"Out The Airlock" as written by and Paul Dempsey....
thrown out of a moving limousine
tied up in corners with no hope of escape
followed at high speed
roughed up and handcuffed and led away

dangled up-side-down from a great height
tied to the rails as the train rounds the bend
hijacked and hotwired
snarled at by dogs against the chain-link fence

then she tells you, then she tells you uh huh huh
then she tells you you're not home

sucked out of the airlock
cornered like a rat in a crowded city square
lowered into vulcanos
bound up back to back in smart matching chairs

Then she tells you, then she tells you uh huh huh
then she tells you you're ...

my sweetheart dreams, my sweetheart dreams in an empty bed
my sweetheart dreams of revenge

left for dead in mexico
forged in counterfeit invisible ink
cut-out words on a ransom note

oh, I beg you honey, it's not what you think

Then she tells you, then she tells you uh huh huh
then she tells you you're not home


Lyrics submitted by In_November, edited by sainters

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    General CommentFrom an interview of Paul Dempsey in Jmag: "This whole song is built out of typical scenes from old suspence thrillers. The hero of the story is always persecuted and chased, put through hell. And when he finally makes it home his friends or his lover never believe what he's trying to tell them, they think he's making it all up, or that he's lost his mind, or he's crying wolf. The viewer can never tear themselves away until the hero is finally vindicated... which he always is... except in this song!"
    pavlovaon January 10, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNot bad at all! The missing bits are:

    she tells you you're not home

    and

    my sweetheart dreams of revenge

    And I never try to interpret Dempsey lyrics because it gets far too confusing for me and he's got five different meanings to each song, so. Still, I love his words.
    ohkamikazeon April 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm not a native speaker - I have problems understanding the "..." parts of the song...

    Meaning?
    Maybe Paul has been watching too many Tarantino/Mafia/Crime movies lately and , as a result, has come up now with x ways to get into trouble!

    Very nice song!
    In_Novemberon April 24, 2009   Link
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    General Commentgiven dempsey's penchant for science themes and the cinematic elements of characters meeting disaster he mentions, i think that he's referring to being sucked out of a spaceship airlock. still can't quite piece it all together but whatever, it's such a beautiful song.

    my sweetheart dreams,
    my sweetheart dreams in an empty bed
    my sweetheart dreams of revenge

    how good is that!
    politicson May 05, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretation"then she tells you uh huh huh/ then she tells you you're not home"
    presbon September 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentRecently triple J played a live recording of Paul Dempsey from a show for triple j listeners, and before he played this song, he said that this song was about pain, suffering, heartache etc "all that shit that people think my songs are all about"
    That's not an exact quote, I can't remember his exact words, but that's almost exactly what he said.
    Personally, I see the song that way too.
    ianZedon November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI'm going to start by saying that i'm probably but these are just a few thoughts that came to mind.

    I stll can't make sense of the "left for dead in mexico" vere, however for the others, i get the impression that he is referring to when you go through much to get something or someone, considering that it's "SHE tells you you're not home". But, dangled up-side down from a height" and "lowered into volcanoes", phrases like that indicate that he gets pushed around and that he's done so much, yet still he' not good enough for her??? "She tells you you're not home".

    Just a guess.
    Hjstobieon April 11, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI feel he is using cliched situations in movies to show how his relationship lacks uniqueness.
    The idea kind of stops there. The other interpretations have more merit than mine, but it was just an idea.
    Rebuson June 07, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt always stuck me that this song seems to be a list of wild excuses (lifted from movie plots) to explain otherwise unexplained absences from home.
    jetsam7on September 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGreat idea jetsam7... this really struck a chord with me.

    I have to agree, it does sound like someone going out alot and coming home with wild excuses for why he was late, only to realise that all his partner was concerned about was the fact that he simply wasn't home.

    Also interesting is the line about "Oh, i beg you honey, its not what you think" making it sound like she has confronted him about cheating on her, and he's recounting the wild events that are his side of the story. "of course im wasn't out with the secretary, i was thrown out of a moving limosine and dangled in volcanoes!?"

    The dreaming in an empty bed, and dreaming of revenge tends to sound like the animosity between him and her is growing the more he is away.
    CaptnCookon December 05, 2011   Link

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