"Rubidoux" as written by and Matthew Maust Nathan Willet....
So let's go deadbolt your shed door
Cram your paper money, snug, closer than before
Chandeliers are falling in graveyard rows
And your eyes are shifting dials like AM radios

Snowed over river, melted more last night
Still the same, the shattered windshields of spidered ice
Yes, yes, mother, I mean to be baptized
Seeds that make the higher ground grow and multiply

Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Bourbon and a pistol in the dash, out of sight
What did you expect, romantic call of why?
Just empty, desert light

Few feet float above these Persian throw rugs
And tuck themselves in percussionist, succession words
Tonight, a single, simple folk play themselves low
Just like talking city blues, down in the hole we loathe

Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Bourbon and a pistol in the dash, out of sight
What did you expect, romantic call of why?
Just empty, desert light

I suggest that you respect the deal
And keep your nose out of business of priests and holy men
The life you have chosen is filled with dirty finger nails
And lost and founds and canceled appointments

Ten, ten more avenues, time to choose
And there's rain that'll fall down on fire
There's fifty doors to choose from and there's many more
Many more inside, inside, inside
Well, the night time's going to come
The night time's going to come

Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Bourbon and a pistol in the dash, out of sight
What did you expect, romantic call of why?
Just empty, desert light

Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Joy to Rubidoux in the the middle of the night
Just empty, desert light, it's just empty, desert light
It's just empty, desert light

Lyrics submitted by JonathanBC

"Rubidoux" as written by Matthew Cole Aveiro Jonathan Bo Russell

Lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

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    General Commentand what about the end 4 minutes?
    ghostabc123on March 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentYou mean on the album?? That's a "hidden track" and considered a different song. You're looking for "Sermons V The Gospel."
    JonathanBCon April 06, 2007   Link
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    General Commentare you sure he's not saying "Drove/drive to Rubidoux in the middle of the night" because Rubidoux is a country in california. and well they are from california. also i think he says "olive white" instead of "call of why"
    VELVENhavion April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDrove does sound a lot better now, I'll change that for sure. The call of why/olive white is still open for debate though.

    This wasn't easy to transcribe, but I apologize for the obvious joy mistake. Thanks :)
    JonathanBCon April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was "what did you expect/romantic isle of white"

    Makes sense, no?
    ~Lexi~on April 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think he's saying "romantic call of white". Almost sure of it.
    Dmtkingon July 25, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits "what did you expect?/romantic isle of wight?"

    the isle of wight is an island off the southern english coast. it doesnt make a lot of sense, but its in the freaking lyrics booklet.
    girlmontagon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe "Isle of Wight" reference is to the song "When I'm Sixty-Four" by the Beatles, where Paul Mccartney sings about how "Every summer we can rent a cottage,
    In the Isle of Wright, if it’s not too dear". Nathan is singing about how it's not going to be such a romantic experience as such.
    artistikfreedomon August 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously about the end of the world.

    Cold War Kids enthusiasts all know that there is a large presence of religious invocation within the lead singers lyrics.

    The song begins with what would be our basic instinctual reaction to the end of days: Locking ourselves in, clutching our worthless materialistic possessions, and watching the infrastructure of this capitalist world collapse (hence the chandliers falling, imagine the scene of a movie).

    The second verse is hard for me to explain besides the fact that although humanity is ending the environment is static, however the indication of baptism indicates a human beings attempt to find salvation before the end.

    I love the third verse. It compares the mindset of the rich and poor. Those persian rugs are worthless in the end but the few feet who float above them calm themselves in a rythmic prayer (hence percussionist succession words). But there is the poor, who know the city blues in the holes they loathe, so this apocalypse is just another step for them.

    My interpretation of the chorus line is simply this. Where would you go?> What would you do? Would you drive to Rubidoux (an uninhabited, vacant scene of California) to watch the stars. What would you bring? Perhaps some alcohol to dull the tragedy, how about a pistol for protection. People have all commented about "Romantic call of Why" arguing it's "Isle of Wight". I hate to say this. BUT NO IT ISN'T. Romantic Call of Why. Imagine a man, knowing the end is near, Falling down on the sand of this beautiful area, and cursing the heavens, with upraised hands, "Saying, Why God" (Again think of a movie, perhaps Twilight Zone episode, Time is time at last, you know the one with guy who breaks his glasses after the world is destroyed).

    Now the verse about Priests and Holy men. I do not in any way shape or form believe the Cold War Kids are a religious band. I believer they are master painters of themes with song and sound. But here it is. Religion has told us this would come. But instead we chose to dirty our hands with sin, and saunter within the lost and found of human emotion.

    The last verse before the chorus to me is an illustration of the last minutes.

    Think of religious imagery, the world is said to end by fire, and in this song it rains down. The doors to choose from might be many but the end is near (The night time is going to come) complete darkness. And the last place left is Rubidoux.


    Am I right?
    GlassMOTGon September 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh and furthermore on the third verse concerning rich and poor, they play themselves low, they're not freaking out, it's just another sad thing for them to absorb (Just like talking city blues down in the whole they loath)
    GlassMOTGon September 14, 2007   Link

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