"Better Than Heaven" as written by Kele Okereke, Matt Tong, Russell Lissack and Gordon Moakes....
What's with all this doom and gloom?
You used to be such, such a laugh
It's only sin, original sin
Corinthians (15:22)
Never been a big fan of things
But I'm growing so fond of you

You get sadder the smarter you get
And it's a bore
You get sadder the smarter you get
And it's a bore

Truth is truth
I ain't no bohemian
Much too, much too safe
Much too, much too typical
Much too, much too typical
Much too, much too
You can use your hands for something else
I'll take you further than the scholars can
Put down your books and molest me
Heaven is here, where it needs to be

You get sadder the smarter you get
And it's a bore
You get sadder the smarter you get
And it's a bore

And there was a time before we were born
When we stood in the garden
If this world won't last I'll turn you on
Well, I've got enough for the both of us
The both of us
The both of us

And there was a time before we were born
When we stood in the garden
If this world does not turn you on
Well, I've got enough for the both of us
The both of us


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"Better Than Heaven" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

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    General CommentThat there is more to life than religion, and not to hedge your bets on a chance of living after dying, without living whilst you are alive.
    KonaKoalaon August 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song can go to ways, and I'm not quite sure which one it is.

    Option 1: Kele(or whoever the narrator is) is rebuking a girl for spending too much time studying religion. She seems obsessed with original sin, Adam and Eve, and consequences of her actions. Kele is clearly in love and wants it to take a more intimate direction, but she's not interested. He admits at first just being together was enough (the garden), but if it's fading (like it appears to be) he's ready to take it farther and he believes that he has enough passion for the both of them.

    Option 2: The song actually religious. The girl is much more a scholar (cold hard facts) than a worshipper (faith and emotions). She keeps thrying to find the answers to God, but just gets more and more lost as she looks. Kele has faith and is trying to share it with her.

    I don't know which one I think. The album title makes me lean to the first, but when I looked up the verse stated in the song I'm not quite sure. (FYI Corinthians 15:22-For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.)
    monkeydoon August 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti tried to look up the verse and couldn't find it! i am crappy at bibles. but i think it's option one. "You can use your hands for something else"... yeah. he sounds like he's asking for something... ;)
    samfancypantson August 23, 2008   Link
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    General CommentA massive struggle with religion....
    So i think both of Monkeydo's opinions are valid at the same time, I think it supposed to be confusing.

    There is so much here to talk about...

    "you get sadder the smarter you get" This reminds me of my childhood. While I was younger I was very religious (5-13) But as I got smarter, I began to realise it was all a bit far-fetched and I didn't believe it anymore. Which made me sad to think there is no after life. My opinion, but it might be what he is talking about....

    "Much to safe, muc to typical" could be for both atheism and god/religion/faith. Is one easier to pick? Is one so typical? I'm not sure which one here.

    And I think that the reference of the garden is about Eden. Saying that after the garden of Eden (paradise) he still has something to offer someone... (sorry really hard to express this!)
    darkfrankhson August 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, I think the song is about living your life according to religion only to find out as you learn more you dont agree with it.
    InAStateofFluxon August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with 'topical', and i also think that 'put down your books and ?' might be 'molest me'. maybe i'm hearing it wrong... but maybe.
    samfancypantson August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhen I listened again, I thought it sounded like typical, and I thought I wrote another comment, but apparently not. And I also thought it sounded like "molest me", but I don't really know, cause I could only kind of hear it.

    And I agree with what darkfrankhs said about the "You get sadder..." line. As you learn more, you become more cynical, and less happy about the world as a whole.
    true.love.wayon August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think monkeydo is correct with their first idea, judging by the song title. That seems to make sense. I think the line is, "put down your books, and notice me." I hope it isn't, "molest me", that makes me feel ill!
    drumboyeljon August 27, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI've listen to it countless times and the best I can make "typical" and "memorize me". Though it sounds like Kele has thrown in a random R in memorize so it may be "Mermorize?" or "Mesmorize?"...

    I guess well have to wait until the lyrics page of the main site is updated to see for sure.
    monkeydoon August 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment«put down your books and EMBRACE me?»
    alesdonaldon September 02, 2008   Link

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