"Arizona" as written by Jared Followill, Matthew Followill, Nathan Followill and Caleb Followill....
That taste
All I ever wanted
All I ever needed
Just too dumb to surrender
She shakes Like a mornin railway checking me out
Someone on her shoulder
The lamp
Flickers in the bedroom
She must feel it's awkward
Or it's Arizona
Now go
Stand up to a giant
Say that I'm a fighter
Too drunk to surrender
To drunk to remember
Shake hands
My face
Is layin' on the pavement
Tastin' something awful I hate when that happens
She'll wave
Bein' then that it's sexy,
She must be plum crazy
I kinda think I like her
I kinda think I do


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"Arizona" as written by Jared Followill Caleb Followill

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  • +6
    General CommentCaleb says:

    "This one’s kind of bad. I love the desert and I hold Arizona close to my heart, but me and Nathan went there and we had quite a few different substances, and we decided to go to this brothel. I guess I am telling you, aren’t I? This is a real heartbreaker. We walked in and I looked around and there was one young girl who was so beautiful that all I could think was, ‘What happened in her life that could bring her here?’ as opposed to, ‘Yeah! I’ll take that one.' I took an ugly one. I knew how she ended up there."
    feel me loudon April 01, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentIt's so obvious that the people posting the lyrics to the new album have just downloaded the song, or are two dumb to realise that the lyrics are printed in the album's sleeve. UGH!

    "That taste,
    All I ever needed,
    All I ever wanted,
    Too dumb to surrender"

    The meaning to this verse is obvious - he's talking about a girl, the taste of her lips, her ... whatever. I think that the line 'too dumb to surrender' suggests that he might have tried to play hard to get when he should have known all along that he would eventually give in to temptation.

    "She shakes
    Like the morning railway
    Checking me out
    With someone on her shoulder"

    This is where it gets complicated - the girl spots Caleb when she's with her boyfriend ("with someone on her shoulder") ... she's shaking because she's so attracted to him despite the fact she has a boyfriend?

    "The lamp,
    Flickers in the bedroom
    She must feel as awkward
    Whore-house Arizona"

    So far I think this is the verse where everyone so far as read WAY too much symbolic meaning into it - "The lamp flickers in the bedroom" - um, they're having sex?
    He says she feels as awkward as (?) whore-house Arizona - I enterpret this as meaning she's nervous about the pressure of sleeping with a rock star ... aside from the fact she's cheating on her boyfriend, and it's as blatant as a whore-house in Arizona? I don't know much about Arizona as I don't live in USA, but maybe that's a state where sexual promiscuity (especially a whore-house)is frowned upon?

    "And I go,
    Stand up to a giant
    Say that I'm a fighter
    Too drunk to remember
    Too drunk to ..."

    So this is the bit where Caleb thinks he's tougher than he is and 'stands up to a giant' - stands up to the girl's boyfriend when he's really drunk. He doesn't remember this once he wakes up- ...

    "My face
    Is laying on the pavement
    Tasting something awful
    I hate when that happens"

    ... -after being knocked out on the pavement. Tasting something awful most likely means he's got blood in his mouth.

    "And she waves,
    Thinking that it's sexy,
    She must be plum crazy,
    I kind of think I like her,
    Kind of think I do ..."

    So this is the part where the girl finds him, waves, thinks it's hot that her boyfriend and the rock star tried to beat each other up over her, and Caleb realises he's got a thing for her.

    Awesome song. I just wish you hadn't of destroyed it with completely incorrect lyrics ... an insult to KOL.
    moschinopumpson May 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI can listen to this over and over and never get sick of it. It's such a beautiful, melancholy little love song. I find it really romantic, in a weird way. Despite the fact that he's drunk, at a whorehouse, getting his ass kicked while fighting for a girl's honor, there's a strange sense of innocent sweetness to it...

    I mean:

    "She must be plum crazy
    I kinda think I like her
    I kinda think I do"

    Awww. Man, that part gets me EVERY time.
    Taymayon February 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentpossibly best song on album...at least one of the best

    love it, especially the end. very chill.
    petermelaon March 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyrics are wrong...
    UZeroHead2on April 04, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, these lyrics are wrong from the beginning. I'm almost positive its "Now take" instead of "Now taste". Now taste doesnt even make sense in context. I mean he has a tough voice to understand what hes saying but comon.
    catille13on April 23, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always imagine myself flying over a forrest of pines in the sunlight during the intro.

    Gotta respect any band that can put that sweet of an image in my head...
    hyeanddryon May 02, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentok. i am not sure what that guy up there is talking about the lamp being all metaphoric and him calling the girl a giant. ....right

    according to caleb himself...

    "This one’s kind of bad. I love the desert and I hold Arizona close to my heart, but me and Nathan went there and we had quite a few different substances, and we decided to go to this brothel. I guess I am telling you, aren’t I? This is a real heartbreaker. We walked in and I looked around and there was one young girl who was so beautiful that all I could think was, ‘What happened in her life that could bring her here?’ as opposed to, ‘Yeah! I’ll take that one.' I took an ugly one. I knew how she ended up there"

    now take
    all i ever needed
    all i ever wanted
    to dumb to surrender

    talking about the whorehouse where he meets a beautiful girl. all he ever needed and wanted. and he can take her now but he's to dumb to surrender. remember he choose the ugly one.

    She shakes
    Like the morning railway
    Ch-ch-checking me out
    With someone on her shoulder

    she has a pimp on her shoulder probably makes her a little cautious to be checking him out. the shaking could be a you turn me on shake or a nervous shake from fear of her pimp and the awkward situation.

    The lamp
    Flickers in the bedroom
    She must feel as awkward
    Whore-house Arizona

    they are in a shitty brothel. the lamps flicker, shes a prostitue. he thinks she is to good to be there and its awkward.

    And I go
    Stand up to a giant
    Say that I’m a fighter
    Too drunk to remember
    Too drunk to…
    My face is laying on the pavement
    Tasting something awful
    I hate when that happens

    so he goes and trys to fight her pimp. to save her. he says hes a fighter but he is to drunk and the pimp beats his ass where he drunkenly comes to on the pavement tasting his own blood.

    And she waves
    Thinking that it's sexy
    She must be plum crazy
    I kinda think I like her
    Kinda think I do

    and she waves at him afterwards tryiing still to flirt with him a little. trying to be sexy. and he thinks she is crazy because she is a prostitute living this terrible life. but he likes her anyway.
    Karla115on May 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI bet can I could explain what he was doing there... Playing chess perhaps! Probably just passing time I expect.
    tentnanton October 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfucking epic
    collystringson July 15, 2009   Link

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