi while room service calls'. but a great little song. the bass is really prominent and with the lyrics gives it a slightly dark undercurrent. saw them play it a couple of times live and it works in that forum too.
    a m droneson January 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite Pavement songs. Would be on "best of" x2 (x3?) LP.

    I always thought it was "waits in the taxi if room service calls"

    My take on the song is a woman climbs the social ladder to find herself as a trophy wife, another possession of her husband. Put up on the shelf in a jar, or behind the spiral stairs with the old rugs. She's reached the top of the social ladder, and she's a skyscraper. But now what? She's just there, being, existing, not moving, not changing, rigid, immovable, accustomed to her lifestyle, stark. So stark.
    potzmoon December 08, 2008   Link

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