I did not take to analysis
So I had to make up my mind
And hold it for a while
I would not just leave you without a kiss
But I guess there must come a time
When there's no more tears to cry
Bees and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricades

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, to keep us away
And it kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away

I could not lean on the politics
'Cause I didn't want to train my eye
To hold so short a time
Also, I just don't know where the blind could lead the sightless
But I still like to witness
Thieves and snakes need homes, need homes
Barricades

It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, to keep us away
It kind of does
It starts to feel like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind

You know us
You know us
What we solved was a matter of friction
(I'm sorry)
And the plan
(Say I'm sorry)

Sometimes it feels like a barricade
To keep us away, keep us away
It kind of does
How much fear can you fabricate
To keep us away? Keep us away?
You know us

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt decline
We turn to past times
Full speed, half blind

Full speed, half blind
Full tilt decline
On to old times
Full speed half blind


Lyrics submitted by blackmantis, edited by erm2135, TheBronze

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  • +5
    General CommentMan, I always tie Interpol back to relationships lol

    I think that this song is about how the narrator was in love with someone, but it went bad and the whole song talks about how getting over that one person they truly loved is like a barricade, its keeps them blind towards reality in terms of how they can't see the truth of who the other individual was, rather relying on memories and past times to avoid facing the facts. In turn,doing so affects the narrator from seeing they should move on to the next thing.

    But then again, it could be something COMPLETLEY different lol
    postpunk79on August 06, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is all about love being curtailed by our culture and social conventions. we call a personal display of affection ("pda"). our society acts as a barricade to our love and inner desire to find a mate and reproduce.

    "how much fear can you fabricate to keep us away"

    who fear mongers? mainstream media, movies, FOX NEWS. we're conditioned to be afraid of AIDs, HIV, STDs, pregnancy, and divorce rates.

    and this is a reflection of our society as a whole. we don't want to live in love and peace like the idealization of the hippie generation. we're not sure what to aspire to in this postmodern consumer culture.

    look at how their music video is filmed. it's shot in the middle of the wilderness or a wasteland. and notice how he's filmed as a child and with old photographs from his childhood. he's experiencing nostalgia for how much he loved his childhood and misses the old times. and also take note of the slideshow projector that was common in older generations. i tend to associate with family get togethers and those nostalgic moments.

    think about how much we're discouraged from having sex in our culture. i'm not sure if the female figure in the background is a commentary of the archeytpe of pregnancy bond (e.g. our umbilical cord, womb), our first memories of life, or our desire for female intimacy.

    this is all speculative but that's my take on it
    pistolpete23on September 27, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentLong live Interpol!
    cadaverousmobon August 13, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song has a lot to do with our politicians' values and our "world" as being infinite. We create barricades in every shape and form imaginable. Is it all in our heads? Do we have boundaries? It's deep stuff to think about, but what if we imagine ourselves as being infinite. Eveything becomes possible, and there are no barricades on any aspect of life.
    "I just don't know where the blind could lead the sightless," and "Full speed, half blind."
    I feel as though PB is talking about our country, and the ignorance around what this world is truly about. The blind are the decision makers, and the sightless are those who are, intentionally or not, uninformed. He could not lean on the politics and live in so short a time. Time is so much more than this decade, this era, this presidency. We can't be stuck in the present beacause we need to keep digging through history to find answers. Turn to past times. We can apply this concept everywhere. Countries and people learn from past times. History is supposed to be our greatest teacher. I love that PB suggests powerful ideas in a lot of his lyrics. Full speed refers to our pace, and isn't pace the trick? We should decelerate and realize the beauty and potential this world beholds.
    Love this.
    spacerhythmon September 21, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet the perceptions/interpretations begin, I'd love to know what's being said during the break.

    Input, go.
    blackmantison July 13, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentinstead of:
    "How much guilt can you barricade
    To keep us away, keep us away
    You know us"

    I hear:
    "How much fear can you fabricate
    To keep us away, keep us away
    You know us"
    blondebatson July 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUh oh guys... I think I might have made a mistake.

    After watching the Barricade music video, it looks and sound like he's saying "Bees and snakes need homes" instead of "Thieves and snakes need homes". Can anyone else notice this difference? I could have sworn he sang 'Thieves' live in Chicago... but it's so subtle it's hard to tell.

    I really hope I'm just crazy, because part of the reason I love this song so much was in that line, connecting thieves and snakes as outcasts/vagabonds in the same boat.

    HELP!
    blackmantison August 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, the barricade is age and this song is about a cross-generational relationship.
    "How much fear can you fabricate" refers to societal taboos about such a relationship.
    Probably completely off-base to what Banks intended, but that's what it means to me.
    ThisWildRiveron August 28, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Comment It could be to a former band member. I know, I know it was written before his departure. But there's a lot of interviews and footage of Paul and Carlos clashing. Could be? " On to old times"
    iceblinkon September 04, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentok, i'm not really good at interpreting, but to me... I believe the lyrics aren't about relationship. maybe 'thieves and snakes need homes' impressed me, but i still think it's about jailtime

    I did not take to analysis
    So I had to make up my mind and hold it for a while
    - he did a thing he didn't really think through

    It starts to feel like a barricade
    To keep us away, to keep us away
    - prisons are supposed to be corrective facilities, but instead, are home of hate and violence. who goes in, comes out (and they always come out) worse, and are barricaded from society

    I could not lean on the politics
    'Cause I didn't want to train my eye to hold so short a time
    - here i'm kinda confused, but i think it's about trying to find a breach in the politics so he can get bailed out, but he is unwilling to do it for he would know he would be sort of lying... (kinda confusing, sorry)

    Oh so high, just don't know where the blind could lead the sightless
    But I still like to witness
    - also kind of messy here... i'd say he stays in jail and witnesses the warden running the jail in such a sadistic way that he is as wrong as the prisoners

    Full speed, half blind
    Full tilt, decline
    We turn to past times
    Full speed, half blind
    - finally... when the convicted come out, they go 'full speed', but still 'half blind', they start tilting due to that, and finally decline, turning to past times of crime

    anyways, to me it's about the vicious cycle prisons make... because a guy who committed a stupid mistake shouldn't be raped and abused in jail
    vianna90on September 05, 2010   Link

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