"Biko" as written by Kele Okereke and Russell Lissack....
You're not doing it this alone
You're not doing,
You're not doing this alone

For my sweetheart the melancholic, you have crossed the river Styx
And the waves have taken you away
As I lay my head on your chest, I can hear it your veins
Wake me up when you come to bed

[Chorus]
So toughen up
Biko toughen up
Biko toughen up
This world isn't kind to little things

Was my love strong enough to bring you back from the dead
If I could eat your cancer I would but I can't
So I keep writing these songs for you
To steal you from your gray
And we can dance in our front room again

So toughen up
Biko toughen up
Biko toughen up
I need you be strong for us

[Chorus]

Don't you know that when you stand you stand up for the both of us
Remember that when the darkness looms
Every tear you shed is cleansing, taking the pain away from you
I left you blueberries in the fridge, the little things that I can do

You're not doing this alone

Resist


Lyrics submitted by gat0rjay, edited by AllisterK

"Biko" as written by Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack

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    General CommentDoes anyone else see the parallel between "The world isn't kind to little things" and "I left you blueberries in the fridge / The little thing that I can do"?

    In a sense, could be saying that the world as a whole doesn't care about their relationship and the little, kind things that you do for the people you love, like leave them their favourite food in the fridge.

    When coupled with the idea that the other person is dying or depressed, it suggests a sense of despondency; the narrator cares so much about the other person, but sort of no-one else does. You know?
    nachturnalon October 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commentincredible song, but i think these are the correct lyrics in this verse:
    So I keep writing these songs for you
    To steal you from your grey
    And we can dance in our front room again

    So 'grave' is actually 'grey' and 'a front row' is 'our front room' :)

    but then again, the official lyrics also has 'Was my love strong enough to bring you back from the dead' without the 'not' so maybe it isn't entirely correct.. which is totally ironic considering they wrote the lyrics! But i think it is definitely 'grey' and 'front room'

    Source: blocparty.com/…
    crockfromtheblockon November 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdamn! so quickly the lyrics :P
    gatinion August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'so quickly'???? this is the only intimacy song that has its lyrics online so far?? i suck at getting lyrics and stuff, i'm only praying that someone gets the rest out soon! quicker and quicker! PLEASE! i can't understand him so much this album... :(
    samfancypantson August 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commentcan only guess from the lines

    "Was my love not strong enough to
    Bring you back from the dead
    If I could eat your cancer I would but I can't"

    its about his friends who dies of cancer. or found out his friend has cancer.
    IWatchRecesson August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf you're looking for more lyrics from the new album they have them some pretty good ones up now over here:

    blocparty.net/…
    gat0rjayon August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSeems a little late to be talking about South African activists.
    Bluemaskon August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti don't think it's about someone who's dead. i think it's about someone who is dieING.
    kele's trying to fight the disease for the person, but he knows he can't do it.. "biko toughen up".

    i think it's basically kele asking this person to fight the disease for both of them..

    it's beautiful. best song on the album, by far.
    the album is amazing. the lyrics are of silent alarm quality again, which is fannnntastic.
    Bethie09on August 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentAnd I don't know if this has any relevance but;

    "Sukuna-Biko
    The Japanese dwarf god who is associated with healing"
    Bethie09on August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah i agree with kele, asking someone to fight their diesease, possibly cancer, "if i could eat your cancer i would"
    but it also leads me to believe its about a possible lover
    or someone he loves?
    "As I lay my head on your chest"
    "Was my love not strong enough to "

    yeahh just a thought :)
    chrysi1234on August 23, 2008   Link

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