"I Can Talk" as written by and Alexander James/halliday Trimble....
You won't believe what I tell you,
White coats and clever minds will choose
You get a lot from this
Loose tongue and arrogance
It's not appropriate
Don't think that this is it

Now I can talk, no one gets off
(I know how you like to)
Now I can talk, no one gets off

A longer sentence brings no more
Than one that I had said before
It's hard to compromise
When I see through your eyes
It's just a common view
I guess it's lost on you

Now I can talk, no one gets off
(I know how you like to)
Now I can talk, no one gets off

Now I can talk, no one gets off
(I know how you like to)
Now I can talk, no one gets off

Now I can talk, no one gets off
(I know how you like to)
Now I can talk, no one gets off

Now I can talk, no one gets off
(I know how you like to)
Now I can talk, no one gets off


Lyrics submitted by katelino74

"I Can Talk" as written by Kevin Stephen Baird Alexander James Trimble

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  • +5
    Song MeaningI heard Alex (the lead singer) say in an interview that "I Can Talk" was about when the band first started talking with record companies. And how they were sick of people telling them what to do. So they took initiative and talked for themselves. And shut the record labels up.

    They are currently signed with Kitsune in Europe and Glassnote in the USA.

    #basementpeople
    cgreen14on October 26, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentNo idea what this is about. Anyway cool song and the best video I've seen since "A thing for me" by Metronomy. Any ideas?
    EsseQuamViderion March 28, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's MAYBE about a guy who looses himself when he's with this girl.?
    he can't think, speak, or win whatever battle they're engaged in...
    and he's basically saying, no more, he's got the upperhand now, she's not walking all over him anymore.
    please flesh this out for me somebody...
    [wild guess]
    abeaverson May 02, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song is about a guy who is institutionalized for doing something socially unacceptable, possibly a rape or murder.

    You won't believe what I tell you,
    White coats and clever minds will choose- Doctors and psychiatrists choosing his fate and mental state
    You get a lot from this
    Loose tongue and arrogance- He has done and said things that aren't socially accepted
    It's not appropriate
    Don't think that this is it

    Now I can talk, no one gets off- Meaning people have to pay for what they do, Noone gets off
    (I know how you like to)
    Now I can talk, no one gets off
    (repeat)

    A longer sentence brings no more- speaking in terms of the time he must spend in the institution
    Than one that I had said before
    It's hard to compromise- I think this is about compromising their way of thinking to accept what he did
    When I see through your eyes
    It's just a common view- The man doesn't think what he did was wrong or have remorse
    I guess it's lost on you
    tambellinaon August 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI really like tambellina's criminal theory. It makes more sense than mine, in my opinion, but I'll post it here anyway. Basically, he's trying to convey something to people who are unreceptive to his ideas.

    You won't believe what I tell you,
    White coats and clever minds will choose

    ^ The audience will choose to believe the clever people who promote the current belief, as they are professions (white coats). For example, doctors, scientists, politicians...

    You get a lot from this
    Loose tongue and arrogance

    ^ They argue back, too arrogant to think they could be wrong.

    Now I can talk, no one gets off
    (I know how you like to)

    ^ Now he has the opportunity to speak and present his views, no one gets off. This could mean two things: no person escapes the situation without having to reevaluate the situation / hearing the singer's rebukes, or nobody can get off as in the sexual slang for climaxing. In the second case, the ideas being presented are too uncomfortable and not very palatable, so instead of the usual fare of shallow, superficial satisfaction, they are being forced to look at something outside their comfort zone.

    A longer sentence brings no more
    Than one that I had said before

    ^ He's just reiterating things he's been saying for ages.

    It's hard to compromise
    When I see through your eyes

    ^ It's hard to say 'let's agree to disagree' when he understands the audience/person and sees right through them, knowing he's letting them continue with this sham of a belief.

    It's just a common view
    I guess it's lost on you

    ^ The audience has the common view, the singer's ideas being lost on them.
    misakion December 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentokay so i never even thought about tambellina's theory and i didnt exactly think it was about a girl either. its more of a combination of both? lol i thought it more about the whole cheating aspect of relationships.

    that the "I" in the song thinks that his girlfriend is cheating on him but everyone thinks he is just being crazy, everyone ignores him and brushes it off (loose tongues and arrogence), and the "them" being the "white coats and clever minds". They all think that they are so smart in thinking that the girl is innocent (arrogance) when in reality she really is guilty.

    and the chorus is more of the character finally getting the guts enough to legitamitely speak up about his worries and getting the courage and balls enough to call her on shit (Now I can talk, no one gets off)

    The second verse is about how they are still refusing to believe him (a longer sentence brings no more than one that i had said before). And so because of this, he really is starting to consider that it is just him being paranoid but whenever he looks at her he just sees right through her and sees the truth, even though he tries to look past it (It's hard to compromise When I see through your eyes. It's just a common view)

    so then he gives up on the relationship altogether. her loss
    (I guess it's lost on you)

    just a thought :]
    violetmelodieson January 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me this song really just sounds like someone who's been in therapy for a while.

    You won't believe what I tell you,
    White coats and clever minds will choose
    You get a lot from this
    Loose tongue and arrogance
    It's not appropriate
    Don't think that this is it

    I think this is talking about therapists/psychiatrists, how they'll pick out certain things from what you say. You get a lot from this could be referring to pay (they make a lot!) or an ego-boost (fixing people means that you have your own life under control).

    A longer sentence brings no more
    Than one that I had said before

    When you go through therapy, it's like talking about the same thing over and over again just using different words. He's saying nothing has changed from before.

    It's hard to compromise
    When I see through your eyes
    It's just a common view
    I guess it's lost on you

    Saying things that mean a lot to you and having the doctor try to break down and analyze it. There are common emotions and thoughts among all people.

    I get the whole "institutionalized" thing, but generally I think songs often mean a lot less than people think. Usually they're just phrases that sound cool quickly jotted down. Not always, but sometimes.

    cflammer6on September 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMan, prince Harry could've been the lead singer of 2 door cine club!
    charliepop500on October 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentah oh, ah ah oh, ah oh, ah ah oh... hey! hey!!
    LuNaTyKon May 09, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti thought it was about a guy being ignored in a relationship and always trying to get his way for once, instead of his girlfriend always getting her way. it wouldnt matter what the guy said, "A longer sentence brings no more, Than one that I had said before" he would still be ignored. and he finally just stops letting the girl treat him like garbage and tell her everything she never bothered to listen to...
    LaRouxLoveron May 14, 2010   Link

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