"Cold Girl Fever" as written by and Bryan Devendorf Scott Devendorf....
Bottle eyes, glassy blue
I watch the rain come out of you
Sky is white with the flu, I'm terrified of losing you
If I go to the sea, I'll bring you down, down with me
If I go to the rain, you'll never see me again

You've got cold girl fever

I promised to leave if you ever went cold
Then leave when I'm sleeping, you told me
Put your spine in your back and your arms in your coat
Don't hold on to me when there's nothing to hold

You've got cold girl fever

It's not what you said but that's what you meant
I'm losing my baby on promises kept
What are you for?
What are you for now that I have hard cold?

You've got cold girl fever




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"Cold Girl Fever" as written by Bryan Devendorf Aaron Dessner

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  • +2
    General CommentPut your spine in your back and your arms in your coat
    Don't hold on to me when there's nothing to hold

    Aaah, so lovely.
    Yes, about breaking up. She's growing distant, he doesn't want the relationship to end.
    voldermaniaon December 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is definetely about breaking up.
    SuperSistaon April 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo i still think it's hard cold
    I think he's talking about how this girl he is with is so cold.

    "I promised to leave if you ever went cold
    Then leave when I'm sleeping, you told me
    Put your spine in your back and your arms in your coat
    Don't hold on to me when there's nothing to hold"

    This, i think is what the girl says to him proving how cold she is by not wanting him to put his arms around her or not caring if he leaves.
    and while dating her he has also become cold.

    That is just how i see it.
    ibrahimhalsalemon April 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThese two lines.. "Put your spine in your back and your arms in your coat
    Don't hold on to me when there's nothing to hold"
    are two of the most beautiful lines I have ever read!
    The meaning behind them are put in such a creative way.
    This song is amazing
    GoldJesteron August 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhy would "hardcore" equate to "porn"?
    TheWrongGirlon January 28, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentEr... it's quite obviously "What are you for now that I have hardcore?" What's written above makes no sense at all. Listen again.
    Mozart_Faceon July 17, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's a combination of what everyone is saying above. The first thing I notice, and I'm drunk when I type this so even that is skewed, but the first thing I notice is this:

    "I promised to leave if you ever went cold"

    followed in the next verse by:

    "I'm losing my baby on promises kept"

    He's referring to the first promise in the second verse. He was dating this girl and he basically told her, listen, if we're not going to have sex, we can't be together, I need sex, you can't be cold to me when I love you so much. He really did love her and didn't want to leave her, that's why it was so hard and a song was written about it. But in the end, he left her because she wouldn't embrace his love in a physical way anymore.

    The phrase "What are you for now that I have hardcore?" and it's obviously hardcore, I don't know why this is being disputed at all, but that's what it is and it could be interpreted two ways. The girl's cold fever is actually a porn addiction and that's why she doesn't have sex with him. Unlikely, but possible. Or, he's telling himself that to get over the love he had for her, because he understands that the reason he's leaving her might not be justified. Is love affirmed by the actual physical act of love making? I mean, so many of our relationships that we consider to be love have no sexual attraction whatsoever. Why does he need to have sex from a girl he believes he truly loves?

    It goes even deeper than that, but again, I'm drunk so I won't elaborate anymore. This is what makes The National's lyrics so great though, a line like "What are you for now that I have hardcore?" It obviously has a profound meaning and is in the context of a personal relationship. He's questioning himself - the lyric itself is posed as a question and it's directed at someone else. Amazing.
    IndifferentSonon May 15, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it means the girl is depressed or has some other mental illness, or maybe is dying of some slow disease, and she's getting really bad. The cold fever is her illness, and she made him promise when she was well that if she got really bad, he wouldn't stay to watch her drift slowly away. She's the one that told him to leave when she got cold, and she knew it would take a lot of courage "Put your spine in your back"
    hopeadamson February 14, 2016   Link
  • -2
    General CommentYeah, it's definitely hardcore. (porn)
    GentleDogson August 22, 2007   Link

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