"Collect Call" as written by and James Shaw Emily Haines....
If the fire's out baby, How you gonna keep me warm?
Supposing you let me, with the door wide open no one can leave

I know its a lie, I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes we'll buy some place

For wishing you could
Keep me closer, I'm a lazy dancer, when you move I move with you
Keep me closer, I'm a lazy dancer, when you move I move with you

If somebody's got soul
You've got to make them move

I know it's a lie, I want it to be true
The rest of the ride is riding on you
Over goodbyes we'll buy some place

For wishing you could
Keep me closer, I'm a lazy dancer, when you move I move with you
Keep me closer, I'm a lazy dancer, when you move I move with you


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"Collect Call" as written by James Shaw Emily Haines

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  • +4
    General CommentI absolutely love how this song starts.

    "If the fire's out baby
    How you gonna keep me warm"

    Reminds me of past relationships
    p00ptartson April 01, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"I'm a lazy dancer
    When you move I move with you"
    Encouragement. Is like the singer encourages everyone to potentially be happy :)))
    "If somebody's got soul
    YOU gotta make the move"

    And the name of the song : Collect Call - telephone call in which the calling party wants to place a call at the called party's expense.
    The whole song is asking (almost begging,actually) to be loved :)) the sweetest thing for my ears.
    ah.yes.please.on March 19, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis relates to my life right now...the flame is out it needs to be rekindled but it needs someoone to do so,so she's waiting on him, and its up to him to try and fix it bc she's done all she can, she knows that them pretending is a lie and she wants the love to still be true, she is done with the goodbyes and justs want a place they xan have ( lovewise) that makes their wishes come true that makes everything work. S:e wants to be close again, and by saying she's a lazy dancer means she'll go along with him bc its comfortable...its easier for them not to leave eachother even tho the love is gone. If somebodys going through love or the same experience make a move to make it work try to put actions forth so it won't end. That's just how I percieve it tobe
    kissedbye4on August 02, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti always link songs to stuff thats happened to me..
    so this is how i see it...

    she's been in a relationship that has ended (the fires out)
    but there still seeing each other although it means nothing to him..
    "I know it's a lie I want it to be true"
    she still loves him and wishes that he wants the same thing.
    she wishes that she could stay with him and doesn't want to let go of there past relationship.
    this is one of my favourite metric songs.
    :)


    watchon April 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really enjoy this song mostly because I feel that it connects up with past events in my life. There's just something about it that's magical.

    Anyways...

    "If the fire's out baby
    How you gonna keep me warm
    Supposing you let me
    With the door wide open no one can leave"

    The idea here seems to be that if the love between two people is gone, how is the singer going to continue going on. Also both people are at an impasse because neither can move or act.

    "I know it's a lie I want it to be true
    The rest of the ride is riding on you"

    My favourite part of the song. The singer has given his/her heart to the other person and now "the rest of the ride is riding" on them and thier actions. It's "I've done all I can do, your turn" type of idea.

    "Over goodbyes we'll buy some place
    For wishing you could
    Keep me closer
    I'm a lazy dancer
    When you move I move with you"

    I lumped the last line it to make grammatical sense. The singer wants to rekindle the lost flame of the relationship even though (s)he knows that everything is lost. The last two lines have me stumped though.

    "If somebody's got soul
    You gotta make them move
    Make them move"

    Another tricky one to get. I think it's more of a warning to other people not to let the same thing happen. Don't let go of your one love because then life isn't worth living anymore.

    That's my stab at this song. Either way, it's my favourite song on "Fantasies".
    LifeAdmiralon May 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree with watch's interpretation, well at least that's what I get from it...
    missmeon June 01, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is basically about wantind someone. wanting them more than they ever wanted you. and you know that they dont give a fuck. but you dont care. or just turn a blind eye. and the part about being a lazy dancer is an anology for not caring about what happens in your life as long as you can be near to who you care about most.
    darkeyeon October 12, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's a love gone stale.

    "If the fire's out baby, how you gonna keep me warm?"
    "I know it's a lie, I want it to be true."

    This makes me think of a relationship that has gone on so long it's become more of a routine than anything. These two people are in a relationship solely because they've been in it for so long, being out of it just wouldn't make sense, but they've lost the passion. This song, to me, is one of them finally admitting it.
    Sparklypantson November 01, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEmily has funny motifs. Fire, goodbyes, moving.. The speaker of this song reminds me of Butcher's, though this has a slightly less negative description of whomever the speaker is talking to. Giving someone else the power of the relationship, perhaps in an attempt to bring about peace or at least a more palpable perception of positive feelings.

    I'm interested in how the bridge ("I know it's a lie..) is meant to interact with the "Somebody's got soul" part of the song. Because it completely negates the "make the move" concept, and instead gives into the passive nature that is upheld in the chorus and first verse. This is a pretty lame stab at the song, but I don't see much to go off of yet. But it sure is pretty.
    tinylittlewordson March 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song, my favourite on the new album.
    supatkristineon April 11, 2009   Link

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