"Pay for Me" as written by and Bryan Devendorf Scott Devendorf....
I thought I'd come to you
And your long lazy scene
Instate direction, finger on a magazine.
I'd call you when I need you
I can't get used to your new name.

Send a body double over with your keys
She'll see you in an hour
Everybody quiet please.
Essex house is down the road
The actors want to be alone.

Your room is still and soft
As a jeweller's.
Incidental music coming down the hall
Remember when I never had to wait for you at all?
I wish my hands were yours as I lay your keys
On a magazine.

Take me to LaGuardia
My baby's gonna pay for me.

Bottle from the duty-free
I'll drink it all across the sea.
Lay me down business class
Headphones and a sleeping mask.
She's gonna pay for me
She's gonna pay for me.

Brother, I wish you were home
Just tell me you're not alone
Call me back; I'm on a plane
I think I'm somewhere over Spain.
I'm in the dark without the stars
I've never seen a black suit dark
Thought I'd be above the rain
Somewhere on a higher plane.

Oh brother, I wish you were home
My brother, I wish you were home.

Baby, you're asleep by now
You never stayed awake for me
You never waited up for me,
No, you never waited up for me!
Now there's nothing I can do
I lost you but I beat the sound
Couldn't if I wanted to
The Cogwheel doesn't turn around!

Oh brother, I wish you were home
My baby is in a room alone.

My brother, I wish you were home.


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"Pay for Me" as written by Matthew Berninger Bryan Devendorf

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  • +1
    General CommentIts

    I lost you but I beat the sound
    couldn't if I wanted to
    The Concord doesn't turn around

    (Concord is faster than sound airplane).
    NonFictionalon January 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAll due credit for the below interpretation goes to Coleridge as I am simply copying his comment, which is buried in the replies, so not many people would find it. And he nailed it perfectly:

    "I think this song is about an ordinary shmoe whose girlfriend, an actress, has suddenly hit the big time. She has been shooting a film in Manhattan for a while, and hasn't been returning his calls. He sees her on the cover of a magazine and it makes him realize how much things have changed, and how quickly. Afraid he might be losing her, he decides to drive to New York City on the interstate. He arrives at the location where his girlfriend's film is shooting, but is not allowed on the set. Instead of talking to her boyfriend, she sends her *body double* over with the keys to her hotel room at Essex House (a very, very posh hotel across the street from Central Patk) and instructions to wait for her there because "the actors want to be alone".

    He goes there, and waits in the empty, intimidatingly opulent hotel room for a while, and thinks about how he used to never have to wait for her at all. He sees another copy of the magazine with her picture on the cover, the one he drove there with, and he gives up. She's so far above him now, and he's lost her, and it just isn't fair. How come it's not him getting famous, and rich, and abandoning HER?

    And then it hits him. It can be, just this once. He grabs her new platinum card, and decides to take a five-star trip to Paris. First class. On the Concorde. On her. My baby's gonna pay for me. .. Meaning she'lll pay his bill, and shell pay fir breaking his heart.

    He calls his brother. Nobody home. Thinks of calling his girlfriend, but knows there's no point. The Concorde doesn't turn around... But he wonders if he made a mistake, if she's lonely. And heartbroken in new York, missing him and lonely, wondering where he went and still in love with him."
    Antip0pon April 28, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy hearing of the lyrics:

    I thought I'd come and see you
    in your long AND lazy scene
    ...
    I've never seen a black SO dark.

    Interpretation:
    Guy is flying in to visit his ex. Either through a divorce with the man himself or by her marrying another man an adopting his name instead of her maiden name, he cannot get used
    Seikeon February 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI reckon it's the 'cockpit' doesn't turn around. Kinda literal I know. I've thought it was the story of a guy who's been visiting his girlfriend, who's not that into him anymore, he's hanging around the hotel room while the actors - his girlfriend's preferred company nowadays (remembering the days when he was in the in group) and she's palmed him off back from whence he came, Business Class 'cause she's rich now. He's getting shitfaced up there, wishing his buddy would pick up the bloody 'phone so he doesn't have to feel so lonely, somewhere over Spain.
    darkhorsedownunderon March 07, 2011   Link
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    General CommentSeconding 'this Concord doesn't turn around.' 'Cockpit' would make sense, but I don't hear a 'p' or a 't' in his pronunciation.

    Also, fairly certain this is about visiting someone he used to date, and that disappointed expectation that some of their old chemistry would remain. She hasn't just moved on from him though -- she's moved on from the whole life in which they knew one another. He seems a little envious, but it's not his world, so he gets smashed during his flight home.
    nostalgicBadgeron May 19, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionThis is what I hear (quite possibly incorrectly):

    I thought I'd come and see you
    In your long and lazy scene.
    Giving stage direction,
    Fingering a magazine.
    I call you what I knew you;
    I can't get used to your new name.


    Send a body double over with your keys.
    She'll see you in an hour,
    Everybody quiet please.
    Essex House is down the road;
    The actors want to be alone.


    Your room is still and soft as a jeweller's.


    Incidental music coming down the hall.
    Remember when I never had to wait for you at all?
    I wish my hands were yours
    As I lay your keys on a magazine.


    Take me to LaGuardia, my baby's gonna pay for me.


    Bottle from the Duty Free,
    I'll drink it all across the sea.
    Lay me down, business class,
    With headphones and a sleeping mask.


    She's gonna pay for me.
    She's gonna pay for me.


    Brother I wish you were home,
    Just tell me you're not alone.
    Call me back, I'm on a plane;
    I think I'm somewhere over Spain.
    I'm in a dark without the stars,
    I've never seen a black so dark.
    Thought I'd be above the rain,
    Somewhere on a higher plain.


    Oh brother, I wish you were home.
    My brother, I wish you were home.


    Baby you're asleep by now,
    You never stayed awake for me,
    You never waited up for me,
    No, you never waited up for me.

    Now there is nothing I can do,
    I lost you but I beat the sound.
    Couldn't if I wanted to,
    This Concorde doesn't turn around.


    Oh brother, I wish you were home.
    My baby is in a room alone.

    My brother, I wish you were home.



    KMPon June 01, 2011   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSuch an under-rated song from their self titled album. I absolutely love it. Someone else listen to it and tell me what you think! :)
    dplafcan25on July 04, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSuch an under-rated song from their self titled album. I absolutely love it. Someone else listen to it and tell me what you think! :)
    dplafcan25on July 04, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSuch an under-rated song from their self titled album. I absolutely love it. Someone else listen to it and tell me what you think! :)
    dplafcan25on July 04, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General Comment"i've never seen a black so dark"
    also, i always think he's saying "the cockle doesn't turn around" [maybe referring to cockles of the heart?!] but that hardly makes sense.

    this song is totally amazing.
    lizarioon October 15, 2007   Link

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