sacrifice for you was just flirtation
and friendship a cold convenience
i wonder sometimes what you’re made of
is it rayon or is it dust?
how you calibrate your intuition
such that it just beats the kill
and every single night i try to make you come alive
you shove it right back in my face
and you, you don’t see me
cause you won’t change
you, it don’t seem to me
that your big old Russian brain can keep you ahead of the stoplights
you to me is like carbon dioxide
you know I won’t be your frozen rose
but why don’t you just let me get up yeah
before you do the rowdy rowdy rowdy rowdy rough
reach reach grab it grab it bleach bleach stab it stab it
seech reach nab it nab it bleach bleach
where will we fall where will we fall for the darkness if
animal midnight a shit for a brain
crawl up a leech line shot into me in the yellow and blue
is it piss is it sky is it why we try
and you, you don’t see me
cause you, you won’t change
you, you don’t see me
because you, you you you you won’t change you won’t change


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    My InterpretationI think this song is about dating/getting close to a sociopath.

    "Sacrifice for you is just flirtation," risk-taking behaviors

    "and friendship a cold convenience" sociopaths use people only to benefit themselves (including indirect ways)

    "I wonder sometimes what you’re made of, is it rayon or is it dust?" he can sense something is off about her. Kind of iffy about the second line, perhaps he wonders if she's just been through a lot and it has given her an off-beat presence (dust), or if everything she does has an ulterior motive and is "artificial" (rayon)

    "how you calibrate your intuition, such that it just beats the kill" she is highly calculating and able to get people (including him) to do what she wants

    "You don't see me" no genuine connection or caring from her

    "You won't change" sociopaths don't change

    "that your big old Russian brain can keep you ahead of the stoplights" more risk-taking

    "you to me is like carbon dioxide" charisma

    "you know I won’t be your frozen rose" knows she is manipulative, refuses want to be cast under the spell and broken
    Elaniton April 05, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI heard that this song was about the other guitarist in Pavement. To me it's just another song about people with behavioral problems. Little aminals, like I mean DSM behavioral probs. Not just stubborn or a pain in the ass but real crazy driven to lie, conive, cheat and fuck round and round out of sheer habit and compulsion.
    lowvatoon January 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentScott? Err.. Spiral Stairs? I hadn't heard that this song was about him (he's so vain). Interesting.
    artsluton April 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is the best Malkmus song ever! I love the weird bird noises in the background and the many changes in tempo and rhythm. It rocks! and the Guitar solo is awesome.
    dante23on July 23, 2007   Link

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