"Mathematics" as written by and Simon Aldred....
Meet me on the corner by the fire escape and I'll be waiting
Every inch of back roads that have put me here will disappear
And I'll hold you in my arms
Cold mathematics making its move on me now

Peacocks on the chopping block and in the blocks
My hopes are burning
Beautiful and trivial and baby just out of reach
So hear the unforgiving sound
Of cold mathematics making its move on me now

Warm starts the great silence
The only place I have left to go
And I'll hold you in my arms
Cold mathematics making its move on me now

It's funny how I always seem to alienate the people I like
Trying to impress, one day I will learn to shine
To the unforgiving sound
Of cold mathematics making its move on me now

And I'll hold you in my arms
Cold mathematics making its move on me now
Cold mathematics making its move
Cold mathematics making its move
Cold mathematics making its move


Lyrics submitted by trainspotter, edited by niteflite01

"Mathematics" as written by Simon Aldred

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    General CommentImportant to me are two things: The speaker/"I" doesn't have the girl he wants yet ("I'd hold you..", "baby out of reach"), and he always alienates the people he's trying to impress. The corrected lyrics (see first comment) seem to be appropriate if you listen very hard to the studio version of the song. According to these lyrics, it is cold mathematics which gets in the way of love. Love is irrational, crazy — but the speaker/"I" ist unable to be irrational and crazy, he can't let himself go and give in to his feelings. Instead of falling for the girl he wants, he thinks too much and alienates her, as he is alienating everyone else. So he is very lonely, but hopes that one day he will overcome his obsessive cold rationality: "But one day I will learn to shine through the unforgiven sounds of cold mathematics making it's move on me now."
    Another interpretation could be that the girl rejects the speaker/"I". She is heartless and imposes cold mathematics on him. He is lovesick and lonely and has cruel visions of "peacocks on the chopping block". And he hopes that some day he will get through to her, so that he won't have to hear "unforgiven sounds of cold mathematics" anymore. In this interretation it is a song about rejected love.
    I think it is a great song because it is ambivalent and invites you to look at it from different perspectices. However, what I don't hear in the lyrics is the equation love = mathematics. And: I hope that Cherry Ghost will tour Germany one day!
    dasteddenon March 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song that is describing Love as Mathematics instead of the usual "chemistry"
    Seen them 3 times this year and will see them again in 2 weeks time.
    awesome song
    meleon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing. mathematics is cold, calculated, kinda void of emotion if you know what i mean. This is what love is to the singer in my opinion.
    THYDEon November 12, 2007   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionMeet me on the corner by the fire escape and I'll be waiting,
    Every inch of back roads that have put me here will disappear,
    And I'd hold you in my arms,
    But cold mathematics's making it's move on me now,

    Peacocks on the chopping block and in the docks, my boats are burning,
    You're beautiful and trivial and baby, just out of reach,
    So give me the unforgiven sound,
    Of cold mathematics making its move on me now,

    Towards the stars the great silence,
    It's the only place I have left to go,
    And I'd hold you in my arms,
    But cold mathematics's making its move on me now,

    It's funny how I always seem to alienate the people that I'm
    Trying to impress but one day I will learn to shine,
    Through the unforgiven sounds,
    Of cold mathematics making it's move on me now,

    And I'd hold you in my arms,
    And cold mathematics's making its move on me now,

    Cold mathematics making its move,
    Cold mathematics making its move,
    Cold mathematics making its move.
    niteflite01on January 07, 2011   Link

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