"Hip Hip Hooray" as written by and Richard Charles Edwards....
Hip hip hooray
Talk to me and I'll be a saint
Take off your clothes
Grave-starved ghost
And don't be ashamed

If I'm watching
Don't stop talking
Just stop talking
Ooooh...

You sat and stared
In your grandmother's chair
In that favorite room

And he, drunkenly
Four for three
Pressing on you

Oh darling
You're crying
You're crying
Ooooh...

Oh darling
Stop crying
Just stop crying
Ooooh...


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    General Comment:/ beautiful.
    charcoalsketchon February 23, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe grave-starved ghost metaphor gets me every time.
    raconteuron March 05, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti always think of rape when listening to this song.
    am i crazy ? does anyone have a better explanation ?
    immekusauruson October 11, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthese are terribly off. ive noticed this about most of the lyrics posted from not animal, so maybe they changed over time? i dunno, but these are different than the ones on the album version.
    nickjones724on December 09, 2008   Link
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    General Commentbut yeah this is a beautiful song
    nickjones724on December 09, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation"Grave starved ghost" almost sounds like a metaphor...like the girl he's with really needs something she doesn't have or can't have.
    He obviously wants her to talk to him because it really sounds live he loves her and cares about what she thinks.
    She also sounds like she's self conscious because she's ashamed to take off her clothes in front of someone who loves her.
    When she "sat and stared" in her grandmother's chair "in that favorite room", it almost sound like maybe her grandma died and she had some cherished memories in that room?
    The part where it says "and he, drunkenly, five for three, pressing on you" most likely refers to her grandfather? Or her father? I'm not 100% sure on that one.
    She's crying because the memories are painful. The main singer in this song cares about her a lot and wants her to stop crying... She just sounds empty. Thus the "grave starved ghost" thing.

    By the way, it's "Don't stop talking, just start walking."
    TinyFractureson February 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOops, I meant "like" when I said "live". Sorry.
    TinyFractureson February 17, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyou should really label this song "hip hip hooray (demo version)" so as to not confuse others.
    charcoalsketchon January 06, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a girl who was raped.

    "Hip hip hooray / Talk to me, and I'll be your saint." - Richard is telling her that she can talk to him about anything, and he'll be a loyal and respectful listener/confidant.

    "Take off your clothes, / Grave-starved ghost, / And don't be ashamed" - The girl is a "grave-starved ghost" -- she feels empty and dead inside, and yet she feels lost, unable to find comfort. Richard tells her that even though she's been raped, she shouldn't have to feel ashamed of her body when she takes her clothes off anymore, it's okay.

    "If I'm watching, / Don't stop talking, / Just start walking" - I think this part connects to the other talking/walking part near the end of the song. Richard tells the girl that he's there watching her and listening to her, and that she can continue to talk to him and vent to him. At the same time, he tells her that she should begin to start mentally "walking away" from what happened to her, leaving the past behind.

    "You sat and stared / At your grandmother's chair, / In that favorite room / And he, drunkenly, / Five [fat?] for three, / Pressing on you" - This is the story that the girl told Richard. The incident must have happened when she was young; she's at her grandparents' house. It isn't directly implied that her grandfather is the one who raped her, it could have been any other family member who was there at the time. We know that he was drunk. Everyone seems to hear "five for three" at this part, but I'm not sure what that would mean..? It does sound that way, but it also sort of sounds like he's singing "fat for three," which would make more sense to me -- he's fat enough for three people, he's drunk, and he's "pressing on" her (presumably, he molested her).

    "Oh darling, / Stop talking, / And start walking" - I think that here, Richard is telling her to stop talking about and reliving the horrific event that she's experienced, and instead start mentally "walking away" from it, leaving it in the past so that she can continue on with her life and not let it negatively affect her any longer.

    "Oh darling, / Stop crying, / And start smiling" - Richard lets the girl know that everything is okay; that she can stop reliving her assault and being depressed, and instead work towards becoming stronger and smiling again.

    Well, that's my two cents about this song. It's definitely been one of my absolute favorites by this band ever since I first got into them. it's a bittersweet story that delivers a powerful message overall, and the song in and of itself is simply beautiful.
    tigers1535on February 22, 2015   Link

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