"Chump Change" as written by and Jon S./davies Clayden....
I stole a page from your book
And a line from your page
And flew into a lesbian rage
Cursing mine and my own rotten luck
Another nude descends a staircase to get fucked

A city scene, darkness falls
Now skate hard down the gallery walls
Explore those themes
I hear your work is informed by queens
Hey, so is mine now

There is a plague on
There is a rat-tailed ensemble burying all of our hits in the sand
The same sand a desert uses
The same sand a desert uses

wipe that look from your face
The world is that which is the case
It is okay to be seen
Don't dethrone the drama queen
Just for putting everybody in their place

There is a plague on
There is a rat-tailed ensemble burying all of our hits in the sand
The same sand a desert uses
The same sand a desert uses
Now wipe that look from your face
The world is that which is the case
It is okay to be seen

Now wipe that look from your face
The world is that which is the case
It is okay to be seen
Don't dethrone the drama queen
Just for putting everybody in their place

Go, don't stay, just throw it all away.
There is you and then there is your body.

Go, don't stay, just throw it all away.
There is you and then there is your body.

Go, don't stay, just throw it all away.
There is you and then there is your body.


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"Chump Change" as written by Johnathan Carter Jim Davies

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    General CommentI think this is their best song, yet no comments? I'm not entirely sure what to make of it... anyone?
    Snevikon April 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI totally agree, this is an excellent song. Truly superb.

    I don't know what "the same sand the desert uses" is supposed to mean, but I think that it's an awesome and beautiful line. I love it.
    lepidoptera3on May 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDan's songs are great. New Destroyer coming soon!
    Moses19on January 14, 2006   Link
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    General CommentA great song,indeed -- as would be any song that manages to refer to two towering achievements of 20th century art and thought (Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase AND Wittgenstein's Tractatus ("The world is that which is the case)) while just plain kicking ass. Does pop music get any better than this?
    sean mcseanon February 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about high school, and the bitter jealousy and resentment of watching the girls you revere fucking the rat-tailed bastards that you hate, and how everybody makes a point not to care. As much as "the same sand a desert uses" means anything, it probably refers to the desert's barrenness, and thus, burying your head in nihilism - a common response in youth to rapid loss of innocence.
    Navelgazer33on May 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite line:

    there is you
    and then there is your body

    becuase some people just aren't what they look like at all.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon February 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentTheir Best Song - towards the end the song really gets charging, mesches perfectly with the above line quoted by Jackie
    cmckinleyon April 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGOD I love this song, my favourite line:
    'I stole a page from your book
    And a line from your page
    And flew into a lesbian rage'
    I always heard this line as 'take you to a lesbian rave' and thought it was cute, odd and slightly kinky, but lesbian RAGE is just as good.

    I guess I've always thought this song (at least in part) is about the pretentiousness surrounding art, particularly that everybody is trying to be 'new/unique/different'. Referencing Duchamp, is not only funny, but expresses the complete irony of the artist preaching the death of art, to now be REVERED but practically WORSHIPED by the supposedly dead institution. This goes on with 'Inspired by queens', which seems to point to something 'deep', but with the 'So is mine now' it just reveals the falseness of this, how art is often just a competition, everyone either trying to be or imitating the 'new thing'.

    Anyway, great GREAT song. Makes me want to dance!
    HEYBeenTryingToMEETyouon July 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love The New Pornographers, and agree it's a desert, a ruins, the music business is dead, but all the whining, while I sympathize, get's a bit old. I think Chump Change reflects some angst between band mates.

    "There's a plague on, there's a rat-tailed ensemble burying all of our hits in the sand. The saints in the desert use their heads."

    So, they're Saint John wandering the desert that's the music business - don't wig out. Carl whines a lot, obviously Dan does too, and with a lesbian rage, and yes it's unfair. But guys, we're all getting fucked with the exception of the bankers riding the gravy train at Goldman or JPMorgan; although perhaps that wasn't quite clear when Electric Version was produced.

    bucksbohemeon February 04, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMy thoughts were that it's about a girl who the singer may be into, who is dramatic and 'artsy' but is actually pretty derivative and dramatic.
    snipergirlon August 26, 2013   Link

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