"Ice Cold Ice" as written by and Robert Arthur Mould....
Barren lands and barren minds (ice cold ice)
In another place and time (ice cold ice)
I feel I've never known myself (ice cold ice)
Frozen in the sand again (ice cold ice)

We'll see the blank expressions waiting for progression
Standing still in place and time
No one's moving
They're only standing still in ice cold ice cold ice

Only standing still in ice cold ice cold ice

We're all machines and all are one (ice cold ice)
We're catching up on what's been done (ice cold ice)
Stealing glimpses from the past (ice cold ice)
Well, these impressions always last (ice cold ice)

We're never penetrating, always contemplating
We sit and count the blessings but we're blessed by icons
No one else could trust in ice cold ice cold ice cold ice

Only standing still in ice cold ice cold ice

We'll stay together till the end (ice cold ice)
Thinking you might be a friend (ice cold ice)

We sit and pray together that they might change the weather
My love for you will never die
If I sound distant, that's because
You shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice

Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
Shouldn't see me crying ice cold ice
You shouldn't see me, you shouldn't see


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"Ice Cold Ice" as written by Bob Mould

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    General CommentQuite simply a reaction to a cold world...just make yourself colder on the inside. And don't dare show any emotion ("You shouldn't see me crying"), or it might seem like your fight against the world is failing.

    An awesome song from an album chock full of 'em. Any Husker Du fun who dislikes Warehouse for being too "clean" sounding is probably hearing it on the CD, with its 1987-standard piss-poor mastering. Until Warner Bros. has the good sense to remaster it, get yourself a record player and find the double-vinyl set. It sure changed my opinion of Warehouse...this album rocks harder than the much-beloved "Flip Your Wig."
    leamancon July 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDamn...I meant to say Husker Du FAN, not Husker Du FUN in my comment above. Anyway...don't diss Warehouse!
    leamancon July 02, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationIt seems to be about the others as most of the lyrics are in third person. And even the first person last lines seem to be about other people.

    Might be about becoming colder because everyone else is, or how strange cold people appear to be for the ones more emotional and sensitive, looking to feel alive and to interact with others.
    Another interpretation that is somewhat related to the first one (becoming cold) is about a person that is not any cold, but really wants to be, to stop suffering.
    RedSpikedWallson November 18, 2013   Link

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