All the boys who called their mothers on that day Were no tough bunch but they had the nerves to go and say That all your secrets were drowned With the pioneers who were flooded from this town They packed their bags only moments too late With the pounding waves crashing up against The weakened water gates 'Cause dire times call for dire faces So lovely dancer call a dancer Trade our places in the night We're running barefoot, you and I Dead lovers salivate Broken hearts tessellate tonight And all the kids who cut their knees on that old schoolyard fence Were holding out for posterity and self-defense Before we beat them down again There's no fun in playing cowboys for pretend We showed them what the backs of our hands is for The divide is clear in the coming year The rich will take the poor 'Cause dire times call for dire faces So lovely dancer, call a dancer Trade our places in the night We're running barefoot, you and I Dead lovers salivate Broken hearts tessellate tonight



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    General Comment:
    Because dire times call for dire faces- I think this means that in hard times you need someone else to be in a hard time too, with you.
    So lovely dancer, call and answer- And this line refers to that too, I think 'lovely dancer' is just a term, not actually refering to a dancer, but I could be wrong.
    Trade our places in the night
    We're running barefoot, you and I- This, to me, is saying that both of them are in the same, kind of hurtful situation, together. This also refers back to the sticking with people in hard times.
    Dead lovers salivate- I don't think this means actual dead lovers, I think it means dead relationships, even though the relationship is over they still crave each other.
    Broken hearts tessellate tonight- And I think this is a symbolism for broken hearts being mended, fitting back together.


    And all the kids who cut their knees on that old schoolyard fence
    Were holding out for posterity and self-defense
    We beat them down again
    There's no fun in playing cowboys for pretend
    We showed them what the backs of our hands is for
    The divide is clear in the coming year
    The rich will take the poor

    This whole verse, I think, is about growing up. It talks about teaching kids to play' cowboys' for real, teaching the how to 'pimp slap' and teaching them that the 'rich' will always have power over the 'poor'. This is the saddest verse in my opinion, because it represents the loss of naivity and being exposed to the world, where hearts are broken and bad things happen everyday.

    So, in total, I guess this song is about life, if I'm being very general. It is about hearts being broken and mended and growing up and all of that. I don't know quite how to explain it, but that's what it means to me.
    Ismmehowruon March 15, 2011   Link
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    General Comment:I'm completely obsessed with TPC and this song I love it both versions. Yay I can't wait for the new album. Seeing them live again this month so excited.
    arcadeintokyoon October 08, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:i lied, i also love Tessellate, Harrowing, and Sixties just as much as In A Cave and Graves. Hell with it, i just adore this album. :)
    indierockesson March 25, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:"So lovely dancer, call a dancer" I think
    SummerAnticson April 26, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I really couldn't overstate how good this song makes me feel. So I won't try. Haha.
    Technophobiaon April 30, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:This is my favorite song, along with Sixties Remake on the new album.
    abgcunited11on May 08, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:"We showed them what the backs of our hands is for"

    I love this line so much, because it's implying a pimp slap
    Kazzon May 09, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:do you think this has anything to do with hurricane katrina? i guess it's kind of a stretch, but "tesselate" means to form multiple identical shapes, so broken hearts tessellate tonight could mean that there's a lot of them. and then the "weakened water gates" meaning the weak levies (sp.?). and "the divide is clear in the coming year, the rich will take the poor" meaning how the poor people didn't get the help they needed, which was a big issue. i dunno, i just saw some similarities, love some input!
    mtdewjunkieon May 14, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:really well done
    throaty_silveron May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:For sure it's the coke thing. haha. No way. You can take anything you want from any of their songs. None of them have a specific meaning, which is fab. Mainly their stories that Dave came up with.
    perehudoffon May 22, 2008   Link

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