"Lousy Pictures" as written by and Arlen Thompson Dan Boeckner....
Where did you go?
Across the sea?
Sat on the beach
With the rusting machines?
Where did you go?
Across the sea?
Sat on the beach
With the rusting machines?

I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing
There was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing

Become an angel with its wings on fire
Here comes an angel with its wings on fire
I'm in the basement delivering the hours

God made mistakes
We threw rocks at the sky
Old cities where they built things high
God made mistakes
We threw rocks at the sky
Old cities where they built things high

I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing
I know there was a time
Before we were born
We stood in the trees
Heads filled with nothing

They had a photograph
A lousy picture of you
Just something too much

Become an angel with its wings on fire
Here comes an angel with its wings on fire
I'm in a basement delivering the hours
I'm in a basement just killing the hours


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"Lousy Pictures" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson

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    General Commenti think the line
    "God made mistakes
    we through rocks at the sky
    Old cities where we built things high"

    is a biblical reference to babylon. when humanity tried to build a tower to heaven, God separated people into different cultures by changing their language. by doing so, one could consider it a mistake. God separated the people, which is the cause for war. So the line "We threw rocks at the sky" is both figurative and literal. We're angry at God, so we throw rocks at Him in the sky, but also, he caused war, and we throw rocks into the sky at each other (rockets, missles, etc).

    I really love that line. I think it's genius. If that's what they meant by it, anyway.
    RaineBM1185on July 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGod made mistakes
    We threw rocks at the sky

    i love this band. i first saw them open for modest mouse in nyc. going to see them again in new haven tonight.
    oxycontinon April 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentCool.

    Lousy Pictures:
    "Old cities where they built things high"

    Modern World:
    "Cause modern world will build things high

    My favourite Wolf Parade songs link...
    yo.la.mangoon May 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI will be really impressed if someone can explain this song. Hah. I love cryptic poetry.
    McAuronon October 29, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWell don't know if I’ll be right but I love this band and I’ll take a shot at explaining some of this song.

    "Where did you go?
    Across the sea?
    Sat on the beach
    With the rusting machines?
    Where did you go?
    Across the sea?
    Sat on the beach
    With the rusting machines?"

    Not to sure here, but I know I’ve seen pictures from the west coast were there are piers with amusement parks on them and the beach is right there. But at the same time I think this part is talking about the "photograph" from this verse.
    "They had a photograph
    A lousy picture of you
    Just something to remind"
    It seems that possible that the viewpoint of this song is from the future. I’ll discuss that more lately.

    But now
    "I know there was a time
    Before we were born
    We stood in the trees
    Heads filled with nothing
    There was a time
    Before we were born
    We stood in the trees
    Heads filled with nothing"

    I think it's pretty straightforward, it's talking about when us as humans were still living in the trees and we didn't have any of our modern thought of progress or consumerism and we lived as animals with “heads filled with nothing”. This would be directly linked with the wolf parade song "modern world" and the line "drove the savages back the trees".

    “God made mistakes
    We threw rocks at the sky
    Old cities where they built things high
    God made mistakes
    We threw rocks at the sky
    Old cities where they built things high”

    And this would be were I found the idea that this song is set in the future. the line "old cities where they built things high" since it wasn't until more recent times that we've built huge buildings and revering to them as “old” seemingly makes it out to be someone talking about the city in the past tense.(yeah it’s a stretch) And the line "God made mistakes
    We threw rocks at the sky" I think is referring to war, with the "rocks" being missiles or something of the like.


    And now the verse
    "Become an angel with its wings on fire
    Here comes an angel with its wings on fire
    I'm in a basement delivering the hours
    I'm in a basement just killing the hours "

    Now I believe this is someone who is sitting in the "basement just killing the hours". It would be someone in a bomb shelter that is looking at this photo of the past and looking out a window or has seen the outside where he is seeing "Here comes an angel with its wings on fire". Now the angel reference is a little odd, but if you look at it that possible the world has ended and this "angel" is the war that brought the "fire" and has now cleansed it of our modern ways.


    Yeah now if that made any sense my hat's off to you. And it's just my opinion so take it for what it's worth, which is probably not much. I try.
    ecto24on November 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentedit: sorry about the line from modern world its "It was a torch driving the savages back to the trees"
    ecto24on November 01, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful. all of the mixed melodies with the drummings and keyboards and his crying voice- beautiful!

    "I know there was a time before we were born we stood in the trees heads filled with nothing"
    backyon January 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe background music is amazing! it sounds SO much like arcade fire though
    pandora_ash_avalieon May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe background music is amazing! it sounds SO much like arcade fire though
    pandora_ash_avalieon May 01, 2007   Link

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