I wake up, my shoulders cold
I've got to leave here, before I go
I pull my shirt on, walk out the door
Drag my feet along the floor
I pull my shirt on, walk out the door
Drag my feet along the floor

Then I see you, you're walking 'cross the campus
Cruel professor studying romances

How am I supposed to pretend
I never want to see you again
How am I supposed to pretend
I never want to see you again

Walked to class, in front of ya
Spilled kefir on your keffiyeh
You look inside and turn to the door
Drag your feet along the floor

Then I see you, you're walking 'cross the campus
Cruel professor studying romances

How am I supposed to pretend
I never want to see you again
How am I supposed to pretend
I never want to see you again

In the afternoon, you're out on the stone and grass
And I'm sleeping on the balcony after class
In the afternoon, you're out on the stone and grass
And I'm sleeping on the balcony after class
In the afternoon, you're out on the stone and grass
And I'm sleeping on the balcony after class


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  • +8
    General CommentI actually think this song is about a one night stand and the following morning wanting to leave before they get up cos of the awkwardness. Draging his feet along the floor possibly in regret of what he's done.

    Then he sees her walking 'cross the campus, the "cruel professor studying romances", i think, is the girl overthinking the situation and wondering if there was more to it than a one night stand etc...

    The chrorus isnt "how am i supposed to pretend i never want to see you again [as he likes her]" its "How am i supposed to pretend [theres more to it than just a one night stand when really], I never want to see you again" The comma makes it a whole different thing he's saying/thinking.

    Ending with shes on the stone and grass (i.e. campus) maybe waiting to bump into him again whereas he's "sleeping on the balcony after class" simply catching up from a lack of sleep last night - another indication of the one night stand - not thinking about her anymore.
    MikeFon May 13, 2008   Link
  • +5
    General Commenthaha wow, I have a *totally* different take on this song than ya'll. ;-) I think it's about being gay and living on a college campus. Let me explain my reasoning...

    No one has pointed this out yet, but a keffiyeh is something traditionally worn by males.. not females. :) I believe Batmanglij wrote the lyrics to this song, and he has since come out as being gay (out.com/…).

    To me this song tells a story of falling in love with a male (possibly professor) who turns out to not be gay, and hence is not interested in a relationship. The line, "You look inside and turn to the door," to me means that when the person realizes Batmanglij is gay, he walks away (i.e., not interested).

    Thoughts? I could be wrong here.. have been wrong many times. ;-)
    SPB8on July 22, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think this song is definitely about someone having an affair with their professor! haha. He sings, "I see you...cruel professor studying romances", so I think the "you" is this professor. And I agree with Vampire Weekend=Love, I think he really does love her, but because of the stigma of dating a professor, he has to pretend he never wants to see her again. Anyway, I love the song and how upbeat it is.
    kelseymayon June 13, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentSounds like somebody slept with their Post-colonial studies professor!
    twocenton March 22, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti agree with muffy327 , but the "cruel professor studying romances" part makes it very ambiguous. i mean, all of the theories like muffy327's make complete sense to me, but then when it comes to the professor part, it just does not fit in at all. i definitely think it's what kelseymay said it was...just think about the professor line...maybe a professor and a student got together one night and the student is upset because the professor pretty much took advantage of the student...referring to the cruel professor studying romances. it meant more to the student than it did to the professor hence the "how am i supposed to pretend i never want to see you again"
    let uss be freeon June 18, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentxocouturecouture:
    kefir is that drink that's halfway between yogurt and milk.
    a keffiyah is that middle-eastern big checkered scarf that people fold in half and tie around their necks in a triangle.

    incidentally, i agree this song is about boning your professor. it is still my favorite on the album
    ap0theosizeon June 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI don't really think this is about boning a teacher. I think the 'cruel professor' thing is just meant to call her cruel ('professor of love', I don't think it means actual romances). It's about a guy who has recently broken up with a girl and is now avoiding her but keeps running into her and is really still in love with her. He sees her walking on campus, accidentally spills kefir on her keffiyeh and when he sees her sitting around on the grass, he avoids her and just sleeps (after class is meant to say that he could be doing better things because he's done with class for the day). Also, she's been giving him the cold shoulder (shoulder's cold).

    That's my take on it.
    japobereon July 11, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI go to a prep school, and this song pretty much summarizes what it feels like to see someone that is your ex or someone that you are supposed to hate but secretly love. School campuses are sooo small, but ive been in situations where ive had to pretend ive never wanted to see a guy again. i love this song because it really captures getting up, walking across a quad, and then seeing the person your supposed to hate... but really love.
    muffy327on February 02, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits "cruel professor studying romances"
    Twotapsyeson February 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti looked on VW's website and it has the lyrics like this:

    Then I see you
    You're walking cross the campus
    Cruel professor
    Studying romances
    How am I supposed to pretend
    I never want to see you again?
    How am I supposed to pretend
    I never want to see you again?

    Because there's no comma, i think this means that he really likes the girl, but for some reason he has to pretend to hate her. Maybe this is the morning after a break up with the girl. Both of them are dragging their feet, so maybe they both had rough nights after the break up (they both feel bad about it)? or maybe they both just had "late" nights.
    VampireWeekend=Loveon May 29, 2008   Link

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