"Evil and a Heathen" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Robert Hardy and Paul Robert Thompson....
Words fall from my mouth
Like plates from shaking hands
Smash upon the silence
Of the smooth naked canal

I'm evil and a heathen
I'm evil and a heathen
I'm a heathen and evil like you
There's not a lot
Not a lot I couldn't do

I like how you pretend
That the end will be the end
So fill your thirst
Drink a curse
To the death of death instead

I'm evil and a heathen
I'm evil and a heathen
I'm a heathen and evil like you
There's not a lot
Not a lot I wouldn't do

Utrecht led me to the Sacre Coeur
Where the smoke curled round
Now the ice blows of Lake Michigan
When the ice blows
The ice flows knocks you down

Your teeth are black with wine
As you place those lips on mine
And the moon hangs heavy and forbidden high
On the night of our lives

I'm evil and a heathen
I'm evil and a heathen
I'm a heathen and evil like you
There's not a lot
Not a lot we couldn't do


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"Evil and a Heathen" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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    General CommentThis song is about 'forbidden' sex, imho. Gay, infidelity, whatever... it is up to the listener. Here's my take:

    Words fall from my mouth
    Like plates from shaking hands
    Smash upon the silence
    Of the smooth naked canal

    Stuttering and sputtering and being struck speechless when confronted with the object of one's lust's naked body.

    I like how you pretend
    That the end will be the end
    So fill up first
    then Drink a curse
    To the death of death instead

    I like that you pretend there is no heaven or hell - no consequences. Let's get drunk and pretend that we'll never die instead.

    Utrecht led me to the Sacré Coeur
    Where the smoke curled round
    Now the ice blows off Lake Michigan
    When the ice blows,
    The ice floe knocks you down

    I've been to church - I know about religion, but in the real world, life is hard.


    Your teeth are black with wine
    As you place those lips on mine
    the moon hangs heavy and forbidden high
    On the...night of our lives

    Uh-huh... self-explanatory. :) Or, OMG this feels good.

    Well I'm evil and a heathen
    I'm a heathen and evil like you
    There's not a lot
    Not a lot I couldn't do

    I am willing to be 'bad'. And so are you.
    songyoneon November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this would make a great future single.

    My favorite line: "Your teeth are black with wine/As you place those lips on mine"
    J.Diddyon September 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis could have been called 'Around the World in 3 and a half minutes by what the verses say
    manumadmiaon October 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs it a bad sign when I find this song speaks perfectly to me?

    I swear, on this one all you do is submit yourself to the darker side and listen as the warplanes with searchlights fly over you.
    foreign_handon October 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song, like most of FF songs, rings of homosexuality. Gays are seens as evils and heathens in the Catholic Church. The line about Utrecht relates to an uprising against the church hundreds of years ago. Read more about it here - torc.blogspot.com/…
    cactusdaveon December 15, 2005   Link
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    General Commentcactusdave, please, it's understandable that you don't like a band, but you don't have to ruin everyone else's fun by posting here.

    In point of fact, Franz Ferdinand have never written a song about real homosexuality, Michael is essentially an inside joke about two of the band's friends dancing together at a club, the song Do You Want To is sung from a female perspective and this song is about sleeping with a bad girl, who, under different circumstances you would completely ignore, but due to alcohol and possibly drugs, you give in.
    TheFranzFerdinandon December 19, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWhy is it such a big deal whether or not they've written a song about homosexuality? Granted, this one, when understood in the initial context, is not about being gay but if they did have one that was actually a 'homosexual' song what difference would it make?
    foreign_handon December 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI really like this song... I don't think it really relates to homosexuality... being non-Christian or anti-Christian really doesn't have much to do with sexuality, at least it shouldn't. [CactusDave] and [TheFranzFerdinand] I can hardly believe people would like or dislike a band based on sexuality... not that Franz Ferdinand are even gay from what they've said.
    kazukion December 26, 2005   Link
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    General Commentsorry to double post, but does anyone understand the first verse? Its kinda drawn me to agree with cactusdave, what with the ambiguous meaning of 'canal', do we think canal refers to anatomy, as in a tube or duct? Kinda sexual.
    kazukion December 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts about realising the potiential evilness inside you, nothing to do with homosexuality or anything dodgey like that,
    ganz108on January 01, 2006   Link

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