Our words move aimlessly through
Empty city squares
Collecting into mobs and
Angry like their prayers
They breathe the air we
Fought to leave behind
This kind of blank adventure
Happens all the time
Because nobody knows the wreck of the soul
The way you do

We fought to find our thoughts
The runway walked us through
The swimsuit portion of the evening
Cancelled due to rain
The pageant's called again
You'll find this kind of blank adventure
Happens all the time
Because nobody knows the wreck of the soul
The way you do
Miss Teen Wordpower

So we float through the streets
Breathe city lights
Claims of the crown forgotten
So we float through the streets
Float through the streets
The way you do
Miss Teen Wordpower
Nobody knows the wreck of the soul
The way you do
Miss Teen Wordpower


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    General CommentI think it's about Miss teen South Carolina 2007. The New Pornographers called it ahead of its time.
    diehardon August 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about the way music and art can inspire people, and how songs can exist separately from their creators.

    Our words move aimlessly through
    Empty city squares
    Collecting into mobs and
    Angry like their prayers

    This refers to a song - "our words" - which has gotten popular and maybe been taken up as a sort of anthem for a group or cause.

    They breathe the air we
    Fought to leave behind

    The artist has had experiences, including some bad ones, and now that they are over he's written songs about them. People discovering his music, probably younger people, enjoy hearing about these experiences and often romanticize them.

    The "blank adventure" refers to the way a song or piece of art can be interpreted in many different ways. The artist's music is a blank slate of words for his audience to see their own thoughts and adventures written on.

    I'm not too sure about the second verse, though "We fought to find our thoughts" is probably meaningful (the NP can be so cryptic sometimes!), but "Claims of the crown forgotten" means that he's stopped trying to claim his intentions when writing the song as the best or true interpretation, if indeed he ever did.

    Finally, "Miss Teen Wordpower" and "nobody knows the wreck of the soul the way you do." These are essentially the reason why his songs are popular - they talk about the suffering and experiences that people go through better than the people themselves can explain. The audience feels as though he is speaking from their own souls, in a way, so they love his songs and claim them for their own.
    Watsonianon November 13, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think that this song is about a girl who gossips horribly.

    "because nobody knows the wreck of the soul the way you do".
    I would think that gossip wrecks souls. Also, she is "Miss Teen WORDpower". Gossip is using the power of words, and gossip is a very teenage thing to do. She may or may not be an actual pagent queen. I don't know. But she definitely gossips.
    lepidoptera3on March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think you are probably right, I was thinking the same thing.
    ScionofSufferingon January 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was thinking that it was someone who was intelligent and logical but completely overemotional and dramatic. i.e "nobody knows the wreck of the soul the way you do". someone who almost enjoys having a low-self esteem and getting pitied/ getting attention because they're sad.
    blahduon February 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti'm not sure about that.

    clearly part of the imagery involves somebody who lost a beauty contest and is bitter about it. but maybe losing the beauty conest is a metaphor for something else - like a failed relationship or sexual encounter. but it seems that the narrator of the song means to get over it but the subject of the song, who lost the contest, dwells in the despair.

    but honestly i have no idea.

    it seems like "miss teen wordpower" is having to deal with disappointment for the first time and the narrator is saying get used to it - "you'll find this kind of blank adventure
    happens all the time" - quit feeling so sorry for yourself
    moikon April 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about Feist. They all know each other - those two Canadian supergroups - Broken Social Scene and TNP
    winston444on December 15, 2013   Link
  • -2
    General Commenthahhhahhahahhahaha you got that right diehard
    shesnotasecreton September 20, 2007   Link

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