"Forks and Knives (La Fête)" as written by Zach Condon....
Uptown, the street's in a calming way
And outside is warm as a bed with a maid
And I find it's all our waves and raves
That makes the days go on this way

I heard the sad sound of words
Spoken from a beak of a wise old bird
Uptown, the streets are kept afloat
And that girl never leaves me alone

He means well, saying,
I've got stories of wine, superb
And of course my childhood, forks and knives
And a hospital bed, where I turned my life over and over again


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"Forks and Knives (La Fête)" as written by Zach Condon

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  • +1
    General CommentI think it's most likely "spoken from a beak of a wise old bird".
    benk0202on December 09, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hear is ever so slightly different:

    Uptown, the street's in a calming way
    And outside is warm as a bed with a maid
    And I find it's all waves and rays
    That makes the days go on this way

    Amazing song, whatever it is that he's saying ;)
    flappedjackon August 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy favourite song on "the flying club cup" LP.
    absentee_debateon November 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI had always thought of it as being "warm as a bed with a mate," as well. Thanks for typing this up!
    marbogaon October 14, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it goes

    "and outside is as warm as a bed with a maiden."

    yeah?
    nadia329on May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, I think it is:

    Uptown, the street's in a calming way
    And outside is warm as a bed with a maiden
    I find it's all our waves and raves (don't know if it says "raves" really though)
    cosmogirlon July 03, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFriends and I are going to learn the lyrics and sing/yell it during lunch
    TheAmazingSainton September 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe live video of this song by la blogotheque made me cry like a little baby...
    poragirlon November 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOh, if Beirut songs weren't so hard to understand what Zach is saying it would be boring <3
    Licorisaon February 16, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOnce I read somewhere that Zach got that injury when he fell of a bridge into a dry riverbed at the age of 14.I don`t know but this song always reminds me of this.
    "our ground never leaves me alone"
    Imagin you fall of the bridge and you go up to the sky instead of falling down onto hard riverbed stones and break your arm.
    "and a hospital bed where I turned my life over and over again"...
    RedBlueGreenon January 18, 2011   Link

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