In December, drinking horchata
I'd look psychotic in a balaclava
Winter's cold is too much to handle
Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals

In December, drinking horchata
Look down your glasses at that aranciata
With lips and teeth to ask how my day went
Boots and fists to pound on the pavement

Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on

You'd remember drinking horchata
You'd still enjoy it with your foot on masada

Winter's cold is too much to handle
Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals

Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
Oh you had it but oh no you lost it
Looking back you shouldn't have fought it

In December, drinking horchata
I'd look psychotic in a balaclava

Winter's cold is too much to handle
Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals
Years go by and hearts start to harden
Those palms and firs that grew in your garden
Are falling down and nearing the rosebeds
The roots are shooting up through the tool shed
Those lips and teeth that asked how my day went
Are shouting up through cracks in the pavement

Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
Oh you had it but oh no you lost it
You understood so you shouldn't have fought it.

Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on

Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on


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Horchata song meanings
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  • +9
    General CommentThis song seems to be about finding love and it "dying." The beginning is about exotic things and places, like horchata (a drink), pincher crabs (on a beach somewhere), and Masada (a part of Israel, I believe). "Winter's cold is too much to handle" by himself, so he has someone with him. This could explain that they're with each other more for comfort than for actual love. "Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten" is the feeling of love. Everyone's been thru that feeling where they can't find anyone else and they're alone.

    Things get bad.

    The balaclava is a ski mask, an international sign of a criminal. "Years go by and hearts start to harden / Those palms and firs that grew in your garden / Are falling down and nearing the rosebeds / The roots are shooting up through the tool shed / Those lips and teeth that asked how my day went / Are shouting up through cracks in the pavement" This should be self-explanitory. They had a "garden" of beautiful firs and rosebeds but it's falling apart and turning ugly. Those same lips that he loved are soon the lips he "buried," or murdered. He broke up with her. "Oh you had it but oh no you lost it / You understood so you shouldn't have fought it. " She saw it coming but she still disagrees and protested.

    That's my take! AMAZING song! I like it more than anything on the original LP!!
    Vballon October 21, 2009   Link
  • +5
    My InterpretationFor me this song is reflecting being young, and in a relationship with your life time partner. Like experiencing exotic and new things, but now, its time to settle down and start the “adult” stage of a person’s life.

    In December drinking horchata
    I'd look psychotic in a balaclava
    Winter's cold is too much to handle
    Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals

    Here, a person is trying to reminisce about his/her youthful days but drinking an “exotic” drink like horchata in the beginning of winter. He/she looks “psychotic,” because obviously it’s the drink is out of place for the type of situation he/she is now in their now settled adult residence. Winter becomes unbearable, and wishes for more of his/her traveling days to new places "pitcher crabs".

    In December drinking horchata
    Look down your glasses at that Aranciata
    With lips and teeth to ask how my day went
    Boots and fists to pound on the pavement
    Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
    Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on

    The part of: “With lips and teeth to ask how my day went/ Boots and fists to pound on the pavement resembles how being in young and in a relationship is like. For most couples starting out, constant communication is something beginning couples have. Asking questions like “how is your day?”and “how are you feeling?” basically being intuitive of your significant other’s life. Then these questions and answers become routine, which I guess “Boots and fists to pound on the pavement” comes in, because these sessions of Q and A become aggravating and annoying to a person.

    Next the part: “Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten/Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on” is basically the part of the beginning of a relationship and having innocence. The “feeling that is forgotten” could mean many things like traveling to new places when you’re were a child and have amazed and fun it was. Or it could mean rediscovering or reminiscing what love really is with your partner is. The chairs and sidewalks part could state how easy it is in beginning. A foundation is set for a person, and as time goes on that foundation is lost.

    You'd remember drinkin horchata
    You'd still enjoy it with your foot on masada

    Rembering being young again.

    Winter's cold is too much to handle
    Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals
    Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
    Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
    Ooh you had it but oh no you lost it
    Lookin back you shouldn't have fought it

    I’m going to concentrate more on the last part of: “Ooh you had it but oh no you lost it/Lookin back you shouldn't have fought it.” This could mean a relationship is becoming more and more stale, and that “love” is now becoming lost. It also, makes a point of never letting go of your youthfulness and innocence. As people become settled, they lost that edge to them and become quite boring.

    In December, drinkin horchata
    I'd look psychotic in a balaclava
    Winter's cold is too much to handle
    Pincher crabs that pinch at your sandals
    Years go by and hearts start to harden
    Those palms and firs that grew in your garden
    Falling down and nearing the rose beds
    The roots are shooting up through the tool shed
    Those lips and teeth that asked how my day went
    Are shouting up through cracks in the pavement

    Beginning with: “Years go by...through cracks in the pavement,” the settling has finally sunken in. Those times of being young and in love are gone. Thus, leading our couple’s hearts “to harden.” The young love “palms and firms,” are now “fallowing down and nearing the rose beds” is nearing is time. The foundation of their relationship is now breaking with “roots shooting up” and “cracks in the pavement”. “Those lips and teeth asked how my day went,” now you can notice its now the “ask” is now “asked” and now the couple has very little interest in each other’s lives. Now their relationship is now “going through the motions” and doesn’t resemble at all the beginning of their relationship.

    Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
    Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
    Oh you had it but oh no you lost it
    You understood so you shouldn't have fought it

    Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
    Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on
    Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten
    Chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on

    Man, I need a horchata after this one.
    2WaysFromSundayon November 20, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI have no idea what this song is about but I love it. At first I thought it was about falling in love with someone for the first time (Here comes a feeling you thought you'd forgotten..) but the lyrics at the end make it seem like a murder (Those lips and teeth that asked how my day went/Are shouting up through cracks in the pavement). Maybe about both? Anyways, great song and can't wait for Contra.
    billjohnon October 09, 2009   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningPersonally, I think this song is about a man who is outside in his yard in December remembering a wife that has died. He thinks about all the fun they had on past vacations. He probably hasn't kept up her garden after her passing so it's unkempt and there are roots growing through the cracks. He's reminded of her and how she'd ask him how is day went. Basically he's reliving a happy moment in his life while feeling lonely and nostalgic on a cold winter's day.
    Schatzayon March 21, 2010   Link
  • +3
    My InterpretationI think people take this song as someone in a warm climate during December talking about a time he had in a cold climate. I disagree. I think the reason why the narrator is drinking Horchata in the cold is because the person he ends up referring to used to do so. It's just a strange thing the couple liked to do together. I think this is pretty apparent from the second verse where the other person is looking down on another summer drink while wearing boots. Boots are usually only worn in winter, so it leads to me conclude that they were just drinking cold drinks in winter--something that really isn't that strange.

    So he's drinking Horchata and while he's drinking he's remember how he felt when he was with this person. The "chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on" line is pretty indicative of that time during love where everything feels incredibly new. Even something as simple as walking down the street feels new and beautiful.

    Unfortunately for the narrator, despite loving how he felt, he fought his feelings and everything turned sour. The sidewalks that felt so new and wonderful scream at him and everything he created fell apart.

    I really like the last line, "You understood so you shouldn't have fought it." It's interesting to me because it suggests that the narrator knew that he was in love and enjoyed their couple quirks, and yet still tore the relationship apart. The song is kind of like narrator slapping himself, saying what an idiot he was for letting this strange, beautiful person go.

    It is worth noting that when I heard this song for the first 10 times, I did not immediately jump to the conclusion about it being a romantic relationship. I just thought it was about any deep emotional relationship. I also thought it might be about a family because it is set in December. Now I would say it was about a romantic relationship, but it is vague enough to be applied to many circumstances.
    ladylibertineon January 05, 2012   Link
  • +2
    General Commentreally? the song is simple... its just about the seasonal changes.. winters cold is to much to handle.. pincher crabs that pinch at ur sandals (is just the cold winter.. sandals refering to spring/summer).. i'd look phsycotic in a balaclava (in winter).. here comes a feeling you thought you'de forgotten (winter to spring).. chairs to sit and sidewalks to walk on (spring/summer)... you'de remember drinking horchata (winter)... you'de still enjoy it. years go by and hearts start to harden (life)... Those palms and firs that grew in your garden are falling down and nearing the rosebeds (fall- plants are dying)... oh you had it but o no u lost it (summer to fall to winter) :(

    song is genius i love it! but i don't think it goes any deaper.. i heard the ppl from vamp are assholes so why would they give a fuck about a girl/breakup... other songs by them have personal meaning but i don't think this song really does
    MatthewHeritschon March 04, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationAccording to the bastion of knowledge that is Wikipedia, horchata is a drink of Spanish or Valencian origin that is traditionally "served ice cold as a natural refreshment in the summer."

    This little bit of knowledge, reinforced by the rest of the verses that the beverage is featured in, suggests that the speaker is in a warm climate (pincher crabs, reluctance to wear a balaclava, "winter's cold is 2 much 2 handle, et al.)The speaker seems to be running away from something/someone in a colder realm.

    The "murder" interpretation is interesting -- especially with the last line "you understood so you shouldn't have fought it." Not sure if that's what VPW is going for, but it makes for a chilling listen.
    M0stlyGh0stlyon November 02, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe taste of horchata conjures up places and things from his past, but ultimately memories of these things are only longings for a time that just can't be brought back.
    GentleDogson January 11, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI definitely agree with the last two posts; Horchata = Vampire Weekend's madeleine.
    Katie9013on January 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about moving to a warm place (California is most of the inspiration for this album) from a cold place, the irony of enjoying a cold drink in december, and realizing that the move to this place initially seemed great (horchata) but ultimately didn't solve the bigger problems (things fall apart, inevitably).
    youmustlearnon January 20, 2010   Link

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