"Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up" as written by Josh Homme...
Can't afford to lose my head.
Can't afford to lose my cool.
You'll blow them all in king dumbcum.
Can't afford to lose my tease,
I just aim to please.

Feel like a no-tell motel painting,
Out of place or ignored.
It's all medals and trophy's, trophy's and medal
And all before the race has been run.
Oh,
Take off your mask,
Is
It too much to ask??
Go on
And give it a try
Or kiss
Your ass goodbye

Autobiographical anonymous.
A cotillion of friction on my jurisdiction.
It's a lovely disguise with the wandering eyes.
I get high,
Now you've got something to look up to.

Trouble's a mangy stray dog,
Play with it once, then it follows you home.
It's all "have nots,
Have nones,
Hey can I have some's?"
Until I've had enough
Yet I've had none.
Oh,
Take off your mask,
Lose
It into the trash
Go on
Und give it a try
Or kiss
Your ass goodbye.

Suddenly it gets easy.
The sun goes down.
The long arm of important things
Disappears in her gown.
You finally drop
The knife,
Forget you ever heard
It's such a good
Night,
Ain't forever.
It feels so good to give up, give in
Her arms.

I know it hurts.
It hurts to be young.
Metamorphosis is pain, I know.
I said it hurts to be young.
Gotta learn every goddamn thing.
You gotta hack your way through,
And realize, it's almost entirely lies.
But then you'll begin to smile.
Smile for me, real.
Wide.
Then you accept what you are.
The transforming is done.
You've become, absorbed into, and you know.
I think I know what to do.


Lyrics submitted by DeadEndFriend, edited by oysterdust

"Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up" as written by Josh Homme John Baldwin

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group

Lyrics powered by LyricFind

Warsaw Or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up song meanings
Add your thoughts

16 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +3
    General CommentThis song, I think, is about someone who keeps a distance between himself and everything else (his"mask"), upset by the world and all of its obsession mediocrity, futility, and pretense ("medals & trophies... all before the race has been run"). Eventually, maybe initially for fun ("tease") or having been "teased" himself or maybe just out of a sense of hopelessness, he starts fucking around. Then he abandons his determination to rail against the world ("you finally drop the knife") and allows himself get lost in sex ("The long arm of important things/disappears in her gown" and "it feels so good to give up give in her arms"). The last part of the song seems to be this person reminiscing and saying how "it hurts to be young," to be so adamant about one's principles and priorities and beliefs especially once one finds out, gradually but inevitably, that it's a losing game ("you gotta hack your way through and realize it's almost entirely lies"). But then nothing matters anymore and it all becomes a joke (my favourite lyric in the song, "But then you'll begin to smile. Smile for me... real... wide."). That realization changes the individual, and thus "The First Breath You Take After You Give Up" and the last four lines:

    "Then you accept what you are.
    The transforming is done.
    You've become...absorbed into, & you know.
    I think I know what to do."
    choueezyon January 24, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think this song general embodies Homme's experience with people who have sex with him in attempt to manipulate him. All they want is money, but they pretend to care for Homme, when Homme may believe he is cared about by someone he appreciates (or believes to appreciate).
    Homme is saying "Take off the mask" of being a predator (in some sort). "Give it a try to care for me; throw that mask away, or kiss your ass goodbye."
    Pulpappleon January 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about an insecure teenage boy ("out of place or ignored") losing his virginity. The lyrics even spell "come" as "cum." A "cotillion of friction" seems to point toward having sex for the first time as well. The character in the song thinks that once he has sex, he'll have more and more until he's "had enough," but as of now he's "had none." He keeps trying to convince someone to fuck him ("go on and give it a try"), and finally at the very end of the song seems to do so.

    "The long arm of important things" must be his dick.
    fearnotofmanon January 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy fav song on an incredible record. I think this song is just about growing up, becoming a man, and yes...SEX
    kingbonesteron January 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think your right choueezy because Homme has had a bunch of other songs with similiar meanings or at least lyrics
    jlighty24on April 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's about growing up and becoming a man, your first time and I thinks it's criticism to how it's somehow your "duty" to please a woman as a man.

    I know it hurts.
    It hurts to be young.
    Metamorphosis is pain, I know.
    I SAID IT HURTS TO BE YOUNG.
    Gotta learn every goddamn thing.
    You gotta hack your way through,
    and realise...it's almost entirely lies.
    But then you'll begin to smile.
    Smile for me, real.
    Wide.
    Then you accept what you are.
    The transforming is done.
    You've become...absorbed into, & you know.
    I think I know what to do.

    I don't know what you others are talking about, but this part is spelling it out quite clearly.
    Okstadon July 22, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think fearnotofman could be right.
    I think its about the frustration of still having your virginity and how this lad becomes alienated and feels persecuted for not loosing his virginity because its all around him but he's not getting any, thus -

    "Feel like a no-tell motel painting,
    out of place or ignored.
    It's all medals & trophy's, trophy's and medal
    & all before the race has been run."


    and

    "It's all "have nots,
    have nones,
    hey can I have some's?"
    Until I've HAD ENOUGH
    YET I'VE HAD NONE"


    and then he finally 'drops the knife' (ie gives up trying, because he's found it?)

    "Suddenly it gets easy.
    The sun goes down.
    The long arm of important things
    disappears in her gown.
    You finally drop
    the knife,
    forget you ever h....
    It's such a good
    night,
    ain't forever.
    It feels so good to give up, give in...
    her arms."

    he's gone and lost it, and feels good.

    Maybe thats just a shallow interpretation, but it seems to make sense...
    Best track off the album IMO, its like getting a big hug off the big man himself :)
    forallthecowson November 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy Warsaw?
    Did anyone read any interview or something with Josh saying anything about this title?

    Thanks in advance!
    ChiliChildon April 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about the warsaw pact the east europeans signed during the cold war. Under constant pressure by the west and also soviet russia. Suddenly it gets easy means that the cold war is over they had to start everything all over again as a capitalist state thus morphing into something new. Transforming is done might refer to them being entirely a form of government practice and all citizens have accepted the change and realise its still the same (lies)
    Eclipsoon November 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is obviously about the warsaw pact the east europeans signed during the cold war. Under constant pressure by the west and also soviet russia. Suddenly it gets easy means that the cold war is over they had to start everything all over again as a capitalist state thus morphing into something new. Transforming is done might refer to them being entirely a form of government practice and all citizens have accepted the change and realise its still the same (lies)
    Eclipsoon November 18, 2011   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain