"Kiss + Swallow" as written by and Chris Corner....
Do you pay for your crimes?
Does the punishment fit or drag your style to zero
You're nothing till the weekend
If you think that you're the thrill
Take a look at your life, you kneel before your heroes
You're nothing till the weekend

Could you care for the blind?
Tell me all in all, they're just your kind of zeros
Something for the weekend
If you think that you can spell
Make a list of the cunts you'd send to hell and send them
Send them on the weekend

Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow
Echo echo, a kick in the head to kill the hollow
Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow
Echo echo, a kick in the head to kill the hollow

Do you care for the blind?
Tell me all in all, they're just your kind of zeros
Something for the weekend
If you think that you can spell
Make a list of the cunts you'd send to hell and send them
Send them on the weekend

Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow
Echo echo, a kick in the head to kill the hollow
Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow
Echo echo, a kick in the head to kill the hollow

Are you listening?
No, in the narrowest sense
Are you listening?
I can hold you down by candlelight
With indifference
Let the comfort start
I love you on your right side
It happens
Promises broken
Reasons let go
It happens
Are you listening?

I know it a sin but tell me it happens!
I know it a sin but tell me it happens!

Echo, echo, echo, echo
Echo, echo, echo

Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow
Echo echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow


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"Kiss and Swallow" as written by Chris Corner

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    Song MeaningTo me this song seems about religious dogma and judging everyone by extreme personal beliefs. It make be about having the kind of mentality that dictates 'if you're not with me, you're definitely against me'.

    "Do you pay for your crimes?
    Does the punishment fit or drag your style to zero
    You're nothing till the weekend"
    It seems like this is talking about one of those religious extremists that judges everyone, but fail to see that they too, may be sinners. So it's like 'stop judging and take a good look at yourself. Are you any better than the next guy?' And the line 'you're nothing till the weekend' is about actually going to church (various religions have different holy days of the week; Islam has Friday, Judaism Saturday, Christianity Sunday - all which could be considered part of the weekend) and the person having an opportunity to show their 'righteousness' in public amongst like minded people, since during the week they may be around people that don't have the same beliefs as them, and may not see the person's actions as dignified as they would be seen amongst people with a similar mentality as the religious person.

    "If you think that you're the thrill
    Take a look at your life, you kneel before your heroes
    You're nothing till the weekend"
    Again, this is saying that sure, the person may consider themself so great and righteous, but all they're really doing is kneeling before their idols and falling into this dogma, and does this really make them that great of a person?

    "Do you care for the blind?
    Tell me all in all, they're just your kind of zeros
    Something for the weekend
    If you think that you can spell
    Make a list of the cunts you'd send to hell and send them
    Send them on the weekend"
    I think the reference to the blind may refer to Jesus' teachings, about helping the less unfortunate. But the part that says 'they're just your kind of zeros' again may refer to someone who uses religion as a means to feel superior for others and this may be asking whether the person helps the less unfortunate out of true sympathy or because they know this is another deed that will help them seem better than everyone.
    And the entire thing about 'the cunts you'd send to hell' may be about prostitutes in the times of Jesus, such as Mary Magdalene, and whether the person can find the power to forgive such people, or whether they will damn them. Or it may be about 'sinners' that the person can easily point their finger at and condemn them.

    "Echo Echo, I know it's a sin to kiss and swallow"
    This may be a reference to Judas, who after kissing Jesus on the cheek and betraying him, 'swallowed' the guilt, and tried to move on with his life. Of course it became too hard to bear, and then he hung himself. The echo may be a representation of Judas when he went crazy in the garden, maybe he heard voices or something. (Excuse my ignorance to such details from the Bible. It's been ages since I've read anything out of it.)

    "Are you listening?"
    This may be a sort of a voice of reason, asking the person whether the way they're going about asserting their beliefs may be that good of an idea. Or maybe it's even asking whether they have any ability left to think for themselves.

    "No - In the narrowest sense"
    This is the reply to the question above. Maybe the person is happy in their ignorance.

    "Are you listening?
    I can hold you down by candlelight
    With indifference"
    "By candlelight" may mean to keep the person in the dark, in this comforting lie.

    "Let the comfort start
    I love you on your right side"
    I think by this point it becomes kind of like a conversation with themselves, and trying to decide what side to take and what to do. Is it easier to continue with this religious dogma, or is it okay to start questioning? The 'right side' may refer to the 'right hand of god', where I think Jesus sits. So maybe the person is finds it easier to be lead by religion, and prefers being this way.

    "It happens
    Promises broken
    Reasons let go
    It happens
    Are you listening?"
    Again, maybe the voice of reason, reminding the person that things can change, even strong ideals may falter, and asking them whether they're willing to accept this shift or not.
    vortumnaon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's talking about the weekend life, and how some people can think they're most important on the weekend, you know... you're in a club and you're the most popular...but during the week you're a completely zero.
    poisonsaraon November 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI personally think Chris combines a couple of meanings in this song.
    Firstly religion as commented (rather well!) before. But also the attitude society had/has towards bisexuality. He is openly bisexual and writes about his experiences and feelings in his songs. This is one is a clear example of this. I also think he is condemming religious attitudes towards homosexual sex etc etc.

    Kiss and Swallow is AMAZING. Chris is such a talent. I'm in love with him...
    electrogirl94on January 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey Whoa this song is super cool i just heard it on the radio today and i dunno if its new or what ...nobody has commented on it, Does anybody know any artists similar to this ? i like it rock out
    redsuperphoneon April 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwell its the guy from sneaker pimps, so check them out, or just make a search for electroclash, which style this is..this came out in late 2004, so maybe there will be new stuff soon enough..its a great sarcastic song...i just love it, reminds me of all the "weekend goths"around here..
    nonemoreblackon May 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe album came out in feb. this year, it's chris corner from the sneaker pimps' solo album. i love the gayness... "i know it's a sin to kiss and swallow" = "it's a sin to give other men blow-jobs".. and "i love you on your right side" sounds like gay-spoonage too o_O "i know it's a sin but it's human"...
    forbidden_snowflakeon June 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the line 'Make a list of the cunts you'd send to hell and send them'; genius. This song got me listening to a whole different type of music to what i used to. I got me tickets to see mr corner in london, cant wait!!
    stewabelon August 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI FANCY THIS SONG
    is that wrong? :c
    sexydavidbowieon April 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentno it isnt rong...it is highly sexy..
    I can hold you down by candlelight
    With indifference...
    sounds like some one likes bondage lol
    thepandaon June 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwatch the alternative video for missile (yeah there are two) and you will see that a Mr Corner def. does like it bondage - y
    Koalablubblubon July 19, 2007   Link

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