now if you think i�m wasting your time again
i�m wasting your time
when you pick me up in duty free
that�s when i thought i�d be the cross in your t
or must see tv

but if you think i�m wasting your time again
no, you�re wasting mine
when you�re playing for a prime-time dream
the c n b scene
now i�m just another split in your seam the i in your team

ooo please don�t get too excited
oooo maybe you�re not invited to my action adventure
my action adventure dream

so when you think you�re on the fast track
you find it�s just a cul-de-sac back
in that adult lifestyle community
where all your little boys, your action toys are duty free

ooo please don�t get too excited
oooo maybe you�re not invited to my action adventure
my action adventure dream

so i wonder what you got your persona for
cause there�s a 2-for-one down at the corner-store
and i wonder could ya pep it up a bit
you know throw a fit
you go ahead and dance
i�ll just sit

but if you think i�m wasting your time again
no, you�re wasting mine
when you�re playing for a prime-time dream
the c n b scene
now i�m just another split in your seam the i in your team

so i�m looking at the back of my hand again
i�m looking at the back of my hand again
to what end if i can�t even find a goddamn pen


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    General Commentwhat a terribly wonderful pun.
    themunkelon May 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentPersonally I also have thought it was about him and a girl. A girl who is with him because she thinks of him as a celebrity, and so thinks he must live some kind of action/adventure life. She wants to be with him because his life must be exciting, and she can see and be seen by all the other people in the business, in the scene. It's her taste of celebrity. But once she's gotten into this scene, she kind of ditches him so she can be in the spotlight or just do her own thing, acting as though he's a split in her seam, the I in her team.

    At some point, he catches wise to this. He stops doing anything that would help her in her ends of just being among the right "crowd", the scene she's looking to be with. So she starts accusing him of wasting her time. But he says no - you're wasting my time, because he knows what she's up to. She's not in it for a relationship at all. Here he thought he'd be the cross in her t, or must see tv - but she picked him up in duty free... no strings attached. So now he's teasing her saying maybe she's not even invited to his action/adventure dream anymore anyway.

    All the while, she's realizing that what she thought was the fast track into a new exciting life with new, maybe even powerful people, is just a cul de sac back to the same old. Same experiences, just a different crowd. But she's still using men as little boys or action toys - pawns to be played with.

    And as cooltobehip commented earlier - she's got these multiple personas. She'll be whatever you want her to be (at least at first), she'll be whatever the situation requires for her to get what she wants.

    The only part I can't decipher (at least for my interpretation, lol) is the hand/pen part. Like, staring at the back of his hand - that makes me think of the expression of knowing something "like the back of your hand". He's not talking about the palm of the hand, where people normally write stuff down. So I thought maybe he was thinking in terms of how well he really knows himself, or knows something. But the pen would suggest the writing of a phone number. IDK, that last part does get me!!

    At any rate - LOVE this song! But then again, I love them all. ;)
    busybeegalon July 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentNo matter how many times I listen to it "where all your little boys, your action toys are duty free" sounds like "erection toys" to me.
    Lucanioon July 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the pen just implies that he's thinking up the lyrics to the song and he's looking at his hand, unconsciously thinking of writing them down, but he can't find a pen.
    myexplodingcaton January 07, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a good song..
    Come on Homeon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a good song..
    Come on Homeon April 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSuch a good song..
    Come on Homeon April 09, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"the c n b scene" is obviously "the see and be seen"
    progoskon April 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe song is so awesome... I love Bird's style. But I don't think these lyrics are right. I can't tell what the actual words are, but there are too many syllables in some of the lines posted here. He doesn't say "another" split it your seam, or cul-de-sac "back," or "goddamn" pen, and there is one or two words too many in "where all your little boys."
    bobwronskion May 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThough in the album version of this song he doesn't say "another" or "goddamn", he does sing it this way on several live recordings. And the rest of these lyrics are spot on, according to Andrew Bird's official website: bowloffire.com

    The c n b scene is correct.
    hemptimeson May 15, 2005   Link

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