You can't hold it too tight
These matters of security
You don't have to be wound so tight
Smoking on the balcony

Well it's like sleaze in the park
You women, you have no self-control
We angels remark outside
You are known for insatiable needs
But I don't know a thing

I've seen love
And I follow the speed in the starlight
I've seen love
And I follow the speed in the star-swept night

Yeah, pace is the trick
And to all the corruption in man...

I see you as you take your pride, my lioness
Your defenses seem wise, I cannot press
And attention's at demise, my lioness
Can't you hurt it some, I think I hurt it

I've seen love
I follow the speed in the starlight
I've seen love
And I follow the speed in the star-swept night
And now I select you
Slow now I let you see how I stun
Now I select you
Slow now I bet you see how I stun

To all the destruction in man...
And to all the corruption in my hand...

And now I select you
Slow now, I let you see how I stun
Now I select you
Slow now, I bet you see how I stun
Now I select you
Slow now, I let you see how i stun
Now I select you
Slow now, I let you
I always follow the speed in the star-swept night

...you don't hold a candle


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  • +3
    General CommentI really love this song, reminds me of Take You On A Cruise... I think its hilarious when he says "see how I stun" as this is a common statement found in rappers lyrics...for me the song is about his heartbreak of someone he loved dearly and killing his pain with women who love and admire him, however, he does not think much of them, i.e. "you women you have no self control".."see how I stun".. It is very easy for him to acquire these women: "and to all the corruption in my hand", so he beds them and has fun with him but he DOES remember what it is like to love:..." I've seen love"... but in the endless line of these women do not "hold a candle" to the one he truly loved.
    elleaguon July 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is just now beginning to grow on me, it's very sweeping, very...heart-heavy.

    At first every time I heard this, it reminded me of obsession, even the whole groupie thing...people (women) following the narrator wherever he goes, with "no self-control", as he and those he knows--"the angels", as these obsessive characters would think of them--know about them and are conscious of the high pedestals that they place on them (the "insatiable needs")....this and another song on OLTA, can't remember which one, had me thinking similar things. Kindof like crazed fans following people that they know from bands and such, invading their everyday lives.

    On the other hand, another interpretation is that it could be about a man who has been in love, couldn't handle the relationship, and somehow ruined it, and now he feels hurt yet sick of being just some woman's toy, to the point of resenting women and not wanting to have to go back to that point of always being used or so concerned about another person...i.e. being "wound so tight smoking on the balcony", worrying about her and their relationship even during mundane moments. Basically, he's just left a bad relationship where he felt suffocated and now he's letting go off all of that.

    This song could be taken so many ways...it's very bitter to me, though. Beautiful, anyway.
    schizophreniqueon July 26, 2007   Link
  • +2
    Song MeaningMy fav song in "Our Love to Admire". I really tried to give a meaning to this song that suits every line and I think that I have done it. Well maybe I am not even close enough to what Interpol tried to tell us, but who cares.

    "You can't hold it too tight
    These matters of security
    You don't have to be wound so tight,
    Smoking on the balcony"

    It talks about the "security" of women (but in life also men) that they have, so they cannot be hurt/wound from other people. We want our emotions to be secured, otherwise we are very vunerable. And we don't expose or show this security, cause we don't want other people to know that we have it.

    "But it's like sleaze in the park
    You women, you have no self-control
    We angels remark outside
    You are known for insatiable needs
    I don't know a thing"

    The sleaze in the park, is the hurt that a woman feels when her emotions are hurted. They have no-self control sometimes, and they show their feeling quite clear. We (men) remark outside, we try to understand what has happened and why you react like that. We think that you have insatiable needs that we cannot satisfy. I don't know i thind refers to that we haven't find a way yet, or we don't understand you at all.

    "I've seen love
    And I follow the speed in the starlight
    I've seen love
    And I follow the speed in the star-swept night"

    Here a man is talking. He has seen love, from women, and be in a relationship that everything was going to fast. Also I think that the starlight may refer to the beauty that a woman give to a man, like the light of a star.

    "Yeah, pace is the trick
    And to all the destruction in man"

    Pace is the trick. In a relationship both sides must walk along, and hurry or be left behind. And the destruction in man, refers to the hurt that a man can do to woman and the other way around maybe.

    "Well, I see you as you take your pride, my lioness
    Your defenses seem wise, I cannot press
    And detention's at demise, my lioness
    Can't you hurt it some?
    Think I hurt it"

    The woman, after "clear expression" of her emotions, when the man didn't understand a thing, takes her pride. She is still the lioness of the man. He still loves her, but cannot press her defences. The woman's attentions die slowly. And then the man ask "Can't you hurt it some?", and it means the man's pride, the man's feeling. His own feelings. The man realizes: "Think i hurt it some" and he means the pride of his lioness. And in eschange he asks if she can hurt him to, and he know she will.

    "And now I select you, slow now to let you
    See how I stun"

    And then the man, after he realizes that he hurt his lioness and have been hurt by her, he selects her, and let her slowly, with the right pace. But he stuns, cause he does something that he doesn't want to do, he doesn't want to let her. And asks her "See how I stun?" so he can show her that he want his lioness back, and hopes that she will forgive him.

    "And to all the destruction in man
    And to all the corruption in my hand"

    Here again he realizes what he has done, and what he is able to do to a woman without knowing.

    "You don't hold a candle"

    I guess this is a song with not a happy end though. The woman doesn't hold a candle for her man, she does not forgive him. And they seperate from each other, with not many left to be said.

    P.S. This may just be a meaning that I gave from personal expreriances, but this is what music and songs are all about.
    paoktzison June 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is the Take You On A Cruise of OLTA.
    RyanBoyon June 24, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"that's just sort of a tricky track... there are 2 narrative paths happening...you have to like cut up the verses and stuff ...you could realign the flow. it's sort of like 2 different segments that run parallel...so if you put the first verse with the third verse together and the outro that's one, and then the choruses and the second verse..."

    -paul on Steve Lamacq's BBC 6Music radio show about this song
    highfeveron July 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOMG!
    no comments yet?
    this song is so beautiful!

    I've seen love,
    And I follow the speed of the starlight,
    I've seen love,
    And I follow the speed in the starswept night,
    And now I select you,
    So that I let you,
    See how I stun.


    And to all the destruction in them,
    And to all the corruption in my hand,
    And now I select you,
    So that I let you,
    See how I stun,


    loooove it!
    crow_hearton June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think these are a little off, I'm almost positive it's And to all the destruction in man, rather than

    And to all the destruction in them

    regardless this is one of the best off the new cd.
    mattizmynameon June 24, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree, definitely one of the best off the new album.
    ahh_eloquenceon June 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentagreed RyanBoy.. elicit's that same feeling the way Paul's vocals float over the guitars in the chorus.

    iiiiveee seeeeen looooooove
    Troddenon June 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHaha yeah it's quite amazing. and the end sounds like the end of Not Even Jail
    RyanBoyon June 26, 2007   Link

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