"What You Meant" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Robert Hardy, Nicholas John Mccarthy and Paul Robert Thompson....
As I took a step number four
Into the close of your tenement
You cast your darkened eyes so low
Said we're cold as the step cement

But I just don't know what you meant
So Alec you may want a pill
We are so cruel to communicate
Without the red stuff being spilled
We must MDMA our sentiment

But I just don't know what you meant
If we were feckless we'd be fine
Sucking hard on our innocence
But we've been bright in our decline
Been left as blackened filament

But I just don't know what you meant
Cause I feel blood inside the vein
I feel life inside the ligament
I feel alive yeah just the same
Same vigor and the same intent

So I just don't know if that's what you meant


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"What You Meant" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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    General CommentThe "take me out" of the new album.
    raisedbypuffinson September 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThese Lyrics Are Accurate But You Missed Some Parts

    As I took a step number four
    Into the close of your tenement
    You cast your darkened eyes so low
    Said we're cold as the step cement

    But I just don't know oh what you meant

    So Alec you may want a pill
    We are so cruel and to communicate
    Without the red stuff being spilled
    We must MDMA our sentiment

    But I just don't know oh what you meant

    If we were feckless we'd be fine
    Sucking hard on our innocence
    But we've been bright in our decline
    Been left as blackened filament

    But I just don't know oh i dont know
    no i dont know,
    i dont know what did you mean
    No I Dont Know
    I Got to Get Away From you(me)

    'Cause I feel blood inside the vein
    I feel life inside the ligament
    I feel alive yeah just the same
    Same vigour and the same intent

    Oh But I just don't know oh if that's what you meant
    toitdudeon October 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnyone know what this song's about? I have no idea but I love it anyway! The backround guitar bit is awesome, I think they should release this as a single. The new album rocks!
    everlong86on October 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a fantastic song - great riffs! To be honest, I really dont know what this song is supposed to mean. Franz, I really dont know "what you meant."
    bkat004on November 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like the whole song is a response to Alec (maybe referring to the lead singer, Alex Kapranos--I wonder who authored the lyrics) saying "We're as cold as the step cement."

    Each of the stanzas is an attempt to interpret that line.

    The funny thing to me is everlong and bkat004 don't know what the song is about, but the narrator in the song doesn't know what it's about either!
    pro-voiceon December 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentDoes somebody know what MDMA means ?
    wolfhound51on January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmdma is a drug that is illegal in the us i think yeahh im preety sure
    toitdudeon January 10, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"The last verse really sums up the sentiment: "I still feel blood inside the veins / I feel life inside the ligament." There's a lot of people in Glasgow who have been taking too many pills for too long and have this really defeatist take on life.

    They think that nothing's worth trying because it won't happen. And this song is a reaction to that. I feel alive as I ever have. I don't like that despondent attitude to life. " - Alex Kapranos.

    so, there you go...credit: franzferdinand.net ;)
    milita17on January 22, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's my favourite song of the second album. This song has got very goods riffs. I like it!
    Pauapuon January 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMDMA is an active ingredient of ecstacy. only comes in pill form so probs what hes reffering to as 'a pill'
    This reminds me of someone visiting a illicit drug den, like visiting an old friend or seeing how his life could have been. Lol it could just be another of franz's plain old good songs with no meaing of course... :-P
    jonnyp54on February 18, 2006   Link

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