I'm not a ladies man, I'm a land mine
Filming my own fake death
Under an '88 Cavalier I go
But-but-but-but nothing but the rear bumper's blown
But I's born for this flight
United 955 on the fifth of July
Back to SFO
I-I join the dark side
In a thin disguise
On consumer grade video at night

Faking suicide for applause
In the food courts of malls
And cursing racing horses on church steps
Playing the wall at singles bingo
All-time gringo
Did anyone hear me cry there?
Through a toilet stall divider
I swear I care, raw

Am I an example of a calculated birth?
To a star chart for clowns, I'm not
Under robin eggs in a nest, you hit a manila envelope
With one last little robin's egg in it
A hollow bullet yet spent
Subject to dismissal
I wish all my pitfalls
Could be caught by this call

Cheeri-a, cheeri-e, cheeri-i, cheeri-o, cheeri-u


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The Vowels, Pt. 2 song meanings
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  • +7
    General CommentA E I O U... and sometimes WHY?
    vigormortison June 01, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"Filming my own fake death"

    "Faking suicide for applause"

    i think this is about how he vicariously creates and lives and plays out scenes through poetry and song, many pertaining to his own death like in these few presidents.

    reminds me of nico when she said "And if I seem to be afraid to live the life that I have made in song it's just that I've been losing so long."

    he gets up to perform his "fake suicides" and then people clap. but i hope he doesn't feel like we, his audience, resemble the food courts of malls, although sometimes i feel like applause is entirely innappropriate and the audience didn't "get it".


    "As I stood there in awe, I noticed I was blissfully unaware of anybody around me - including Yoni Wolf, the main guy behind WHY? Then I began to think about him as a REAL person instead of just this superstar type persona; all the experiences he must have went through, his whole life history, all the fucked up shit that life brings to people like him who then chew it up and spit it back out in the inveitably and intensely personal form of song and then stand up in front of hundreds of young people, very few having truly listened deeply and sincerely, and basically share a very intimate experience of live music with them. And then they clap like it was some trick, maybe even a bit funny. But it's nothing like that. We don't take walks by the ocean and then realizing how beautiful it actually is, start clapping and cheering like it's a fucking parade. But, like Yoni had courageously announced, "Your face never forgets a cry," and we were only being polite little clones. What else can you do but give the fans a timid and smileless "Thanks?" Nevermind the confusion and pain behind the memories his song had graced us with that night."

    does anybody know what the fuck he means with "am i an example of a calculated birth," ?
    truthlingon May 29, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI'm pretty sure that "am i an example of a calculated birth to a star chart for clowns?" should be one question.
    He's gotta be talking about the zodiac signs and how he doesn't buy into it. He answers his question with "I'm not."
    rambleon January 13, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenttruly a bad ass tune
    hamfohon January 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfew more corrections ive noticed:

    ...on consumer grade video at night

    ...and cursing racing horses on chariot steps (maybe)

    ...did anyone hear me cry there
    through a toilet stall divider



    ...under robin's eggs in a nest, you hid a manila
    envelope with one last little robin's egg in it

    ...a hollow bullet yet spent

    ...could be called my missed calls

    almost 100% sure on all of these.
    zumicroomon January 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"United 955 on the fifth of July
    back to SFO (San Francisco International Airport)"
    james85on January 31, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"am i an example..."?
    elleonon February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the last two lines go like this:

    'I wish all my pitfalls
    could be caught by this call'

    makes more sense for the happy cheerio's sung at the end.
    swankon February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentso...I see people can correct the lyrics, but does anyone have a clue what it means??
    la7crosse11on March 18, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the hell
    oh okon March 18, 2008   Link

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