"Ulysses" as written by Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John Mccarthy, Paul Robert Thompson and Robert Hardy....
While I sit in here, a sentimental face stares
And a voice says hi, so
So what you gotta what you gotta disdain.
C'mon let's get high
C'mon look so, you got next oh,
Walk 25 miles oh
Well I'm bored
I'm bored.
C'mon let's get high.

C'mon let's get high.
C'mon let's get high.

Well I found a new way
I found a new way.
C'mon doll and use me;
I don't need your sympathy.

I'll find a new way
I'll find a new way, baby.

I'm not Ulysses, I'm boy Ulysses
No, but you are now, boy.

So sinister, so sinister,
Last night was wild.
What's a matter there, feeling kinda anxious?
That hot blood, grew cold.

Yeah everyone, everybody knows it.
Yeah everyone, everybody know it.
Everybody knows I

I'll find a new way.
I'll find a new way, baby.

I'll find a new way.
Well I'll find a new way, baby.

Oh, Oh, then suddenly you know
You're never going home
You're never [Repeat: x6]
You're never going home.

Not Ulysses, baby.
You're not Ulysses

Lyrics submitted by vanityjunkie, edited by godric1000, Omnipraesens

"Ulysses" as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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  • +5
    General CommentIt's "while I sit in here a sentimental face stares", not "Well I'm sitting here, sentimental footsteps"
    "and A voice says hi, so" not "Then a voice say hi so", "so, so what you gotta, what you gotta disdain", not "So what you got, what you got this time?", "Come on look so, you got next, oh, walk twenty-five miles, oh" not "Come on lickso You got Nick stoned Walking planet by miles", "come on doll and use me", not "Come on don't amuse me", "that heart that grew cold", not "That hot blood grew cold".

    This song is also alluding to and referencing Odysseus (Ulysses is the Roman name). After traveling for some time on his way back, he comes across his first obstacle: the lotus plants. He stops at an island and sends some scouts to investigate. The men see the locals eating a lotus plant and start eating it too. Soon, they forget who they were, what they were doing, and became addicted to the plant. They try to convince Odysseus to eat the plant, but he sees what it is doing to him, and refuses. He drags the men, kicking and screaming back onto the boat so they can continue the journey. The song is about doing things that are illegal and unhealthy (like drugs) and then having to deal with the problems that arise afterward. The singer states that, hey, I’ve been busy and stressed out, I deserve a little fun like the men with Odysseus, I mean, all my friends are getting high. However, it comes back to bite him because he realizes that if he was Odysseus he would never had been able to bring his friends back because he is as lost as they are now.
    musemaniacon January 25, 2009   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just read "Ulysses" by Tennyson and, clearly, thought of this song and had it stuck in my head all class. The "I'm bored" I think is a callback to what Ulysses feels at the beginning at the poem. Like Ulysses, he wants to escape, so he gets high. However, he's no hero like Ulysses, he won't come home after his adventure and won't have great stories and feel fulfilled. I think. Maybe. This is in no way a full interpretation but it's a thought. :P
    EarlySunsetson February 22, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is killer. After hearing lucid dreams i knew that this album would definitely be worth the long wait. After hearing this, and a couple other new songs from the album (live performances on youtube), I'm convinced that this is one of the top 10 bands of the past 10 years. Seriously-these dudes just get it.

    Obviously this one is about getting high - but I'm kinda struggling with the Ulysses part - just doesn't seem to add up (then again songs about getting high rarely do). Maybe has something to do with either the book by James Joyce or the poem by Alfred Lord Tennyson?? I know its a stretch, but thats all I can come up with at this point.

    Anyways, you don't need to know the true meaning to appreciate how badass it is!!!!!
    Lithiumking420on December 17, 2008   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationTo me Alex is singing about non longer getting his kicks from wild high nights.
    He's grown up, and there's no going back.
    His friends think he's lost his mojo.
    Odeon February 21, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is about doing harder and newer drugs to escape boredom and depression. The character thinks he's found a new way out of his painful existence and is delirious with the idea, but inevitably he crashes. The drugs are not as effective and he is just as depressed if not more than where he started. He'll never get "home" because he's not Ulysses. Home here means a place of happiness, contentment and comfort.
    Strumbeaton March 14, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti adore this song. i've had it on repeat for a few hours now.

    i hear "that hot blood grew cold" rather than "that hub grew cold"
    ShotgunXXWeddingon December 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis just might end up being my favorite song of 2009
    maureenomalley23on December 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo comments? Yer joking! This song is awesome :) can't wait to hear the rest of the new stuff. Franz Ferdinand have never stopped making me want to dance.

    xXxTeenSpiritxXxon November 24, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh man, this song just makes me want their new CD even more.
    January can't come any sooner.
    TheColdestCalmon December 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, I was wrong. Nevermind!
    Arrilouon December 05, 2008   Link

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