"Fine Young Cannibals" as written by and Dan Boeckner Hadji Bakara....
In this house
There's no order
There's no loss of love out here
If it's over

I know I called
Out to you
Something is haunting these four walls
You know it's true

I will crawl
Right back to you
Under the smoldering summer sky
I'll be there soon

I've been told
Of the new fast days
There's some room to breathe but I don't think twice
We'll be there soon

Well all that's a man
Has trickled out
Let me breathe

All that's a man
Has trickled out
Let me leave

All that's a man
Then we hold

My heart is clean
Like a crater of the moon
And the sea
Of cackling gloom

I'll be true
True to you
We may consume ourselves but I don't think twice
I'll be there soon, so

Well all that's a man
Has trickled out
Let me breathe

All that's a man
Has trickled out
Let me leave

All that's a man
Then we hold it

Uh oh, oh, there's nothing here
Uh oh, oh, there's nothing here, here


Lyrics submitted by escalinci, edited by mkyweriga, neechi

"Fine Young Cannibals" as written by Dan Boeckner Arlen Thompson

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    General Commentthis song is absolutely amazing. i've just heard it for the first time and can't really digest it (currently digesting pizza and beer), but dan definitely wins on this album in terms of best songs (compared to spencer).

    wow. that bit about the smoldering sun...
    eoinon May 17, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIt's brilliant. I'm fairly sure at least some of this is wrong though (particularly 'I've got clean moon' - honestly the best I could manage) so please correct me if between the echo and dan's singing you manage to hear something more accurate.

    Once again, brilliant.
    escalincion May 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentyeah no idea what that bit about the sea is...

    but i think the line further up is "there's some room to breathe but i don't think twice"
    eoinon May 18, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI prefer Krug to Dan, but I have to agree that Dan has the better songs in AMZ. I noticed that Fine Young Cannibals is also the name of a band. Anyone who listens to them know if this song has any connection?
    Zephhyon May 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI realize it's a matter of taste, but I strongly disagree that Dan has the best songs on AMZ. I feel the same way about them as I did with his songs on Apologies -- they're more accessible, immediately catchy, but don't hold up over time. Spencer's stuff only gets better with 10,20+ listens, in my opinion.

    Anyway...yeah. "Fine Young Cannibals" is still a great song.
    krugforprezon May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe connection between this and the actual band Fine Young Cannibals is in the harmony...as far as I can tell.

    Listen to the last harmony on "All that's a man, trickle it out, let me breathe." It's extremely high-pitched, like many of the harmonies used by FYC in the early 90's.
    omegadaxeron May 26, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favorite song on the new album.
    i agree that after listening to many different wolf parade songs (including AMZ), i preferr Dan's singing to Spencer's. but i do love Spencer's singing, still; i just like it better on some of Apologies' songs and with Sunset Rubdown.

    anyway, it's pretty clear that this song is about struggles in a relationship.
    tashatooon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "There's no room to breathe but I don't think twice." Maybe.
    This is my favourite song off of the album. It's amazing.
    maeghanon August 09, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, the line could be "All that's in the mind". It makes more sense to me, anyway.
    maeghanon August 26, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThe way I take it is the singer is struggling with his religion. Modern morals are far different than those which most conservative Christians practice nowadays, and it seems that he is struggling to follow these stringent morals, but people are trying to tell him that there is "room to breathe." However, he says that there is no loss of love if it's over, meaning that if he doesn't do exactly as God says, then he will go to hell. He is scared because he knows death can come soon (his repitition of "I'll be there soon"). Also "the smouldering summer sky" seems almost apocolyptic to me, and when that day comes he will want forgiveness so he can go into heaven. Also the haunted four walls reminds me of a church where he is asking God for help. Also priests talk of how God is always present which explains the haunting.
    Even though he's trying really hard to do as he's told, it is suffocating him and while his heart is clean, it is also empty because he's being so hard to be pure. I'm not sure if I think the last line of "there's nothing here" means that his morals have made him an empty shell of a person, or if he thinks he has done all that for naught because God is not real.
    I've always viewed Catholics as a bit cannibalistic, eating the body and blood of Christ, so the title makes me think of even though these Catholics look and act like fine young men, Catholicism is also a bit derranged.

    I know this interpretation is more or less completely absurd...It probably is just about a failed relationship or something, but I just had a talk with my father about religion so it was fresh on my mind as I listened to this song.
    BerthaPappenheimon January 17, 2010   Link

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