"Hang Me Up to Dry" as written by and Nathan Willet Matthew Maust....
Careless in our summer clothes splashing around
In the muck and the mire
Careless in our summer clothes splashing around
In the muck and the mire

Fell asleep with stains
Cake deep in the knees
What a pain

Now hang me up to dry
You wrung me out
Too, too, too many times
Now hang me up to dry
I'm pearly like the whites
The whites of your eyes

All mixed up in the wash
Hot water bleeding our colors
All mixed up in the wash
Hot water bleeding our colors

Now hang me up to dry
You wrung me out
Too, too, too many times
Now hang me up to dry
I'm pearly like the whites
The whites of your eyes

Now hang me up to dry
You wrung me out
Too, too, too many times
Now hang me up to dry
I'm pearly like the whites
The whites of your eyes

Now hang me up to dry
You wrung me out
Too, too, too many times
Now hang me up to dry
I'm pearly like the whites
The whites of your eyes


Lyrics submitted by euthanasia27, edited by dodgerblue

"Hang Me Up to Dry" as written by Matthew Cole Aveiro Jonathan Bo Russell

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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  • +7
    General Commentthis is the sexiest song i've ever heard about laundry
    chikubion August 01, 2010   Link
  • +5
    General CommentIm pretty sure its about clothes from the clothes point of view. But I might be reading a little too much into it.
    dcrico20on February 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti get the impression that this guy has been made to cry to many times, his eyes have wrung out, the clothing used as a metahor. he just wants to be left alone, hung up to dry or recover.
    CaveatEmptoron February 22, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"we used to vacation" alludes to alcohol addiction remission. "hang me out to dry" certainly sounds like a song written during recovery. Although, it's likely that the writer had multiple meanings in mind for the lyrics- alcohol addiction, being used or abused or led on by a lover (or substance), and of coarse the resolution to give up. At least that's my take.
    justinmctypinon November 13, 2011   Link
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    General Commentfell asleep with stains- i interpret this line as him letting himself be vulnerable and because of it got hurt..and its such a pain. careless in summer clothes...i think when you fall in love your so happy that you forget to be careful and all you focus on is how great you feel.
    pearly like the whites- white reflects innocence, his innocence. a girl messing with his mind.
    flyinchick44on February 01, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree it's about being led on, and the lyric should definitely be changed to "muck and the mire"

    What's intriguing about this song, is that the singer is perfectly aware that he's being led on, it almost makes you wonder if he truly wants to be let alone. This song may be entirely sexual. He's telling the "you" that he's been wrung out-- twisted, warped, robbed of juices over and over and over again. At the same time, it's almost as if the singer doesn't have a say in if he may leave the situation or not.

    The line "mud caked deep in the knees" is definitely suggestive, just the idea of mud on knees suggests kneeling (and sexual favors ensuing), and the crevice of a knee joint being pact with mud can be taken as rather explicit sexual imagery. (Think about it.)

    The second verse is almost trippy. Again, he's aware of how confusing the situation is ("mixed up in the wash"). The song brings accent to the word hot, and the entire line "hot water bleeding out colors" implies that there is a melding of one into another. Those involved (the two or three or more) are bathed, lost, and literally melting into each other in hot water. Again, a sexual reference.

    At the end of the whole situation, he is left white (like eyes), colorless, beaten wrung out.. perhaps post-coitus?

    For some reason, though, I want to take the "pearly as the whites of your eyes" to mean I'm just like you now. I have no support for this, just a feeling.

    Anyone else feel me?

    [oh and scuba, let us have our fun :)]
    shazzeron March 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentif you watch the music video the story is very different from what we initially thought.
    Siggzon September 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about racism. It's easy to miss, because it's a pretty skillful interplay of symbols, but other songs on the album share this theme. In fact, one could say the entire album's theme is domestic life in the 1950s-early 1960s period (aka the COLD WAR period). I think it refers specifically to a black kid who has been "wrung out to dry" by racism. He convinces himself he's "pearly white," and tries to convince others of the same thing. playing in "the muck and the mire" could refer to the diversions of an underprivileged child, which is why I think it's from the perspective of a child. And because the tendency to convince oneself one is someone else is a childish tendency.

    People tend to underestimate CWK's lyrics, but they're actually quite meaningful.
    dlc@vuon December 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure from diagnosing every amazing lyric of this song that it's about a guy being lead on by a girl but of course "you've wrung me out too many times" she keeps bringing him down but he is not sure if he's going to give up on her yet. This song is amazing and the Cold war Kids have such a uniqueness about them and that's why I love them. I definately agree that they don't get enough credit for their amazing work and I hope they become more popular.
    Laur00janeon July 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI Believe this song is about a boy and a girl that have carelessly fallen in love. Or Perhaps he's fallen carelessly in love with her, while she's just prancing along not really giving a damn; She's just having a good time. He is exhausted and worn out and just wants her to be only his. There is "stains" on his heart that she has left and he can't just move on. He needs her. That's what I think. What beautiful metaphors.
    BeaniesOverTheLockson September 21, 2009   Link

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