"Greenlander" as written by and Stephen Malkmus Scott Kannberg....
On an icy island north
In the woods beside the church
We can bury crimson lockets filled with dirt
And when the April thaw
Brings us out again
We can bless the arrows
And the sun won't stall
And the land will never fall

On virgin fields we'll skate
Stand by children we'll create
Like the arctic wind we spin
A windmill's rose into the threshing soul
You can't thresh the snow
When the snow is sending
There's no divine grove
You can see the blankets go

Everything I did was right
Everything I said was wrong
Now I'm waiting for the night
To bring the dawn
Into the only room where the fire's warm
Where we keep our vices warm
And it's all that's left
All that's left is vices torn


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"Greenlander" as written by Stephen Malkmus Scott Kannberg

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    General CommentThis song is about the performances of rituals and ceremonies to bring about a brief glimpse of Spring, where we celebrate life and growth. Like in a cold winter, the singer is alone at night, performing rituals in his head in the hopes that he can summon back his true love, who will come like the Spring but will leave again for his desire to retreat back into te solace of the cold of winter will return. And the cycle goes on.
    stickie pantson March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think it's quite literally about to lovers in greenland.
    warsaw_350125on January 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGO!!!

    I mean...
    I think it is too
    ConduitForSaleon February 18, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe most buried gem of indie. Glad I know this one.
    It's so balanced that when you get to the end, you can fall so far down, because you know the vice is torn.

    It's a long and lovely lonely plunge.
    orphan_yachtson January 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentprettiest pavement song...
    and thats really saying something
    NYCGhosts&Flowerson April 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOne of the loneliest, saddest songs I know. And it makes me feel terrible every time I listen to it.

    But that's why I love Pavement.
    InTheMouthOfAZombieon November 29, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'greenlander' is fucking gorgeous. it is a sound for having been dumped and feeling sick in the pit of your stomach, whilst being outside in the beauty of it all and having a small shred of hope/defiance left somewhere.

    that C9 chord (or whatever) after each line in the chorus is the saddest prettiest sound in pavement's canon.

    i once saw on some other speculatory lyrics page that it was 'crills and lockets'. dunno what that would mean -always assumed malk coding- but i prefer it!

    it's always sounded more like 'snap our children, we'll create' to me - maybe there's something wrong with me...

    oh; and 'snow is ending' for me...he just carries the 's' over from 'is'. makes more sense to me - you can't thresh the snow when it's ending.

    one of the many great things about pavement is that i've rarely bothered to unpick the code and seek meaning. somehow the combination of those guitars and 'we can bless the arrows...and the sun won't stall...and the land will never fall' sounds like beauty and defiance to me; and that's why it's great...
    a m droneson January 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe correct lyric is "creels and lockets filled with dirt". Creels are those wicker basket thingies fly fishermen use to carry the fish they've caught.
    watery_domesticon May 19, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentoh my god. you people...

    it's a great song, absolut. beautiful, yes. but can we stop this incessant emo rambling?

    are you drunk and treating this page like your little blog?

    i'll give ya this: hi hat at 1:06. listen to that snap.

    continue. minus the deprecation.
    blanksandrankson September 04, 2008   Link

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