"Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" as written by and Scott Kannberg Stephen Malkmus....
Someone took in these pants
Somebody painted over paint
Painted wood
And where he stood, no one stands
It's been said he's sitting now
In the churning land

Well, I've seen saints, but remember
That I forgot to flag 'em down
When they passed
And in the morning light

You hold that ashtray tight
You could put it out
But I can't put it out

My hands shook, down and out
I've got the blisters of the world
World new
I name the book after you

So look up and watch the camera lens
When the risers fade

Slow it down! Song is sacred!
And brother, you're a hunter
And you're right at home
And in the morning light

I'll hold my ashtray tight
I could take it down
And you can't take it down

La-da-da-da-da-da-da

[Repeat: x7]
Don't expect


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"Shoot the Singer (1 Sick Verse)" as written by Stephen Malkmus Scott Kannberg

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  • +2
    General CommentMan, this truly was the best band of the nineties.
    jetsetsunseton January 13, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentRandom Rules deserves that credit.
    seventynineon December 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest opening line ever.
    DevastatorJr.on January 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe saloon cover is amazing.
    not to say the original isn't my favorite song in the world.

    S.M. had something there in that little corner of the world in the nineties.

    and i wish it were still then and there.
    Holdyr.ashtraytighton October 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentepic
    retardotyleron January 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdevastatorjr is spot on. how the fuck a line like 'someone took...in these pants...somebody painted over paint; painted wood' has some sort of profound effect on me i will never know. both verses in fact are perfection. i've never really tried to interpret any of it, but 'so look up and watch the camera lens, when the risers fade' has that weight of meaning about it, just the sound, the way the words sit together, that it sounds like the end of everything in the room. i love the fact that it sounds so fucking jaunty as well.

    the salon cover is decent, but i had the fortune to see pavement play it live in either '95 or '96 and it made my evening - i think in the end i saw them play pretty much everything that i love over various shows apart from 'greenlander'.
    a m droneson January 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe line about the ashtray makes me think of hanging out all night then looking out the window and realizing that it's light out. Not always a good feeling.
    Quonseton May 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh. I haven't had time to listen again or think over which makes more sense, but I assumed the opening line was "Someone took envy's pants"
    eleventyon August 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbest pavement song ever. rarely played during the reunion, but the central park recording I heard of it was phenom.
    acorm88on November 07, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the first section is the easiest to interpret.

    Someone took a dump in his pants
    The poo covered the paint on the bench he was sitting on
    He says the same thing using the word "wood" which he needed for the next rhyme "stood"
    He got off the bench and the poo moved to the ground and no one would stand there
    He still sitting in poo. Churning refers to milky agitated poo.

    Churning: To make by the agitation of milk or cream: churn butter.

    Sun Light
    jumpee1on March 11, 2011   Link

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