"On" as written by and Kele/lissack Okereke....
I am on, Switched On
A sudden clearness, a clarity
Hidden away in every locked toilet I've been waiting for you in the Joiners Arms
I know your name, I know your name, I danced with you we're all friends on
So this largs we're rhyming like bullets, rolled up twenties
They disappear

You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful and set to free
You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful
On Friday night I do the talking I pay the fine, the dumpster's mine
Trips to the roof, see what we're missing,
Drunken I love you's on top of the world

And when it runs out we're chasing something we'll never catch
And when it runs out we'll find me
A flat so bleak I've been bitten by a vampire
I find this bleaker than the one it replaces

You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful and set to free
You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful

I can charm I can charm the room
I can charm them all
I can charm I can charm the room
I can charm them all

You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful and set to free
You make my tongue loose
You make my tongue loose
I am hopeful

I can charm I can charm the room
I can charm them all
I can charm I can charm the room
I can charm them all


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"On" as written by Kele/lissack Okereke

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    General CommentThis song is about cocaine.

    From an interview...

    "Silver slugs lined up like bullets, rolled up twenties they disappear, you make my tongue loose." Is this an unashamed celebration of the liberation of hedonism?

    "Yes," Okereke begins. "And no. After Silent Alarm, I realized I could have tried harder, so with this record I thought, 'I'll be honest about everything.' All the ugly thoughts, all the things you wouldn't tell your best friend. A warts-and-all account of where my mind is right now. It's a song about getting fucked up on a Friday night. In east London you can't go anywhere without someone having cocaine on them. Suddenly, when we came back from tour it was all around me. But it's not a moralizing song about using cocaine - more an explanation of the appeal and the comedown."
    Durrution January 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI have never looked at it this way before. I can see now. I think that it is a shame. But I guess with all songs you can have your own take on it and if it means whatever to you it's acceptable.
    [na]tashaon January 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI can only Imagine him snorting lines before going on stage.

    In The Prayer he sings "Tonight make me unstoppable And I will charm...." I believe he is saying cocaine gives him confidence to "out shine the moon" atleast in his own mind.

    In this song I think he is too obvious about drugs, and in my mind it's almost like braging. I think drugs can influence great music, but great music isnt directly about drugs. It isn't creative.

    Throughout the who album the lead singer (Kele Okereke) comes off sounding really into himself, and narcissistic.
    hiding_in_cupboardson March 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is so obviously about drugs. It describes the feeling so well. obviously "rolled up twenties" refers to sniffing cocaine. Its just talking about how drugs can make u feel awesome and invincible and when it wears off u feel flat so u get more. But "chasing something we'll never catch" coz it never lasts forever. I love this song.
    lixyon October 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYay! I'm glad someone at least attempted these lyrics! Thank you :) Since it's a work in progress I'm gonna try to help out a bit.

    I'm thinking the chorus should actually be:
    You make my tongue loose
    You make my tongue loose
    I am hopeful, and stutter-free

    This is probably one of my favorites off the cd so far. Seems like it's about wanting to be on a certain drug with someone special and never wanting to be off the high. Lyrics can mean many different things to different people though and the chorus itself just makes me really happy due to my current situation.

    Thanks again for posting these up!
    Intrikon December 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree with Intrik about the chorus. Is great that you even attempted to write the lyrics as I really love this song. Is on repeat at the moment. I think it is just beautiful.

    Lyrics are really subjective and I guess it is only the band knows what it is truly about, however, we can interpret it the way we want and the way I interpret it is this:

    This song is about meeting someone you've met before and there is just a bond, they make you feel something that no-one else does, you can be yourself and the words come easily. The person in the song can "charm them all" but that does not matter because there is only one person that they truly love.

    B E A U T I F U L
    [na]tashaon December 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyea i thought it was tongue loose as well

    a great song
    bloc_party15on December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just have something to add. Rather than 'bounced' I think it might be 'danced'. I'm not sure, what do others think?
    [na]tashaon December 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHi just a quick note, i believe most of this is right..

    Hidden away in every locked toilet.
    I'lll be waiting for you in the Joiners' Arms.
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    I've danced with you
    ---
    Silver slugs lined up like bullets
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    A pint and a fight, the dance floor is mine
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    I am hopeful, and stutter free
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    and when it runs out, we -buy- more


    Apart from that I can't help! Sorry!

    Joiners Arms might refer to a pub in east London or less likely the Southampton music venue.

    The "when it runs out we buy more" sounds like a reference to whatever drug he's talking about. Would say alcohol but that comes in glasses ha.
    PompeyOon January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeriously my favorite song on the new CD! I think this song is about a relationship with someone so perfect for you that it's easy to just be yourself. So good!!
    april2111on January 02, 2007   Link

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