hand me down halo
halo hello
hand me down halo

I saw you (I saw you)
asleep In the car (asleep in the car)
on the fIrst wave out of a fallen town.

they follow to another cell (hand me down halo)
(halo hello)
they follow to another cell (hand me down halo)
to another cell (halo hello)

I watched you for hours (I watched you)
from the bars of my room (from the bars of my room)
always got a suntan at the first light of every Sunday, of every Sunday.
and your broken teeth, like a mangled screen
and your burnout smile on your ashtray face.

made me sick.
you always made me sick.
made me sick.
you always made me sick.

(take my cell now)
have a cigarette. have an omelette.
(take my cell now)
a little nasty. a little balloon.
(take my cell now)
have a cold sore. have a nightmare.
(take my cell now)
a little memory. a little history.

have a problem. have a collapse.
a little sympathy. a little sympathy. (made me sick. you always made me sick)

(take my cell now)
have a pager. have a baby.
(take my cell now)
a little medicine. a little discipline.

(take my cell now)
have a lie down. have a sugar hand. (20, 40, 68...)
(take my cell now)
a little hassle. a little enemy. (20, 40, 68...)
(take my cell now)
have a number. have a wallet chain. (20, 40, 68...)
(take my cell now)
a little nickname. a little self pity. (20, 40, 68...)


Lyrics submitted by distro, edited by Nezumi

Clemenceau song meanings
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    Song Meaning 'hand me down halo'

    This halo might represent drugs; a worldly escape. It's a temporary 'savior', but it increasingly exhausts the user each and every time.

    I speculate it's about a girl. She may be the singer's muse or someone who simply at one point was innocent, and yet to be corrupted. In his eyes she is an angel, blinded by love. But nobody can be perfect. Nobody's an angel. Hand-me-downs are usually worn, tattered, or weathered in some way or another; so is this woman.
    It's a hand me down halo since he assigns her this idealistic image; he's in love with the idea of her. She's fallen from Heaven, but her 'halo' is just a symbol of his love for her; it is imagined. It is given to her from him. It is a hand me down halo, and like most other hand-me-downs, it's bound to deteriorate. Keep the song in this context, and it's about him watching her decay into someone he hates, because of an addiction or drug use in general.

    'a little nasty. a little balloon'
    'they follow to another cell, to another cell'
    this definately seems to be referring to drugs, cocaine or heroin probably. MountedTigerHead is on the right track. second lyric is regarding finding drugs; calling dealers, using middle men. It wastes a whole bunch of time.







    elyse69on January 17, 2011   Link
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    General Commentsuppose you're dating this girl and she, at some point, let's out "one could rap over pinback scores- that'd be way too cool". what's your take? should this itself be considered enough to break up?
    distroon February 18, 2005   Link
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    General Commentyes, break up immediately.
    psychoticloveron March 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis seems like one of the ultimate pissed/depression songs. Just the way the song progresses and the ending... hm, I don't know how to put it, but it really does give you this whole negative vibe. It's a great song. I love the feeling it gives off, because when your in the right mood, it feels like the only song that can ease your mind. I guessed it would be calmingly negative.
    edemaomegaon September 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNow, I've heard someone mention how Pinback likes to pick random historical places or names to name their songs. Maybe this one is no different. Clemenceau was the leader of France during WWI. The only thing I can sense that would cause some kind of depression or shame by looking at this guy's wiki is this:
    As a framer of the postwar Treaty of Versailles, he opposed leniency toward Germany after WWI. Since most people believe the effects of his decision contributed to the events that lead to World War II, Clemenceau's historical reputation can be argued to have suffered as a result.
    Face it: because of this man's decision to be too hard on Germany in WWI, WWII began even more swiftly and deadly.
    Anywho, this song is definitely one of the most depressing I have ever heard. I listen to it whenever I feel down.
    WeezerMaladroiton May 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWhen Rob and Zach were in Illinois they went to a Diner before a show and got into a little scuffle with some locals. They were all sick white trash southern types, twenty years behind the times, who think that having a huge Zach Morris cell phone and pager on your belt is totally awesome. This is like their only overtly negative song, and it's about the south and people who think having a confederate flag in the back of your truck window next to your commemorative 8 and 3 for Dale and his boy is the way to show your patriotism.
    tdamcbigityon August 16, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"When Rob and Zach were in Illinois they went to a Diner before a show and got into a little scuffle with some locals. They were all sick white trash southern types, twenty years behind the times, who think that having a huge Zach Morris cell phone and pager on your belt is totally awesome. This is like their only overtly negative song, and it's about the south and people who think having a confederate flag in the back of your truck window next to your commemorative 8 and 3 for Dale and his boy is the way to show your patriotism."

    Have you looked at a map recently?
    Gokyon February 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhat i would like to know is how you stubbled upon that little piece of information. If true it would give meaning to this song but how do you know tdamcbigity? Anyways this song is awesome. Sure its depressing but all pinback songs hide a dark message. The difference is that this songs dark message isnt hidden.
    HC_MOSon May 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's maybe about being sickened by a junkie and/or a drug dealer, or just some trashy-type person.

    "...your broken teeth, like a mangled screen
    and your burnout smile on your ashtray face."

    Herion? Meth? Maybe a little of both?

    There's several things in the "Have a..." list part of the song that seem to point to this, too ("a little medicine").
    "Have a pager" -- who else has pagers today other than doctors and drug dealers?
    MountedTigerHeadon August 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAll I can say is that the downtrodden and sullen mood of this song has always put me at ease. Another legendary Pinback song.

    and your broken teeth, like a mangled screen
    and your burnout smile on your ashtray face

    As an aside, these must be the most negative and insulting Pinback lyrics I can think of. "You're unkind and a liar" hardly compares to the sentiment expressed by these lines.
    dredgfan77on November 24, 2010   Link

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