Annie, turn and smile,
run away
through alleyways and boulevards.
Run through the streets
to the sea,
to sail into the night tonight.
Oh
Annie string up your ankles in metal
Fear not the dark or the deep

Minor key to major key,
rises at the end like the wild roses grow.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.

Life, like a wave, flashes by.
Your face is on the water now.
Oh
Annie, die while your smile lives in plastic.
Sing while you sink,
La la la.

Minor key to major key,
rises at the end like the wild roses grow.

Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.
Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur.


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    General CommentI'm pretty sure it's 'Fear not the dark or the deep' instead of 'deed', which would also fit more with the idea of drowning.

    And the 'To wash your tops' part isn't English at all, but French. My French isn't that great, especially when it's spoken with a Scottish accent, but as far as I can piece together they're singing:
    "Tout en chantant sur le mode mineur"
    Which translates as "While singing in the minor key".

    The phrase is apparently from a French poem 'Clair de lune' by Paul Verlaine (1844-1896).
    roostercounton March 31, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song could be about the experimental British author Ann Quin, who apparently committed suicide by drowning herself during the night. You can read up on her, but her work often included sea motifs.

    "Minor key to major key,
    rises at the end like the wild roses grow."
    This lyric could be a representation of a life finally realized (in her eyes), from the fantasies of her work to the enacting of her words, that may have given her a sense of self at the very end of life.

    Either way, it's yet another beautifully sad song of the band's.

    And I have no idea if this lyric is correct, by the way, but I interpreted it based on Ann:
    "To wash your tops in the moat today"
    theboydetectiveon March 02, 2010   Link

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