cheer up lady
I’m really into it
candor leaves us far behind
Let’s see how twisted we can be

soak up pleasantries
of mildew and stitchery
the needlepoint has set designs
to show how easy it can be when we

waste it on
we waste it on
we waste it on

let’s start making
maps out of all the dead skin
that maybe causing false alarms
it might be peeling much too quickly

clean up with me
the homemade surgeries
my veneers sink into you
and show how twisted we can be when we

waste it on
we waste it on
we waste it on

on sullen meadows that will fit right in
with lisping rivers that will fit right in
with mountain ranges through matted lenses
that will fit right in connect and dissect so we

with all your meadows they’ll still see right in
with all your rivers they’ll still see right in
no mountain ranges will stop them sensing
and they’ll see right in and see right through cuz we

waste it on
we waste it on
we waste it on
we waste it on



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  • +2
    General Commentchoosing veneers over candor...

    seems like this song is about superficiality, and how these people are content with not revealing their true selves at the time.

    maybe it's about two people who are getting romantically involved and kind of playing each other, and they are self-creating a false paradise. maybe it's not about that at all?
    emilimo701on January 17, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentimo, about plastic surgery, and wasting money on trying to improve your image.
    ghostabc123on February 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Clean up with me" Think about it. About drug addiction and a relationship in which both people are addicted and the desire to break free of the vicious cycle.
    aortaatroaon August 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe second comment about plastic surgery could fit. The singer/songwriter Brian had 3 surgical procedures when he was a kid, trying to 'fix' his lazy eye (which he still has).
    rkpetersenon March 04, 2007   Link
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    General Commentemilimo701 was definitely on the right track with this.

    Throughout the song he talks about how they're pretending to be something they're not. How they're forcing themselves to be like the other while never showing anything of their true selves.

    Not only are they trying to falsely convince themselves that they belong together. They're trying to convince others that they aren't pretending. It's ironic and strange because he's expressing that they both already know that they're pretending to like each other... and so their primary goal has become to convince everyone else.

    "cheer up lady
    I'm really into it
    candor leaves us far behind
    Let's see how twisted we can be"

    He says that being open is wrong and will leave you far behind... being honest is wrong. The recurring theme of "Let's see how twisted we can be" is him telling her that they should try to be as convincing as possible to those around them.

    "soak up pleasantries
    of mildew and stitchery
    the needlepoint has set designs
    to show how easy it can be when we"

    They're still pretending. Delving into the normalities of everyday life and typical relationships.

    "let's start making
    maps out of all the dead skin
    that maybe causing false alarms
    it might be peeling much too quickly"

    The dead skin is a metaphor for a sudden abnormality that they're trying to cover up. Making a map out of it to make it look normal. If it peels too quickly and they can't cover it, they'll be exposed.


    "clean up with me
    the homemade surgeries
    my veneers sink into you
    and show how twisted we can be when we"

    Homemade surgeries are the attempts that they're making to hide the truth about their relationship. Veneers are another symbol of false representation.

    "on sullen meadows that will fit right in
    with lisping rivers that will fit right in
    with mountain ranges through matted lenses
    that will fit right in connect and dissect so we"

    Talking about how well their image fits. How perfectly they've covered everything up. They can successfully waste their relationship and their lives without anyone ever knowing.

    "with all your meadows they'll still see right in
    with all your rivers they'll still see right in
    no mountain ranges will stop them sensing
    and they'll see right in and see right through because we

    waste it on
    we waste it on
    we waste it on
    we waste it on"


    No matter what they do. No matter how perfectly or concise they are, they can't hide the truth. They're wasting their lives away by not being open and honest.

    Give this song whatever application you like. The indisputable fact is that they're trying to hide something from someone... And the act of them doing so is useless... a waste.



    Ferretknowson March 16, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthmm i thought he said something like it might be cause for false alarms...

    i think its about how fake plastic surgery can make u, but i'm probably wrong. i wish i could talk to the band members soooo bad to find out the meanins of the songs
    silversunloveon August 09, 2009   Link

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