These are the veins of the way that we love
These are the hearts of lonely people ripped in front of us.
Things aren't the way that we-

Love as if you didn't know at all, (I'd like to bear the heart of us)
Never once, never knew, painted glass(?) with no love (Wish I could answer you)
So uptight and desperate for attention
We're all lost and begging to be found
With every word you say, you lead everyone on

These are the veins of the way that we love
These are the hearts of lonely people ripped in front of us.

You've stopped before the singer says a word

I need to take it out on you (really take it out, really give it all)
As hard as I can and let you, let you have it all
Do I make you?

Don't start, Don't start, shaking again
She can make the salt taste like sugar on her hands but
If love is a way out, then please let me in
don't start, darlin
don't you turn my nightmares into dreams again.

Uptight and desperate for attention.
We're all lost and begging to be found.
With every word you say, you lead everyone on

These are the veins of the way that we love
These are the hearts of lonely people ripped in front of us.

We all did what we had to do
We all did what we had to do
We all did what we had to do
We all did what we, what we had to do
What we had to do
(...)

These are the veins of the way that we love
These are the hearts of lonely people ripped in front of us. (we only did what we had to do)

These are the veins of the way that we love
These are the hearts of lonely people ripped in front of us


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Hills Like White Elephants song meanings
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    General Comment"She can make the salt taste like sugar on her hands"
    Love it. Thats Deffinately a lyric written by VIC.
    sergeman91on April 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMARCH 9!
    so stoked!
    =D
    blackpenondeskon February 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is basically warning people about relationships. It's saying it's best to just be single cause a relationship will only end in sadness.

    She can make the salt taste like sugar on her hands but
    If love is a way out, then please let me in
    don't start, darlin
    don't you turn my nightmares into dreams again.

    It's saying that love is just a way to escape reality. So therefore, he does does not want to be in love. He wants to see reality for what it truly is, a nightmare.
    redalchemyon March 08, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"We're all lost and begging to be found"

    And also possibly "These are the *veins* of the way that we love"
    Idk. It talks about the hearts after, so it could maybe be veins lol
    Syvixayon January 21, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAlso, I think it's "With every word you say you lead everyone on"
    Street Spiriton January 22, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"So uptight and desperate for attention"
    "As hard as I can and let you, let you have it all"
    Street Spiriton January 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautifuly amazing to me!
    .
    "She can make the salt taste like sugar on her hands"
    that lyric<3

    "don't you turn my nightmares into dreams again" and that lyric, just speak so much without saying much.<3
    foreveryoursxon February 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThere's a story called "Hills like white elephants" by Ernest Hemingway. It's really just a brief conversation between a man and a woman and its never stated what they're speaking about. However, you can infer that the woman is pregnant and the man wants her to have an abortion. I'm not sure how to perceive these lyrics in context with the story. Does anyone have any thoughts?
    Christina910on April 14, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVic probably wrote a majority of the album and gave people parts to sing
    chauntswreckon May 16, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAfter the "Love as if you didn't know at all" it sounds like Vic is saying "I'd like to be the heart of us." Anybody else hear that? And I'm pretty sure it's "Singer" not "Sayer"

    Amazing song though. Can't wait to hear their EP
    NotesAndPhotographson May 18, 2009   Link

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