time provides the rope
but love will tie the slipknot
and I will be the chair you kick away

you don't even like anything you like
or the people you know
and all of your reasons to stay alive died

I dedicate this song to you
for all the desperate things you made me do
I'd like to beat you black and blue
for all the agony you have put me through

front seat stained with love
a back seat full of Bibles
purloined from the drawers of lost motels

they say when you're older you'll understand
- you know it's a lie
cause you've got a twisted and mangled heart

down Route 66, you pilfered love and green stamps
W.C. Fields with Mae West in your eyes

they say every clock's a blunt instrument
crushing the skull
but you've got a vice to rest your head in


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    General CommentBeautiful??? They may be an Emo Bands wet dream of lyrics (if only they came close to being this concise and wonderfully perverse.)

    Merritts on about beating the crap out of someone for upsetting him. And why not? Why is it unacceptable to feel pissed off when someone's crapped over you?

    If Merritts tongue could be anymore in his cheek than here then... well I'd be surprised.
    xdvron January 14, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Time provides the rope but love will tie the slipknot and I will be the chair you kick away" is one of the best lyrics in the history of music.
    judahnielsenon November 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentstealing Gideon Bibles, presumably after (repeatedly) having had meaningless sex in sleazy motels. what an image. the person being described is truly fucked up in the head.

    "you don't even like anything you like" reminds me of a recurring theme in the work of j.d. salinger
    foreverdroneon August 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbeautiful, definitely favored
    tigerbeaton June 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAt first I thought this song was about someone who's depressed and wants to end his/her life (hence the "you don't even like anything you like
    or the people you know
    and all of your reasons to stay alive died
    "), and the song is being told from a very close friend who had to do everything he could to stop this friend from killing him/herself. But then I thought that it might be simply about a lover who screwed him over. Does my initial interpretation make sense? And also, I don't get how this is tongue-in-cheek. The lyrics seem serious; is it simply the fact that he's stating that he wants to "beat someone black and blue?" Or is it tongue-in-cheek for being excessively emotional in tone? Because I don't see that being the case.
    suclid003on April 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's Merritt, most of his stuff is quite amusing.
    The whole imagery cast is very black humour, but the tune it's all too is quite happy (or it is to me) and I think it's that which makes it seem amusing to me.
    xdvron May 15, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe solo on this song reminds me of final fantasy music
    debaser247on November 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah judah...i never quite got it before. "i will be the chair you kick away" has so many layers of meaning, it's astounding. i won't elaborate...that would somehow spoil it
    mandcon April 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"they say when you're older you'll understand
    - you know it's a lie"

    I recently read Saul Alinsky's Rules For Radicals and he has a couple pages on this. I wonder if it was an influence on Merritt.
    LargeWhaleson November 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't think it's tongue-in-cheek, though I see how you could interpret it that way. I agree with suclid003's first interpretation. One person singing to a friend who wants to kill him/herself or already has. There are so many great lines in this song. The desperate things you made me do... Such an interesting and evocative choice of adjective. Plus, the melody is so beautiful, as are all of his melodies. He's as great a songwriter as John or Paul.
    gpphon June 28, 2011   Link

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