You tiptoed to me
As naked as a bone
Beautiful and canvas-blank, lily-white, now
And just lookin' for a home
Yeah and without trying to praise you, well
I feel like I could raise you as my own

There's a duty to this loneliness
The good of everyone involved
And you're blind to my homeliness
One less mystery to solve
And the rest will be explained to you
As our bodies begin to revolve

Yeah
What gave me this power to construct you
Your guess is as good as mine
If you'd like me to return you to the stones from which I brought you
Well, you have to do your time

But for now, put down the gun
Start having fun
Forget the sun turning
And you will keep burning
As you melt into my mind


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    General Commentit definitely refers to mythology : )

    so this married guy pygmalion is a sculptor and creates this perfect statue. he ends up falling in love with it, and aphrodite brings her (galatea) to life for a day. pygmalion's wife becomes jealous and galatea decides she'd rather be a statue.

    i loveeee
    "but for now, put down the gun
    start having fun
    forget the sun turning
    and you will keep burning
    as you melt into my mind"

    because maybe his wife is a selfish bitch. it embraces the fact that even if it's only for a day he can forget about everything and enjoy his time with this perfect statue. it's kind of sad that he's so obsessed with this statue and believes that she'll answer all of his problems but at the same time it's "in the moment" and obviously you need to take risks sometime in your life.

    oh and the fact that Beck and The White Stripes worked together on this song just makes it that much better. The White Stripes don't need any help but Beck definitely added to the Conquest EP without overpowering their talent. love it
    sarahjx18xon January 14, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is absolutely beautiful. i love everything about it. SURE WISH I COULD FIND THE CHORDS/TABS FOR IT THOUGH.
    TelevisionTellsUson January 31, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is lyrically brilliant.
    groundfloweron July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHe's explaing why he is the way he is to (his wife, i assume) so that she will ossibly let him be the way he is. "There's a duty to this loneliness, the good of everyone involved...but the rest will be explained to you as our bodies begin to revolve."
    cccaseyon September 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. imagine how much better Icky Thump would have been if this song was on it.

    This is one the best songs Jack has written. I think it is definately about his kids
    pmo1983on January 01, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti always thought this was quite obviously about one (or both) of Jacks children.
    "There's a duty to this loneliness, the good of everyone involved...but the rest will be explained to you as our bodies begin to revolve."

    i thought that was some sort of apology for him being away on tour or working while they are young, but he thought it was for the best for everyone, his kids, his wife, the musicians that he helps. etc.

    as for the bodies revolving, they will grow and become the future, as he will grow old and become as frail as a baby (need looking after).

    "What gave me this power to construct you
    Your guess is as good as mine
    If you'd like me to return you to the stones from which I brought you
    Well, you have to do your time"

    i think this is his disbelief, he can't believe he's created something so beautiful and perfect.
    and "the stones from which i brought you", i think this refers to the nothingness that there is before and after life.

    Jack is a Cancer, we cancers are the mothers of the zodaic, i truly truly think this is about his baby (or babies).

    does anyone agree?




    th3unionfor3veron October 06, 2009   Link
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    General Commenti'm just going to add to that too.
    "as you melt in to my mind"
    i think that means, nothing, nowhere, ever, will stop me thinking about you, you're there 100% of the time.

    this song is gorgeous isn't it? i love jack and his emotions.

    th3unionfor3veron October 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt is most likely about his kids. No offence but I wish this had been on Icky Thump in the place of St Andrews. Sorry Meg! I just don't like/get that song XD

    I think this was probably written for his oldest child considering the timing of the record if it is about his children. But it could also be about his wife, and him nurturing her, and maybe being controlling, but that is the way he is, and she loves him for it, and he's grateful for that.

    But I prefer the kids theory. It's also more likely. :)
    VortexOfLanguageon August 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI find it odd that no one's noted that this song is very musically similar to "300 MPH Torrential Outpour Blues".
    RaygunShaunon August 10, 2011   Link

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