"White Lips Kissed" as written by and Johan Haslund Wohlert Silas Utke Graae Joergensen....
Wake me up
Only nightmares take me in
Through these walls the winter bites
A draft from all sides
Why did you not include me on your list?
Let me in through the ceiling
White lips kissed

Our love is a fickle love
Keeps itself locked in a suitcase
To be ready to go
Always

I won't cry when the silver lining shows
But you're right
You understand
You ride with both hands
Worrying is the breathing that you need
So there won't be far to fall
You mustn't climb tall

Things that are supposed to mean lots
Leave you cold
And with a malady of the soul

Our love is a tricky love
Bet you know this
Bet you noticed
Bet you know, which is why

I should know better than anyone ever could
Soon as I let go
Everything falls apart

I won't cry when the silver lining shows
But you're right
You understand
You ride with both hands
Worrying is the breathing that you need
So there won't be far to fall
You mustn't climb tall

Wake me up
Only nightmares take me in
Through these walls the winter bites
A draft from all sides
Of course you can
There are diamonds in demand
It's a shame and as you know
The stain will not go


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"White Lips Kissed" as written by Johan Haslund Wohlert Bo Rune Madsen

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    General CommentThis song is about a struggling relationship.

    "Our love is a fickle love
    Keeps itself locked in a suitcase
    To be ready to go
    Always"

    Both are always feeling distant and preparing themselves for the relationship to end - like one foot out the door.

    "You ride with both hands
    Worrying is the breathing that you need
    So there won't be far to fall
    You mustn't climb tall"

    The girl can't make herself vulnerable and give to the relationship. She expects the worst so that she's never disappointed.

    "Soon as I let go
    Everything falls apart"

    Again, he is feeling relied upon to hold up the relationship.
    tinymuffinson March 25, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGoing from both tinymuffins opinions and cowbeef's explanation of "silver lining", I agree this song is about a struggling relationship; how the guy wants to know the girl more and how she refuses to let him in and how they almost brake up because of her fears.

    "Why did you not include me on your list?
    Let me in through the ceiling
    White lips kissed"

    is about how he wants to know about her completely("let me in through the ceiling"). Which would make the lyric

    "I should know better than anyone ever could
    Soon as I let go
    Everything falls apart"

    make more sense. That unless he keeps on persisting, she will never open up to anyone. That they will both be worse off.

    "Through these walls the winter bites
    A draft from all sides"

    means that's he's very open about himself and his feelings.

    "Things that are supposed to mean lots
    Leave you cold
    And with a malady of the soul"

    is about how she refuses to let him in. How even though he shows her affection and love openly, she refuses it. "A malady(sickness) of the soul" relates to how troubled she is with accepting the relationship.

    "Of course you can
    There are diamonds in demand
    It’s a shame and as you know
    The stain will not go"

    "Of course you can" is him simplifying how she does have the ability to give and accept love. So then I guess she gets over herself and then they decide to get married. "There are diamonds in demand" has always meant marriage to me in this song.

    I believe the last two lines are about how even though they're together now, it's shameful to think that they were once almost torn apart and that the thought of it will never go away.
    Summanaroon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Zookeeper's Boy and White Lips Kissed are about the same girl and the same relationship (and I think our boy is Jonas; poor guy, he seems so sweet).

    Background: I know that Mew recorded ATGHK in LA and I also read in an interview a while back where Jonas said that he was involved with someone but his relationship ended after he got home from LA. He also said that that WLK was not written or recorded in LA, but was added in DK after his breakup and put on the album because he needed it to be on there.

    So here goes (I apologize for being so verbose but sometimes I go on and on when analyzing poetry or verse – and Mew is always really good stuff to think about) …

    -The city could very well be LA, as in verse or song (or whatever); people in LA are often not thought of as humans but as cars. Also, the Santa Ana winds and the rain definitely represent LA in the fall. In the context of this song I think the Santa Anas represent a delay in the schedule and the rain and the cars represent the outside influences that keep them apart: his job, his fans, the tour, the record, her job, her pain, being apart, whatever … he obviously knows there are many obstacles that are keeping them apart AND that the absence is not good for the relationship.

    -The relationships in both songs are fragile and the boy seems to be completely unsure of his status in both relationships. (the “Are you my lady?” mantra in Z and “Our love is a fickle love […] Our love is a tricky love […]) in WLK). Z came first, so I think he is telling his love that he knows she may be distrusting and he tries to assure her that his intentions are pure (“If I don’t make it back from the city it is ONLY because I am drawn away”). Also, “How dare you go cold in the rain?” means to me that he feels that she should stay by his side even though he is delayed and the “submersible” represents the boy himself – he’s drowning because he knows she’s growing more and more distant and there is nothing he can do about it. She may be asking to join him but he can’t accommodate that, “I can’t be seen with you, working half the time and looking fine” perhaps he just wants to get his job done and go home. In WLK he is asking her after the fact “Why did you not include me on your list?” Has he already been dumped? It is clear here that at the very least she does not care about his feelings and/or is not keen on seeing him.

    -In both songs, the woman seems to be kind of flaky about her emotions: the zookeeper is emotionally strong, tall as a giraffe one minute but then – snap! – she’s lost it and turns around and buries her head in the sand. The woman in WLK may be a bit unstable, “worrying is the breathing that [she needs]” and “things that are s’posed to mean lots leave [her] cold and with a malady of the soul.” Both songs talk about her head being in the clouds – perhaps she is a dreamer or just doesn’t have a good grasp on reality or doesn’t realize how much he cares for her.

    -In Z he is hoping the relationship will continue and he keeps pleading with her not to give up on him despite the delays (“Zookeeper hear me out; How dare you go cold in the rain?) and again, he keeps asking her if she is still his lady.

    Meanwhile …

    In WLK he knows it’s over and he is in a great deal of pain over it. “Wake me up only nightmares take me in, through these walls the winter bites, a draft on both sides.” Typically in verse and in dreams, a house represents one’s self, and so a winter biting through walls symbolizes to me that he himself is chilled to the bone and cannot get warm or comfortable. To me the nightmares symbolize his lack of control over the situation and that his entire being is consumed by this whole thing (ONLY nightmares take me in! Wake me up! I can’t get out of my head!). The draft symbolizes the cold reception he got from her upon returning home – he was hoping for a warm welcome but instead he was coldly shut out.

    And then at the end of WLK, the depth of his feelings is revealed. “Of course you [care] there are diamond in demand, it’s a shame that as you know, the stain will not go.” “Diamonds in demand” alludes to real seriousness and depth – at least on the surface. Did he WANT to marry her or did she demand that he marry her? Not the same thing; either way, it seems that he was willing to do it because he is obviously heartbroken by the breakup. The stain represents that feeling you get about someone when you are completely “done.” You’d like to say you still care and want to be friends, but you just can’t.

    So in a nutshell I think Zookeeper’s Boy is about a guy who’s away from his girlfriend and is trying to save the relationship while White Lips Kissed is about a guy who realizes that his girlfriend has moved on and he’s sick about it.
    JeanneMeon July 22, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"White Lips Kissed is about two things: the ending of a relationship and my own general way of thinking. Everybody experiences hurtful things and some people are sensible enough to not linger and to just move on. I was never that sensible. I tend to see the glass as half-empty. I am getting better though. This song was a bit of therapy for me, it's really about never allowing yourself to feel happy because it only means you have that much deeper to fall. The unstableness of happiness versus the certainty of sadness. Relationships are difficult in my line of work, there's a lot of traveling, a lot of time apart. This was the last song we recorded, the only one we didn't record in LA. We felt like the album needed this song."
    pinkmonsteron December 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentFor me, this song is about fear. Fear of letting go of yourself around others, fear of people finding out who you really are, fear of trying incase you mess up even worse... fear of losing the person you love because you just can't let your guard down and fear of the constant worry you feel.
    kiiabbyon April 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWell. To me this song is about trying to hold on to love even though deep down you know that it's not going to last. That's what I get out of it anyways...
    nilleron October 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is a beautiful song, but I´m not sure what is this about... Maybe the boy doesn´t get love from a girl. the girl is so cold. She doesn´t love or, even like anybody.

    "It´s a shame and as you know
    the stain will not go."

    Has somebody killed someone?
    Girl is dead?
    Boy killed girl?
    I don´t know...
    psychocherryon October 11, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI should know better than anyone ever could
    Soon as I let go
    Everything falls apart

    absolutely beautiful, been waiting for Mew's new album a long time and it delivered big style, album of the year.
    Chymeson September 23, 2005   Link
  • -1
    General Commentagreed, i saw these guys last night at their last show of the uk tour.. all i can say is Wow! after loving frengers and practically playing the cd to death i wondered whether "and the glass handed kites" would live up to it, and it most definitely does.. as you say Chymes, it's delieverd big style!
    emochick182on September 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSimply put, i think this song is amazing. I absolutly love it. I've only ever seen Mew support a band, but it was just so good.
    I do agree with tinymufffins. And its really sad.
    IckleRuon March 27, 2007   Link

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