House comes alive, creeks and greets me
The house comes alive and it’s hungry
The greedy gills will primp just like some whore
At the bris, at the wedding, at the funeral
My ghost will haunt your house, your dollhouse
‘Cause what do they know, what do they know?
My inky hands will stain your blouse, the good blouse
What do they know, what do they know?

I want a man who splays down in the street
The swinging bodies and the children in the wet concrete
Sick sexual, another thimble full

I plan to haunt your house, you’ll move out
‘Cause what do they know, what do they know?
I’m a poltergeist here for life, she sighs
‘Cause what do you know, what do you know?
What’s this I hear, about you wanting out
Well what do they know, what do they know
I hear you were the life of the party
You know what do they know
We’ll get you in the end

I want a man who splays down in the street
The swinging bodies and the children in the wet concrete
In the house with the laughing windows
We’re spilling blood like a cheap innuendo

I love you, do you love me?
Let’s set our hair on fire
Let’s twist our bodies down over coals
Let’s give them something they can’t ignore
I love you, do you love me?
Let’s set our house on fire
Let’s cast a mirror right back at fear
Let’s show this world we were here


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    General Commentthis song reminds me of the book "house of leaves".
    whiskeydarlingon June 19, 2007   Link
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    Song Meaning"The House Is Alive..." ends the album, and the last words of the song are key to understanding the implicit humor of the pAper chAse: "let's cast a mirror right back at fear/let's show this world we were here."

    Throughout the album, ghosts are described in all their bizarre glory; spirits vow vengeance against child abusers, curse the Almighty, and tell parents that their kids suck, all the while taunting we the living with rattling chains and operatic moaning. Yet to fully understand Now You Are One of Us, it takes multiple listenings and the realization that John Congelton is only trying encourage listeners to gain power over fear.

    In this song, the ghost narrator wants to haunt a specific target: a perverted "sick sexual" serial killer, who embodies all that is wrong with society. But, as with all pAper chAse songs, it is not necessarily meant to taken literally. Instead, Congelton is "casting a mirror right back at fear," summing up any and all earthly worries, and saying "don't be afraid." It's brilliant satire, but the real brilliance is how this band uses ghosts and the fear of death to affirm life.

    JasonReeheron August 07, 2010   Link

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