"Positive Tension" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
He said you're just as boring as everyone else
When you tut and you moan
And you squeal and you squelch
He said you're just as boring as everyone else
Nothing ever happens

Things replace things
Days replaces days
Things replace things

She said I'm going to use my teeth and my claws
She said I'm going to use my teeth and my claws
She said I'm going to use my teeth and my breasts
I'm gonna make it happen
She said

Run run run run run run
And you cannot run or ever, ever escape
You cannot run or ever hide it away
Something glorious is about to happen
The reckoning

They go you're just as boring as everyone else
When you tut and you moan
And you squeal and you squelch
They go you're just as boring as everyone else
Stuck past timing

The fear and the yearning
The fear and the consumption
The fear and the yearning
It's gonna to eat you alive
They go

They go
They say
They go
They say
They go
Why'd you have to get so hysterical
Success, success, success is over
Why'd you have to get
So fucking useless

Play it cool boy
Play it cool


Lyrics submitted by dricambo

"Positive Tension" as written by Gordon Moakes Russell Lissack

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  • +4
    General CommentIt was inspired when Kele, saw the queue of people waiting to audition for Pop Idol, or one of those talentless competitions. trying to get fame without merit, he said something liek that. i love they "they go...they say..."guitar bit at the end. top song
    pigeonon February 16, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentExcellent lyrics. Like a lot of songs on this album, they just seem to describe the modern condition perfectly. Things replace things...
    ReActoron February 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, it seems to be all about talent contests. I read something interesting about it (well, interesting in contrast to what the NME usually says) and it was commenting on how it seems each instrument is being played as if it were the lead here. Like each band member's competing, ties in with the theme of the lyrics.
    Whillon May 25, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe most increadible music i ever listened i loved it... the best song =D
    The solo the music, the speaks... everything awesome \o/
    Greengoon July 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti can't believe no one has commonted on this! i dont know what it means (maybe someone can help me out on this) but it is such a great song!
    alliesblocpartyon February 14, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is such a nice song! What pigeon says makes sense if I read the lyrics.
    arno_von March 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is one of the best (and most oroginal) Bloc Party songs. It keeps surprising me, the way it shifts and transforms itself constantly. Wow!
    Of course, much of what they do reminds me of the (early) Cure, and when I hear "Nothing ever happens" I can't help but think of the "waiting for something to happen" lyric from "Play for Today". I guess it's also because the voices are rather similar...
    And "Positive Tension" is just a brilliant title.
    discomforton March 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, it's definitely one of their best songs. Won't be surprised if it's a single.
    noonesownon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is bloody fantastic. I love shouting "so fucking useless!!!"
    trigger_hippieon May 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI find keles vocals in this song so alluing, particularly in

    'She said I'm going use my teeth and my claws
    She said I'm going use my teeth and my breasts'

    Hes has one of the most distinctive and unpredictable voices Ive heard - he wraps the words around the melody.. it creates the most amazing and fresh style around
    Kate_Leeds_UKon May 10, 2005   Link

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