"If" as written by and Thorburn....
If the clothes make the man, then the moths make the holes
And it shows, yes it shows, by the shape the hole grows
If early man really did mate with Neanderthal
Then modern man is a mix of beastial sex

If you ain?t sweet to me, I?ll desert you in a heartbeat
If you don?t savour me, I?ll salt you make you savoury

If the boy keeps on hitting his head against the dash of the car
Will the horsefly leave his ear will the blood make it hard

If ?.

If sequencing genes brings them back to breed
Mm mm mmm mm
Will we get along with them this time?

If ?.

When the sky finally falls, if you?re holding me
I can die finally knowing it ends peacefully?



(Probably transcribed by CiroccoJones)
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"If" as written by Thorburn

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    General Comment"If you ain't sweet to me, I'll dessert you in a heartbeat"

    couldn't you take this literally, such as, if you aren't good to me, then i'll leave you.

    "If you don't savor me, I'll salt you, make you savory"

    if you don't savor me, i'm going to make you savor me.
    jabathegluton January 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust gonna retype them all from the liner notes:

    well if the clothes make the man
    then the moths make the holes
    and it shows
    yes it shows
    by the shape the hole grows

    ooohhoh
    so if early man really did mate with neanderthal then
    modern man
    is a mix
    of beastial sex
    ooh oooh

    if you ain't sweet to me
    i'll dessert you in a heartbeat
    if you don't savour me
    i'll salt you make you savoury

    if the boy keeps hitting his head
    against the dash of the car
    will the horsefly leave his ear
    or will the blood make it hard?

    if you ain't sweet to me...

    if sequencing genes
    brings them back to breed
    will we get along
    with them?


    if you ain't sweet to me...

    when the sky finally falls
    if you're holding me
    I can die finally knowing
    it ends peacefully.
    Airdogon May 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song reminds me of the random thoughts that occur to you when you're daydreaming, but it has a sort of sinister side to it. The second and fourth verses seem to go together. I feel like there's something I'm not getting though.
    Wrapidon May 28, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor some reason this song makes me really happy.
    when that bass clarinet solo comes on, i have the biggest smile ever.
    OMFGYourSoIndieon August 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf sequencing genes brings them back to breed
    Mm mm mmm mm
    Will we get along with them this time?

    I cant get this one out of my head... who is "them"? what do you think?
    Calenladon October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthat line your refering to is another one about having sex with apes that part of this song turns me off... i love the sweet bass in this song
    J___Pon October 31, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthey J___P, don't be an asswipe. "turns you off"? well, you must have really monolithic and immature views on things like sex, even in the context where its not trying to be sexual at all. because it's not advocating sex with apes; it's talking about where "modern man" came from. honestly, i dont know why you are even listening to Islands. i think the new nelly single on the radio or something would be more your speed.
    wombo2on February 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhen i first heard this song, i literally stopped what i was doing to listen to it. the lyrics are amazing, and like "wrapid" said, it really does feel like your own thoughts.
    lovemaggieabcon April 17, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere are hints in this song of the recurring theme of cannabalism on this whole album. The world is coming to an end, the food supply is running out, so we have to eat each other.

    For instance:

    "If you ain't sweet to me, I'll dessert you in a heartbeat"

    The double-entendre of "dessert" as a sweet food, as in "if you're not nice to me, I'll have you for dessert".

    And

    "If you don't savor me, I'll salt you, make you savory""

    says to me "if you don't appreciate me, I'll kill you and salt your flesh to make it taste better"

    Or it could mean if you die first, I get to eat you. If I die first, you get to eat me.

    Pretty creepy stuff either way...
    Tadpuion November 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentinteresting opinions about this song. whatever "if you ain't sweet to me, i'll dessert you in a heartbeat, if you don't savour me, i'll salt you make you savoury" may mean...i just love it. it's clever one way or the other and even if it's morbid, i find it endearing..
    jessieagogoon August 18, 2008   Link

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