Its what you see in men, does my rugged face cut scars like daggers
Faces on the wall we cant touch you but you move our hobby
reach into the hall step around the feast and find the lobby
open up the door see an angel and youll lose your body

Picking out a name, stretching out on your sheets
isabelle isabell cant you hear me i cant tell
Is the devil in the room is he hiding in the first drawer
hold me dear hold me dear cant you feel me touch your ear

Meat was on the Bone, but the children huddled and devoured
Keep them in the home let their minds go where their bikes cant take them
flinching finds me first so ill hide till she is in the basement
when i light the match touching angels shadows on the ceiling

racing round the room your forehead is on fire
isabelle isabelle their all talking your not well
looking like a ghost doctors shaking their heads
say my name say my name cant you hear me im to blame

(theyre have been sadder days...)
starting to rotting..pretty angel

grab the preachers throat cant you see the light within the shutters
who set up the ball dont you see your dancing frees my chances
put me on my feet theres an angel with a hand thats open
write my name in ink send a letter to the ground and beg him

folding all your clothes changing all your bed sheets
isabelle isabelle your not with me where i dwell
drinking from your glass smash it on the pyre
its a shame its a shame dont you see me im to blame

Some peoples lives awake to itsy bitsy im so sorrys the branch breaks you crack a window and the wind might say
"The birds are calling for you please dont follow"


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La Rapet song meanings
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  • +4
    General CommentThe title, La Rapet, is taken from a character in a short story by Guy de Maupassant called The Devil. The story is about an old woman, called La Rapet, who is paid a flat rate to watch over a farmer's dying mother. After 3 days La Rapet fears that she'll lose profits if she watches over the woman any longer, and tells her stories about the devil until she's on edge. Then she dresses like her description of the devil and gives the farmer's mother a heart attack. It's a really cool story, and both the farmer and La Rapet are extremely materialistic about the ordeal.

    Anyway, I think the person from whose perspective these lyrics are written sees himself as La Rapet, and feels a bit guilty but also freed from a burden. The song is clearly about the death of Isabelle. In the end he is putting away her clothes and such. I love the line, "Some people's lives awake to itsy bitsy I'm so sorries."

    The first part of the song is a little confusing to me, though. I suppose it sets things up. It appears as though Isabelle suffers from insanity, or is dying because of the man. He talks about freeing chances and setting up the ball and seeing the angel. I think he wants to get rid of Isabelle to be with the angel. Or something similiar.
    moss-lidson May 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThanks for putting this up here... feel free to post the other ones from the forum too... I'm too lazy, especially with the songmeanings loadtimes being slow as they are lately.

    Let me just warn that there's a good chance I got about half the words wrong here.

    Really like this song though... If the words are right, then I guess it's kind of just a short story... And the alternative high pitch/low pitch voices have a conflicting opinion on what to do with these "angels"... one of them wants to keep them, the other wants to get rid of them... and eventually they get fed to the guy in a pie.
    DuckFetuson May 03, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, in a less literal way, i always saw the album (spirit they've gone spirit they've vanished) as a sort of concept album about childhood and the loss of innocence.

    so the song to me is sort of like the moment that innocence is lost. it's kinda abstract and i dont know how to really explain it, but it makes sense to me
    warsaw_350125on January 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOfficial lyrics straight from Avey Tare him-self


    Its what you see in men, does my rugged face cut scars like daggers
    Faces on the wall we cant touch you but you move our hobby
    reach into the hall step around the feast and find the lobby
    open up the door see an angel and youll lose your body

    Picking out a name, stretching out on your sheets
    isabelle isabell cant you hear me i cant tell
    Is the devil in the room is he hiding in the first drawer
    hold me dear hold me dear cant you feel me touch your ear

    Meat was on the Bone, but the children huddled and devoured
    Keep them in the home let their minds go where their bikes cant take them
    flinching finds me first so ill hide till she is in the basement
    when i light the match touching angels shadows on the ceiling

    racing round the room your forehead is on fire
    isabelle isabelle their all talking your not well
    looking like a ghost doctors shaking their heads
    say my name say my name cant you hear me im to blame

    (theyre have been sadder days...)
    starting to rotting..pretty angel

    grab the preachers throat cant you see the light within the shutters
    who set up the ball dont you see your dancing frees my chances
    put me on my feet theres an angel with a hand thats open
    write my name in ink send a letter to the ground and beg him

    folding all your clothes changing all your bed sheets
    isabelle isabelle your not with me where i dwell
    drinking from your glass smash it on the pyre
    its a shame its a shame dont you see me im to blame

    Some peoples lives awake to itsy bitsy im so sorrys the branch breaks you crack a window and the wind might say
    "The birds are calling for you please dont follow"
    double sharkson November 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdouble sharks, you beat me to the posting...

    are you on the ac message board?

    btw, this is a beautiful song!
    ruddy sweaterson January 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is one of the most underrated songs on the album. Its my clear favorite, and I love the first lines.
    Just such a breathtaking song.
    radmocolon July 15, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy do they never play this live?
    bentheindividualon September 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf your a musician I think the last part Goes

    B E F#
    The birds are calling for yeah pleas don't follow

    It sounds right when playing along.
    If anyone knows anything better please tell me Id love to know.
    kidgoaton February 16, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthe Phantom warped her brain

    this doesnt sound right to me... i feel it sounds like "Phantom warped the bride".

    "i'm the phantom"

    Does anybody else agree that this doesn't sound right either?
    it sounds more like Panther... that can't be right, but he really accentuates the 'P' sound.
    christopherron November 12, 2008   Link

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