"Film Noir" as written by and Brian Fallon....
I'm all washed out by the side of the road
Broken bones Matilda left a note and a rose
Sayin', "Baby honey child, I've loved you so long
But you deserve much better than me."

So I'm just burnin' all around all the miles in the road
And I'm never goin' back and I'm never goin' home
I've been gone too long, I've been less right than wrong
I lost so much blood in the fallin' out

And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out
Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house
Until all I remember was burnin' away
And all I remember, you burned it away

See, for ten long years I've been hustlin' around
Tryin' to wash the sins and the sweat from my brow
Just tryin' to find a better life for me and my own
Just some rest for these tired workin' fingers

But nobody never gonna tell you the way
You gotta figure it out boys and suffer the rain
And the fools in the night and the heat of the day
When all you ever really wanted was for someone to understand

And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out
Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house
Until all I remember was burnin' away
And all I remember, you burned it away

Well, don't you take it so hard and baby, don't you cry
You cross your hard heart and you hope to die
Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied all the time
Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied every night

And you're sugar and spice and everything nice
You got Monroe hips, your poisoned lips and knives
And you're sugar and spice and everything nice
You got open wounds in a young boy's pride

And you're sugar and spice and everything nice
You got Monroe hips, your poisoned lips and knives
Sugar and spice, everything nice
Open wounds in a young boy's pride

And I lit a fire that wouldn't go out
Until it consumed the walls and roof of this house
Until all I remember was burnin' away
And all that you left me, you burned it away

Well, don't you take it so hard and baby, don't you cry
You cross your hard heart and you hope to die
Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied all the time
Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied every night

Time, time tickin' away
Time, time tickin' away
Time, time tickin' away
Time, time tickin' away


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"Film Noir" as written by Brian Fallon

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    General CommentIt is definitely falling out.
    i2hymnocerouson December 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNah I think its "I lost so much blood in the bowling isle"
    Prosperon April 22, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's
    "I lost so much blood in the falling out" or
    "I lost so much blood in the fire"
    books_out_loudon July 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "I lost so much blood in the falling out."

    Favourite line: "Your sugar and spice, and everything nice. You got Monroe hips, your poison lips, and knives. Open wounds and a young boy's pride."

    Can't go wrong evoking some Marilyn Monroe imagery.
    johnnycanuckon May 23, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI thought the questionable line was "I lost so much blood in the fall, and I / I lit a fire that wouldn't go out..."
    I also thought it was "you gotta figure it out boys / and suffer the rain / and the fools in the night / and the heat of the day"
    I think the background lyrics go "time time ticking away... all over your face"?


    Moving on to what it means - the definition of Film Noir from Wikipedia is "Film noir is a cinematic term used primarily to describe stylish Hollywood crime dramas, particularly those that emphasize cynical attitudes and sexual motivations". I think that pretty much describes the song!

    "You're sugar and spice, and everything nice." could be based on that nursery rhyme "What Are Little Boys Made Of?", or possibly James Brown's "I Feel Good".

    "Monroe hips" may be just referencing Marylin Monroe, but most likely is inspired by the song "Hold On" by Tom Waits which goes, "With charcoal eyes and Monroe hips, she took that California trip".

    "Young boy's pride" possibly a ref to Ben E King's song "Young boy blues"? "I let my pride be my guide and then I keep those tears inside".

    "Don't you tell me no more lies, you lied all the time" strikes a chord with me as echoing Springsteen's eternal theme of dreams that aren't realised being lies (as seen in The River, A Promised Land, etc). This is just my interpretation though. These are all guesses and assumptions. Brian never talks about song meanings!
    lrb85on December 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhat are the background vocals saying at the end? It sounds like "Saw time ticking away, all over your face," but "saw" in particular is very uncertain.
    joshwoodbrookon November 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIt's "nobody's never gonna tell you the way"

    and "I lost so much blood in the falling out" like everyone else said.

    Also, "and you're sugar and spice and everything nice / got open wounds in a young boy's pride."
    asSTARSfallxon December 24, 2009   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionRegarding the vocals in the end:

    They played the song in Berlin yesterday, and the lyrics were clearly understandable:

    Time, time ticking away.
    Time, time ticking away.
    (All over your face)
    Time, time ticking away.
    (All over my face)
    Time, time ticking away.

    If you listen to it again, you'll hear it ;)
    mbueon November 06, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThe girl's name, Matilda, is probably a reference to "Waltzing Matilda," an old Australian song about a homeless man. The reference ties into the image of him being alone and out on his own with nowhere to go back to.
    offtehdeependon December 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentYou got open wounds in a young boy's pride

    Can someone explain this a little? I feel its key to understanding the whole song.

    Who left who in this song?
    Can anyone explain the song, instead of arguing over lyrics and just pointing at references. Though I like the references.
    bowjesteron September 25, 2011   Link

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