Courtesan has sung
And Nadia says the crowd’s too young
And Amber says she hates guitar

The Courtesan has sung
And Nadia says the crowd’s too young
And Amber says she hates guitar

Think of the scene where a washed-up actor
Wipes the makeup off his wife
And says
Morticians must’ve took you for a whore

The Courtesan has sung
And Nadia says the crowd’s too young
And Amber says she hates guitar

The stranger finds you in your home
Says, “Brother, your work’s got no soul”
You say, “Brother, bite your tongue,”
“It is my soul that you have won”

The Courtesan has sung
And Nadia says the crowd’s too young
And Amber says she hates guitar

And when she showed him all her paintings
He said let’s do something racy
Took the bottle from his pocket
It was vodka
Again

The Courtesan has sung
And Nadia says the crowd’s too young
And Amber says she hates guitar

Five actors have arrived
They are good-looking but they’re hungry
They start looking with the trash found on the
Safety
Of the stage

And you see a crowd is forming
But the winged things are swarming
Yelling, “Stop this fucking poison”
But the dumb, they give no warnings

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh

Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo

Think of the scene where a washed-up actor
Wipes the make-up off his wife
And says
Morticians must’ve took you for a whore
Oh, morticians must’ve took you for a whore
Oh, look, I’m sorry that they took you for a whore
And I am sorry if you took me for a whore
Oh, I am sorry if you took me for a whore
I am more sorry that you took me for a whore
Well, then I’m sorry that I took you for a whore

Morticians…

Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo

Whoa-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh



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    General Comment:I love the yelping. It's epic.
    obsessedon August 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I love the way this song swells. It gives me chilllls.
    cakeandmilkon November 15, 2007   Link
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    Memory:"And when she showed him all her paintings
    He said let’s do something racy
    Took the bottle from his pocket
    It was vodka
    Again"

    When i heard this song i nearly cried because it resonates so closely to what I went through the past 2 years. Well all their songs do but this one was definately intense. I met my ex when he was sober and I mistakenly accepted that as his identity. As time passed, and as I painted more & wanted to do more things related to art & exploring, his true self became apparent that all he wanted to do in life was to chemically induce his happiness with alcohol.

    The last painting I did was myself miserable on a boat cradling him and he liked it - thats when I knew he didn't understand me anymore. I should've painted it the fist year we were together. har har har.
    quietwaron January 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:this is one of my favorite songs off the album

    i love the echo effect he does
    Sunset Rubdownon August 30, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:"Think of the scene where a washed-up actor
    Wipes the makeup off his wife
    And says
    Morticians must’ve took you for a whore"

    Hilarious and dark.
    eyesofgloomon November 24, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:9/10 times I have no clue what the hell Spencer Krug is singing about. Does anyone know what this song's about? Is it supposed to be taken literally?
    Coowon November 28, 2007   Link
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    General Comment:The only thing I can think of is that the courtesan is something like the opposite of the "fat lady" who sings at the end...

    The verse about the "stranger" to me represents that a musician bears his or her soul to the world via their music, and in this case, is told that it lacks soul. Same thing with the "paintings," where an artist is displaying her life's work and whoever she's showing it too just wants to do something "racy." The fact that the racy thing turns out to be vodka (again) could mean that often rock bands that become so called "self indulgent" a la drugs are just going the predictable route.

    I often interpret these songs to be about musicians, which probably isn't the case. I don't know. The theme of actors that runs through the entire album just represents the most exhibitionist form of artist...

    as for the morticians must have took you for a whore part, well, the only thing i can think of is that's just his way of telling her she looks lifeless and cheap. i guess. let's just ask spencer krug.
    inna1on September 06, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:I'm not sure exactly what this song "means". But me and my roomate think in general that sunset rubdown lyrics mostly take place in historical times. In this case i really get the sense its shakespearean times and some minstrels have arrived (or actors) and are having a party. Maybe a woman has drunk herself to death, or someone killed her, but the doctors mistook her for a whore because she was most likely in costume. Back then whores and actors were both social pariahs, and i think krug is trying to comment on that too.
    lucaswysockion September 22, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:Ok. Bear with me here.

    I think the Courtesan is Wolf Parade.

    Through this album, spencer brings up both "virgins" and "whores" quite a lot. virgins are obviously pure and whores are obviously not, etc etc. In this song (well, actually the whole album) I think he's using these themes to talk about the purity of music. Evidence for this is basically just the word "guitar" and that the courtesan "has sung." The song is also spencer grappling with having a wider audience--that's what the "brother, your work's got no soul" part is about. A "stranger"--any person out of spencer's big audience"--judges an artist's work in their "home" (here, i'm taking home to be saying that the music people are judging is very personal) and declares it "soulless." It almost seems like spencer feels his privacy is being invaded. Also something to note is that spencer has to defend his work. I'm going to agree with inna1 that the paintings are an artist displaying their life's work and not being appreciated. so two lines there. Also, a quote from inna1's post:

    The fact that the racy thing turns out to be vodka (again) could mean that often rock bands that become so called "self indulgent" a la drugs are just going the predictable route.

    The line that led me to the conclusion that spencer is talking about world parade is "Amber says she hates guitar." Spencer has referred to Wolf Parade as more of a "rock" band. Now we know that Wolf Parade's been very successful, but, deep down, spencer is a keyboardist who relies on piano driven melodies not guitar ones. So it's not a huge huge leap to think that he doesn't feel completely genuine to himself when performing with Wolf Parade. After the "courtesan," himself, has performed, he looks around and sees that like so many buzz bands their audience is young as hell. Is that convincing? hopefully.

    Anyway, going off the assumption the "courtesan" is wolf parade. So currently spencer is referring to them as a "courtesan," not a "whore," which means he still has respect for the band. But the verse "think of the scene where a washed up actor/ wipes the make up off his wife/ and says/ morticians must have took you for a whore" is spencer saying he's afraid that at the end of his life people will look back at his work and see it as having "no soul." Morticians only see people at the end of their life--they only see what you became, not what you were at the beginning. Also important to note is that she's taken for a whore with her make-up on--if spencer is ever taken for a whore, it won't be him at his core that's the whore but the face that he presents to the world.

    Moving on...

    the "five actors" verse is about sell outs. They're good looking, and they're hungry, or ambitious. So, like many pop stars, they just start making something with the shit that's already been done. It's "safe" because pop and pop ballads are "safe."

    as for the Crowd is forming, well, that verse i'm not completely sure about. The crowd forms to listen to the shit on the stage from the good looking people--basically every successful pop artist. The winged things--i don't know, see winged/wicked things for that. You could see them as something divine, for good or bad, like some sort of angel on your shoulder. But we know spencer has mixed feelings about god... anyway, this is a pretty weak interpretation of that line, but these divine things, unable to speak as they are, try to warn the people they're being stupid and that they're something MORE than the shit on the stage, but no one hears them.

    That about wraps this up... one day I will learn how to write short comments. but there's just so much IN these songs...

    Another important theme in this song is gender. The "pure" are always women--the wife whose make up is being removed, nadia, amber, the painter, all that. The corrupt are always men--the Stranger, the unnamed man, the actors etc. Spencer might be saying there's something very masculine about the self indulgence of rock or that the part of him attracted to what comes with fame is masculine. who knows. let's ask spencer.

    Sidenote: umm so I agreed a lot with inna1. That's because inna1 is my old account. ROLFCOPTER. LOLERSKATES.
    JasonBelieveMeon November 28, 2008   Link
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    General Comment:whoa man.... if spencer read that he'd be like "damn...i gotta start making my lyrics even more obtuse..."

    a very well thought out interpretation though.
    thirsty_thursdayon December 06, 2008   Link

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