Blue you radiant blue
I dont know how you can stand next to me
You you talk like a noose
And only confuse my perplexity
Now that i'm so sad and not quite right
I could dance all night
I could dance all night

Shake you rattle-snake skin
And become a part of society
Wait on down the highway
To see how far I'll come a-run a-run run running
All that we had salvaged from the fire
Was a waste of time
(But) what a waste of time

Should I trust all the rust thats on tv
The guests with some distaste they disagree
With quite the fashionable dispassion for the dispossessed under-stressed gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme
But I dont care if you dont like it or just dont see

Now that we fattened the cow
And set out to plow unknown enemies
"Wow!" shouts the startled crowd "Now now did you see what i did see?"
The ravaged cabbage drifts on dark red skies
And it looks so nice
Gee it looks so nice

Shout just let it on out
Confusion becomes philosphy
Down we're reaching the town where we dont have to stand around and look over our shoulders
Hell i never knew was what we made it
Lets just take it slow in this home on ice


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    General CommentThis song is really beautiful, and I think that unlike a lot of the other CYHSY songs it really does mean something, except maybe the line about the ravaged cabbage. Of course, I could be overlooking an obvious metaphor, but yeah.

    A couple clarifications about the lyrics (because I am so very anal):
    Alec says "I guess with some distaste I disagree", not "The guests with some distaste they disagree". You would know this if you looked in the liner notes. Also, he says "With quite a fashionable dispassion..." not "With quite the fashionable dispassion". Finally, there are a few spelling mistakes and he says "How now did you see what I did see..." yada yada and so on.

    Apologies again for being so anal, but I am quite the perfectionist.
    MoonArcher92on February 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have a slightly different take on this song. I'm not sure that this is about a relationship. I think it is more of a critique of our society.

    As Levitateme mentioned, ice is thin and can easily crack, thus it is not a strong foundation to build a home on. Although we currently have a beautiful country, its foundation could be seen as shaky due to our controversial foreign policies. Hence "Home on Ice."

    In the first verse, "You talk like a noose" could be interpreted as statements made now will eventually hang us in the future.

    The second verse seems to say that when the writer looks back at what we have accomplished, he thinks that it really doesn't amount to much ("All that we had salvaged from the fire Was a waste of time")

    I also think the third verse refers to governmental policy. The writer doesn't buy what the news is selling him "Should I trust all the rust thats on tv?
    I guess with some distaste I disagree." Instead he has his own opinion of our foreign policy ("quite a fashionable dispassion for the dispossessed under-stressed gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme"). The U.S. is apathetic towards the needs of other countries and simply wants to gain power by whatever means necessary. This is exemplified further through the next line ("Now that we fattened the cow And set out to plow unknown enemies")

    I think the next line refers to witnessing the dominance of the US in wars on TV, such as the recent "Shock and Awe" of the war in Iraq (""Wow!" shouts the startled crowd "Now now did you see what i did see?"") and the writer is impressed with the destruction ("The ravaged cabbage drifts on dark red skies And it looks so nice Gee it looks so nice")

    The writer wishes we built a great country through a strong foundation "Shout just let it on out Confusion becomes philosphy Down we're reaching the town where we dont have to stand around and look over our shoulders"

    But in the end accepts that this country is what we have made it ("Hell i never knew was what we made it Lets just take it slow in this home on ice")
    thebot108on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI have a slightly different take on this song. I'm not sure that this is about a relationship. I think it is more of a critique of our society.

    As Levitateme mentioned, ice is thin and can easily crack, thus it is not a strong foundation to build a home on. Although we currently have a beautiful country, its foundation could be seen as shaky due to our controversial foreign policies. Hence "Home on Ice."

    In the first verse, "You talk like a noose" could be interpreted as statements made now will eventually hang us in the future.

    The second verse seems to say that when the writer looks back at what we have accomplished, he thinks that it really doesn't amount to much ("All that we had salvaged from the fire Was a waste of time")

    I also think the third verse refers to governmental policy. The writer doesn't buy what the news is selling him "Should I trust all the rust thats on tv?
    I guess with some distaste I disagree." Instead he has his own opinion of our foreign policy ("quite a fashionable dispassion for the dispossessed under-stressed gimme gimme gimme gimme gimme"). The U.S. is apathetic towards the needs of other countries and simply wants to gain power by whatever means necessary. This is exemplified further through the next line ("Now that we fattened the cow And set out to plow unknown enemies")

    I think the next line refers to witnessing the dominance of the US in wars on TV, such as the recent "Shock and Awe" of the war in Iraq (""Wow!" shouts the startled crowd "Now now did you see what i did see?"") and the writer is impressed with the destruction ("The ravaged cabbage drifts on dark red skies And it looks so nice Gee it looks so nice")

    The writer wishes we built a great country through a strong foundation "Shout just let it on out Confusion becomes philosphy Down we're reaching the town where we dont have to stand around and look over our shoulders"

    But in the end accepts that this country is what we have made it ("Hell i never knew was what we made it Lets just take it slow in this home on ice")
    thebot108on March 15, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThere are a few errors with these lyrics:

    "The guests with some distaste they disagree" is wrong, it's
    "I guess with some distaste I disagree"

    not "With quite the fashionable" instead "With quite a fashionable"

    not "startled crowd "Now now did you see what" it's "startled crowd "How now did you see what"

    I think I caught all of them...
    the8eson January 14, 2007   Link
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    General Commentice breaks some times. fragile, kinda hard to stand on, let alone build a home on.

    perhaps about a very confusing, shaky relationship (not necessarily a romantic one.) at least the first two stanzas, maybe.
    LevitateMeon February 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI like "levitateMe's" view. good pixies song too. I was just posting because if anyone knows how to play guitar and knows how to play any of these CYHSY songs, do it! I wish i could play all of them!
    crosseyedstrangeron February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe first verse is about his relationship with a girl way out of his league, who's talking about suicide (the noose) and confusing him, because he didn't know she was depressed. He's obviously a hipster, because of the 'dance all night' part (haha, that amuses me greatly).

    In the second verse he realizes she wasn't serious about committing suicide. She was just trying to get his attention, and she leaves a suicide note (presumably saying she's going to step in front of a car or jump off a bridge) and waits for him to come "save" her, and he says trying to save her is a waste of time because she just does it again.

    The next verse is about him watching a program on some channel that's not necessarily very trustworthy, maybe about suicide again, and this time his girl really does commit suicide, and when he reads the note this time it says "And I dont care if you dont like it or just don't see", because she knows he stopped believing her.

    The last few verses he realizes he's not really anything without her, so he jumps (off something- maybe onto ice or something) as a crowd watches, and they're all startled because nobody thought he would really do it. As he jumps, he sees the sunset one last time and wonders if he made a mistake, and begins to scream and the crowd is confused, but it's too late to do anything.

    Overall a very sad song for me.
    MoonArcher92on February 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would have to agree with TheBot, It seems like a commentary on society--very similar to the theme of 'Upon this tidal wave of young blood', though this one is more about our culture with the media in general, while 'tidal wave' is more about the medias exploitation of teen idols who arent really solid role models...
    GaberdineSpyon March 28, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti heart this soong sooo much.
    Liizaon April 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFirst I would just like to say that this is absolutely my favorite song, and that Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is in my top three favorite bands. As for the lyrics, I agree with thebot that it is about society, although I can where MoonArcher is coming from. That's the beauty of CYHSY, the way they write their lyrics leaves them open for interpretation. Unlike thebot, I don't think it is all about government, but more the social and cultural aspects of society. Im gonna try to break down the lyrics verse by verse.

    The first, I don't quite understand the radiant blue part, but the part about dancing and being sad, I think he alludes to how people try to hide their emotions for fear of being vulnerable, so even though he is sad, he's gonna dance so he seems happy.

    The second verse I believe is about how we define what is socially acceptable and how we ostracize those who don't fit that description. As for the part about "all that we had salvaged from the fire" I think he alludes to the emphasis we put on material goods. If a fire were to break out, we would attempt to salvage material goods, which in the long run are a waste of time.

    Next I think he talks of celebrities and the media and pop culture. The rust on tv seems obvious to me. The disagreement with the dispossesed understressed ... I think alludes to how celebrities think of how they are important and always want more and how they lead fluffy lives and yet aren't satisfied.
    The nest verse I do believe is about politics, and more specifically war. We've "Set out to plow unknown enemies" I think alludes to how we have gone to war with a country in hopes of fixing their government, and yet we know nothing about them. And yet the American public sits back watching it on CNN thinking this is some grand war, hence "Gee it looks so nice."

    The final verse is just a summary. "Shout just let it on out" refers to the first verse about revealing emotions. "Confusion becomes a Philosophy" refers to how our society is so confusing that everyone just gets caught up in confusion and it becomes a way of life. The next line I think is about eventually (or rather hopefully) we will get to a point when we don't have to worry about all this, but until that time "Let's just take it slow on this home on ice."

    This interpretation is in no way authoritative. These are simply my personal reflections on the song, and may hold no more merit than this is how the song makes me feel. This is only my opinion. Once again, this is one reason why I love CYHSY, their lyrics are open for personal interpretation.
    cmgonemadon May 24, 2006   Link

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