We are lost in the folds of one another’s topcoats
And medicine makes us move inside a little slower
And in those hours nobody knows our ends or beginnings
The way I’ve come to ignore we keep colliding faces

Until we’re strangers again
Are we strangers again
Of our German engineering

I confess I’ve overdressed the mess I’ve made of my life
But isn’t it so unlike us, come now
Frankly, Jeremy

Until we’re strangers again
Are we strangers again
Of our German engineering

Hell bent stomachs planning greater insurrection
Strange speech dirty human elements to question
The broken car parts in enemy desires

Until we’re strangers again
Are we strangers again
Of our German engineering

Are we strangers again
Are we strangers again
Of our German engineering


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    General CommentThe first verse is very distant. Kind of reminds me of that Pink Floyd lyric, "Strangers passing in the street / By chance two separate glances meet / and I see you and what I see is me."

    The second verse is much more personal; it is a conversation between the narrator of this song and someone named Jeremy. They are discussing being over-dramatic about their lives and mocking themselves about it; "Isn't it so unlike us" to be such drama queens, one says to the other. I wonder if Jeremy isn't Jeremy Enigk, a contemporary of the Promise Ring (Davey of Maritime's former band).

    If it all comes together somehow, I am venturing that the song is more or less about the way we might fade in and out of intimacy with people over the course of our long relationships to them.
    baba o rlyon January 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"of intimacy with people over the course of our long relationships"

    absolutely
    those times you can't recognize an old time friend, or your girlfriend...
    cottonbulletton February 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLIkely Jeremy is the drummer in Arcade Fire who was earlier a member of maritime. The band has many international ties.
    dcwson May 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti agree with what's already been said.

    in the first verse i think there's a strong reference to drugs/substance use:
    "And medicine makes us move inside a little slower
    And in those hours nobody knows our ends or beginnings"
    and it makes sense with the strangers theme, being in an altered state of mind could make friends seem like strangers.

    also, the german engineering industry is(was?) the top in the the world. so i think in a way they could be talking about losing all your preconceived ideas, knowledge, or what you've learned to discover the world for yourself.

    this song makes me really happy :)
    invertedcompasson June 27, 2008   Link

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