The title is SPILT NEEDLES not SPLIT....
I've earned myself an impossible crime
I have to paint myself a hole and fall inside
and if it's far enough in sight and rhyme
I get to wear another dress and count in time

Oh won't you do me the favor man
of forgiving my
poly-morphing opinion here
on your vague outline

Find myself another burning gate
a pretty face, a vague idea I can't relate
And this is what you get for pulling pins
another hole inside the hole you're in

It's like I'm perched on the handlebars
of a blind man's bike
No straws to grab just the rushing wind...
on a rolling mind

They'll want you to decide
eventually it happens
Some gather on one side
with all their pearlys snapping

They close the basement door
that sets our teeth to chatter
You never saw it before
but now that hardly matters

You're old enough boy
too many summers you've enjoyed
So spin the wheel we'll set you up
with some odd convictions
as you're finally golden boy

It's like I'm perched on the handlebars
of a blind man's bike
No straws to grab just the rushing wind...
on a rolling mind


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  • +7
    General CommentThe beginning of this song, I think is both from the perspective of the boy we've been following since sleeping lessons, and James Mercer. James Mercer has been clever enough to convey ideas that aren't touched on in many albums because of the sheer gravity and grimness they portray.
    Either way, our main character has fallen to a level where he can no longer assess the world around him in a coherent manner.
    "This is what you get for pulling pins out of the hole inside the hole you're in." This is what happens when you start questioning life to a point where you cannot find hope for yourself, because it all has become grim and meaningless.
    But you are pushed along regardless.
    Some decide to go along with the side of angels and gods, gathering with "all their pearly snapping." Those who choose not to belive are closed inside the basement, a cold and dark place. And though the boy may not have realized what this meant when he started rejecting religion at the beginning of this album, he realizes it now, and now it hardly matters.

    Regardless he is pushed forward, society asks him to make decisions about life and a career, because the warmth of summer and ignorance is over, and its time to join those who have come before him.
    ladybug87on November 02, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentit's not that loud, and way too intricate to be a fucking linkin park song.

    don't insult the band by comparing them to that SHIT.
    ripelivejamon October 22, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHere are the correct lyrics:

    I've earned myself an impossible crime
    Had to paint myself a hole and fall inside
    It gets far enough in sight and rhyme
    I get to wear another dress in counting time

    Oh won't you do me the favor man
    Of forgiving my poly-morphing opinion here
    And your vague outline

    Found myself another burning gate
    A pretty face -- a vague ideal -- I can't relate
    And this is what you get for pulling pins
    Another hole inside the hole you're in

    It's like I'm perched on the handle bars of a blind man's bike
    No straws to grab just the rushing wind on the rolling mind

    la la la da da ...

    They want you to decide -- eventually it happens
    Some gather on one side with all their pearly snapping
    They close the basement door -- it sets our teeth to chatter
    You never saw it before -- but now that hardly matters

    You're old enough boy -- too many summers you've enjoyed
    So spin the wheels, set you up with some odd convictions
    'Cause you're finally golden boy

    It's like I'm perched on the handle bars of a blind man's bike
    No straws to grab just the rushing wind on the rolling mind
    ElvisAteMyDonutson December 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningI related to this song so much. I connected to dressing up meaning put on a show while counting through time because time is flowing and all we can do is make up numbers to and count and seems more solid than religion. You know religion is a made up stories, but as you started thinking about your existence you go within and when you fine no meaning it is like picking random needles from inside the darkness with others vague explanations. The insanity of choosing a side of something that can't be explained is like being on a blind mans bike and nothing to get off the ancient boat as the insanity keeps rolling on. At the end is someone talking to him about joining one of these insane ideals and absorbing their convictions because your ripe with a golden heart, but they don't know he already can see through all the BS and is lost in a sea of depression.
    wiseinvestor777on September 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpersonally, i think this song sounds exactly like the shins.

    :D
    geekgirlxc07on November 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn the internet it sometimes looks as though information is passed around like everyone is playing the telephone game. :) There are numerous problems here... the first and most obvious is the title. It isn't "Split Needles," it's "Spilt Needles," as if a needle was dropped and all its contents spilled out. The lyrics are also incorrect in some places, the user ElvisAteMyDonuts posted the correct ones a couple posts above me.
    ObsceneMinstrelon December 13, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song has religious undercurrents, because the whole album does. The album questions the meaning and point of life, so it surely should address Mercer's thoughts on faith in an afterlife.
    The first line, I do not think was intended in any sort of crossdressing way, except that its playing dress up, make believe. Mercer is admitting that the whole feel of the album, including the lyrics couldn't appease the masses, and that he himself has fallen into a dark place where it would be unjust to write out false-hope filled pop. (Justified by many interviews regarding his somber haunting feelings during the time of recording.) But, if the album is received well, and the merits of it show through, (far enough in sight and rhyme), then Mercer can go on another day to wear the garb of musician.
    I have some more to write but i can't start the next sentence. eh.
    ladybug87on January 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs the name of this song supposed to be split or spilt needles. I thought at first that it was split, until I looked closer at the album and it down as spilt needles. I'm figuring the way it is spelled on the album is the intended way. Still, just a funny detail I figured I'd point out.
    bakismakion February 16, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI guess no one has noticed that the TITLE OF THIS SONG IS WRITTEN WRONG. It is SPILT needles. Check the album.
    terri kayeon February 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAccording to the track listing on the album, this track is callet Spilt Needles, not Split.
    jen-i-fuhron February 23, 2007   Link

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