"Bats" as written by and Paul Dempsey....
Come rebuild your memory with a small mountain of burning leaves
and a swinging wire door that slams shut like a guillotine
strum a note up in the wires
to chase bats down the river, seagulls around spires
and shred all the twilight, scatter it city-wide

Those average angels
the drunken saints with heavy heads
They can keep dreaming, dreaming of sleep down the end of the bed
but nobody's ever gonna break your heart again

And the high-pitched, crooked thoughts
that ricocheted off the walls
she just set them down quiet, safe in her dresser drawer
she laid me out on the laundromat floor
and said "You'll be not nearly who you were anymore
and I'll always be here to remind you what time is for"

And those average angels
the drunken saints with heavy heads
you see their spirits are cowering under the table
and they're still counting, counting the breaths under their breath
but nobody's ever
nobody's ever gonna break your heart again


Lyrics submitted by ohkamikaze, edited by belle818

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    General CommentThis is a love song to Paul's home Melbourne, I remember him mentioning that one of his most beautiful sights is watching the bats fly down the Yarra River at twilight. I think it is also quite self reaffirming "no one's going to break your heart again" and strengthening- almost as though the city itself is protecting him. Perhaps also recognising the way home tends to ground you regardless of the pretentiousness of fame or status- in "i'll always be there to remind you what time is for".
    I adore this song, it seems so earnest- full of pride and optimism, beautiful!
    rosannamarieon December 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen I heard this, I got the impression that he was reminiscing on a past relationship

    He had a past relationship with a girl (in Melbourne his home town where they watched and chased the bats) and he broke her heart.
    “They can keep dreaming, dreaming of sleep down the end of the bed” referring to the girl wanting to move on and get some sleep etc. Now years down the track the girl has found a new love and he is accepting of this “But nobody’s ever gonna break your heart again”

    I don't know though, I guess it's all about how you interpret it.
    peacechickoon August 08, 2010   Link
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    General Commentin a way i agree with both of the two different ideas being put forward here. I heard this song (played by Paul live) last night and he said that it was written about the yarra river area. Whilst it may be written about the Yarra River area, from the lyrics i kinda get the impression that it does have some specific reference to a time/moment (with a lover perhaps) spent in the area. It's just that second verse that makes in unable to be sure....
    Hjstobieon January 24, 2011   Link
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    General Commenttest
    javsavon March 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSorry, but I don't think this song is a love song about Melbourne. Even though he loves watching bats fly down the Yarra, he's just using it as a metaphor or a reference in this song.

    It can't be a love song with lyrics like

    "And those average angels
    the drunken saints with heavy heads
    you see their spirits are cowering under the table
    and they're still counting, counting the breaths under their breath"

    in it.

    I think its a song about a rough relationship, e.g

    "And the high-pitched, crooked thoughts
    that ricocheted off the walls
    she just set them down quiet, safe in her dresser drawer
    she laid me out on the laundromat floor
    and said "You'll be not nearly who you were anymore
    and I'll always be here to remind you what time is for"

    The "you'll be not nearly who you were anymore" is about how the relationship has deeply scarred him.
    javsavon March 23, 2010   Link
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    General CommentFrom Jmag+Dempsey: "Angels and saints are supposed to represent beings in a state of purity and perfection... which is obviously completely out of whack with reality. Nobody and nothing is or can be perfect. I think it's better and more helpful to accept and embrace some flaws. I liked the idea of an 'average' angel (something that's supposed to be so holy and special being just 'average') or a misbehaving saint sitting down the end of the bed nursing a hellish hangover, comtemplating all the stupid actions of the night before and telling themselves they will try to be better."
    pavlovaon January 10, 2011   Link
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    General Comment***** beautiful song either way
    Hjstobieon January 24, 2011   Link

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