"This Is Our Sound" as written by and Daniel Hunt....
I can't seem to take you anywhere
We ditched your friends at Williamson Square
Where the rank and file shoot us dirty looks
Hail a taxicab, don't want to walk

The nighttime here is a plastic box
Gently amplifying in the basement rock
The distant tones from the detainees
Friendly girls who pack it full of these

When you're not around, this is our sound

I can't seem to take you anywhere
We ditched your friends at Williamson Square
Where the rank and file shoot us dirty looks
Hail a taxicab, don't want to walk

The nighttime here is a plastic box
Gently amplifying the basement rock
The distant tones from the detainees
Friendly girls who pack it full of these

When you're not around, this is our sound
When you're not around, this is our sound

When you're not around, this is our sound
This is not a song, 'cause there's nothing wrong
When the light inside is not as bright


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"This Is Our Sound" as written by Daniel Hunt

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    General CommentThis song is too awesome not to have a single comment.
    I LOVE IT!!!

    I have no idea what it means, though. Wanna help me out, anyone? *Ladytron rules*
    Gwirleybeeon August 28, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea either.. though its a great song!!!
    Who Leads You?on August 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"gently amplified in the basement blocks"?
    fbaubeon March 24, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"When your not around, this is our sound"

    Individuality, unique style, personal preference, when your not around, this is their jam.
    majic316on December 15, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFirst couple times I started listening to this song I thought Helen was saying

    "We ditched your friends in the Ipswich square"
    cheirospasmon January 07, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI'm probably completely off-base, but I get the impression that this is about a couple whom the general public doesn't like to see out together and thus stays home when they want to be together. "I can't seem to take you anywhere" "the rank and file shoot us dirty looks"

    "The night time here is a plastic box, gently amplified in the basement rock." Maybe they have a basement apartment? Wherever they are, they hear distant voices. Then the narrator says that "when you're not around, this is our sound." By this she may mean that when her significant other is not with her, she and her friends sound just like those distant voices. They're outside, at night, presumably having a good time.

    In the next verse, the couple goes out again, to a different square, and again has to leave their friends while the "rank and file" shoot them dirty looks. The narrator tells her SO to call a taxi since she doesn't want to walk back. That she has to ask implies that they could have walked home from where they were, but she preferred not to. The reason for that could be that she doesn't want to deal with more "dirty looks" or she feels those looks might escalate into something more dangerous. Or maybe she's just lazy; I don't know.

    Finally, "this is not a song, because there's nothing wrong when the light inside is not as bright." She wants to be outside with friends, where things are brighter, but she's stuck inside. Still, she reassures her SO that there's nothing wrong. It's not really their fault at all.

    As for why people don't want to see them together, there are a couple of potential reasons: 1) they're a lesbian or interracial couple in a repressed area 2) the SO has a very public negative reputation. or, 3) the SO actually behaves horribly in public, and the people shooting them dirty looks are completely justified.
    IceCreamSandwichon August 10, 2014   Link

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