"Runners Dial Zero" as written by and Beck Hansen....
By the dried up stream
We slit our throats and dreamed
But when the building's burned
Was there some concerned

Mother laid in bed
What was it she said?
Gather all your worldly jewels
And scatter them like fools

Don't you make a fuss
Days so perilous
When day is done we'll ride
Who cares what we find

Another misspent night
We thought we got it right
The driver lost a wheel
The ice turned into steel

They shivered like refugees
Way down on our knees
By the dried up stream
We slit our throats and dreamed

But when the building's burned
Was there some concerned
Mother laid in bed


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    General CommentNo comments? Figures, since you'll only find this song on the import version of Mutatations.

    This song has a really ominous feel, like there's a storm coming. I think the lyrics are about knowing you've made the wrong decisions, and are heading straight for disaster.
    YanYan108on March 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentFor me this song has something to do with some tragic car accident. A group of friends were coming back from partying disappointed by the fact that nothing really cool happened into what it was expected to be a great partying night:

    "When day is done we'll ride
    Who cares what we find
    Another misspent night
    We thought we got it right"

    It was really cold out there and suddenly the accident happened :
    "The driver lost a wheel
    The ice turned into steel"

    Some of the guys or girls in the car, died in the accident in the hands of the survivors:
    "They shivered like refugees
    Way down on our knees"

    With all the tragedy, the survivors - the narrator is one of them - just lay beside the wrecked car. Apparently they hit a house that caught fire and are wondering wether there was someone in the house who got injured:
    "But when the building's burned
    Was there some concerned"

    I guess that the mother who lays in bed, is precisely someone who was sleeping in the house and that got awaken by the sound of the crash. Or maybe she's the mother of someone involved in the accident and suddenly felt that something terrible happened:
    "Mother laid in bed
    What was it she said?"

    What I really don't get, is the "we slit our throats"... maybe the survivors decided to kill themselves and die like the rest of their fiends...
    "By the dried up stram
    We slit our throats and dreamed"

    Finally there's this last paragraph:
    "Gather all your worldly jewels
    And scatter them like fools
    Don't you make a fuss
    Days so perilous"

    That I interpret as : don't always save your stuff for the future, 'cause each day is so perilous, that you had better live if like if it was the last one, so spend your money while you can (scatter you jewels like a fool).
    lepuon February 03, 2008   Link

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