we lifted the body from the water like a gown
you took off your bra to wrap the wound
though the man was dead, and there was no need
then your face turned red, when you said to me

i'll suck the marrow out
and rape your hollow bones yoni

alone putting three coins into a washing machine
next to a caulked cracked wall
in the basement on fairmount street
putting three quarters into a washing machine
next to a caulked cracked wall
in the basement, i feel
like a loop of the last eight frames of film
before a slow motion lee harvey oswald
gets shot in the gut and killed,
alone putting three coins into a washing machine
next to a caulked cracked wall
in the basement on fairmount street

billy the kid did what he did and he died


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    General Commentway to lay it down. it's really not that obvious, but that's definitely what this is. im glad to see this realistic why? interpretation, because his songs are obviously not "its about him being sad about his girlfriend" or some shit.
    fetuslordon February 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYou're fucking stupid for believing that bullshit.

    And voting for Ron Paul
    Frontsideflip4on February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel it's important--although a small change--to note that at least one of the times, he says "Billy the Kid did what he did, THEN he died"--this puts across more the idea of serving a purpose of some kind, or at least the order of things.
    kellyelephanton September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI know this song is pretty obvious but I'll add my two cents anyway.

    This is clearly Yoni coming to terms with the death of cLOUDDEAD; the resentment that was evident at the end of their run is the second stanza, the futile attempt at revivification (the bra-tourniquet bit) is Ten, and Billy the Kid is an allegorical representation of the group.

    "Three coins"? Obviously the three members Yoni, Adam, and David. The solitude is obviously due to the fat that the group is over. This song is about making sense of a personal tragedy, obviously, not the group itself. The reference to Fairmount Street is clearly reminiscent of the last line of Apt. A; "33 E. McMillan St. Apt." An apartment on McMillan St with a laundromat on fairmount. Sound familiar to anyone?
    Benladenon January 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"Three coins"? This is a clear reference to the documentary Loose Change as well as a reference to WTC1, WTC2 and WTC7. "Why did the third coin fall into the washing machine with the rest?" Yoni is asking us.

    The dead body is simply an abstraction of Ground Zero (the site of these controlled demolitions); the tourniquet is the United States' so-called "War on Terror." Here, Why? is reminding us that such retaliatory action won't bring back the loved ones we lost in these tragic controlled demolitions.

    Billy the Kid was an outlaw in the Wild West. He was killed because of the crimes he committed. George W. Bush is also considered by many, including Why?, to be an ignorant criminal and self-styled cowboy. In this refrain, Why? is pointing out that, if Billy the Kid deserved death for his relatively minor crimes, shouldn't George W. Bush and his administration face the same justice?

    The line about Lee Harvey Oswald being murdered is Why? drawing a parallel between 9/11 conspiracy and JFK conspiracy. It's frightening, the lengths the government and Illuminati are willing to go in order to keep the truth from us.

    911Truth.com
    RonPaul2008.com
    LooseChangeTheFinalCut.com
    ronpaul2008on February 20, 2008   Link
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    General Commentronpaul2008's post = worst, most nonsensical, non-sequitur interpretation of any song ever. Who would expect any less from someone who was fooled by Loose Change?

    I'm not sure about the idea that this song is about the breakup of Clouddead, either. I mean, Elephant Eyelash DID deal a lot with the death of a relationship, and there IS in fact a line about a "she" looking at him and threatening to suck out his marrow.

    Why would this song NOT be about a girl, or the emotions she provoked? For what reason could the "body" not be a metaphor for what's left over after the death of their relationship? I don't know for sure, but I'm also confused by the degree of certitude some of you other guys are displaying.
    autarchicfluxon March 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sure he's latched on to Obama by now, don't worry.


    Oh ya um why is Ten raping Why's bones again?
    bohemiandonuton March 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know much about cLOUDDEAD's disbandment, but maybe he felt that he was creative force behind the band and that the others were riding him to try to continue putting out music, ie Ten.
    Frontsideflip4on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know much about cLOUDDEAD's disbandment, but maybe he felt that he was creative force behind the band and that the others were riding him to try to continue putting out music, ie Ten.
    Frontsideflip4on April 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAn apartment building I used to live in had a laundry room for the tenants. It was seventy-five cents a load to use the machines. You put three quarters in the slots, push the sliding bar in, and the machine starts.

    I think he's just bored, doing laundry, imagining various, more exciting things, like maybe a woman seducing him then and there, or an assassin coming by and killing him. I could, of course, be way off...
    onechadon May 01, 2008   Link

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