"Slow Hands" as written by and Samuel Fogarino Paul Banks....
Yeah, but nobody searches
Nobody cares somehow
When the loving that you've wasted
Comes raining from a hapless cloud
And I might stop and look upon your face
Disappear in the sweet, sweet gaze
See the living that surrounds me
Dissipate in a violet blaze

Can't you see what you've done to my heart
And soul?
This is a wasteland now

We spies
We slow hands
Put the weights around yourself
We spies, oh yeah
We slow hands
You put the weights all around yourself now

I submit my incentive is romance
I watched the pole dance of the stars
We rejoice because the hurting is so painless
From the distance of passing cars
But I am married to your charms and grace
I just go crazy like the good old days
You make me want to pick up a guitar
And celebrate the myriad ways that I love you

Can you see what you've done to my heart
And soul?
This is a wasteland now

We spies, yeah
We slow hands
You put the weights around yourself
We spies, oh yeah
We slow hands
Killer, for hire you know not yourself

We spies
We slow hands
You put the weights all around yourself
We spies, oh yeah
We slow hands
We retire like nobody else
We spies
Intimate slow hands killer
For hire you know not yourself
We spies
Intimate slow hands
You let the face slap around herself


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"Slow Hands" as written by Samuel Fogarino Paul Banks

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  • +4
    General Comment"you make me wanna pick up a guitar"

    so schoolboy and honest. good stuff.

    I submit my incentive is romance
    I watched the pole dance of the stars

    again beautiful
    don't amalyse this song, go out. turn off the computer and find love. then just listen to the song.
    joefoxon October 27, 2004   Link
  • +3
    General Commentno comments, odd

    this song is one of the best on Antics,
    I love it, very dancable
    precipitateon October 02, 2004   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationIt has already been stated that Interpol said this song's title is about ERIC CLAPTON (slow hand is his nickname as every Clapton fan knows). The Joy Division reference to their song (and name of their complete song discography) "Heart and Soul" has been mentioned as well. Those both clearly indicate that this song is about Interpol's musical influences. Period. Most people think that they were most heavily influenced by Joy Division, but in reality their greatest influence is Eric Clapton. Eric's classic rock songs from "the good old days" basically "makes me want to pick up my guitar." The lyric "can you see what you've done to my heart.. and soul" is Paul giving a big phuck you to all those people who claim that they have copied Joy Division. They are basically like, "Yeah, we like Joy Division, so what?????" Being "spies" means that they have listened to and incorporated other people's music into their own expression, but there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. I LOVE JOY DIVISION and I LOVE INTERPOL. Every musician has influences, and tries to incorporate some of what they love about them along with adding to that bringing some form of uniqueness. Get over it people... (fyi, even though I've been coming to this site for years, this is my very first post, as I felt compelled to say something about this very obvious song meaning)
    Btweenthelineson May 22, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis sounds like my life
    "Yeah, but nobody searches. Nobody cares somehow. When the loving that you've wasted comes raining from a hapless cloud" - OK my logic is probably failing and hardly meaningful but to me it's like nobody is searching; there's nobody out there for you. Your loving is just pointless / wasted.

    "And I might stop and look upon your face disappear in the sweet, sweet gaze. See the living that surrounds me dissipate in a violet place." - reminds me of such my late-to-come but short-lived first love who no longer wants connection at all. But she was all I ever had, everybody else is "not searching".

    "Can't you see what you've done to my heart and soul? It's a wasteland now." -Well SHE can't. That's for sure; it's all one-sided hate. But now my heart is just a "wasteland".

    "I submit my incentive is romance... The hurting is so painless... from the distance..." -Still hurting you; maybe you're keeping it inside. Your incentive is romance. You just want somebody to love, that's your incentive, all your motives are good, but it doesn't seem to mean anything.

    "But I am married to your charms and grace. I just go crazy like the good old days. You make me want to pick up a guitar and celebrate the myriad of ways that I love you. Can't you see what you've done to my heart and soul? It's a wasteland now." - Missing the good old days. Can't you see what you've done to me?

    Probably failing logic, but hey, I can easily relate to this. I just don't quite get the chorus. Spies are very secretive though, and unknown, just like me.

    It's definitely got something to do with love, that's for sure. Keep adding thoughts, guys.
    Hitterdogon December 22, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentBest song on the album!

    I love the line, I watch the pole dance of the stars since the stars in the sky all spin around the North star (the pole star) during the night. So it's a really beautiful image of watching the stars all night long but also really dirty in a way cause it's a "pole" dance. Super awesome!
    sandmann930on October 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe talks about weights again..
    good single!
    beulahrawkon October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe talks about weights again..
    good single!
    beulahrawkon October 02, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI know of a mained lyrics site that put soul but it sounded and still sounds to me like he sais "and so".
    This song reminds of lots its all relative, slow hands killer since slow to protect the planes the buildings fell down and then killer revenge, or my ex girlfriend had she the prochoice to marry me when we were 17 and 16 that would of prevented the unwanted pregnancy and abortion soon after due to running away(since she tried killing herself since parents didn't wanna let her see me anymore) then caught forced seperation and rumors breaking us up so she went and acted off slutty, he may also be knocking on foreskin assassines, her mother slapped her when they argued about all the makeup she expected her to wear and told her how fat she was though she fed her that way, told her what an embarrassment she was, her mother can do good though if you call 808-988-2929 and ask for Kim to write jovewilliams@yahoo.com, and she gets her to.. slow hands deal with crude oil pollution kills people, not worth any doing letalone much evolutionary advancement, had the planes ran of clean H and O like NASA a quick steam release may not have kept burning to melt down the buildings. the other destructively patterned low and shameful filthy money counting is destined to war about
    JoveWilliamsRules4Uon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow melodic the guitaring here to me as hypnotic
    JoveWilliamsRules4Uon October 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthe looks sad in the video, like me, I can so relate, also though he seems like nirvana kurt kobain with the bangs (spelling?) k this should be my last entry on this page, unless someone wants to complain, fyi too since I wanted my last entry on my interaction page to refer here for now that's why
    JoveWilliamsRules4Uon October 05, 2004   Link

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