"Wicked Gil" as written by and Christopher Early Benjamin Bridwell....
Hate Gil, really now
Hate you because
Go tippy toe
Shut off to the world
Shut off to all, you ghost

Early told a lie
Afraid to be blind
Now go for a while
Shut off the world
Shut off to all
I'm yours
I'm yours

Helping evil people to say things they show
Said once before
I know evil people who say things
They don't know, oh

Begged Gil, really, why?
Stay through the night
I'm here for a while
Shut off to the world
Shut off to all
I'm yours
I'm yours

Helping evil people to say things they show
Said once before
I know evil people who say things
They don't know
Oh, why do I even care?
It's nothing now, oh


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"Wicked Gil" as written by Christopher Early Benjamin Bridwell

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  • +2
    General CommentBest Band Of Horses song, for sure.
    a town like parison July 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentya so what is this song about? sounds like a good song to commit suicide to, but meaning; i'm not sure :/ help!
    lovepaulineon June 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely their best song.. Only a few of their other songs do as much for me as this. I'm hearing "I know evil people will save me" in the chorus btw.. I'm quite sure that these lyrics need to be corrected a bit..
    Hennebyon February 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI must say - I love this band; When I first herd them at my frieds house I was like a drug adict that night needing to listen to them.
    Anyway-
    I think that this song is about a coupple that is going threugh tought times and the woman is listening to evil people (like bad friends with bad intentions) and causing problems in their lives - he shuts of to the world and gives everything to her and more problems arise and things become too bad to fix.
    pan2nflaon May 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not hearing "Hate Gil really now"
    I think its more "Hey'd you really know
    Hate you because"

    I love Band of Horses but damn is it hard to understand him.
    seldomburnon June 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHey do you really know
    Hate you because
    Go tippy toe
    And shut off the world
    Shut off to all, you ghost

    I barely told a lie
    Prayed to be blind
    Now go for a while
    Shut off the world
    Shut off to all
    I'm yours
    I'm yours

    Helping evil people to say things they should
    And say once before
    I know evil people who say things
    They don't know

    I begged Gil really, why
    Stay through the night
    I'm here for a while
    Shut off to the world
    Shut off to all
    I'm yours
    I'm yours

    Helping evil people to say things they should
    And say once before
    I know evil people who say things
    They don't know
    Oh why do I even care
    It's nothing now
    seldomburnon June 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy crack at it..
    I'm pretty sure these are right:
    Go tippy toe => Gold teeth to toe
    ...And shut off to the world

    I begged Gil really, why => I bet you really want
    ...To stay through the night
    s0fon September 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI listened to a much slower live version, and I heard "There'll be evil people to say things"
    seldomburnon September 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMade some changes. I still hear 'show' instead of 'should' though.
    corganon December 28, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've heard this song is about/for Gil Meche, who pitched for the Seattle Mariners. Along with the Detlef Schrempf song (Seattle Supersonics) and the band's previous Seattle location, it makes sense.
    feeltolearnon May 15, 2008   Link

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