"The Dark of the Matinee" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Robert Hardy, Nicholas John Mccarthy and Paul Robert Thompson....
You take your white finger
Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer
Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties
And I'm not to look at you in the shoe, but the eyes, find the eyes

[Chorus]
Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow me, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine

I time every journey to bump into you, accidentally
I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate
All the clothes I hate
How I'll never be anything I hate
You smile, mention something that you like
How you'd have a happy life if you did the things you like

[Chorus]

So I'm on BBC2 now, telling Terry Wogan how I made it and
What I made is unclear, but his deference is and his laughter is
My words and smile are so easy now
Yes, It's easy now
Yes, It's easy now

[Chorus]


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"The Dark of the Matinee" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Robert Hardy, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Paul Robert Thompson

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  • +1
    General Commentmy favourite lines are:
    "So I'm on BBC2 now, telling Terry Wogan how I made it and
    What I made is unclear now, but his deference is and his laughter is
    My words and smile are so easy now
    Yes, It's easy now
    Yes, It's easy now"
    They're about people saying you've made it when you're on Terry Wogan's show, but they don't really know what they're on it for. That's my interpretation anyway, and forgive my ill mind for stating the obvious
    nutty dolphinon April 30, 2004   Link
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    General Commenti just love the fact he tells her of the boys he hates, the girls he hates, the words and the clothes he hates etc and she tells him about the things she likes - it's like they're saying 'hate all you want, you'll have a happier life doing the things you like'
    showYOUhowon September 03, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHaha yeah I saw the funny teeth thing!
    bbuckykkatton July 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThat first line is SO sexy, holy shit. I think it's just about that courtship period of a relationship, where you don't really know each other yet but you're edging together..."time every journey to bump into you".
    rhuesteron September 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite franz ferdinand song... and the video for it is certainly amusing!
    dirty_toaston April 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw these guys live last night the song is all about bunking off school and where they hid. It's about how school isn't necessary to get what he wants.
    pinkheepon May 05, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti never thought id like FF but this song is really catchy. I think the video reflects that charm.

    What does it mean to me?
    I just dont know, the lyrics are all mushy.
    tommyhaychon May 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love franz and i love this song!

    To me, this song means that you can do whatever you want, whatever you like and then you'll smile. If you read the 2nd part of the 2nd verse then that pretty much explains it.

    The chorus is basically about school.
    refectories are school canteens
    academic factory also is self explanitory- a school.

    So basically its saying leave school and do whatever you like and you can be happy and make it in the world.
    jenz00ukon May 15, 2004   Link
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    General Comment....Have a happy life if you did the things you like

    That is my favourite line on this record. People never seem to do the things they want to in life. The song is like a celebration of just doing whatever makes you happy.
    drivel75on May 21, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing, so is the album im listneing to it now actuly and im going to see them at leeds festival.

    me and my friend were talking and we recken its about dislikeing school and some ppl there

    "Of the boys I hate, all the girls I hate
    All the words I hate, all the clothes I hate
    How I'll never be anything I hate"

    we also think its about how they/he used to skip lessons to go to the cinama and stuff like that, cus they didnt like the ppl at school.
    Darth_woodyon June 09, 2004   Link

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