Cain said to Abel
"Brother I've been bad
Killed a fleet of angels
With my bare hands"

Cain said to Abel
"Brother I've been bad
And I can't find my glasses"

This self-obsessed sinner
I hear he loves to drink
This self-obsessed sinner
I hear he loves a fight

Success has been cruel
This year has been hard
Falling out of love
With the one thing I had loathed

This self-obsessed sinner…

Discipline, discipline, disappearing
Echoing, echoing, exiting
Disappearing, discipline, disappearing
Nothing there, nothing works, nothing matters
Every time, every time, I look over
Everything, everyone, every time
Family, family, shredded by
Liberty, liberty, literally

You can be, you can be, you can see
Eventually, literally, instantly
History, history, disappearing
Echoing, echoing, exiting
You look up, you look over, you can see it
Disappearing, disappearing, instantly
Literally, literally, telling them
They'll be different
They'll be special
They'll be better

This self-obsessed sinner…


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Cain Said to Abel song meanings
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    General Commentin the original story from genesis abel is the only brother who dies, killed by cain...cain kills him because god chooses abels sacrifice over his own. cain and abel are the sons of adam and eve, cain his the first murderer and abel is the first person to ever be murders, hence cain is the original 'self obsessed sinner'...
    neworderkingon May 20, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningCourageousInsanity, that is quite a stretch of my interpretation.

    I've read through Genesis of the bible which neworderking has kindly explained the relevance.

    The "A Weekend in the City" era that this song is from, as well as "Intimacy" are based around relationships being formed and torn apart. With "A Weekend in the City" being the prelude, and and "Intimacy" being the current conclusion of those tales.

    That being said, take the verse:
    "Success has been cruel
    This year has been hard
    Falling out of love
    With the one thing I had loathed"

    Explains the protagonist of the story falling out of love, with the one thing he desired.

    The Cain reference to the story explains an abstract character of the story, one that destroys what is good in the world, one that is ruled of jealously and evil.

    Throughout the end of the song, within the confusion rushed racing flaring words, our protagonist has the realisation that himself and this abstract of Cain are one, that looking at his actions in hindsight he was the sole saboteur of his relationship.
    baluptonon December 06, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about but it is my favorite Bloc Party songs haha. Bloc Party rules
    steve71492on March 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and its cynical remarks at the "music icons" of today.
    Cain v. Abel, the bible brothers who killed themselves (though I'm not sure which one killed the other).

    Basically, one is the music industry and the other is alluded to famous drinking singers, oh, lets just say Jon.

    The lead singer Jon who goes out and parties everynight blowing his cash on hookers and beer then returns to the studio to record a CD or meaningless crap that the nation buys because its shoved down our throat.

    This song tells the story of the self-obsessed sinner and relates them to Cain and Abel, basically killing the good of the music industry and the bad remains.

    Though in the end they fade away and the new prodigy comes along to screw things up.

    BRAVO BLOC PARTY, an amazing song in my opinion. As of right now it's my favorite but that will change soon, all there songs are all too good.
    CourageousInsanityon March 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentamzing gordon vocals in this
    ffafbfmvon March 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentyes, gordon's vocals are amazing.
    this song is amazing.
    __like_pixie_duston May 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPossibly the most important part:

    Cain said to Abel
    "Brother I've been bad
    And I can't find my glasses"

    Seems to me that truly he isn't sorry and he's almost oblivious to the effects of his bad actions. He automatically asks where his glasses are so that he can have a drink.
    thebackroomon April 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it is 'fallen out of love with the one thing I had known,' not 'loathed'.
    Why would you fall out of love with something you already loathe?
    bekkimoon October 09, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"You look up, you look over, you can see it
    Disappearing, disappearing, instantly
    Literally, literally, telling them
    They'll be different
    They'll be special
    They'll be better"

    To me, this is about being paranoid about relationships. Whenever I start one I am obsessed (but not always to the point of verbalising it) by the thought of them leaving me. Thoughts of every breakup come to you, and you have to tell yourself that it won't be the case. But you can picture it so VIVIDLY, every scenario, every realization that they were better off with their ex, every "sorry I just don't like you as much anymore", every slow drift apart, every funeral (beautiful, and with a fantastic soundtrack). You have to tell yourself that the next one will be different, special, better. (Though sometimes...you just know).
    greenlandIsMELTINGon October 27, 2010   Link

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