"Robbers" as written by and Jonathan Russell Matthew Maust....
Sulking
Walking 'round the city after dark
Need protection from street thugs
Who clip the tires and rip the doors
Off rugs like cowards

And all this life we've glorified
Robbing from the blind
Is not easy you see
Don't think I don't know sympathy
My victims, in my shadow
Staring back at me

Not me, I'm knocking
Tip toe outside a stranger's door
I casually let myself in
Fill pockets with trinkets, purses
China antique armoirs

And all this life we've glorified
Robbing from the blind
Is not easy you see
Don't think I don't know sympathy
My victims, in my shadow
Staring back at me

As robbers in my thoughts
They tell me what to think
They're hiding in my clothes
Crawling in the kitchen sink


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"Robbers" as written by Matthew Cole Aveiro Jonathan Bo Russell

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General CommentI'm going to take this in a different direction:

    I believe this song is political. Cold War Kids are using the analogy of a robber or thief to represent the government leeching off of its citizens.

    They explain in the song how they rob from the "blind" people of the nation much like a robber would. However, "not me, I'm knockin" implies that they are not trying to hide it; i.e., taxes.

    The catch is, the people of the government are citizens as well: "don't think I don't know sympathy / my victims in my shadow / starin back at me" where the victims in "my" shadows are themselves.
    HeroShoton February 15, 2008   Link
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    General Commenthe's so desperate that he has to do these things even though he feels much remorse after.
    we all have these feelings, they have just embodied into a simple theif with remorse story
    wscanlonon February 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyeah that sounds right but k doesn't it sound more like "Clip the locks" than "Clip the tires"?
    k.j.von April 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's just a song dedicated to the perspective of a burglar. quite literal. thinking of his life choices, and how, despite how society looks upon people like him, is empathetic and regretful.
    jterranceon May 17, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"don't think I don't know sympathy
    my victims in my shadow
    starin back at me"
    It seems that the person feels regretful for stealing. I see the victim in the shadow is the burgalers way of saying that "I too am a victim of these actions, I already feel bad enough". The person seems to be in denial of what they're doing, they don't want to admit that they're a criminal too. The person knows they're doing the wrong thing but admitting it is devastating for them.
    HClHion June 13, 2007   Link
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    General Comment'as robbers in my thoughts
    they tell me what to think
    they're hiding in my clothes
    crawling in the kitchen sink'

    anxiety disorders? like ocd?
    thats what i thought when i heard it, but i doubt im right :P
    mandon August 29, 2007   Link
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    General Commentand
    'don't think I don't know sympathy'
    kinda like, he knows its bad but he can't help it
    ??

    lol (:
    mandon August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentandand
    'my victims in my shadow
    starin back at me'

    .. you get what i mean yeah....
    mandon August 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"robbin' from the blind
    it's not easy, you see"

    that bit reminds me of the simpsons when bart tries to steal back SLH.

    lol. anybody else?
    requiemfordanteon September 09, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmmm is it just me or does it sound like "street tuffs" instead of thugs
    commanderpancakeson November 05, 2007   Link

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