"Your Head is on Fire" as written by and James Mercer Brian Burton....
Look behind
Your head's on fire
Whirling masses
Rolling ashes
Keep on yawning
Career dawning
Life is tasteless
Folding paces

To turn away from the night
Allowing the light a low
He's surely fooling yourself
Leaving life on the shelf

You'll never know
How low an angry heart can go
How long a sitting hands return meant

Look behind
Your head's on fire
Whirling masses
Rolling ashes
Keep on yawning
Career dawning
Life is tasteless
Folding paces

Look behind
Your head's on fire
Whirling masses
Rolling ashes
Keep on yawning
Career dawning
Life is tasteless
Folding paces


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"Your Head Is on Fire" as written by James Mercer Brian Burton

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    My InterpretationOften times at work I say "My hair is on fire" so that's what I think of with this one, especially with "career dawning" in the chorus.
    200DiscChangeron April 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentEvery lyrics site seems to list,

    "To turn away from the night,
    Allowing the light a low,
    He's surely fooling yourself..."

    But I hear,

    "To turn away from the night,
    Allowing the light alone,
    Is surely fooling yourself..."

    Which, given the existential nature of most of Mercer's lyrics (in general) makes more sense to me -- "to live exclusively in the comforting world of the light is living a lie -- you're only seeing half of the picture". I don't know what "allowing the light a low," would mean, although he does say later, "you'll never know how low an angry high can go," so maybe, I guess.
    nostalgicBadgeron April 30, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt seems like most of the songs on this cd are about the seemingly pointless nature of life. About people being trapped in their choices or trying to find fulfillment in all sorts of meaningless things.
    I guess this one is about someone contemplating how "life is tasteless." Seems like they have become trapped in the daily grind of work and can't see what more there is to life.
    doogster18on May 11, 2010   Link
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    General CommentBest song on the album right here. It makes me think of anyone who is unhappy and has a boring, mundane life; to explain to them how their life is, you might as well be telling them "hey, your head's on fire".
    Granger17on May 13, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti thought it was whirling masses and not foiling asses... im not sure though

    great song, its my favorite on the cd
    musiclvr36on May 26, 2010   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI hear "Forty paces" instead of "Folding paces." It makes more sense, I think, in the context of the kind of lock-step, mundane-office-job existence that seems to be the theme of this song. Also, for the second-to-last line, I hear "None of all these good things have to be" instead of "Dawn of all..."

    I agree with nostalgicBadger's correction of the first part of the verse. However, I can't figure out what I'm hearing on the line that reads here "How long a sitting hands return meant." I know that's not what he's saying because it doesn't make sense, but after several listenings I still can't determine what the real words are. Suggestions?
    geekouton June 09, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOk. Just my observations, I hear:

    "Run and hide
    Your head's on fire
    Whirling masses
    Rolling ashes

    Dream of morning
    Career dawning
    Life in stasis
    Folding aces"

    To me it's about the frustration of being a spectator in this life, of seeing millions of millions of people living so blissfully unaware of what life really is, many of them miserably trapped by their families or careers, living in a state of dull stasis. "If they could only see what I see..." is the message I get.

    I think this is an amazing song, the "Run and hide your head's on fire" part is almost patronizing, like a children's song, as if to symbolize the pressure to conform to everyone else in the working class. "Does anybody here feel like me?" is James Mercer's desperate reply, trying to rise over the noise of the masses.
    rebelquietly101on July 04, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbut i agree with you guys about the meaning
    CosmicFilibusteron September 26, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwait! i got it! its

    "hold on asserting hands return me"


    making the complete lyrics as follows;..
    CosmicFilibusteron September 26, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correctionlook behind your
    head's on fire
    whorling masses
    rolling ashes

    cling more fawning
    career dawning
    life in stasis
    fording paces

    to turn away from the night
    allowing the light alone
    is surely fooling yourself
    leaving half on the shelf

    you'll never know
    how low an angry heart can go
    (look behind your, head's on fire)
    soon
    hold on asserting hands return me

    does anybody else here feel like you
    ignored of all these good things had to be
    is it just me
    CosmicFilibusteron September 26, 2010   Link

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