"Raw Sugar" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
Sort of wonder why
No one said a word
Don't you like it on the sly
Don't you like it 'till it hurts
Have I been on your mind
What's a voice without a song
Something in your head
You've been fighting all the long

I don't want to say it
The news is not so good
We'll never get away
And even if we could
We'd just play the tambourine
Around an open flame
Oversleep and burn
To be back in the game

'Cause summer never comes
Nowhere near high noon
And winter never comes
Nor the harvest moon

Raw sugar
I don't want to die
Living in a high rise grave
My baby come home
Same black day
High rise grave

Raw sugar
I don't want to die
Living in a high rise grave
My baby come home
Same black day
High rise grave

No I'm not complaining
Yes it could be worse
Ferment on the wish bone
Match the lips to the purse
Neighborhood's a runway
Fry the ass and thighs
Dirty diamond dealers
Pushed behind the ire's

And summer never comes
Nowhere near high noon
And winter never comes
Nor the harvest moon

Raw sugar
I don't want to die
Living in a high rise grave
My baby come home
Same black day
High rise grave

Raw sugar
I don't want to die
Living in a high rise grave
My baby come home
Same black day
High rise grave

Still I wear the red dress
Paint my toes and twirl
Take it back to old times
Back when I was still a girl
'Cause now I'm all baboon boys
Cootchie cootchie coo
Sort of wonder why
I missed a kiss for you

'Cause summer never comes
Same black day
High rise grave
Winter never comes
Summer never comes
Summer never comes
Summer never comes


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"Raw Sugar" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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    General Commentfor me it's about being in a rut. you've outgrown the surroundings you're in. you don't want the dreams everyone around you settles for. you feel trapped in a life that isn't your choosing. now you feel like it's futile to struggle against it, because "summer never comes" in a place like that. it's all the same dull drab monotony...and you have no idea how to get out of it.

    best metric song to me, hands down.
    delialon October 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think this songs about monotony, about being stuck in a rut as someone else said (same black day).

    The time in your life when things arent bad, but not that great either (summer never comes, but neither does winter).

    It ties in to poverty too (high rise grave).
    Why Raw sugar? Its the cheapest form of sweetness, and sometimes thats the best some people can hope for (Ferment on the wishbone).
    carpiion May 10, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentOn the words "Raw Sugar" - In the song "On the Sly" in this same album, Haines sings about selling out and how she tries to resist the urge of selling out. During the song, she sings, "The dirty sugar factory on the water/Should smell sweet." As "On the Sly" is about selling out and how mass-produced, formulaic music is trash, I interpret the dirty music factory to be the equivalent of the popular music industry/popular labels. Go look up the interpretations of "On the Sly" for more details.

    Seeing as this song mentions the words "On the sly," I figured that the mention of raw sugar has to do with that song. Raw sugar is unprocessed sugar - as in, unprocessed by a "dirty sugar factory." Haines wanted to be raw sugar - untainted by the effects and pressures of popularity and music labels. Remember that when this song was written, Haines hadn't even been signed by a label. This interpretation sort of ties into the rest of the chorus.

    Finally, look at where this song pops up on the album.


    On the Sly - on selling out in the music industry
    Soft Rock Star - on not using sex appeal to sell your music
    Raw Sugar - ?? if my interpretation is correct, it follows the trend of songs about the music industry, labels, etc
    White Gold - on fame, recognition


    there is also somewhat of a mini-trend about cocaine. Raw Sugar and White Gold are both slang terms for cocaine.

    Anyway, this song isn't nearly as satisfactorily decoded as the others on this album. Help, anyone?
    VertigoFateon September 20, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThese lyrics are wrong. Firstly, the line is, "I don't wanna die living in a high-rise GRAVE."
    oh_doctor_doctoron October 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentALSO it is " I don't wanna die living in a high rise grave, I PAY TO CALL HOME" which is a fanastic line and my favourite of the song.
    Jacccckon January 15, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that the term dieing in a hihg rise grave, means that she doesn't want a corpret life, like in a high rise building.
    aber22on March 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of my favorite Metric songs because it sounds so unlike Metric.
    This song is about not living like everyone else "I don't want to die living in a high rise grave" means high-rise building like a corpret one and she doesnt want to die like that
    Lagunamtvloveron July 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy take on the song is that she has lost something she feels she cannot get back, but she wants to be back there, in a different time, a different space.

    I also feel like she is saying she does not want to live the "corporate life" (lord, that spelling is atrocious), a life that is entrapping her. It is dark, dingy, unchanging in this world. She wants more.
    evapor8edon June 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRaw sugar
    I don't want to die living in a high rise grave
    My baby come home
    (same black day, high rise grave)

    This sounds familiar, like it was used in some hip hop song. I don't mean the lyrics, just the sound. Does anyone know what I'm thinking of?
    UltraPersonon June 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI also think she is saying I pay to call home instead of my baby come home. Think about the song, doesn't it make a lot more sense to say I pay to call home since she is talking about wanting to get away from the life she is currently living?
    evapor8edon July 11, 2007   Link

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