Slumped up against the sink
Hair plastered to her cheeks
Marduk t-shirt sticking to her skin
Refugee from a disco in old east Berlin

weightless formless blameless nameless

Stray syllables were gurgling
From her throat one at a time
Face hidden from my view
I let myself imagine she was you

Only weightless, formless, blameless, nameless

And when I washed my hands
I ran the water hotter than I could stand
Half rising to a crouch
Sinking back down to the floor
when you’re walking keep your head low
Try to leave no traces when you go

Stay weightless, formless, blameless, nameless


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Marduk T-Shirt Men's Room Incident song meanings
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  • +4
    General Commentwhat's this girl doing in the men's room in the first place is what I want to know
    bcontraton November 11, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI think I see this as more of rape than simply cheating on his lover... She's extremely drunk or something of the sort, passed out against the wall of the men's room (possible implication that he's not the first one who's had this idea..?)... It reminds me of the movie Kids.
    hellobattlefieldon June 21, 2011   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationEast Berlin, he's a long way from home. He sees this unfortunate girl. No-one pays any attention to her but he is able to summon up some empathy by imagining its someone he loves. I think it's about how people's troubles lack impact on us (are weightless and formless) until we make the effort to empathise. Washing his hands with hot water is another sensitising action. I believe that with this empathy he is beginning to forgive the woman back home who, after all, is not blameless. Just a humble opinion.
    mosebokenon June 03, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI don't think he is washing his hands in scalding water because he thinks the girl is disgusting. He just let himself imagine that this completely drunk and vulnerable woman that he knows nothing about is his lover... he imagines for a moment being intimate with her cuz she means nothing to him (wieghtless, formless, blameless, nameless) and he feels guilty. Which might be what captainmycaptain meant, too. Anyway... I think this is just one of the most touching and haunting songs on the album. Oh, and one correction... The line is *in* your walking...
    songyoneon May 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentouch
    bestwombat11on February 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEspecially the part about washing his hands / running the water hotter than he could stand. It's like... you just feel sort of... dirty after you do something like that, right? But it's a feeling that you can't wash off.
    captainmycaptainon February 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentjohn darnielle and jeffery lewis made a comic explaining each song on the new album, you can look at it here:

    thejeffreylewissite.com/…
    Sunset Rubdownon March 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe line "I let myself imagine she was you" is the most haunting bit in the entire song, for me.
    ThePythonon March 10, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is not a song about cheating. It's a song about missing someone, and how impossible it is to forget about them, no matter what you do.
    soicaton April 24, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis is one of my favorite lyrics, as I think (or I thought) he describes a very realistic and detailed scene without spelling out what's happening.

    I think (or thought) it was obvious he is getting a blowjob from a woman in the men's room. *He's* slumped up against the sink, *she's* in a position where her hair obscures her face (he's looking down at her). The line "Stray syllables were gurgling / From her throat one at a time" is a really strong evocation of the sounds she's making, without saying "she's going down on me."

    It's about a guy (could be a musician) getting a blowjob from some random girl in a bar, and feeling skeevy about it. The whole lyric drips with self-contempt. He pretends to be thinking about his actual girlfriend, then turns to water on as hot as he can stand it, to burn away his sin, a sort of atonement. Trying to burn the feel of the random girl off of him.

    You can play around with the meaning of the words "weightless, formless, blameless, nameless".....certainly both her and the girl are nameless, no names exchanged. Certainly he can think of the girl as blameless, or he can wish he was. He can feel weightless post-orgasm or during the act, or he can be out of his body because he knows what he's doing is wrong.

    The lyric is a hard-edged jewel of writing because it says so much about his state of mind, his feelings, it describes the sense of the room as if you were there. It's brilliant and lends itself to several interpretations. But at bottom, it's a guy getting blown in a mens' room -- that's the narrative on which the song weaves its language.
    zmullson October 09, 2012   Link

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