Telling your son a joke
He doesn't think is funny
“We’ll catch him unawares but
What if he doesn't wear underwear.”
Lighting it up
You were so cool
Her school colors
Black and light black
Giving it up
She has started
Your life’s colors
Black and light black
Getting your hair from under your bed
Breaking your fingers
Getting killed by a car
Before you can make him pay.


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    General CommentTo me, the chorus seems to be describing the fear that your children are starting to turn out like you.
    gohashbrownson July 05, 2006   Link
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    General Commentahh I can't get over these songs, they're all incredible
    precipitateon October 12, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI wish my school colors where black and light black....
    Amviseonon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI wish my school colors where black and light black....
    Amviseonon October 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentMy school colors ARE black and light black.
    Victoronehalfon November 19, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThe lyrics are incrediably ambigious - it's definately about a man's depression [life's colours are black and light black] and his inability to connect to the world [the unsuccessful joke with his son is used as an example here]. But I'm not getting how the death imagery at the end or the final line connect to it all.
    pinch_of_hopeon January 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst post here...
    I think this song is about meth, plain and simple.
    Ever smoked crystal?? Listen to the music in the song, the beginning is like the paranoid tweak rush... the throbbing heart beat at the end of the intro.
    The lyrics tie in pretty well with this interpretation as well.
    neurotichaosison March 17, 2005   Link
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    General Commentin my opinion, it about a teen who's father is lame and addicted to drug.
    probably a girl he's obsessed with, took drug so took them. at the end it end tragically
    masqueXofXredXdeathon June 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAmbiguous is correct. I think there is more than what we read and hear though. There is definitely some clandestine thoughts in all of Xiu Xiu's songs.
    slinkstersarson July 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commenthere's my first feeling about the song (i don't know if he's interviewed about this song or whatever, i tend to take the text on its own anyway... sorry, english major moment). ok, so it seems to me to be about a shitty parent child/relationship. the first lines are from the father's perspective i guess and i have trouble making them correlate directly to the rest of the song, but that's also not necessarily important. the last part of the song, about the girl whose school colors are black and light black reminds me of melodramatic emo kids... no offense, emo kids, i too had my emo phase. the line "giving it up" reads as sexual to me but there are many possibilites. it calls to mind a daughter who is depressed and getting into a mess because her parents maybe don't know what's going on. the last four lines could be actions representative of the scale of things she'd have to do to make her father notice and get back at him (that whole "you'll be sorry when i'm dead" thing). of course, the beauty of the thing is its ambiguity and many possible readings (read: don't bitch me out if you don't agree).
    milkyretinaon January 19, 2006   Link

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