"Death to Los Campesinos!" as written by and Tom Bromley Gareth Paisey....
You've been broken down I go
War economy
Father fuhrer, don't be mad at me
Peasant child, you're into botany
Splitting necks and calling the dichotomy
"beware" the sign on the door suggests -
I'm better off with artificial intelligence

I invented you
(I invented you)
And I will destroy you.

If you catch me with my hands in the till
I promise, sugar, I wasn't trying to steal
I'm just swimming in copper
To smell and pretend
Like a robot!

Well, if a leopard doesn't change it's spots
You can't change my perceptions just from dots to dots
I swap the bruising for a bumping sensation
I'll be ctrl-alt-deleting your face with no reservations
I will stop flighting once your circuit board's igniting
Singing, "I'm not finished, I'm not finished! no!"

Mistaking cables for veins can be quite misleading,
Friction sparks the metal made it look like bleeding

If you catch me with my hands in the till
I promise, sugar, I wasn't trying to steal
I'm just swimming in copper
To smell and pretend
Like a robot!


Lyrics submitted by edithwong, edited by SoWhyX

"Death to Los Campesinos!" as written by Ellen Waddell Aleksandra Berditchevskaia

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    General Comment"i'll be ctrl-alt-deleting your face with no reservations"

    I love this line and this band. Proper good fun.
    duke_mikeon December 23, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe video for this song is so epic! its the band recording in a studio, and they are all killed, [death to los campesinos!, you know...] but in fairly unlikely ways: one girl coughs up flowers, another gets impaled by a unicorns horn, gareth gets mauled by kittens [!], other members get killed by confetti, balloons, feathers, rainbows, streamers. its awesome!

    but anyway, as to the meaning of the song, all of these seemingly innocuous things come blasting out of the speakers and amps while theyre recording. so, its like technology offers all these things and opportunities that seem really benign and even desirable or actively good but they end up being malicious and homicidal and the death of everyone involved.

    ! such an amazing band. i cant even properly explain.
    hybrid_rainbowon April 05, 2008   Link
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    General Commentisnt it?

    "Broken down like the world economy..."

    im just not hearing the "you've been"
    BlazerP2Mon July 27, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI feel like the song is like your standard duet songs, singing about a relationship. This particular relationship is..i feel like it's a song about modern relationships where people communicate online, via emails and facebook and videos, etc. Busy people unable to get a lot of face time together, due to school or work or distance. And they're seeing each other as people but so many of the personal details are invented or assumed or lost in the translation from digital to real life and they find themselves filling in the blanks so they can both be happy. Unable to get perfect love, they settle for 'love in a controlled environment'. And when she's communicating with this "person" she made out of bits and pieces, she's being reminded that he actually IS a real person on the other end, so, and the unintended output she's getting from the exchange is frustrating so she'd be better off with Artificial Intelligence, something predictable or controllable.

    And the 'hand in the till' bit is him saying, if you see me doing something that makes you unhappy or it seems like I am trying to take advantage, just remember that I'm only human, imperfect, and almost doing what I'm supposed to do in that imperfection, by being selfish. and it's the best I can do right now because I'm limited in a way by my human feelings and needs. I don't really mean to upset you, I'm just trying to work things out and do the best I can with all these feelings and human failings.

    And then he's saying 'I am what I am, what if I can't change?' And she says 'You can't fool me by changing superficially. I see you for what you are and maybe you actually kind of suck.' And then he says that he's shutting off his feelings a bit so he doesn't get hurt, and he's also closing the chat window. And she says she'll burn his computer down. Singing "I'm not finished! I'm not finished!" And then the line that takes it back, that the only things that can be hurt are just feelings, and that many "real" relationships are still only like a simulation of love. A game that both people play.


    Of course, not included in the song is the part where he sends her a lolcats picture then they kiss and make up.

    Gosh it's like geeks in love, it's so cute.
    grimjackon November 03, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI'm guessing this song is about putting too much faith into machines. It's like you almost forgot the computer (or other technology) isn't real hence mistaking cables for veins and thinking the computer is bleeding.

    People always say that technology will be our downfall, so it seems as if Los Campesinos is saying that we created it and we can destroy it if we want to.
    kaitlingraceon December 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about how technology can really get into your head. Like, the whole, "I'll be ctrl-alt-deleting your face" part? It's like, when you spend too much time with technology, it starts to really mess with you.
    Like, when I'm reading articles in class, I actually begin to think "ctrl-F!" when I'm trying to find something. It's absurd.
    superminaon April 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentgenius!!! triple genius!!!
    tefon May 04, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"I'm better off with artificial intelligence"
    yeah i think you guy are right that say its about computers taking over the world and shit. :)

    "If you catch me with my hands in the till
    I promise, sugar, I wasn't trying to steal
    i'm just swimming in copper
    to smell and pretend
    like a robot!"

    what is a till? some kind of british word? like a money box? and again with computers/ artificial intelligence.
    chameleamon August 04, 2008   Link
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    General Commentoh, btw.
    "splitting necks and calling it dichotomy"
    oh my.
    chameleamon August 04, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTill is the same thing as a Cashier, its where you pay for things in a store, when an employee is taking money from their company they refer to them as "having their hand in the till".

    I think the line 'I swap the bruising for a bumping sensation' refers to the sanitation of the modern world by technology as it tries to imitate life, like kids just staying at home and playing football video games instead of actually going on and playing them where, god forbid, they could get a bruise!
    U4iaon August 11, 2008   Link

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