So you had the best legs in a business built for kicks,
but was this changing of the guards really supposed to make you sick…
It’s alright - The Sublimation Hour!
Medium Rotation, the Shock of the New,
and a memo from Feldman saying - “everything is true.
It’s alright - The Sublimation Hour!
Don’t spend your life conceiving
that the widows won’t get sick of their grieving
till everyone walks out.
Hey, isn’t that what rock ‘n’ roll is all about?
Princess, express your bloated self, willful and indignant in the face of
somebody’s lord.
You try to summon up the spirits live on Face the Nation,
but the Port Authority just taxed incantations.
It’s alright - The Sublimate Hour!
Auction off the temple. It’s money well-spent.
Hey, are those tears in your eyes as the wind cries enlargement?
It’s alright - The Sublimate Hour.
Don’t spend your life conceiving
that the widows won’t get sick of their grieving
till everyone walks out.
Hey, isn’t that what rock ‘n’ roll is all about, princess?
Confess your bloated self, willful and indignant, in the face of somebody’s
lord.
So put your hands together. I hear it’s a ‘must’,
until this phoney Beatlemania has bitten the dust.
It’s alright - The Sublimation Hour.
I guess the streets will suffice till everybody makes nice,
but there’s a rumor going round even Destroyer has a price…
Don’t spend your life conceiving…


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    General CommentThe really great thing about Dan Bejar is that his lyrics are so layered that they seem to be about many things at once. This one is a perfect example. On one level it's about the music industry's, and consumers', fascination with passing fads. But that doesn't explain everything in the song. Exactly what, after all, does this have to do with sublimation? Bejar never leaves you fully satisfied with your understading of his work, the mark of a great artist!
    terrykbon April 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song, he sounds like a whinier Bob Dylan, if such a thing is conceivable. It's about the music industry, or just the phenomenon of "the next big thing" trends that come and go and rock and roll rebellion. Even Destroyer has a price.
    DevastatorJr.on February 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe really great thing about Dan Bejar is that his lyrics are so layered that they seem to be about many things at once. This one is a perfect example. On one level it's about the music industry's, and consumers', fascination with passing fads. But that doesn't explain everything in the song. Exactly what, after all, does this have to do with sublimation? Bejar never leaves you fully satisfied with your understading of his work, the mark of a great artist!
    terrykbon April 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfavorite destroyer song.
    JACKIE THE HOBOon October 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwell sublimate can mean 'to rise above something' so maybe bejar's hoping we can rise above all these fads.
    jjc886on December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt just occurred to me that "express your bloated self" could be a reference to Madonna ("Express Yourself") - and if Madonna is the female Prince (big 80's star) then she is Princess...
    stormvilleon December 12, 2014   Link

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