Listen to the sounds, they're ringing out around you
These are the cries of the dying breed
Politics of hate you'd never get around to
Blood over brains that we never need
I saw you in the back, studied and relaxed
Fixed in the pose like a silent stone
Serenity intact, it's the feeling that I lack
Life in the floors of a stable home

I can trace you on paper like a sketch of a smell
You're a breath to the runner in contest
In close to the nerve, but you rest so far away
And I have to give it up someday

Every time I close my eyes, I see you in front of me
Pretending in a love like this
I have no choice but to put you in back of me
Don't cover my footsteps
Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
You're dead weight all right, that's fine
You get your hands off me
You have to touch me with kid gloves
You have to touch me with kid gloves

Buy me to the wind, you talk me out of standstill
I never felt so alive at once
Finger to the quick, yes I can feel your hand still
Pressed to the drain of the common months

Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a miserable fuck
Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a tireless bore
Cheer me up, cheer me, I'm invisibly stuck all in myself
Yes I'm a vanity whore

Because it's race and it's power at the center of life
We are blind to the people who need us
But you're the kind of person who could understand that fault
And I hope to measure you someday

Every time I close my eyes, I see you in front of me
Pretending in a love like this
I have no choice but to put you in back of me
Don't cover my footsteps
Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
Dead weight all right, that's fine
You get your hands off me
You have to touch me with kid gloves
You have to touch me with kid gloves

Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a miserable fuck
Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a tireless bore
Cheer me up, cheer me, I'm invisibly stuck all in myself
Yes I'm a vanity whore

When you compromise yourself like that
It's dedication
So even on friendship (?)

Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
Dead weight all right, that's fine, you get your hands off me
You have to touch me with kid gloves
You have to touch me with kid gloves


Lyrics submitted by erbylikewhoa, edited by clarkma5

Kid Gloves song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentI think "Buy me to the wind, you talk me out of standstill" is "Body to the wind, you taught me how to stand still".

    I'm not sure about either of the above suggestions for the line beginning 'It's a dedication...', but I can't come up with any better suggestion.

    There are obvious political overtones, and parts of it make a lot of sense being about his father. It's probably mostly a mix of those two ideas.

    I'm still not 100% sure about the meaning of the hook line "You have to touch me with kid gloves". It makes perfect sense just as long as I don't think about it too hard. If I try to solidify what I think it means, it seems to fall apart. Great hook though, and this is probably the best song I've heard from the new album.
    fool_on_the_hillon May 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionI think it's "I weigh myself, yes I'm a vanity whore" which fits with the line later "I hope to measure you some day". Also I think the line beginning with "It's a dedication" might end "so real and unflinching" or something like that.
    nikola3on March 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentRevised lyrics:

    Listen to the sounds, they're ringing out around you
    These are the cries of the dying breed
    Politics of hate you'd never get around to
    Blood over brains that we never need
    I saw you in the back, studied and relaxed
    Fixed in the pose like a silent stone
    Serenity intact, it's the feeling that I lack
    Life in the floors of a stable home

    I can trace you in paper like the sketch of a smell
    You're a breath to the runner in contest
    In close to the nerve, but you rest so far away
    And I have to give it up someday

    Every time I close my eyes, I see you in front of me
    Pretending in a love like this
    I have no choice but to put you in back of me
    Don't cover my footsteps
    Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
    Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
    You're dead weight all right, that's fine, but get your hands off me
    You have to touch me with kid gloves
    You have to touch me with kid gloves

    Buy me to the wind, you talk me out of standstill
    I never felt so alive at once
    Finger to the quick, yes I can feel your hand still
    Pressed to the drain of the common months

    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a miserable fuck
    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a tireless bore
    Cheer me up, cheer me, I'm invisibly stuck all in myself
    Yes I'm a vanity whore

    Because it's race and it's power at the center of life
    We are blind to the people who need us
    But you're the kind of person who could understand that fault
    And I hope to measure you someday

    Every time I close my eyes, I see you in front of me
    Pretending in a love like this
    I have no choice but to put you in back of me
    Don't cover my footsteps
    Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
    Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
    Dead weight all right, that's fine, but get your hands off me
    You have to touch me with kid gloves
    You have to touch me with kid gloves

    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a miserable fuck
    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a tireless bore
    Cheer me up, cheer me, I'm invisibly stuck all in myself
    Yes I'm a vanity whore

    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a miserable fuck
    Cheer me up, cheer me, up I'm a tireless bore
    When you compromise yourself like that
    It's a dedication, so willing on infringing (?)

    Dead weight all right, I know you're no good for me
    Dead weight all right, I know you're no righteous leader
    Dead weight all right, that's fine, but get your hands off me
    You have to touch me with kid gloves
    You have to touch me with kid gloves
    ThreePintson March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks man, I'll take a listen and change them again.

    question to the rest: do you think it's an attempt at a political song? or is that too surface-level?
    erbylikewhoaon March 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about his father.
    loyalfriendon April 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentvoxtrot is one of my favorite bands... ramesh's lyrics are prefect.

    "with kid gloves" means with caution or careful consideration... so "you have to touch me with kid gloves" makes sense.
    amy15243on May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is amazing. I always thought it was about a break-up...
    la vita bassaon January 05, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis band is amazing.
    These lyrics rule!
    kratosaurionon March 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI got the father thing, too.
    MadBoion June 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can see the father reference too.
    kaitlynsongmeaningson November 08, 2008   Link

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