I could have lived
Without with the whores and their bodies
I suppose that father knows best
Where the wind blows
You could always see into the dark for miles around
My job was to try and make a sound
Then I heard the call of
I heard the call to
Screaming, "I don't want to"
I saw the girls
The new world minstrels
Whispering, "I don't want to"
Tormented kings
Your children of the earth sing
Under an embalmed clear sky
Under an embalmed clear sky

I foresee that you'll be weakened
The children of your cash
I can tell you can't live without it
Who was I to come between a whore and her money?
Yes, there is a war
Boys versus girls
Clowns versus their curls

I invested well
And heavily into your antics
I requested 'Suicide Blonde'
Loudly
Yes, there is a war
It's much like the one I've been waiting for
Boys versus girls
Clowns versus their curls
I heard the call of
I heard the call to
Screaming, "I don't want to"
I saw the pearls
The new world minstrels
Whispering, "I don't want to"
Tormented kings
Your children of the earth sing
Under an embalmed clear sky
Under an embalmed clear sky
I heard the call of
I heard the call to
Screaming, "I don't want to"
I saw the pearls
The new world minstrels
Whispering, "I don't want to"
Tormented kings
Your children of the earth sing


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  • +2
    General CommentDan Bejar is a magnificent bastard.
    Spacecowon May 29, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love dan bejar
    welcometothemachineon November 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFirst, some corrections:
    I could have lived NOT I could have it

    I suppose that father knows best NOT I suppose their father knows best

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    The song appears to be, at least in part, from the perspective of Jesus:
    The title is a reference to the breaking of bread.
    "Father knows best" - God is often referenced to as 'father' and being God, he knows best.
    References to whores; Jesus' friendship with a prostitute in the bible.
    "Tormented kings" could be Jesus himself


    What else it's about, I'm not sure
    schimmyon December 06, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"I requested 'Suicide Blonde'"

    The INXS song?

    Bulgariaon November 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is a satirical look at the perversities of human sexuality through the lense of God as our creator.
    To what is God's purpose in creating the 'whore'?
    Life didn't need the creation of "the whores and their bodies", but "father knows best / where the wind blows", right?
    Maybe the purpose is war? "Boys vs. girls"? Lots of those were waged in the name of God. It would make sense.

    There's more. This song is loaded with layers. I love the New Pornographers. They don't get nearly as much credit as they deserve, but I guess it's better that way.
    TeapartiesThroughTornadoson December 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThere is a War
    youtu.be/…
    RogerWorkmanon August 14, 2014   Link

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