"Outsiders" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Paul Robert Thompson and Robert Hardy....
We've seen some change
But we're still outsiders
If everybody's here
Then hell knows
We ride alone

I've seen some years
But you're still my Caesar
With everything I feel
I feel you've already been here

The only difference is all I see is now all that I've seen

It's bright on the outside
The bright love the dark side
I know it's obvious
But sometimes
You just have to say it
So you don't feel so weak
About being such a freak
Or alone

In seventeen years
Will you still be Camille
Lee Miller, Gala or whatever
You know what I mean, yeah

Love'll die
Lovers fade
But you still remain there
Squeezing in your fingers
What it means for me to be

The only difference is what might be is now what might have been

When you saw me sleeping
You thought I was dreaming of you
I didn't tell you
That the only dream
Is Valium for me
The only difference is that
What might be is now


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"Outsiders" as written by Ian Hunter

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    General CommentLoving this song. I read in an article that it is kind of about Alex's high school years and how he was an outsider then. When it says
    "We've seen some change
    But we're still outsiders"
    He's saying that even though it's been a while he still feels like an outsider. I don't know if that's a bunch of crap or not, it's just what I read. This album is great, can't wait for Franz Ferdinand at the Big Day Out '06!
    everlong86on October 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a rehash of a track Kapranos recorded around 1996 with The Blisters, called 'The Only Difference.'(check franzferdinand.org to d/l a copy) That song was quite a bit more electronic, with only a single guitar besides the synth. The (quite different) lyrics referenced Alex's friend Andrew Conway and alluded to his job as an astrophysicist.

    As for this version? I like it, but it has such a different flavour from the earlier song that they just don't compare. It's one of my favourite tracks on YCHISMB, especially considering 3/4 of the songs on the album sounded better as live bootlegs than as polished studio tracks.
    fj311on October 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThanks for the info about "The Only Difference." This song is awesome live, and one of the best on the album. BTW, if you turn it up a bit and play it on decent speakers, you can hear a low voice saying "Fall asleep, fall asleep."

    Anyways, it sounds like the singer liked the popular girl at school his whole life, but he wasnt in her crowd (just an outsider). As life continued, he still felt like he was alway a step behind the cool people. He tried to convince himself that the shiny-happy people are just putting up a facade, and eventually comes to know it's true. So when his dream-girl has gotten older and faded, she notices him finally. Except he has lost interest or given up, resorting to drugs to console him. The last line "The only difference is what might be is now" is open to interpretation....
    GoochyLittlePigon October 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is so good song! I love it! that, when alex begins to sing:`` When you saw me sleeping you thought i was dreaming of you now i didnt tell you that the only dream is valium from me´´ That was so confusing to listen!!!!!!
    Kasparolon December 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about living in a different place but still being the same person who you always were beforehand, I saw this live at their SECC gig in Glasgow, it was 1 of the best performances of the night.
    ganz108on January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is very beautiful and the lyrics too. That's my favourite band. The best moment in the song for me is when alex sings "Lovell dies..." I love this band! ^^
    Pauapuon February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think this is one of the best songs on the cd...and lyrically very insightful. There is a lot of play on words and themes to me. When it goes " Its bright on the outside, THe bright love the dark side" the bright means even the people who are considered happy or in love still go to the dark side. AT the end of the song where he says " When you saw me sleeping you thought I was dreaming of you - I didn't tell you that the only dream is Valium for me" I feel it kind of relates to the dark side. When you are sleeping everything is dark and Valium is a drug thta will knock you out completely. And really people tend to go to the darkness to find some rest or forget. This all then ties into how ' love'll die lovers fade But you still remain there Squeezing in your fingers What it means for me to be"...as in things in life may change but it doesn't mean you have still coped with them. In part of the song he refers to a CAmille and asks "In seventeen years will you still be Camille..." which I think just goes along with times changing but still feeling like your an outsider to what goes on in the real world when "All I see is now all that I've seen."

    Interestingly enough, Maybe its just me...But I hear at the very end of the c.d. at the very end of this song it sounds like a voice fades out (electronically) which seems to repeat "falling asleep, falling asleep"...as if sleeping or being on the dark side is all someone feels they can do to cope sometimes.

    That's my take:-P
    KamiKamson March 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere is indeed a faint voice that goes "Fall asleep" or "Peace and love" depending on your inclination.

    Just a side note... this song is two mashed into one. The aforementioned "The Only Difference," and one composed by Nick that no one's heard.
    voltaire7on March 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWow. Has anyone seen this song live where like 6 people come n play on the drums with Paul........one of the coolest things I've seen!
    Musgoton May 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, ive seen it, it rox
    w.a.s_rockon June 19, 2006   Link

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