"Fashion Coat" as written by and Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner....
In a fashion coat I float down my city
don't you think I look pretty anymore
I'll do everything to you but I can hardly come
cause I'm so afraid of you falling

I die fast in this city
outside I die slow

I'm not stupid I swear
I read the foreign news to understand my nation
you get two options in The You Estates
black city bloodbath or white country rape

I die fast in this city
outside I die slow
I die fast in this city
outside I die slow

everywhere I am is just another thing without you in it
(repeat)


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"Fashion Coat" as written by Matthew Berninger Aaron Dessner

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    General Commentumm
    i think it's
    "you get two options in the US states"
    charcoalsketchon May 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love that line... "everywhere I am is just another thing without you in it" i think the line changes a bit after its repeated.. and it brings a bit of a lonely tone. Its like its about someone who is lost in this crowd, or a big city.. and in that crowd your life just passes you by so fast. and you remember the people in your past that you loved. i wish this song was a bit longer :-/
    lemona9on November 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI copied the lyrics from their website its You Estates. It has a double meaning, think about it.
    SomethingCleveron May 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i figured that out a few days later. hah.
    charcoalsketchon August 03, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is so simple... but so sweet!... i don't know what is.. but it's really great :)
    v2.7on September 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a neat comparison between inner city and the country...(Obviously) a black city bloodbath I assume is like a shooting in the ghetto or similar, then you have rural rednecks raping each other... Maybe hinting at an outsider's perception of the US... rednecks and thugs and violence in common?
    lukewagoneeron April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh yeah, and in a city you might just get shot or mugged et cetera, a quick death, and in the country, you grow old, but your mind might die (boredom & idleness leading to sin) ?
    lukewagoneeron April 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoesn't it mean: I drive fast in the city. Outside I drive slow.? I always imagine that he is just driven around, being somthing like lost. And because he can't see any hope he he doesn't see the need for acting normal.
    theindiemusicrevolutionon August 25, 2011   Link
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    General CommentYou'll die slow in the outside, in the country. You'll die fast in the city, or on the inside. Either way the person couldn't care less, they're stuck between a rock and a hard place 'cause no place makes them happy without the one they love. So they might as well just die. Fun song =P
    Aquarius121on October 21, 2012   Link
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    General CommentOn the specific lyric 'I'm not stupid I swear
    I read the foreign news to understand my nation
    you get two options in The You Estates
    black city bloodbath or white country rape'

    I think it's a joke. He's saying how 'not stupid' he is, and then misunderstands US states as you estates, and then says something only an idiot would believe.
    There are two ways to interpret the joke though, it could be made by the speaker, and he understands the idiocy and is making fun of it to this woman, OR it could be by Matt making the speaker look like an idiot, implying it was one of the reasons the woman left. I'm not yet sure which.
    psycho8000on January 03, 2016   Link

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