"Evil" as written by and Charles Edward Daniels....
Rosemary
Heaven restores you in life
You're coming with me
Through the aging, the fearing, the strife
It's the smiling on the package
It's the faces in the sand
It's the thought that holds you upwards
Embracing me with two hands
Right will take you places
Yeah maybe to the beach
When your friends they do come crying
Tell them now your pleasure's set up on slow-release

Hey wait
Great smile
Sensitive to faith, not denial
But hey whose on trial?

It took a life span with no cellmate
The long way back
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?

We speaks about travel
Yeah, we think about the land
We smart like all peoples
Feeling real tan
I can take you places
Do you need a new man?
Wipe the pollen from the faces
Make revision to a dream while you wait in the van

Hey wait
Great smile
Sensitive to faith, not denial
But hey whose on trial?

It took a life span with no cellmate
To find the long way back
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, you are exotic
You need something for which to care
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?

Leave some shards under the belly
Lay some grease inside my hand
It's a sentimental jury
And the makings of a good plan
You've come to love me lightly
Yeah you've come to hold me tight
Is this motion ever lasting
Or do shudders pass in the night?

Rosemary
Oh heaven restores you in life
I spent a lifespan with no cellmate
The long way back
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, semi-erotic
You need someone to take you there
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
Why can't we just play the other game?
Why can't we just look the other way?


Lyrics submitted by jasonlund, edited by xtreme2252, hybrid_rainbow, fildawg, 7dogguy

"Evil" as written by Charles Edward Daniels

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    General Comment"I spent a life span with no cellmate" is just brilliant piece of writing. paul's got the meaning of lonliness wrapped up in one line
    live:evilon October 11, 2004   Link
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    General CommentRosemary, Heaven restores you in life
    You're coming with me
    Through the aging, the fearing, the strife

    It's the smiling on the package
    It's the faces in the sand
    It's the thought that move you upwards
    Embracing me with two hands

    Right will take you places
    Yea maybe to the beach
    When your friends they do come crying
    Tell them now your pleasure's set upon slow release

    Hey wait
    Great smile
    Sensitive to fate, not denial

    It took a life span with no cellmate
    The long way back
    Sandy, why can't we look the other way?

    We speaks about travel
    Yea we think about the land
    We smart like all peoples
    Feeling real tan

    I could take you places
    Do you need a new man?
    Wipe the pollen from the faces
    Make revision to a dream while you wait in the van

    It took a life span with no cellmate
    To find the long way back
    Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
    You're weightless; you are exotic
    You need something for which to care
    Sandy, why can't we look the other way?

    Leave some shards under the belly
    Lay some grease inside my hand
    It's a sentimental jury
    And the making of a good plan
    You've come to love me lightly
    Yea you come to hold me tight
    Is this motion ever lasting
    Or do shudders pass in the night?

    Rosemary, Heaven restores you in life

    I spent a life span with no cellmate
    The long way back
    Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
    You're weightless, semi-erotic
    You need someone to take you there
    Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
    Why can't we just play the other game?
    Why can't we just look the other way?


    (from the official interpol site)
    badsrx7on September 30, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI love the line: "I've spent a life span with no cellmate"
    Ar0onon November 01, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMasturbation. think about it..
    joewilljohnon August 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRosemary
    heaven restores you in life
    you're coming with me
    through the aging the fear and the strife

    it's the smiling on the package
    it's the faces in the sand
    it's the thought that moves you upwards
    embracing me with two hands
    right will take you places
    yeah maybe to the beach
    when your friends say you come crying
    tell them now your pleasure's set upon slow release

    they wait
    they smile
    sensitive to fake nods
    right on
    but hey who's on trial?

    you took a lifespan with no cellmate
    a long way back saying "Me, why can't we look the other way?"

    he speaks about travel
    yeah we think about the land
    we are smart like all peoples feeling real tan
    i could take you places
    but you need a new man?
    wipe the pollen from the faces
    make me vision to a dream while you wait in the van

    anyway
    they smile
    sensitive to fake nods
    but hey who's on trial?

    it took a lifespan with no cellmate
    but a long way back saying "Me, why can't we look the other way?"
    you're weightless
    you are exotic
    you need something for which to care
    saying "Me, why can't we look the other way?"

    leave some shards under the belly
    lay some grease inside my hand
    it's a sentimental jury
    and the makings of a good plan
    you've come to love me like me
    yeah you've come to hold me tight
    is this motion everlasting
    or do shudders pass in the night?

    Rosemary
    our heaven restores you in life

    I've spent a lifespan with no cellmate
    a long way back saying "Me, why can't we look the other way?"
    you're weightless
    semi-erotic
    you need someone to take you there
    saying "Me, why can't we look the other way?
    Why can't we just play the other game?
    Why can't we just look the other way?"




    [those are the correct lyrics, enjoy.]
    noisetothetapeon December 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt took me a while to figure this song out - extremely hard to piece together, but after reading the interpretations on the web, and reading more about Paul Banks, I think I got it. Paul Banks was fascinated with serial killers, and as a literally major in college, probably with a lot of ideas around the inner workings of people.

    The references to the Rosemary West killings are pretty clear (not just her name, but the "trial", "cellmate" and "shards under the belly".

    Still, it doesn't make sense that this is from Fred West until the final year of his life are looked at. He confessed to the killing pretty quickly - suggesting remorse. And he attempted to make some kind of emotional contact with Rosemary...he tried twice and failed. And a few weeks later, committed suicide.

    I think this song is the story of Fred West dealing with the evil he had done, and trying to reach Rosemary...the Biblical references are pretty clear. So this is his story after he committed suicide and what he'd say to her.

    The first verse of the song is about embracing Heaven and god. "Heaven restores you in life" - this is a clear reference to being alive and that there is a means to salvation in life. The rest of the verse is about what that is and if she comes with him what she gets - it's the smile on the package, the faces in the sand, the thought that holds you up, their embraces - all the good things in life...the "slow-release" (inner peace) as opposed to the instant and twisted gratification of torturing their victims.

    The next verse is his message to her: Hey wait, great smile (his nickname for her?) - have faith and don't deny (Just confess and faith - don't play the victim card)...then again, "but hey who's on trial" An admission he coped out by committing suicide - so he can sympathize with her decision.

    Then he confesses to her what his life was about. Being completely alone (a lifespan without a cellmate) searching for a way out...from the trap of just looking the other way to everything he did - all the suffering he caused. That's the root of his "evil". Just look the other way. What was wrong with that?

    The next verse describes that world of what could be or could have been - perhaps the afterlife or fantasy existence. "I could take you places....Make a revision to a dream...."

    Later on, the line, "You need something to which to care" - I think a reference to how serial killers are considered uncaring.

    The next verse talks about their crimes, how they hoped to presume innocence and hope for a sympathetic jury....and whether or not they really loved each other and if that was over - "Is this motion everlasting or do shutters pass in the night"

    The final verse mentions that she needs someone to take her there - perhaps him or someone else (earlier - "do you need another man"). and changes the chorus - "...play the other game" a reference to their interaction not involving the girls they tortured and murdered. Suggesting once again, his remorse.

    MannyKilleron November 05, 2009   Link
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    General Commentit's hard to tell what he's saying at times, but these lyrics are definitely a little off. for example, it's, "your pleasure's set upon slow release," rather than "relief."
    RoboLuncheonon September 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn these are off....edit homie
    gilbagon September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"tell them how your pleasures set up on slow release"

    I can relate to it, I love that line.
    precipitateon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General Commentto me, it seems like two things in this song jump out at me....the setting of the beach (Feeling real tan, Yea maybe to the beach, The faces in the sand) and the instance of the "trial". i think its a song about something that happened on the beach, and how he was set up to look like he did it: (Leave some shards under the belly, Lay some grease inside my hand) and about the trial (It's a sentimental jury, It took a life span with no cellmate , But, hey, who's on trial?) and how she could have testified against him and now she's "evil": (tell them how your pleasures set up on slow release).
    maybe, i don't know, just trying to piece another thing together.
    x_miss_red_head_xon December 04, 2004   Link

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