"Unmade Bed" as written by and Kim Gordon Thurston Moore....
Look who's come back home again
Loser looking for his lucky break
This time he says he just needs a friend
Ain't on the run he ain't on the take

Can you take this door babe
Will you just undo the chain
Will you take your time before you
Mix up love, his love and pain

Loneliness lays down his head
Wants to get you high, better take it now
A man like that's like an unmade bed
Stained eyes searching for another way out

Does it matter if you even want this
Maybe you just don't care
All I know it takes just one kiss, babe
For you, he's never there

Hey I know it's kinda hard
And maybe this time it will never end
Hit and run lover back in your heart
Answered prayers you should never have sent

Cause now that your in his arms babe
You know your just in his way
Suckered by his fatal charm, oh girl
It's time we get away

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"Unmade Bed" as written by Kim A Gordon Jim (us) O'rourke


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    My InterpretationAt face value, this song reflects a woman's (hinted by "babe" and "oh girl") recurring on-and-off relationship with a "loser" who has severed their relationship on at least one instance, hinted by the first line, "look whose come back home again".

    Although it is not explicitly mentioned, one can infer from the somber tone of vocalist Thurston Moore that the content of the song is particularly unsettling. My hunch is that this is because the lyrics suggest that the "loser" does not concern himself with their relationship, and will unexpectedly call it off again sooner or later - which can be gathered from the last few lines "Cause now that you're in his arm babe, you know you're just in his way", as well as the earlier mention of him being a "hit-and-run lover". The woman seems to deserve a more committed partner.
    Tabascoon April 23, 2012   Link
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    General Commentthis is the most amazing song ever
    i cant even explain it
    thestrokes neaton December 10, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a song about a girl that always takes back the same problematic guy when he comes back. The narrator is just watching it happen, and wishes that she wouldn't do it to herself.
    clearlygonemadon December 16, 2004   Link
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    General Commentyou can see where they get their inspiration from Neil Young. Thurston sounds like him 100% on this track
    fugazion February 09, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis SONG is is
    i could never explain
    slinkstersarson March 28, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwow. this song is so amazing. i cannot even begin to articulate what it means or how i feel about it. it isn't just the lyrics, either. the instrumental accompaniment adds an entire other layer to the song. beautiful.
    looizon June 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI love love love this frickin song. "Sonic Youth" and "Murray Street" were the 2 albums that got me into Sonic Youth, and I am so thankful I stumbled upon them. Thurston reminds me a lot of Stephen Malkmus, particularly in the way they sing...anyone agree?
    vincent h.on July 25, 2005   Link
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    General Commentstephen malkmus and thurston rule! thumbs up for tall, skinny, relaxed weirdo-pop singers with a blonde mop top :)
    proximaon October 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti just got this song the other day. it's so realistic, and makes me feel so sad. like i could become that man someday.

    the most amazing thing is how well everything fits together, the music exactly describes the words, and the both seem to exactly describe the situation as it happens to you. i think these guys know what theyre doing!
    freeter mcbeanon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentprobably one of my favorite Sonic Youth songs ever..

    he's just trying to convince someone he cares about that the man she's always falling for is no good.

    the instrumental breakdown of this song is completely amazing. it just captures the emotion so perfectly and blares out these melodic distorted guitars that sound so beautiful..
    def_linuson March 25, 2006   Link

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