"He Would Have Laughed" as written by and Bradford Cox....
Only bored as I get older
Find the ways to (cult)
Cult of time

Only bored as I get older
Find new ways to spend my time

I'm a gold digging man
Find my money, find my land
I'm a gold digging man
I won't rest 'til I buy your land

In sweetness comes suffering
I won't rest till I can't breath
I can't breath with you
Looking at me

I get bored as I get older
Can you help me figure this out?

Come on, come on

"I lived on a table, I don't know where to go.
I know my friends would,
I know where my friends are now.
I lived on a farm, yeah.
I never lived on a farm.
Where did my friends go?
Where did my friends go?"

What do you do when you're sleeping?
Where do you go when you said:
"I don't need nobody on my bond"
"I don't need nobody on my bond"
Where do your friends go?
Where do they see you?
What did you want to be?
Ah shut the hell
Shut your mouth

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"He Would Have Laughed" as written by Bradford Cox


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  • +1
    General Commentthis song is terrifying, reflective and deeply, deeply sad...
    colintroyon September 25, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentcan someone explain to me how this relates to Jay Reatard?
    tundra_deserton October 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIn the lyric sheet for the album, it says

    He Would Have Laughed
    (For Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr.)

    I personally think the song is just dedicated to him, and not exactly ABOUT him. I beleive the title indicates that Jimmy would have laughed at the song, like, maybe it's an inside thing only he and Deerhunter would understand. Just a theory though, I don't have any interviews or links to back it up.
    Fuchikomaon October 19, 2010   Link
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    General Commentamazing song and tribute to Jay Reatard. I didn't get into him or even know who he was until about 3 years ago, but became obsessed with all his bands/projects.. was fuckin devastated when he died,I never met him or anything, but I was devastated for all the selfish reasons related to how much I'll miss hearing new music from him...cheers...
    mcshambleson November 05, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that the last part of the song, when the music and the voice change, is like if Bradford remember Jay in his mind and repeat a series of sentences that Jay usually say, like " I don't know where to go" "I never lived on a farm.". Infact before this part he sings: "Come on, dream on" like if Jay was alive and in the end he sings: oh shut the hell, like if he said to himself to stop to think at someone who isnt here anymore. I think it's an incredible tune...
    Sorry for my horrible english
    drmarshmellowon June 09, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant song. Highlight of an incredible album.
    rentboyon September 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe last moments of this song are a sort of blissful ambience, cut tragically short when everything suddenly stops. much like the end of jay reatard's life..
    whatsitdoingthereon October 12, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI didn't actually know this song was dedicated to Jay until I saw this. Now the lyrics suddenly make sense. A sad story.
    mindflowerson November 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentEven now, years after its release, this song gets me every time. It's like the first time every time. Magical.
    TheWrongGirlon November 03, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI take this song as their own personal tribute to Jay, that he would have laughed at his tribute. I see a definite tribute to Jay in the style of the lyrics, and speculate that may be what he would've laughed at. The style is very similar to Jay's lyrics and a bit of a departure from Deerhunter's. Another speculation is that the references to growing bored as he grows old may be that Jay expressed that to them, and that's why they emphasize the line.
    kingCtrainon February 12, 2013   Link

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