"Compliments" as written by and Benjamin Bridwell....
I'm fixing a drink in the morning
With a wavy tongue
You may have stayed too long

You're splitting apart at the seams
From the hospital call
You've known him so long

If there's a God up in the air
Someone looking over everyone
At least you got something to fall back on

Deep in the heart of the country
Was a house I built from logs
A raven and a lady hawk

Quiet and calm through the day
See the sun burn through the fog
Approaching was a yellow dog

If there's a God up in the air
Someone looking over everyone
At least you got something to fall back on
And what are people really for?
Does any body even care?
I'll bet you get a lot of compliments down there

If there's a God up in the air
Someone looking over everyone
At least you got something to fall back on
And do you got something to say?
Isn't something coming over you?
Do you got important things still left to do?

Lyrics submitted by gadsby

"Compliments" as written by Benjamin Bridwell

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    Lyric CorrectionSome corrections -

    Line 2 not WAVY JAR(!) but WITH THE WAY THINGS ARE
    Line 5 not CAR, it's CALL
    Line 15 I think it's yellow DAWN rahter than DOG

    Thanks for posting these, can't wait for the new CD!
    iangurteenon April 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commenti love band of horses. their style and ingenuity never ceases to amaze me. this song is definitely a great teaser for infinite arms, can't wait!
    cyeager2669on April 13, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationHa, I hadn't really paid attention to the video and that IS a yellow dog! But as you say, the lyric IS "dawn" - maybe the guy who did the video misheard (which is pretty funny!) or more likely Ben is playing with the listener (After all this is a guy who wrote a song where he sings EYELIDS WANT TO CLOSE in the chorus and titled the song ISLANDS ON THE COAST - go figure!)
    iangurteenon April 21, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI believe on the inserts with the new albumn... the lric says, "A raven and a lady HAWK"

    As for the other lyric... I thought it was dog too?? lol. Who cares... I love the new albumn! Can't wait to see 'em live again. And I hear they're going to be at Austin City Limits this year too. Woohoo!!
    tcm221on May 20, 2010   Link
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    General CommentNew Album is phenomenal as is to be expected from such an experienced and talented band. I was sortof sad no one has any actual input on the meaning of this song just yet...because I am having some trouble...oh well. I'll check back!
    Lyric_rioton June 02, 2010   Link
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    Lyric Correction"And what are people really for?" Not "hope".
    GeekyRandyon September 18, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAn excerpt from an interview with Ben Bridwell and NME:

    This song appears to be a hypothesis on the existence of God. However, frontman Ben Bridwell makes no great claims about the track. "I don't really know what that one is about," he told The NME. "No, really," he continued. "It's not anything about religion or any of that kind of s---t. That's one of the songs that kind of tapped me on the shoulder and wrote itself. I was on a lake among a bunch of trees and s--t and that's just what came out, man. Sometimes they write themselves."
    FloridaGuyon October 10, 2011   Link

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