"The House Wins" as written by and Damian Kulash....
Fingers blistered from the nightly scratching at the window
Which won't open far enough to let air in
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

Feral cats are screaming at the clouds beneath the window
With the cracks so small that nothing gets within
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

You don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in

Telephones are howling at the cats out in the alley
And the window offers nothing in the din
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

Clouds uncage the car alarms to chase the cats and telephones
Fingers rake and rasp away their skin
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

You don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in
Yeah, you don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in

Ice age upon catastrophic ice age of selection
And only one result has trickled in
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

If evil were a lesser breed then justice after all these years
The righteous would have freed the world of sin
The house wins, oh, the house always wins

You don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in
You don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in

You don't have to be sick to be dying
You might as well give in
You don't have to have lost to be lost
Oh, give in

You don't have to be alone to be lonely
You might as well give in



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"The House Wins" as written by Damian Kulash

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    General Commentif anyone can help with the few parts i couldn't get quite right, it would be appreciated :)
    blinxbcron September 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSure:

    Fingers blistered from the nightly scratching at the window which won't open far enough to let air in.
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    Feral cats are screaming at the clouds beneath the window with the crask so small that nothing gets within.
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    You don't have to be alone to be lonely,
    You might as well give in.
    Telephones are howling at the cats out in the alley and the window offers nothing in the din.
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    Clouds uncage the car alarms to chase the cats and telephones.
    Fingers rake and rasp away themr skin.
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    You don't have to be alone to be lonely,
    You might as well give in.
    Yeah you don't have to be alone to be lonely,
    You might as well give in.
    Ice age upon catastrophic ice age of selection and only one result has trickled in...
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    If evil were a lesser breed then justice after all these years the righteous would have freed the world of sin.
    The house wins.
    Oh the house always wins.
    You don't hav to be alone to be lonely
    You might as well give in.
    You don't have to be sick to be dying
    You might as well give in.
    You don't have to have lost to be lost.
    Oh give in.
    You don't have to be alone to be lonenly
    You might as well give in.
    Misseveruson March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOh, and I have NO idea what this song is about, I'll admit it.
    But, it's amazing.
    Misseveruson March 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm thinking it's about a guy who feels trapped inside his house, and those are all the things he hears and sees out his window. Maybe he's shy or something.
    behleon May 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is my favorite song by them. Sadly, I have absolutely NO clue what it means.
    xbreakingheartsxon June 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti agree with behle but i'll elaborate a little..
    i think its more, he feels trapped inside but hes saying he gave in, he's not able to conquor the outside.
    he's just very anti-social:

    "You don't have to be alone to be lonenly
    You might as well give in."

    he's saying, oh well, i can't win.. he sounds almost content with his inabilities and with being held hostage inside his own house

    "If evil were a lesser breed then justice after all these years the righteous would have freed the world of sin."

    if there wasn't so much bad keeping him in, then he would be able to overcome it and be free, but he cant cuz he has nothing helping him.

    it sounds like he's just weak and scared, thats what i get. or as behle said, shy.. but i think its more than just that
    kristi2on June 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsorry it took me awhile to get back to this, but thank you very much Misseverus for helping me out with the spots i missed

    this is a very nice song to end the album with.
    blinxbcron August 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's an interesting and unusual kind of song with which to conclude an album. A tune about hopelessness and despair rather than a more thematically upbeat or whistful number, as is more often the case.

    The message is pretty simple: No matter what you do, or how well you've succeeded so far, you're still going to fail in the end, so "you might as well give in." The verses, themselves, seem to suggest someone up late at night, frustrated and depressed, interpreting everything he perceives (trees branches - "fingers" - scratching at the window, screaming cats, and neighbours' telephones) in negative, futile tones.

    One bit of text that people have missed so far is the title of the song: "The House Wins" It's a clear gambling/casino reference, most recognizably present in Blackjack, suggesting that if you gamble in the "game of life", your losses will always outweigh your wins.
    Elected Potatoon November 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't particularly like this song, it's a bit too depressing for my tastes. It's also very confusing. The only things I really lke about this song are the lines "You don't have to be alone to be lonely," "You don't have to be sick to be dying," and "You don't have to have lost to be lost." I just thought they were clever ways of describing loneliness. Thats really what this song is about at its core: loneliness. There's not much else to it.
    thefozzon June 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Elected Potatoe. The song certainly captures the idea of losses outweighing wins in general. My only addition to that point would be in taking a look at quotes such as, "You don't have to have lost to be lost.", which suggests that external losses don't necessarily determine your state of individual or introspective success. It would exhort that each person experiencing an outside defeat would give in to that failure, but feel strengthened from within.
    Kelley111on June 18, 2007   Link

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