By the light of the LED display of a VCR recorder
You kiss my neck, I whisper in your ear, "this is my downfall"
As you squint and you grimace, we both know your heart's not in it

By the glow of a thousand fireflies in a travelodge en-suite:
They think the future's bright as halogen, we know it's pretty bleak
And I'm trying to be sexy, biting at the air that falls in front of me.

Your telegrams are more and more less detailed by the day
And all the characters are strangers and the pubs have different names
I tell a joke that I'd like to meet them but they loathe me and I hate them back

Absence makes the heart grow fonder
Fondness makes the absence longer
Length loses my interest, I'm a realist, I'm insatiable
Swapped counting days until I fly, with hours before your reply

You said he got his teeth fixed
I'm gonna break them
I've got a heart on fire
He said he's got his sights set
On getting to you
I've got a fist on fire

You feel terrified at the thought of being left behind
Of losing everybody, the necessity of dying
Oh, WE KID OURSELVES THERE'S FUTURE IN THE FUCKING,
BUT THERE IS NO FUCKING FUTURE
I'm just practicing my accents, picking at old sutures

I taught myself the only way to vaguely get along in love
Is to like the other slightly less than you get in return
I keep feeling like I'm being undercut

Charlotte says, "It's more constructive than the one in Canada,
When you got drunk,
Ate loads of crisps
And threw up by a football pitch"
I know it is,
And really that's what worries me,
I feel like I should
Hurt.

You said he got his teeth fixed
I'm gonna break them
I've got a heart on fire
He said he's got his sights set
On getting to you
I've got a fist on fire

I cannot emphasise enough that my body
Is a badly designed, poorly put together vessel,
Harbouring these diminishing, so-called 'vital organs'
Hope my heart goes first,
I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!

And
We are beautiful,
We are doomed.


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  • +3
    Song MeaningHere's Gareth talking about the song in an interview..

    TNG: Tell me more about the relationship, it really comes through over the course of “We are Beautiful…” Who is this person that makes you so miserable?

    GC: It was a relationship I never should have gotten into in the first place. I don’t want to be harsh, they’re a lovely person. I have no real hard feelings toward them despite what the record might suggest. They showed an interest in me, I was incredibly flattered. They were very attractive and intelligent and good fun. And then as a result, because I’m pretty emotionally retarded, I entered quickly and it got reasonably intense a lot quicker than any sensible human would let a relationship get. Then I went to America for two months and the way it went when I was away was barely worth existing.

    I’m just thinking about how honest I should be –I want to be honest in what I do–basically there was another person I should have gone out with, but if I had gone out with them would have been very serious. The girl I went out with, she should have been with another guy. I don’t know why we were together, when I discuss it it really does seem pathetic. But that’s the gist of it, the record was just me complaining about her. She’s a little younger than me, and despite her being really intelligent it shows at times. I have to reiterate she’s a lovely and nice person, but not a good girlfriend for me.

    TNG: Do you think she recognized herself in your songs? span>

    GC: Yeah, which is why I don’t understand why she hasn’t spoken to me about it. They they were written before we broke up, partly because I knew we had to break up. I knew that I was a pussy and I wouldn’t have the guts to do it. I knew that by writing these songs it would have to end before the record was released. It was just inevitable. If she has heard it she must appreciate that there’s no malicious intent.
    amyeldr3don May 19, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentone of the best songs on the album in my opinion.

    i love it when gareth screams "I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!"
    kaufman75on September 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a homosexual relationship that happened between Gareth and Sparky Deathcap, "we are beautiful, we are doomed" - they know that their relationship is beautiful but it is doomed because they're both men. "We kid ourselves there's future in the fucking, but there is not fucking future" They kid themselves into thinking the relationship can continue while having sex, but they know deep down there's no future for them. "we both know your heart's not in it" - Sparky was really reluctant at first, I think he may have been straight when Gareth first made a move on him.

    "You said he got his teeth fixed" is an obvious reference to Sparky's song Berlin Syndrome

    That's just my interpretation of it anyway everyone interprets things differently but I'm pretty sure this is what the song's about.


    kens45on November 19, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm pretty certain it's "we kid ourselves there's future in the fucking", not "kill ourselves"
    tommaytoon September 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love los campesinos! <3
    dinasoaron June 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentone of the best songs on the album in my opinion.

    i love it when gareth screams "I HOPE MY HEART GOES FIRST!"
    kaufman75on September 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"By the light of the LED display of the VCR recorder"

    "With the glow of a thousand fireflies
    In a travelodge en suite
    Don't think the future's bright as halogen
    We know it's pretty bleak
    And I'm trying to be sexy
    But I emit the air that falls in front of me."
    cherryadeon September 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHoly mother of god this stuff is really genius.
    PaperStreeton September 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthow did you get the new album, i thought it wasnt out untill next month?

    amazing song though :)
    stayyoungdieyoungon September 16, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI thought it was...
    "With the glow of a thousand fireflies
    In a travelodge en suite
    They think the future's bright as halogen
    We know it's pretty bleak"
    which was talking about them heading towards the light, and inevitably being burnt by it
    which i guess is an analogy for us
    might be wrong, but thats what i figured it was when i listened to the song
    Wiz_ldnon September 23, 2008   Link

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