"Rock Me Now" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
The town where she was born
Like town where I was born
Was built by white settlers seeking gold and other treasures
Like me she feels uncomfortable in the clothing of her ancestors
"It's not easy" she would say
Putting her fingers in the ashtray
"It's not easy to erase your blood"

Rock me now
Hmm, sing with me
In the arms of cobwebs
Roll me out
In the arms of cobwebs

Once she found a man to treasure
And together they'd planted flowers of warning, fearing frost
Late on shallow evenings while their enemies slept
They hammered the soil asking for answers in green
His value declined when he offered his name
Why did he offer it

His value declined
Ah ah ah ah ah
When he offered his name
Ah ah ah ah ah

His value declined
Ah ah ah ah ah
When he offered his name
Ah ah ah ah ah

When she was seven years old she saw a man get shot but
No one came along for a long time because it happened in a remote parking lot in Las Vegas
And she was waiting for her mom to come back from working the blackjack table at the Circus Circus casino
And that night her mom said that the two of them and the now dead guy
Were the only 3 people who ever lived in Las Vegas.
Everybody else just arrived, ate their complimentary shrimp cocktails, and left

Rock me now
In the arms of cobwebs
It's a one room city, yeah
It's a one room city, yeah
So can you roll with me
Roll me out
In the arms of cobwebs
It's a one room city, yeah

His value declined
Ah ah ah ah ah
When he offered his name.
Ah ah ah ah ah

It's a one room city, yeah
It's a one room city
The wall to wall to wall to wall to wall
Goes to street to street to street


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"Rock Me Now" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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  • +3
    General CommentI agree with Therealtaryn, the person Emily is singing about (maybe herself) is comparing her life and past with a girl from Vegas. They both feel uncomfortable with thier past - they've both been brought up in a strict household. "It's not easy she would say, ripping her fingers into the ashtray
    It's not easy to erase your blood" I see it has on of them has taken up smoking as a way of rebelling against what they have broguht up to be, and they both don't want to be sucked into the rut of marriage and family life, "His value declined when he offered his name
    Why did he offer?" obviously declining his proposal.


    When she was seven years old she saw a man get shot but,
    No one came for a long time because
    It happened in a remote parking lot in Las Vegas
    And she was waiting for her mom to come back
    From working the blackjack table at the Circus Circus casino
    And that night her mom said the two of them and the now dead guy
    Were the only three people that ever really lived in Las Vegas
    Everybody else just arrived,
    Ate their complementary shrimp cocktail, and left.

    I love that verse so much. It perfectly describes life in Vegas. So many tourists go to Vegas for the fun, gambling and the lightheartedness of it all, oblivious to what actually happens in secluded areas. Her mum tries to reassure the girl that it's life - they've seen Vegas for what it is. Where as everyone else takes it for granted.
    HorrehMaeon February 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentNo comments?! You scallywags!

    "When she was seven years old she saw a man get shot but,
    No one came for a long time because
    It happened in a remote parking lot in Las Vegas
    And she was waiting for her mom to come back
    From working the black-jack table at the Circus-Circus casino
    And that night her mom said the two of them and the now dead guy
    Were the only three people that ever really lived in Las Vegas
    Everybody else just arrived,
    Ate their complementary shrimp cocktail, and left. "

    most probably one of the most amazing lines ever, great song, incredible lyrics, AMAZING BAND

    anybody care to give their interpretation? I don't have one, and I don't want one, I just love the song, simple as that
    _Lovedrug_on February 06, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti don't know what i love more,
    the beat, the lyrics, or her incredible fucking voice.
    this song is one of the best songs ever made.
    not kidding.
    thrwmyhrtawy.on March 17, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIs the dead guy the one who offered his name? His value totally declined.

    This story makes perfect sense to me. lol. Everyone went what they came for and left. Same rules in every city. Gotta question tradition and roll with the punches.

    This would make a good short film. Its like a bunch of lives intertwined.
    KAT999on August 25, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is amazing spoken word song. i wish she wrote more of these, because The Mandate, Parkdale and Rock Me Now are easily some of favorite of Emily Haines' songs.

    this song is really inspiration to me as well, about a girl and her life and how it mirrors the narrator (maybe it is Emily in some way?). everything is described to be so hopeless and mundane, yet the tone of her voice seems sly and detached. hard to describe but it adds such an interesting feeling.

    my friend had an experience where she got to know a man over a course of many hours on a bridge but never discovered his name, and she said she would have not enjoyed the experience as much if it was necessary. in this song, the girl and the man she treasures work together for "answers" despite the risk of their "enemies." it seems to be a like a metaphor for finding someone of such value you search for everything you want with them, but when they go and ruin their perfection by voluntarily labelling themself, they become someone less mystical.

    i don't think i understand this song at all, but it's fun to dance to and sing to. plus jimmy's got a pretty big part. he needs to sing more.
    tinylittlewordson June 25, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCrazy good song! I actually created a story to this song. I used the Circus-Circus Casino in the story , it was a place of a huge massacre! This song has a great beat and it tells a good story about this persons life, whether it's real or not.Kisses to Emily for creating yet another Truely amazing song that should so be recognized!!!
    lady kiddoon July 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love love looove this song sooo so much.

    No clue what the hell it means because it's just that hard to describe.
    mhm.
    I just love it lots.
    hollywood sceneon September 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLike me she feels uncomfortable in the clothing of her ancestors
    It's not easy she would say, ripping her fingers into the ash trash
    It's not easy to erase your blood


    best lines ever
    i love this band SO much. 30th september im seeing them! =)

    xxxx
    laurarockson October 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyrics are "They hammered the soil asking for answers in green" instead of "cream." :)

    As far as what it means - I picture the narrator and the girl sitting in a diner, talking. The first verse is more of their discussion, while the second and third make me think of the narrator telling bits of her own life story, but wrapping them up as stories to detach. Then again, sometimes I think it's just two people telling stories that they've heard here or there.

    Then, not to sound like every relationship-blathering like so many others on here, but the metaphor in the second verse makes me think of a proposal gone wrong. "She found a man to treasure" - they're in a relationship. "Late on shallow evenings...etc" - they're doing things together, trying to find some larger meaning to their lives. "His value declined when he offered his name" - he becomes less appealing to her when he proposes, which would traditionally be giving her his name.
    Tsahvanon October 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a big narrative. The vocals are great, and the song wouldn't be nearly as good were it not spoken.

    I can picture this song in a scene to the movie. It's hard to describe, but it's perfect for something like that.

    There's not much behind it: sure it's allegorical, but the meaning isn't that far off from what the lyrics presnet.

    She's singing about someone from Las Vegas, obviously, and like her mother suggests, no one really lived there. "One room city" pretty well describes it.

    It makes for a unique kind of person to grow up in an invironment like that.

    Oh, and I guess I forgot to mention that this is currently my favorite song on the re-release. :]
    Seahighsteron July 15, 2007   Link

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