"Pow Pow" as written by Tyler Pope, James Jeremiah Murphy, Patrick Mahoney and Nancy Whang....
From this position
I will relax
From this position
I can see the whole place

From this position
Oh, just relax
From this position
I make some stand
I make my peace with the man

And it goes pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow
It goes pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow

From this position
I can see both of them
From this position
I totally get how the decision was reached

From this position
I can say "serious" or "cop-out" or "hard to define"
From this position, from this position
It's kind of like eating myself to death

You on the outside
Me on the inside
There's advantage to both

And me being uptight
And you being all right
There's advantages to each

From this perspective, from this position
I have a good grip on both of them
Because I have stayed home and have learned a little more about my neighbourhood, which is important
You know, there's a lot of good places to eat

So it goes pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow
Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow

So it's pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow
It goes pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow

With you on the keystroke
And me in the gang blank
There's advantages to both

And you have been all right
And I have been filmed being ridiculous
Oh, eat it, Michael Musto
You're no Bruce Valance

I have been untied
And you are all cross-eyed
There's advantages to each

And I'm coming back, coming back, coming back
Until there's nothing left in the well
Is that what they call it, the well?

I'm paralyzed and looking through you
But if nothing's right, we try anyway

As we compromised an arrogant person
I'm amazed at my decision to blame

On this occasion, there are a couple of things that we know that we learned from fact magazine
One, the king wears a king hat and lives in a king house
Two, your time will come, but tonight is our night, so you should give us all of your drugs
Three, we have a black president and you do not, so shut up, because you don't know shit about where I'm from that you didn't get from your TV

So times have been tough, and times have been tough
You have been put down, washed up, erased out
But honestly, and be honest with yourself, how much time do you waste? How much time do you blow every day?

So pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow
Oh, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow

So pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow
Pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow, pow

The return of the police

With you on the inside
Me on the outside
There's advantage to both

With me being wired
And you being tired
There's advantages to each

From this position, I feel affinity for the both of them, which is confusing
But honestly, I should be careful because otherwise, I'm being, I'm being, you know, what's it called?
Oh, fuck it

Reclining, I'm getting used to it
Like kissing under a bridge
It's an entirely new discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery

A couple of weeks at home
And then a couple of weeks away
And then home and away, again
To use up your desire for discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery, discovery

For an instant, you could have pushed through
But it's a plagiarized regret anyway
But what you want for now is someone to feel you
And that's the thing you like, is planning to stay

The return of the police!


Lyrics submitted by _hideandseek, edited by Phaxn

"Pow Pow" as written by Nancy Whang James Jeremiah Murphy

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  • +5
    General Comment I don't know for sure, but I think you guys may be over-thinking this one. To me this is just James Murphy's response to his current place in his career, his life, and the music community. He has gotten to a point where he is able to be less temperamental, calmer, and accepting. I love his little off-handed comments at the end of some of the verses, like when he says "you know, there are a lot of good places to eat." He has a new perspective on the things going on around him, and that allows him to slow down and enjoy what he has.

    Or, its a huge, glaring political statement. Thats just my two cents.
    LizardKingJM71on June 18, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think the lines like, "From this position, I totally get how the decision was reached" are (like a lot of James Murphy's lyrics) meant to be ironic. I think the song is about how all the bad things that happen in life wear you down and sap your energy. Eventually you reach a point where you can't take a definite position on any issue because you're too weak, and all you can resort to is the weary acceptance of both sides.

    Hence the lines: "It's kind of like eating myself to death", "I'm coming back, coming back until there's nothing left in the well", "I'm paralyzed and looking through you", "as we compromised every good person", "to use up your desire for discovery", and particularly:

    "So while times have been tough, and times have been tough / You've been put down, washed up, and rinsed out / But honestly, and be honest with yourself / How much time do you waste? How much time do you blow every day?"

    Therefore, when he says "And it goes pow pow pow", "it" refers to modern life rocketing at you, hitting you with problems, difficulties and decisions, gradually beating you into submission. Just my interpretation.
    ReActoron October 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"Fact magazine," which is mentioned, is a contemporary British music magazine.

    The line about the black president strikes me as the sort of response one might give to an uppity anti-American European.
    J.J.on May 01, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy personal impression, before reading any of those above, is quite similar to LizardKing's:

    "He has gotten to a point where he is able to be less temperamental, calmer, and accepting. I love his little off-handed comments at the end of some of the verses, like when he says "you know, there are a lot of good places to eat." He has a new perspective on the things going on around him, and that allows him to slow down and enjoy what he has."

    I agree completely, how this song is about greater maturity, serenity, peace, and acceptance, how any single issue can be addressed from various "positions" (from this position i can see how the decision was reached, etc) and different conclusions can be drawn from those different perspectives.

    In a few words:
    Understanding
    Peace
    Acceptance
    Calm
    Maturity
    Self-Acceptance
    Identity

    also, many of these seem to be common themes throughout the album.
    Johnde08on June 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe he's saying, "You're no Bruce Vilanch!"

    Hi-larious song. Murphy knocked it out of the park with this record.
    tawantinsuyuon April 29, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationi'm interested to hear other people's interpretation of this.

    i think he's talking about some major political issues here. i think he's definitely talking from a self-righteous viewpoint. i believe the "pow" reference are police gunshots.

    just my first thoughts when hearing it.
    teknofetishon June 11, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like this one......I don't know why.......just do!
    temptation777on June 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentEat it Michael Musto, your' no Bruce Vilanch!!
    hahaha i love that line
    dizzyfroon July 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have been coming here for awhile now to see ppls opinions on song meanings. Something ive noticed is that ppl hardly ever look into the videos to perhaps get a better idea of what the song might mean. I know it doesnt always follow that the video will have the full meaning just as i feel the song alone doesnt always convey well the real meaning. Yet again i see here that nobody seems to have watched the video. WATCH IT.
    Alificoon November 19, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat are the last lyrics he says, after the "planning to stay" part? It isn't listed up there. It's something like, "all this tiiiime" and then some other things I can't decipher. Anybody know?
    jasonporter16on December 23, 2010   Link

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