I was on my way
I was on my way to tell you it's no good
I was on my way
Chasing my damage (Stone cold, stone cold...)

I was chased, thrilled and altered
Chasing my damage
Because I was chased, thrilled and altered
And it raised me

Suele tener
Me suelto
Me suelto en el deshacer
Al puro perder el ganar no compara
Me suelto

I always thought you had great style
And style was worthwhile
Because I was
I was on my way (Stone cold, stone cold...)
Sobreviviré
Chasing my damage
I was chased, thrilled and altered
And it raised me
Chasing my damage
Because I was chased, thrilled and altered
And it raised me

Suele tener
Me suelto
Me suelto en el deshacer
Al puro perder el ganar no compara

Please please the place we're in now
Please
(All night long)
Please please the place we're in now
Please
(All night long)
Please please the place we're in now
Please
Please please the place we're in now
Please


Lyrics submitted by blackmantis, edited by TheBronze

The Undoing song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentI don't want to knock anyone's interpretations, but as the final track of an album with extreme overtones about a failing relationship... wouldn't it seem more plausible that this song is the speaker's concession to the end? Especially coming on the heels of "All of the Ways," which is a song about the speaker's lover moving on?

    The album is a concept piece. In that regards, the position of each song is terribly important for the story and can't be taken on its own. The latter half of the album, especially in "Try It On" and "All of the Ways," seems to suggest the couple was trying to maintain some sort of friendly relationship after the fall of their own romantic interlude. "The Undoing" is the speaker's sad admission that he can't pretend to be okay anymore, that he has come "undone" as a person because of this relationship. He was "chasing his damage," (damage being the partner) with the hopes he or she would change their mind. This song makes it clear that they aren't.

    Being "chased, thrilled and altered," is more a testament to growing process we go through in love, although in this case, it seems for the worse. The Spanish lines are unbelievably poignant, like a detachment -- he can't bring himself to say he's lost everything in his own Native tongue -- as if this will lessen the blow of the actuality. Earlier in the album, the speaker asks his partner to release him, and at 3:04 in this song, you can clearly hear him say, "Please, please, release me." A beautiful song and album. I can only imagine it had to be written from personal experience, which is all the more heartbreaking.
    beccathelionon October 15, 2010   Link
  • +3
    General CommentMy favorite so far.
    a_transienton July 30, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentInterpol always end their albums so beautifully.
    A Time to be so Small, Wrecking Ball/The Lighthouse, Leif Erikson and now this...
    Such beautiful pieces of music.
    saraelizabethbentleyon August 16, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General Commentlucifer was on his was to tell god that his love for us was not good and he was chased thrilled and altered for it. he caused damaged.
    he was used to loosing. lost to 'the undoing'. to the pure one, god, to loose - to win does not compare. lucifer thought god had great style, he admired him but will survive anyway.
    please please the place we're in now - he's in hell

    just like with certain other interpol songs this song is beautiful and very very dark. hence the brilliant and amazing song structure....at least that is was this song means to me. what else can be as beautiful and dark as a song about god/satan? M
    cmlegnaxon September 09, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI really think some of the comments here, I'll let you decide which ones, have definitely been written by people who are likely to be legally insane.

    tricktrickyon October 14, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIt sounds to my ears more like "On my own" as opposed to "All night long"
    randoon December 19, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti feel i progress through life at the rate magnificence is created.
    fernandoboton October 25, 2010   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI'm not fluent in Spanish, but the general meaning I'm getting from the chorus (btw, google translate sucks) is this:

    I've lost,
    I've lost I've come undone
    Always losing, and never winning

    blackmantison August 18, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentblackmantis' translation is indeed far off ('tener' is 'to have', 'to possess' not 'to lose'!)
    Here is my attempt at the Spanish part:

    I generally have...
    I let go
    I let go in the undoing
    winning does not compare to plain losing

    Beautiful song. I just still don't see the reason for the Spanish... any ideas?
    awakening 09on September 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love how the title of the song is only sung in spanish. Nice touch. Fave line "chasing my damage"
    iceblinkon September 04, 2010   Link

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