You have nothing to fear
I'm just making enquiries
Dog bone hunting
Gives you back to yourself
Standing before me

The gargoyle turns
Jutting jaws and
The stubble burns

I shift the blame
To the worm in the bottle
I shift the blame
To anyone standing before me

I check-up the once over
Give yourself an opening
Keep your mouth shut
In the event of an accident
Contact the following

A certain air
An invading smile
Inbreeding seals the flaw

I shift the blame
To the worm in the bottle
I shift the blame
To anyone standing before me

Silk skin paws
Hang by both feet
Embracing the world
Hang the expense
Breuel's cut corners

Wring out the senses
I have nothing like it
I've seen nothing like it

I shift the blame
To the worm in the bottle
I shift the blame
To anyone standing before me


Lyrics submitted by fnordboy

Silk Skin Paws song meanings
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    Song MeaningYes, it is an amazing song. The version from the 2008 Daytrotter sessions is particularly exceptional. Or any version, really.

    I digress.

    As Graham Lewis so concisely put it, "Silk Skin Paws" was written "20 years ago about bankers throwing themselves out of office windows", specifically after the 1987 UK stock market crash. In light of this, the rather surreal imagery begins to make much more sense. For instance, the shifting of blame first to the most helpless stupid thing (or to power-drunkeness) on up until everyone but the accuser himself (a trader, a broker, a swindler) is blamed for their own mistakes. And how about the titular paws, clean hands doing dirty deeds...?

    Is this wringing any unfortunate bells?
    Cynothoglyson June 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI was surprised to find this song wasn't submitted to the site before now. I am not a big Wire fan at all, but this is such an amazing song it needed to be added.
    fnordboyon March 26, 2006   Link

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