Do the twist in the twisting outfit
The loose tie with the loose limp wrists
Lift your dress enough to show me those shins
Let your hair stick to your forehead

Did you blush then when our hips touched?
I can't tell, you're already red
Am I right? you give me the signs
Is that pink mist or just lit dry ice

You twist and whisper the wrong name
I don't care nor do my ears
Twist yourself around me
I need company, I need human heat
I need human heat

Lets pretend I'm attractive and then you won't mind
You can twist for a while
It's the night, I can be who you like
And I'll quietly leave before it gets light

So twist and whisper the wrong name
I don't care nor do my ears
Twist yourself around me
I need company, I need human heat
I need human heat

I need human heat
(extrasupervery...)
I need human heat
I need human heat
I need--

Twist and whisper the right name
I'm Dave, if you please
The twist is that you're just like me
You need company, you need human heat
You need human heat


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The Twist song meanings
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  • +2
    General CommentI think towards the end it saids "The twist is that your just like me". At least that's how I hear it, and it seems quite funny that way... In the sense of using the same word in a rhyme but for a different meaning. Good one palz. I love the harmonies in this song, and the wee ben foldsy breakdown with the "extrasupervery...". Aye like.
    mushmanon August 03, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentgreat song, prty straight forward

    what im curious about is why he says 'im david' is this a reference to anything, none of the band members are named david.
    Abvon May 06, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentAt the begining of the song it's showing his excitement about getting attention and feeling close to someone. He doesn't care that she doesn't know his name- he just wants to feel close to someone.
    During the end of the song he pleads 'whisper the right name'. He's starting to realise that the the warmth he felt earlier is dying as they just become two strangers again. He longs for the closeness to carry on.
    'Keep yourself warm seems to carry on from this. He has realised that as soon as these meaningless 'fucks' are over, you go back to being just as lonely as you were before.
    Everyone who has had a one night stand will probably know the feeling.
    lkwryon December 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentof course josh schwartz would throw frightened rabbit into the premiere of the second season of his prime time show chuck. as the oc soundtracks proved, that guy has an ear for amazing music. this is not an exception. amazing song on an overpoweringly amazing album. seriously, one of the strongest albums from start to finish i've heard in a long time.
    lefttheretodrownon September 26, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentis it just me or is this song all about sex, and how he just wants to feel something even if it's just for one night. Even if she wishes it was someone else. He's really lonely and just needs to be close to someone.
    ratushon July 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe lyric at the end is actually 'I'm Dave, if you please' according to Scott.

    I still don't understand it though.
    EllipsisAmpersandon April 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOkay, it really bothers me because it seems that people aren't getting what seems to be pretty clear from it. Everyone has been dancing around it, but has some different take. In my opinion is that this song coincides well with Keep Yourself Warm, not contradicting it. He starts out just craving the attention of sleeping with someone, as is seen in the first few verses, but then he realizes quickly that it is not enough, which ties in with the changes in lyrics of the last chorus. First he says whisper the right name, and then says I'm dave, if you please. I believe that Dave is the actual name of the character in the song. The 'if you please' is just like saying "if you will". He's just asking nicely that she call him by his real name. And then "the twist is that you're just like me" is a great word play that is saying that in reality she wants more than just casual sex too but it seems that it is alluding both of them. Well that's my take, but it seems to fit.
    ChuckBartowskion February 14, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's about loneliness and just having that human heat makes it all better even if it doesn't mean anything. even if she calls you by someone else's name.
    delec_tea_bleon June 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh i adore the melancholy rasp to his voice. i agree, loneliness is the obvious theme here.
    fastmotion123on July 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment"The twist is that you're just like me" gives the song a more hopeful feel, but I don't think that's supposed to be the point. I'm pretty sure "Twist as if you're just like me" is right - the song is all about the intense longing for companionship, yearning for someone who doesn't want you, but might be willing to pretend to for a while.

    Personally, I like the idea that it might be "The twist is that you're just like me." It's still kind of a sad song, but in a different way. It's sort of double unrequited love/desire. Both the uy and the girl want to be loved, but not necessarily by each other. However, they are together at the moment, so why not "twist" for a while. And, the use of a alternative meaning of the word "twist" is neat, too.

    I still think the lyric is correct as written above, though it is tough to make out when listening.
    mpedoneon September 11, 2008   Link

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