"Sink the Seine" as written by and Kevin Barnes....
You're no different from the prints that crease the wires
Or mosquitoes that now operate on her brain
Thought that if I sank the seine I might find you
I might find you

I'm no different from the claw they mic from the stair
Or fake diamonds that are glued to eyes of plastic crows
Thought that where the planters go, you might find me
You might find me

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    General Commenti think this song is simply about the him analysising the differences between him and someone else because the two are growing apart and cant understand why
    Commiion November 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard Of Montreal, Hissing Fauna was the album that I listened to. This song had a huge impact on me because not only do I have a penchant for haunting melodies, but one for interesting lyrics (which is one of the major draws of Of Montreal)

    The prints that crease the wires make me think of a certain orator of destiny. A person who perhaps routes the energy or communication, such as a telegraph. The other idea I have for the meaning of that is the idea of foot prints on a tight rope, which would make sense in the context of an unstable relationship.
    I am fascinated right now to learn about the seine being a net, gabrieleades. This makes a lot more sense than the River of the same name, which is pronounced more like "Sen" en Francais. Although draining the river still remains a viable idea and very, very poetic, the idea of using a sinking cast net to "find" someone makes sense as a net is used to catch. In either case, water is an idea that binds both ideas together. Water is a major idea here in my analysis because Mosquitos are laid and hatch and live in water until they are full fledged. I also believe "operate on her brain" refers to incephalitus, which is carried by mosquitos and essentially means "water on the brain." Incidentally, the net or the seine, could be used to stop or catch flying or swimming things.

    The 2nd verse seems to be more earthbound than waterbound, with symbols of ascension and flight in the stairs and the crows (even though they are fake.) The stair suggests an element of standing above, or over the situation. Fake diamonds are imitation of course, and those fake diamonds are attached to something else that is false. Interestingly I find that he refers to himself as the fake diamonds either in response to a botched marriage or engagement (diamonds) or because they are beautiful and sparkling, but in the end, inexpensive and replaceable. The plastic crow might symbolize death or bad news but to me suggests the death of something that wasn't solid or real to begin with. The planters to me suggest the Earth vs. Water and show that earth is more easily contained and more stable than water. That being said, earth and water are feminine elements, but the earth here is in a planter. The planter perhaps suggests the narrator is somehow symbolically a plant. or something that can grow in a stable situation. To find him, you must go where there is steady turf to tread on.

    I would agree that the song should be longer notthedestroyer, but the element of it being short and sweet is so effective here, especially as a buffer between the hyper Suffer for Fashion and the eletric gloom of Cato as a Pun.
    wheelerliftonon August 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's "...operate on your brain"

    Also, it's "you're no different from the claw they mic from the stair", not "I'm no different from the cloth they mine from the stair"

    Then it's "thought that where the planters go you might find me"
    PhantomsRevengeon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Sink the seine" = "Sink the sane"?

    Could be a play on that...since this song leads Suffer For Fasion into the mental breakdown/anxiety portion of Hissing Fauna.
    souljamikeon February 20, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure he says "operate on HER brain" not "your"...
    L0wRyd3ron March 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentfirst they've got lyrics up on their new site now you just have to click everywhere to get them.

    i think its more talking about the absense or non-physical death, with references such as draining the river to find you, and mosquitos in your head, meaning like dead
    etienne08on April 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commentjust thought I'd help, a seine is a net, a net with weights on it that help it sink fast to catch stuff, that say an ecologist might toss out to catch biota. and yea yea the river that's where the word comes from maybee... but where you would sink the seine would be out by water, and planters go to ... farms, but of course it could be the peanut man
    gabrieleadeson May 01, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe net is a possibility, but I always thought that phrase meant draining the river.. and the seine=sane theory is interesting, but the real point is that this song should be longer.. about twice as long.
    notthedestroyeron September 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti really do enjoy this song loll
    lisasonodaon October 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAs souljamike was saying, it might also be a play on "Think the same". Or something. But I agree with what you're hinting at.
    Siofagon March 19, 2008   Link

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