"Duet" as written by and Mikel Jollett....
I've been away for far too long
I've had my mind wrapped around this one song
I heard last week on the radio while
Driving near that place we used to go

Where the track homes all look the same
With the roofs and the tiles and the similar frames
All these streets are so wide and these cars are so lame
And on every block I heard the whisper of your name

I spent so many evenings in my head
I'd lie alone on an unmade bed
Counting the minutes like numbered clocks
Should I call, should I write, should I read, should I stop?

I'm a child, I'm a ghost, I'm a slur, I'm a boast
I'm a prince, I'm a king, I'm a ryhme, I'm a ring
I'm unable to sleep, I'm unable to sing
I'm a desperate and lonely, frightened, unholy thing

And you'd say la la la I'm so glad I'm over you
As you reach for your drink and you tell me you like my shoes
And I smile like a wretch, there's not much else I can do
I say I know what you mean, yeah it's weird for me too
Besides what would I sing about if I had you?

Kinda sounds like la la la...
La la la...

I think maybe it was Radiohead
That had this weird little beat and a keyboard instead
Of guitar playing chords, I remember how bored
You would get with those bands
You always said they play the same three chords

And you'd dance around in your t-shirt and sing
Don't you love Modest Mouse and adore Promise Ring?
Don't you wish that you could just avoid everything?
Join a band, go on tour, and think of me when you sing?

And I'd think la la la yeah that sounds okay to me
And you'd fall on the bed and I'd fall down to my knees
And I'd smile like my life depended on it
That's so weird I was mostly right about that
Always eager to love and eager to leave

La la la la la la la la la la la la la la...

And I'd think la la la all these songs are so untrue
As I stare at this space inside of you
And we don't belong and it sounds so wrong
And you're beautiful with that gray stuff on

I think yeah okay but maybe it's just the song
And I miss you but it might just be the song


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    General Commentthis song is awesome. my only issue on the live version is how low he whispers. i have to crank up the volume just to hear him.

    as for the meaning, well unless i am reading into it wrong, it is about a love he hasn't got over. obviously they are still in communication when he returned. she appears to be his muse for the writing he does. imo she has moved on, and he is reminiscing with her.

    i esp like the part where he talks about the band playing the same 3 chords. the humor helps make it lighten up and not make it terribly depressing.

    feartanicon December 12, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning@feartanic I agree with most of that. I don't think he is in love with her. I think he misses her at times and thinks he's in love with her, but at the end of the day realizes that he's just glorifying their love. "I think yeah okay but maybe it's just the song, And I miss you but it might just be the song" Either way this is a great song.
    todoublemon January 02, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the comments...I love the live album.

    I think he misses her, thats it. That nostalgic song that reminds you of a summer, a year, a relationship, a friendship, that leaves you yearning for something lost.

    He is thinking back to his broken heart and how he lay in his room not knowing what to do (we have all been there)...

    I think she predicted the future....join a band, go on tour and think of me when you sing.

    This girl seems to be throughout the album in his thoughts and words.
    moochooon February 19, 2011   Link
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    General Commentthe lyrics are wrong, they should be:

    and I'd think, la la la all these songs are so untrue
    as I stare at this fading side of you
    and we don't belong & its all so so wrong
    and you're beautiful with that gray scarf on
    HaHaHarleyon April 28, 2011   Link

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