That crucial filament is all but spent
And soon it will be dark in my basement
My heart is waxing the slick floor again
Hoping I'll slip, and fall in love
Well, she gave me the choice
To remain and rejoice, or to recoil and rebel
Well, Papa, this gravity attack
Yeah, it's a gravity attack
And I can't seem to carry, much less bury the past

Well, your ex-girlfriend said I was a terrible mess
Yeah, she's got a real good head on her shoulders
When the singer spoke and confessed
He didn't really smoke cigarettes
She said her teenage brother smouldered
On a hotbed of coal in a sterile white room
Underneath that Joy Division poster
He moaned, "Papa," he moaned, "Papa
Sometimes I gotta vent my spleen
Sometimes I gotta vent my spleen
When I get shattered in the heart
And scattered in the brain"

Well, all the medicine in these sermons
Still can't keep his brazen nose from turning
And salvation, it may come free of charge
But faith always costs him something
They say there's nothing as sacred
As the blood between brothers
When it's pricked from their thumbs
And exchanged beneath the covers
Well, Papa, my brother is gone!
Yeah, my brother is gone!

So would you tell me now how it is
I'm supposed to get along?

Well, you asked for a chorus but you got a refrain
Yeah, it's another sad song that moves like a train
You can't whistle to it
But you can fast-forward through it
Flick it off your shoulder like dead skin

They say my head on a plate
May curve the debate
About the unbearable high cost of living
But Papa, everything falls apart!
Everything falls apart
And the grass will grow
As surely as they'll break your heart


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Joy Division (Simon Joyner cover) song meanings
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    General Commenthere's a correctly spelt (and slightly lyrically corrected) version:

    that crucial filament is all but spent
    and soon it will be dark in my basement
    my heart is waxing the slick floor again
    hoping i'll slip, and fall in love
    well, she gave me the choice
    to remain and rejoice or to recoil and rebel
    well, papa, this gravity attack
    yeah, it's a gravity attack
    and i can't seem to carry, much less bury the past

    well, your ex-girlfriend said i was a terrible mess
    yeah, she's got a real good head on her shoulders
    when the singer spoke and confessed
    he didn't really smoke cigarettes,
    she said her teenage brother smouldered
    on a hotbed of coal in a sterile white room
    underneath that joy division poster
    he moaned papa, he moaned papa,
    sometimes i gotta vent my spleen!
    sometimes i gotta vent my spleen
    when i get shattered in the heart
    and scattered in the brain

    well, all the medicine in these sermons
    still can't keep his brazen nose from turning
    and salvation, it may come free of charge
    but faith always costs him something
    they say there's nothing as sacred
    as the blood between brothers
    when it's pricked from their thumbs
    and exchanged beneath the covers
    well, papa, my brother is gone!
    yeah, my brother is gone!

    so would you tell me now how it is
    i'm supposed to get along?

    well, you asked for a chorus but you got a refrain
    yeah, it's another sad song that moves like a train
    you can't whistle to it
    but you can fast-forward through it
    flick it off your shoulder like dead skin

    they say my head on a plate
    may curve the debate
    about the unbearable high cost of living
    but papa, everything falls apart!
    everything falls apart
    and the grass will grow
    as surely as they'll break your heart
    plasticflowerson December 04, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere was a band Joy Division, but you already knew that.
    marquiceriseon December 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard this song but i love the band joy division does conor like them.there so good but the lead singer suffered from epilipsy and hung himself in the early 80's.
    you will you willon January 07, 2006   Link
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    General Commentit's a cover of a simon joyner song, anyway.
    plasticflowerson January 29, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentConnor Oberst doesn't like music.

    well, just what he steals I guess.
    7and7ison March 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOkay, we'll go with that.
    Street Spiriton April 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSimon Joyner is such an excellent writer, and Conor's voice suits this song so perfectly. Everytime he blurts out "papa..." it gives me chills. If you've heard this cover, you know exactly what I mean. If not, you should hear it; because it's so beautiful.
    kate_2674on October 11, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell I'm not sure if it's the proper version,
    I have a live version, and he screws up at "Still can't keep his brazen nose from turning" and forgets the next line, (try and find that version if you can, Conor is to DIE for when he messes up there) He starts saying "Sorry, theres a lot of words to this song" and tries again. Then when he still cant get it he says like " and-aw-ah fuck. sorry! sorry wait, wait. I wanna finish this one. I-I'm gonna finish this one." and then he gets the next line and continues. I DIED when I heard it I couldnt breathe.
    this song is great, and I love the songs they choose to cover, it always ends up sounding amazing.
    fuckingmagicalon May 27, 2007   Link
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    General Commentby the way, does anyone know where i can get hold of the simon joyner version of this song?
    plasticflowerson June 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti have the live version too, its really good.
    2:45amon November 07, 2007   Link

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