"Ion Square" as written by Kele Okereke, Matt Tong, Russell Lissack and Gordon Moakes....
Ion square, perspex swings
I breathe out, you breathe in
Permanent midnight
Our love, our love
How we've come to depend
On each other to the end
The space between us has disappeared
You finish my, you finish my words for me

I remember how it began
So many great days in a row
Barefoot on Bishopsgate
Trying to find Blake's grave
If we could stay like this in a silver foil
Trapped in amber for a life
Permanent midnight
Our love, our love

[Chorus]
I carry your heart here with me
I carry it in my heart
I carry your heart with me
I carry it in my heart

Who said unbroken happiness
Is a bore, is a bore?
Who said it, my love? I don't mind it
Anymore, anymore
And I reach out a hand over your side of the bed
Pull that blanket over your shoulders exposed to the night
And the hunger of those early years will never return
But I don't mind, I don't mind
Cause I love my mind when I'm fucking you
Slowed down to a crawl
Years of crime and the bread line
Have not at all dimmed your shine
So let's stay in, let the sofa be our car
Let's stay in, let the TV be our stars
I found my dancing shoes but they don't fit
All the bright lights do is bore me
They bore me

[Chorus]


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"Ion Square" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

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  • +5
    General CommentMy favourite on the album. IMO the best bit is:

    "So let's stay in, let the sofa be our car
    Let's stay in, let the TV be our stars
    I found my dancing shoes but they don't fit
    All the bright lights do is bore me
    They bore me"

    I think this is great because it's like she said "Let's go out tonight to a club" and Kele says "No, I want to stay in and spend time with you" and makes excuses about his dancing shoes... Amazing

    Also Kele famously has a stutter, so the "You finish my, you finish my words for me" is part stutter, part about the stutter and part how she completes him"

    As samfancypants said it is very sad. A song about how happy you once *were* is the saddest...

    Kele is the best!
    darkfrankhson August 24, 2008   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningThere are so many amazing things going on in this song! I've noticed some comments regarding sexual orientation because on WITC Kele discussed that he was being honest thoughts or inclinations we all have felt as some point, in different increments, he just decided to be transparent and write them, instead of abstract.

    On that point, Its interesting the title is Ion Square, where ion bonds are the bonding of a metal and a non metal, opposites attracting. It leads me to think this song is about a girl. Also, one substance being strong like metal and the other softer, seems to be more of a male/female metaphore.

    This song is so beautiful.

    About the line: 'cause I love my mind when I'm fucking you' i don't take it offensive, but kind of humorous. I think that's the point. While most of the song is sentimental, soft, romantic, this line shows the other side of relationships which is often fun and spontaneous, as sex often is. The line shows how he is even laughing at himself for how free he is with his lover.

    I wish I could write songs this sincere and moving. wow.





    lostjournalon August 23, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe line isn't very fitting with the overall tone of the song, but that's why it's such a good lyric. It's bold and startling; it's perfect for conveying what Kele is saying in this song. It's just such a powerful line.
    Conn92on July 31, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentooh! and the prayer reference: "lord give me... dancing feet"
    and then in this one: "i found my dancing shoes but they didn't fit all the bright lights do is bore me"... yeah....
    samfancypantson August 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentaw man i wanna cry! but i wont cos im a man
    hopetheressomeoneon August 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthow is 'cause i love my mind when im fucking you' a bad line? or awkward? just cause he swears? lol. the songs building up all the way through, and then hes expressing his passion, cause the excitements gone, but the passion is still there... :S
    driver89on January 14, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song = perfection <3
    MCRfanaticon January 31, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIMO the line 'Cause I love my mind, when i'm fucking you' completes the song; all of it is so romantic, so soft without any sexual passion, which seriously isn't possible in a relationship. The line strikes a perfect balance between love and desire.

    This song actually makes me cry, I absolutely adore it. Bloc Party are fucking amazing.
    crockfromtheblockon April 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is about someone being in a relationship for a long time and still being in love and happy even though they don't do the same things that they use to. Their relationship isn't the same as it was in the beginning where they would go out dancing and go out to places now he would rather stay in. They do not have as much sex as they use to but he's really fine with that because he doesn't feel the need or the want to have sex all the time. They are a part of each other and basically they're happy or at least he is they don't really have downs just ups in the relationship. ("Ion Square" representing the attraction of each other)
    yazminebtron September 06, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI absolutely adore this song. It's pretty clear that it's about a great time in a relationship or when a relationship is really working out.
    GlobalCoolingon August 22, 2008   Link

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