"Banquet" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
A heart of stone, a smoking gun
I can give you life, I can take it away

A heart of stone, a smoking gun
I'm working it out
Why'd you feel so underrated?
Why'd you feel so negated?

Turning away from the light
Becoming adult
Turning into my soul
I wanted to bite not destroy
To feel her underneath
Turning into the light

She don't think straight
No, No, No, She don't think straight
She's got such a dirty mind and it never ever stops
And you don't taste like her and you never ever will
And we don't read the papers, we don't read the news
Heaven's never enough, we will never be fooled

Turning away from the light
Becoming adult
Turning into my soul
I wanted to bite not destroy
To feel her underneath
Turning into the light

And if you feel (and if you feel)
A little left behind (a little left behind)
We will wear you on the other side

And if you feel (and if you feel)
A little left behind (a little left behind)
We will wear you on the other side

'Cause I'm on fire
'Cause I'm on fire when you come
'Cause I'm on fire
'Cause I'm on fire so stub me out

'Cause I'm on fire
'Cause I'm on fire
'Cause I'm on fire
'Cause I'm on fire


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  • +3
    General CommentI went to see interpol last night and bloc party were supporting them.my friend and i met bloc party in a chip shop across the road from the gig and the kele (lead singer) said that this song is a about a young girl being corrupted
    joefoxon November 21, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about taking a girls virginity, like how bean and medicated explain. I also used to think that he was comparing this 'virgin' girl to his previous lover in "you don't taste like her" But now I think. the "her" is the virgin. Basically the way this girl was before they had sex and the way she is now are like two different people, they don't even taste the same. He's comparing the corrupted and non-corrupted versions of this girl. "it never ever stops" Now all she wants to do is have sex or do sexual things, they dont even talk or read the papers anymore. He didn't mean to turn her into a sex maniac or whatever she's become, but he still enjoys it "Im on fire when you come"
    joiful noiseon August 25, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti dont know where people are getting the "ex girlfriend" idea in this song

    when he says:
    "She's got such a dirty mind and it never ever stops
    And you don't taste like her and you never ever will"

    the "her" is the same person as the girl who has the dirty mind
    not his ex

    "I'm working it out
    Why'd you feel so underrated?
    Why'd you feel so negated?"

    it looks like he likes a girl and they've been going out here and there but sometimes he feels like she ignores him even after their date
    but he's trying to work it out so that they start an actual loving relationship
    but he also wants to have sex with her at the same time becuase she is so tempting








    javitaxservon December 06, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcould this song be a little bit cooler? NO! bloc party are incredible.
    thisGIRLon June 21, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree its about sex, however I also think its about trying to replace an ex girlfriend that maybe he regrets breaking up with. Using "And you don't taste like her and you never ever will" I think he also conveys that what he had was so much better than what he has now, and he wishes he had it back, using the metaphor of heaven never being enough. ie: The grass is always greener on the other side. A great song, hope they come to Oz soon.
    i_skeletoron April 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is about a girl losing her virginity
    jayfowenson November 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about sex. Kele said it's a song about desire before playing it live on a live version I have.
    souljacker21on April 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is absolutly amazing, however im not sure wat it means, to me its about confusion, and how he doesnt like being confused, nd wants it to stop, also keles voice is absolutly ace
    somat_2_mosh_2on October 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its about someone who has a reputation for turning innocent people into someone like them.
    dricamboon November 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw them live yesterday along with interpol :D... they are so fucking awesome...!!!! This song rocks so incredibly much!!!
    Hoveon November 28, 2004   Link

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