"Papercut Skin" as written by John Feldmann, Shawn Harris, Matthew Whalen, Justin San Souci, Miles Hurwitz and Jonathan Devoto....
Day out, day in
It's the alarm versus me
And the snooze button wins.
I've been waking all my life
To become what I'm going to be.
I'm a crone, la da da da da da
A headstone

Day out, day in
And begin again

Day out, day in
Recycle bins
Cash out, cash in
Debit pins
Day out, day in
The paper cuts my skin again
Skin again

Cash out, cash in
I can burn all I earn
On some weakness or whim
Without thinking
I'm a mark for their marketing plans
I'm Americancer
A Myspace romancer

Cash out, cash in
And begin again

Day out, day in
Recycle bins
Cash out, cash in
Debit pins
Day out, day in
The paper cuts my skin again
Skin again

Day out, day in
Vitamins
Give out, give in
Vicodins
Day out, day in
The paper cuts my skin again
Skin again
Skin again
Skin again

All ye, all ye, come home free
Olly Olly oxen free
Day in, day out
I call time out

All ye, all ye, come home free
Olly Olly oxen free
Day in, day out
I call time out
I call time out

Give out, give in
If a man's hands show his trade does it suit me then
This papercut skin that makes me wince with each hand
I'm required to
Shake, shake, shake, shake

Day out, day in
Recycle bins
Cash out, cash in
Debit pins
Day out, day in
The paper cuts my skin again
Skin again

Day out, day in
Vitamins
Give out, give in
Vicodins
Day out, day in
The paper cuts my skin again
Skin again
Skin again
Skin again

I call time out
Olly Olly oxen free



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"Papercut Skin" as written by Jonathan Devoto John Feldmann

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    General CommentSWEET! First poster for this fucking song. Sad that I really don't have anything vital to add as far as song meaning goes. I really suck when it comes to interpretations of lyrics. But really, isn't that the beauty of songs anyway? The fact that everyone sees it differently?

    Anyway...

    This song is definitely about money, to me. The money being what cuts his skin. He's a 'mark for their marketing plans' which to me means that he's falling into what most bands do when they try to make it big. They have to change their style of their songs or whatever, not because they want to, but because someone else thinks that it's good marketing. It's the reason why most bands wear eyeliner, tight pants, and dangle their hair infront of their eyes these days. It's what's in right now. A band dressed like that is more likely to get higher sales because fan girls can swoon over them and quiver at the sight of them, and fan boys can carry on the trend.

    And to me, it's like he's saying that it has gotten so bad that he doesn't even want to wake up in the morning.. hence the first verse. And also, the part where he says he's calling 'Time out'. It means he's ending the 'game' and calling 'ollie ollie oxen free' so that everyone can come out of hiding. Maybe he's sick of all the marketing bullshit and having money be the basis for everything.

    Or that meaning could be a bunch of shit. Who knows? Who cares?

    The good thing is, I've been listening to The Matches for atleast a year now.. and I was lucky enough to see them in late July when they were touring with Action Action at the Agora. They were fucking awesome live. Even when Shawn fucked up the words in 'Sick Little Suicide'.

    You gotta love this band. Even if you hate Decomposer. The Matches are just... awesome.

    And fuck if I have any typos. I don't care.
    Bummerxon September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"I'm Americancer
    A Myspace romancer!"-my favourite line...

    i think this song is about livin a routine, it's about writting songs, being a musician for a living..it could also be about working in a random office-job, sdepends on how you look at it, but from the quote above, i think it's more about the music bussiness.
    dog-eared-pageon September 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI Think its simply about being extreemly bored with everyday life in general and you want something new to Happen
    Brendonsohon October 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI highly recommend this song to listen to while doing homework. Somehow it just makes it a bit less blah. Probably because of the whol routine, same old same old theme. Try it.
    amyanneon October 10, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is about this song is about trying to achive the american dream. what convinced me is the line
    "I've been waking all my life
    to become what I'm going to be"
    he means he has been trying to achive the american dream, but no matter how hard he tries, he is going nowhere. after a while, he starts feeling hopeless "day out day in, recycle bins" and starts to not care "i can burn all i earn on some weakness or whim" he says "i'm americancer" because the same thing is happening to people all across the country and its making things worse. finally, he realizes whats happening "i call time out" and in the third verse, i think he just gives in to the routine even though he hates it and it makes him sick.
    kick ass song, it really got me into the matches. i wish i could see them wtih +44
    yallRstupidon November 21, 2006   Link
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    General Commentokay, i'm not going to say my interpretation, because it's basically the same as everyone else's. but i just was wondering, does anyone know what they're saying in the beginning? like, the backwards words?
    takemetothehospitalon January 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti did get a bit obsessive and turn it backwards via the computer and from what i can make out it says "an old man named mark cove". i'm sure about the "an old man" bit but named mark cove?? i listened to it so many times its all i can make out!! sending me crazy
    memerelymeon February 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthats pretty fucking weird - the matches are going da vinci code on us?
    this song...i dont know. when i first heard it i was stunned. i was like FUCK. ya know those times when your just like...fuck. shit i sound pretty fucking stoned right now. I'll be better hold up.
    Anyway, I like the part when he says 'i call time out' because arent there times for everyone where you are so sick and tired of dealing with the crap of life?? and seriously you want to scream JUST FUCKING STOP AND LET ME BREATHE. I love the matches because theyre strange.
    tidelvron April 08, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think Bummerx got it right. I remember back in like 2002 or somethin', when they were brand new and no one knew them. They didn't look like they do now at all. I first time I herd them was when I was 12. Yeah, kudos for BummerX. I think that's exactly it. At first I thought of working at a Grocery store...
    You.Explodeon June 13, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt's about the poem "Michael Finnigan"

    There was a man, named Michael Finnigan
    He had wiskers on his chin-again
    They grew out, and then grew in again.
    Poor old Michal Finnigan,
    Begin again.

    Also, the backwards part at the beginning?
    Read the above.
    Thats what it is.
    Mkeroseneon June 15, 2007   Link

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