Taking out the wife
We're takin out the wife

Its that kind of night
Well everybody talk, everybody listen, nobody breathe
Take your time let him go down
Cause Daddy's on the run
Daddy's on the run

The trail has two ruts (routes?) and
One is just a tunnel, the other is a funnel to the tomb
Easy said but less often done
Point me in the direction
Of your real emotional trash

Abstract citizen
The abstract city sun?

Up to now is done
Never gonna stray 3x
take your time let him go down
Cause Daddy's on the run
Daddy's on the run

And who will get there first
should that bubble burst
Easy said but less often done
Point me in the direction
of your real emotional trash

I traipsed over the mexican border in a cheap caravan man
Like a snake ? stuck in the stomach I needed some relief
Made it back to Frisco in a vanity chest to painting ladies on house arrest
so wax up the waxed fruit its time for a shine
its the old fruit that makes wine
Police man
Police man
Police man
Police man

You got no reputation
never took a swing
Silent when they handed spines out
In the ? play a messy game? no time for you to bout?
Done is Salsalita we had clams for desert
You spilled some Chardonay on you gypsy skirt
There's no more time for apricots, he's got to make his own shape?
Police man
Police man
Police man
Police man




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    General CommentOne of the things Malkmus does really well is repeating lyrics in a way so that they can be interpreted as many things like in "Cut Your Hair" when he yells "career" over and over, or is it "Korea"... he does this in a way so that it doesn't matter; both work and both have meaning. I think he does this in Realy Emotional Trash. He may be saying "puh-lease me" and he may be saying "police me", probably saying a little of both, and really they both work and both make for equally satisfying interpretations (though I personally prefer police me).
    dollylectricon July 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI am so obsessed with this song. I have no idea what it’s about, but some of the lyrics really grab me, even though Malkmus doesn’t really fuss with lyrics anymore. I particularly love the “Chardonnay on your gypsy skirt” line. My girlfriend says that “point me in the direction of your Real Emotional Trash” is so her. She rocks! Incidentally, I met Malkmus and the rest of the Jicks in November. Nicest people ever!!! Especially Malkmus
    tbaumgaron December 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAlso, I think it’s “Puh-leeeease ,me! Puh-leeeease me!”
    tbaumgaron December 21, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm sure he says puh-lease me.

    Here's the proof
    youtube.com/…
    RadioNorrison April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is the title track and I think it signifies what the album is about and where Malkmus is at as an artist. The big thing, is that the lyrics here match the flavor of the music in a way I don't think I've ever seen before.

    Musically, the first part is a stately, clean, mid-tempo, rootsy rock riff with a generous helping of keys. This syncs up with the lyrics which honestly describes grown-up relationships. People make compromises, even if they don't want to, and delve into some "real emotional trash" so that they can grow and experience love.

    Then there's that proggy breakdown, wacked-out guitar parts and the beat slows to a standstill.

    Then the slow crawl in momentum which just keeps building and building more tension (which is awesome).

    And then the blistering drums kick in and you get the pure rock and roll release. The lyrics are just about fun stuff. Roadtripping, boozing, probably dancing (chardonnay spill), and then at the end (puhhleease me), everyone knows what that's about.

    So, I think the song is about being a grown up but remembering to have fun.
    supposablethumbson June 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI kind of wondered if this wasn't a reflection on what it's like living with 3 women (wife and two little girls). That's my current situation also and let me tell you, daddy's on the run, because there is a ton of Real Emotional Trash in my household :-)
    engravementon March 11, 2016   Link

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