"Daughters of the SoHo Riots" as written by and Bryce D. Dessner Scott D. Devendorf....
I have your good clothes in the car
So cut your hair so no one knows
I have your dreams and your teeth marks
And all my fingernails are painted

I'm here to take you now

You were right about the end
It didn't make a difference
Everything I can remember
I remember wrong

How can anybody know
How they got to be this way
You must have known I'd do this someday
Break my arms around the one I love
And be forgiven by the time my lover comes
Break my arms around my love

Break my arms around the one I love
And be forgiven by the time my lover comes
Break my arms around my love

I don't have any questions
I don't think it's gonna rain
You were right about the end
It didn't make a difference

I'm here to take you now

Out among the missing sons and daughters of the SoHo riots
Out among the missing sons and daughters of the SoHo riots

I'm here to take you now

How can anybody know
how they got to be this way
You must have known I'd do this someday
Break my arms around the one I love
And be forgiven by the time my lover comes
Break my arms around my love

Break my arms around the one I love
And be forgiven by the time my lover comes
Break my arms around my love

Break my arms around the one I love


Lyrics submitted by countzero

"Daughters of the Soho Riots" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Bryce D. Dessner

Lyrics © BMG RIGHTS MANAGEMENT US, LLC

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Daughters of the SoHo Riots song meanings
Add your thoughts

24 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +2
    General CommentThe narrative of the song appears to revolve around the theme of things "not working out how it was planned". The main point of the song centering on a relationship that is at a predictable endpoint that the writer and and his lover had nonetheless vainly hoped to avoid in their youthful naivite.

    The image of Soho is artully used to display the theme. Soho in it's heyday was a spot for a cultural revolution that nutured burgeoning artists and ironically transformed an empty industrial sector into an artist's enclave.

    A side effect of artists moving into the area is the birth of cool.... and the enivitable movement of gentrification now seen in the older neighbourhoods of many worldclass cities. By creating something unique and "cool" and full of hope and ideas, the intial artists in Soho created a self-fulfilling prophesy in which human nature, especially in modern corporate America, cashes in on the unique, beautifu/cool/naive and ultimately destroys it. "things don't work out as they are planned, human nature always interferes."

    The sons and daughters of the Soho riot are who is left after the unique idea had been destroyed...literally the next generation inherting a perverted and commercialized image of the revolution. Those listless souls who don't realize sipping a Starbucks while shopping at a Bloomingdales is the antithesis of the original idea.

    To make a story short, the narrator's lover now listless and disillusioned is left to join the masses of refugees of an unfulfilled life.
    baconpantson August 29, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the title of this song is referring to the children the singer would have had with his soul mate had they not broken up and had to remain apart for the rest of their lives. These fictional "soho riots" were the turbulent times in their relationship that ultimately caused the final split. The rest of the song goes on to lament the loss of this kind of love in his life and how this lamentation is shared and discussed between them despite that both of them probably have new people in their lives. He knows that he must move on but he is holding on to her on an emotional level because he knows he will never have love like that again. He holds on even though it hurts.
    shewolf80on March 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFuther clues to the general theme can be seen in most of the Narrators lines delivered to "the one he loves....

    "How can anybody know
    How they got to be this way
    You must have known I'd do this someday"

    This is masterful line. The narrator confesses ignorance to the invetible slide from innocence to wearied, yet to know that "I'd do this someday" both shows the narrator and his lover were fully aware but chose blissful self-deception.

    later:

    I don't have any questions
    I don't think it's gonna rain
    You were right about the end
    It didn't make a difference.

    A great stanza outlining a boring an inevitable break-up. There are no questions left as everything has already been said -- in fact neither party has anything left to talk about at all.

    "I don't think it's going to rain" --- talking about the weather is not only perceived as boring, but is often seen as the most non-intimate material for a conversation....a topic better left for strangers...who the lovers have become.

    And as a bit of a stretch-- pathetic fallacy often appears in movies in which the weather mimics human emotion in various scenes...the most common is rain during an intensely depressive and emotional scene.....no rain means no emotion.

    At odds with the lyrics and tone of the narrative is the tender way in which the song is sung by Berninger. The loving vocals end up being an ironic play on the content of the song....mournful....but apparently not mourning the loss of his love, rather the loss of the pairs innocence and what should have or could have been.
    baconpantson August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWere there really soho riots? Or is this made-up fantasy land? If it's fantasy please take me there it sounds pretty and the people that live there probably look hot.
    freejoe76on November 06, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFOOKIN RIGHTEOUS!!!
    ripelivejamon April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment... and here i look up the soho riots on google hoping to learn something and better my life!!! DAMN YOU NASHINUL!!!! :angry:
    ripelivejamon April 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI did the same! But even the fountain of all knowledge, aka Wikipedia, didnt have anything so i guess they're fictional.

    From the opening verse at least it sounds like it could be about eloping, kinda like exit music by Radiohead, but even better!
    electricoceanon May 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSoHo is a neighbor hood in New York City.
    its stands for South of Houston street.
    soho is a real bohemian neighborhood with lots of art shops and its really old.
    theres like no skyscrapers in soho.
    it is also home to the infamous, but now deceased, CBGB club that the ramones made famous.
    and the people there are all rich and hot.
    as for riots.
    i dont know
    but soho is my favorite place in the world even if i live in the midwest.
    j_shostakovichon February 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentrandom, but the be your own pet song love your shotgun mentions a soho riot as well. kind of interesting, i guess.
    heysailoron April 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere were no SoHo riots, this happened in the late 80's though:
    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…
    Tompkins Square Park is juuust north of Houston Street which makes it not SoHo but very close. Wonder if this is what they're referring to.
    J shostakovich, i hope you get to visit SoHo soon, before it becomes completely starbucks-ed out!
    center52@aol.comon May 24, 2007   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain