"Service Bell" as written by and Edward Droste....
I keep a service bell by my bed for you
Let the others do what they do
I will hold on
Hold on
Hold on

I keep a service bell by my bed for you

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"Service Bell" as written by Edward Droste

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  • +4
    General CommentI dont think the bed should be taken so literally. I think it means she will do anything for him
    dlistbloggeron September 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe repetition of 'hold on' seems to produce both an internal mantra for the speaker and a chant to the subject of the songs lyrics. The lyrics intimate, for me, a Victorianesque love affair between a bed-ridden aristocrat secretly involved in a tryst with a maid-servant of some sort (perhaps this is indicated by the rather archaic and noble practice of using a service bell). The 'service bell', therefore, being the only manner that he can issue and declare his feelings (or to let the subject of the song know he is calling to him/her) to the other person. The utter simplicity of the lyrics, yet the abstractness of their meaning, indicate the intangible and grayish area that Grizzly Bear thrives in.
    wheresthedamnCAPO?on March 08, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think its about , is about him waiting for her to come around and he'll try as much he can to wait.Because he really likes hers.and he doesnt care about the other people shes been with , he will still be there for her.

    or it can be about him waiting for sex.(bed)
    lemonjunkieon July 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can't really tell if you're joking about the "I'm a whore" thing, so just in case...
    I emailed the band for the lyrics to this song, and what I posted is what they sent me.
    landofsubmarineson September 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't think is about prositution at all certanly is about love not caring about the other ppl.. and yeah sex is involved in the song!
    solinoon March 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think he's just saying that he's always waiting for her to come around - even if he's off doing something else (such as when people behind the counter are busy with something else & someone rings the service bell) he's still waiting to hear the sound of that bell that signals her coming back.
    deathcabisloveon October 27, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is on the compilation "Dark Was the Night" which was created for World Aids Day 2009. Feist and GB are both on the song and I think in this instance "hold on" is to be taken literally, the way he moans the lyrics is so dark, it seems like this is directly symbolic of a "deathbed." Though out of context it could be related to prostitution or even a forbidden love. I love this song, while short, it can take on so many meanings.
    missilelleon March 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about them both waiting for each other and that whenever either of them is ready to commit, they'll be readily waiting. Like a "service bell"- they're not stopping they're lives to sit and wait for each other, but they will be when one of them initiates it.
    rnson June 26, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI don't think he says "I will hold on." Rather, he says "I'm a whore." But I can see how it's hard to tell, the way he stretches the syllables. Also, Ed, the singer and writer of this song, is gay. So it's probably about a dude. And about being hooked on some good lovin'.

    But of course the great thing about songs is that the most important interpretation is (usually) that of the listener. So you can pretend it's about a girl if you like.
    Hoodie78on August 05, 2008   Link
  • -1
    General Commentpretty sure this song is about prostitution

    quite heartbreaking
    JMarson February 22, 2009   Link

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