"Phantom Other" as written by Daniel Raphael Rossen and Fred Hurley Nicolaus....
All right, we'll do this your way
All right, we'll make it anyway
Now'd be good time,
To send us all away there
So what would it take?
And what would it take to make you learn?
And what would it take?
And what would it take to make you listen? ah

Oh man, you're not the only one
Oh boy, with that phantom other gone
Now'd be the right time
To send us all away
It'd be a good time
If you just go away there

What would it take?
What would it take to make you leave?
What would it take?
What would it take to make you listen?

My God in heaven
What were we thinking?
My God in heaven
What were we thinking of?

Look out, look out now
We gotta get out now
Look out, look out now
We gotta get out now
Wake up, wake up now
We gotta get out now
Wake up, wake up now
We gotta get out now


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"Phantom Other" as written by Daniel Raphael Rossen, Fred Hurley Nicolaus

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    My InterpretationIt seems like a failing relationship. And the person is telling them to realize that everything just sucks between them. I love this song :)
    zebikeron October 18, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful...I love the weird background noises and vocals. It seems so apocalyptic or something, like all of mankind is involved in this ruined relationship with the way it says to "send us ALL away" and "my god in heaven, what were we thinking?" and "we gotta get out now", sort of like his relationship is crumbling and so his world as he knows it. The "phantom other" could be the ghost of his lover, his life, what he used to have. By saying "you're not the only one", the speaker could be letting him know that it's not the end of the world, heartbreak happens all the time. The end seems like he just wants out, to get away from the situation. Honestly, I'm pretty confused by it all, but looking at it that way sort of makes sense to me.
    forgetkindlyon October 29, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningDan talks about this song in a 2008 interview for the nytimes:

    About Ed Droste: "“I was very unhappy for about a year in the band, especially with him,” Mr. Rossen said. “There was a time when we really didn’t get along very well, which did encourage, in some ways, going in this direction and doing this record."

    On Phantom Other: "“I really don’t want people to hear that song and think that it’s me being aggressive toward Ed, because I don’t feel that way at all anymore, and we’re actually very close.”"
    anandanandaon July 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI actually thought at first read that it's about a country deciding to go into war and his thoughts of that and war in general
    astrosolon August 07, 2012   Link

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