"Staying Fat" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
I rely on (bitter cold)
I depend on (arctic snow)
A pair of trainers (I've got mine)
Could make a God of the two of us (I want yours)

I exist on (apropos)
I insist on (arctic snow)
A change of clothing (will fill the void)
Could lift us into fidelity (will suck you in)

The walls are coming in again
The sound keeps you hemmed to the past
The streets grid alone from the door
You gotta spin the fucking treadle

I rely on (bitter cold)
I depend on (arctic snow)
The man made fibers (I've got mine)
That are the stuff of my birthright (I want yours)

I decide on (apropos)
I retreat from (arctic snow)
The dregs of discourse (will fill the void)
For a new world order (will suck you in)

The walls are coming in again
The sound keeps you hemmed to the past
The streets grid alone from the door
You gotta spin the fucking treadle...
In a pile of days between no oceans
All the kids are rioting
There's no art in a broken head
All the kids are staying fat

And I'm air-kissing, back-slapping
Check the body for valuables
It's called progress
Come on pilgrim sing to the pyres
It's called progress
If they want to kill themselves
Then buy them the gowns
It's called progress


Lyrics submitted by beastlordy

"Staying Fat" as written by Gordon Moakes Russell Lissack

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  • +1
    General CommentI understand 'pwincess's POV, and I agree. All is said. The end.
    Ben xx.
    Bloc-Headon May 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI actually, like a dork, emailed Kele from the band awhile ago... and asked about the Sleater-Kinney reference. He wrote back:

    "yes i love sleater kinney. they are one of my favourite bands, and i know
    oxygen. the thing about staying fat is that it was a demo of ours, we didnt
    ever think it was going to be released. i was stuck for words so i just
    freestyled that sleater kinney thing, thinking i would change it when we
    rerecorded it. because we had no time it ended up being a bside to banquet
    and it travelled the world. im really bummed cos i wanted to chnage it
    properly, but alas. no one seems to have noticed but i think its a bit
    shoddy, i would like to apologise to them if i ever meet them. kx"
    ccd0dropouton August 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt is not "Then buy them the gowns" but "Then buy them the gallows". What use is a gown if you want to kill yourself? Listen carfully and it does sound alot more like gallows than gowns too.
    halfmonthon April 22, 2009   Link
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    General Commentooooooooh the sound is fantastic. Bloc Party u are gonna be BIG. Any time soon u are gonna be appreciated properly for this amazing music u are making. Pure genious. *sigh*
    sOCS479on January 08, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyep very cool song
    Deadlysinnerson March 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome. Insanely awesome. wow. love the guitar parts.
    gohashbrownson May 05, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti have no idea what this song means, but it sucks me in when i listen to it. its awesome.
    brightestfireflyon June 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentObviously modernization, industry and so on. I think the arctic snow is about how before how having a freezer was done by extremely rich people keeping a box full of ice brought back from a strange land a few centuries ago, but is now commonplace.

    "The sound keeps you hemmed to the past
    The walls are coming in again
    The streets grid alone from the door
    You gotta spin the fucking treadle..."

    That verse reminds me a bit of TS Eliot's bleak views on the industrial revolution, especially the lines about the streets. A treadle was something in a mill at that time, so he's saying industry's gotta keep going. All about progress being made - synthetic overtaking natural, in the same way the early 20th Centry modernist poets said it.
    Whillon June 25, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song!! I really like bloc party's songs like this that are either b-sides or from the ep
    bloc_party15on December 05, 2005   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favorite song in the world.
    i think it might be about joining cults, about kids joining cults. the bit in the end, "if they want to kill themselves then buy them the gowns" makes me think of the kkk, hale bopp suicide cult, etc.
    apotheosize!on December 12, 2005   Link

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