Taxidermy



Hang me up on your wall, above the coal fire
Keep your promises, keep your promises
Hang me up on your wall
You're such a cold liar, do what your father says
What your father says

I still remember your voice, it turns my blood cold
The kids are fast asleep, keep them fast asleep
Your soul still haunts these walls, like Taxidermy

Theres no kiss of life's, no baby don't pretend
With your heart in your throat and a gun to your head
You can burn the money in the fireplace
You keep on telling white lies to the little kids
I think its time they knew just what it means to live
You can burn your parents in the fireplace

I saw you run from the cold, out of my arms
Your mother cried for years, she cried for years
I saw you run through the cold, put ice in my heart
Now tell me all your fears, i'll be your greatest fear


You couldn't cut the smile from my face
Cos we're so proud today, we're so proud today
Our eyes will haunt these walls, like Taxidermy

Theres no kiss of life's, no baby don't pretend
With your heart in your throat and a gun to your head
You can burn the money in the fireplace
You keep on telling white lies to the little kids
I think its time they knew just what it means to live
Now burn your parents in the fireplace


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    General CommentOne of the best b-sides ever.
    RacingRaton July 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFrom an article about White Lies lyrics:

    "Dark, cinematic tales of murder, madness, revenge, loss and love from beyond the grave; as we speak he [Charles Cave] is working on a piece concerning a girl who hates her parents so much that, to get their revenge on her, they include a clause in their will forcing her to have them stuffed and mounted in her front room so she has to look at them every day."
    elevenoclockticktockon June 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti think i also have heard that interview elevenclockticktock. i love harry's voice in this song! here is an interpretation which would agree with elevenclockticktocks meaning:

    Hang me up on your wall, above the coal fire - (her parents will insists that their bodies are to be hung up in their daughters living room above the coal fire)
    Keep your promises, keep your promises

    Hang me up on your wall
    You're such a cold liar, do what your father says — (justifying the fact that the song is about a rebellious daughter by calling her a “cold liar” and telling her to do what her father says)
    What your father says.

    I still remember your voice, it turns my blood cold — (the daughter could be narrating this line by saying thinking about her deceased parents still freaks her out)
    The kids are fast asleep, keep them fast asleep
    Your soul still haunts these walls, like Taxidermy — (taxidermy is the act of stuffing a dead body and mounting it up on display which is what the daughter is forced to do with her parent’s bodies)

    Theres no kiss of life's, no baby don't pretend — (there’s nothing nice about this situation so there’s no point in pretending)
    With your heart in your throat and a gun to your head — (for whatever reasons she is forced to have her parents hung up)
    You can burn the money in the fireplace — (not too sure about this line but perhaps this is the only way that she’ll have access to her inheritance? )
    You keep on telling white lies to the little kids — (she has to lie to her children to hide the fact that their grandparents bodies are here)
    I think its time they knew just what it means to live — (but maybe the children have a right to know? )
    You can burn your parents in the fireplace — (kind of self explanatory)

    I saw you run from the cold, out of my arms — (her parents could be narrating this part and describing when their daughter started to go off the rails)
    Your mother cried for years, she cried for years — (the father claims that the mother was deeply upset about her wayward daughter
    I saw you run through the cold, put ice in my heart — (her father was also deeply disappointed by his daughter)
    Now tell me all your fears, i'll be your greatest fear — (he now feels even with his daughter by causing her as much trouble as she did to them when they were alive)


    You couldn't cut the smile from my face
    Cos we're so proud today, we're so proud today — (the parents are thrilled about the fact that finally they have found a way of upsetting the daughter as they feel she deserves it)
    Our eyes will haunt these walls, like Taxidermy
    sheslostcontrol16on April 13, 2011   Link

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