"Initiation (Lamacq Version)" as written by and Omar/bixler Rodriguez....
I-N-I-T-I, A-T-I-O-N

Follow you home after every show
Perforated into tiny fragments
Heavy breathing's your new fan club
A john handcock with the safety off after every show
And how this pedestal fits like a glove
Such a pity I built no ladder
For the roots, and above
I'll be hacking off, after every show

(I-N-I-T-I-A-T-I-O-N)
Initiation,
X3
(what---)
Whatcha doin,
There's no restraining order to keep me from you
Parting contestants never win
(Initiation, what---)
Watcha doin,
There's no restraing order, keep me from you
Parting contestants never seem to win

Watch you clap your hands by the stage
Lend me your ears, just another page
In the book that your friend signed yesterday
When I told you not to bother to holler
The telephone's the one that helped
Me wrap - the chord
Around - your neck
You know - you're beautiful
When you're dead

(I-N-I-T-I-A-T-I-O-N)
Initiation,
X3
(what---)
Whatcha doin,
There's no restraining order to keep me from you
(Initiation, what---)
Watcha doin,
There's no restraing order, keep me from you
Parting contestants never seem to win


Lyrics submitted by xdarknessfallsx

"Initiation" as written by Cedric Bixler Adam Amperan

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    General CommentThis is the version that ATDI played live at the BBC on Steve Lamacq's show. Instead of singing "there's no restraining order to keep me from you" like on the original Acrobatic Tenement version, Cedric sings "we outside never win". The instruments parts are a bit different for this version, and in my opinion, better. In either version, Initiation is one of my favorte ATDI songs.
    xdarknessfallsxon January 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwhat an absolutely awesome post......i cold never make out what Cedric sings in this version when they ommit the Acrobatic Tenement lyrics...now i know! Thanks.

    personally, the Lemacq version has an awesome, enlightening sound to it, something the acrobatic tenement version lacks, but this is down to the age of recodring quality between the two. BUT the lyrics "there's no restraining order to keep me from you" are for me, what the song is all about, and to leave them out doesnt do it justice. that lyric in particular is perhaps my favourite ever.

    - Initiation by At the Drive-In, my favourite track by the band.
    _Starkson April 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's clear that the omission of "there's no restraining order to keep me from you..." and it being change to "we outside never win," proves once again that people who take ATDI lyrics literally are dumb/silly. The song (even in its original form) is clearly about an artist who obsesses over the popularity of another artist. Perhaps someone younger from the same circle of friends/scene (hence... INITIATION). There is a lot of stalker/violent imagery, but I'm pretty sure that's just supposed to be an insult to this younger person, rather than to be taken as a literal portrayal of events.
    bringthatbeatbackon January 28, 2009   Link

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