"Skeleton" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
All my thoughts are all lies
All my thoughts are all lies
All my bones are so tired
All my bones are so tired
So young and so handsome
So easily led
They told me to wait
I said

It makes a man out of me
You take the fun out of me

And I've been consistent to the fucking dream
And I've paid my dues
Just to get them all back
A simple man with simple desire

What should i have said?
What should i have done?
The horses are here
The damage is done
So just take off your shirt
And just take off your dress
We can go dancing
On a Saturday

It makes a man out of me
You take the fun out of me

And I've been consistent...

I'm just a skeleton

And I've been consistent...

I'm just a skeleton

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"Skeleton" as written by Gordon Moakes Russell Lissack

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    General Commenti think the song has to do with a man taking advantage of a woman and having 'no-strings-attached' sex.

    "So just take off your shirt
    And just take off your dress"

    i think that he is aware that he can get what he wants though he is still young and naive about sex, which is seen through the lines:

    "So young and so handsome
    So easily led"

    "They told me to wait
    I said"

    - i think he is reflecting on the advice he was given once, and the advice he once ignored and probably shouldn't have.

    the lines:

    "It makes a man out of me
    You take the fun out of me"

    have a lot to do with the fact that one night stands leave him empty, hence "im just a skeleton". though having sex with a woman may make a man seem masculine and in a sense 'better' and appear more impressive, there is no fun in sex with no love. there is no fun in relentless screwing.

    i think it has excellent meaning. and bewildering truth behind it. (Y) kudos to bloc party
    laurrrriiieeon November 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThis song is about me. I'm a senior at high school, and in about a month I'm entering the military. I seem normal on the outside. Kind of goofy and fun actually. On the inside all my thoughts are all lies. I've got social anxiety and other ugly complexes that no one knows about. I'm about to leave all of my friends to enter a new, scary environment.
    I have a lot of dreams. I want to become an astronaut and I want to become a doctor. My grades are falling and I won't be able to enter the university that I want to enroll to. I've been consistent to the fucking dream, but nothing seems to be going my way right now. But what should I have done? And what should I have said? I've made the choice, I want to enter the military, I want to leave everything behind, because it makes a man out of me. That's what I keep telling my self.
    If I stay here, it'll kill me. I'm so tired of this place and these faces. I'm a simple man, with a simple desire, but everything seems so difficult and scary anyway. I just want to take of my shirt and go dancing out on the town on a Saturday with my girlfriend and friends. But it makes a man out of me. I have to go.
    larsion May 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song, in my opinion, is referring to a bad relationship.

    If you look at the lines "All my thoughts are all lies/all my bones are so tired" He's been in this relationship for a long time, and he's done with it.

    The lines "It makes a man out of me/You take the fun out of me" Refer to the narrator talking to his friends. His friends, in my opinion, were trying to talk him out of this relationship because they knew it was bad.

    The chorus shows that the narrator has been doing everything he can to keep the spark alive ("I've been consistent to the fucking dream")

    Finally, the line "I'm just a skeleton." Shows that the narrator isn't who he used to be. The relationship has made him into a mere shadow of who he once was.

    Very sad, but awesome piece of music.
    nickkid218on May 30, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Whatever could it mean? It seems like he's angry about being owed something, but what, hmm?
    ify00on May 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso this song is awesome, but i can also totally see it as background music from those old school 8-bit mega man games.
    ct_accidentalon May 07, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is so amazing...Keles voice just makes the whole thing come together. I think the song is about a man whos always done everything right, and has worked really hard on everything and then everything goes to hell and he questions his life and everything hes done...There are other meanings that could be gathered though.
    Deathstroke76on October 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit cud b about people telling him that he's acting wrongly or doing things wrongly or that he did something wrong and regrets it.
    bloc_party15on October 22, 2005   Link
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    General Commentit might be about a boy, after ecstasy, yelling at himself about his own hedonism and how as much as he knows it's killing him (figuratively) and how much he has to stop in order to lead a healthy life, but he can't.

    it's a little farfetched, but who knows?
    blackjackmondayon October 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhere on earth did u get that from?? please tell me because i have no idea what u are talking about..u make no sense,,,,god help us
    mojo_pinon November 05, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI must harken back to deathstrokes comment. This song is about a guy who's always fit the mold. He's done everything he should have and been a good boy. However as we know nice guys finish last and he sees that the corrupt have much better lives than he has. He's "paid his dues" yet he's not gettign what he deserves from life
    negrosupremeon December 20, 2005   Link

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