"All Arise" as written by and Colin Meloy....
Baby wants a new spin
Baby wants a broken heart
Hear you found a linchpin to keep it all from falling apart
But you keep on rollin'
You keep on rollin'

Better find a way
Better kick it from your big, brown eyes
Hear it tightens up when you fall after fifty tries
Like a ship at ocean
Like a ship at ocean
Like a ship at ocean
Like a ship at sea

You spit thick and you cross your heart
But the culvert's all run dry
From keeping shotgun shy, all arise
Just be mine tonight

So the dollar shot shoppers broke the law and they knocked you down
Better call the coppers if you need someone to push you around
But you keep on stealin'
You keep on stealin'
Yes, you keep on stealin'
Well, there's nothing left to steal

You spit thick and you cross your heart
But the culvert's all run dry
From keeping shotgun shy, all arise
Just be mine tonight
Just be mine tonight
Just be mine tonight


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"All Arise" as written by Colin Meloy

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    Lyric CorrectionACTUALLY

    treant is right about the second lyric, but it's
    "You spit thick and you cross your heart, but the culvert's all run dry"
    and "I'll just be mine tonight"

    *has the cd booklet sitting right next to her*

    there are other minor changes, but it's close.
    everthelifestyleon January 31, 2011   Link
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    Lyric Correction"You spit thick and you cross your heart, but the clover's all run dry"

    "So the dollar shop shoppers broke the lock and they knocked you down"
    treanton January 19, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"you spit thick and you cross your heart, but the coffer's all run dry"

    "so the dollar shop shoppers broke a law and they knocked you down"
    chewthegumon January 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a boy who's girlfriend keeps lying to him/cheating on him.

    The first verse is about how she wants to break up, but she wants him to break up with her. That way, her reputation will remain intact. However, she keeps on lying/cheating, so the "lynchpin" won't make a difference- she already has a terrible rep.

    She'd better find a way to convince him that she'll do better- such as using her eyes, crying. He hears it gets harder to be convincing when all of a sudden he's seen through her lies after she's been lying successfully to him for a long time. She's like a ship at sea- it's her fault that she's now stranded, alone.

    She swears that she's telling the truth, but she's been crying wolf for so long that it's too late, his patience has all run out. She won't commit to an honest relationship and he's sick of it. "I'll just be mine tonight"- he's committing to ending the relationship.

    She tells him a ludicrous story that he doesn't believe. He tells her to "call the coppers" instead of coming running to him from now on. He's sick of being with her simply because she needs someone to "push her around"- she feels insecure without a boyfriend. She keeps on stealing/doing what she does, though, so now no one will take her.
    laughingandgriefon April 23, 2012   Link
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    General Comment"HURRRRRRRR!!!!! THEY SAY 'ALL ARISE' IN THIS SONG!!!! LOL LIKE A BONER!!!! THIS SONG MUST BE ABOUT JERKING YOUR DICK OFF LOL!!!! HURRRRR!!!!!"

    ^^^
    This is LITERALLY what you are saying. This is NOT even an EXAGGERATION of what you are saying. You are an idiot. You're a moron. Don't post.
    blindparadoxon June 30, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe real question here is who's the more reprehensible idiot, the guy who's like:

    "HURRRRR IF YOU THINK 'BOUT IT THESE WORDS MATCH JERKING MY DICK OFF!!!!!!!"

    Or the guy who replies like:

    "HURRRRR!!! WOW!!! YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!! THIS SONG MUST BE ABOUT JERKING MY DICK OFF!!!! YOU ARE SO RIGHT!!!!! LOL THIS MUSICIAN IS SO DIRTY WRITING ABOUT A SONG ABOUT JERKING DICKS OFF!!!! LOL!!!!! THANKS FOR TEACHING ME THIS OBJECTIVE FACT!!! I WILL NOW TELL ALL MY FELLOW IDIOT FRIENDS ABOUT THIS WACKY 'FACT' THAT THIS SONG IS ABOUT JERKING YOUR DICK OFF!!!!!"

    All I know is that I hate them both.
    blindparadoxon June 30, 2011   Link
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    General Comment... >_>
    Anyway.
    To me, the first stanza is about those attention-seeking girls. She wants a new reason to get attention, something else to whine about. The speaker wants to be spared the dramatic story, and so he skips to the end where she saves herself/gets saved.

    The second stanza is him suggesting she find another, less annoying way to get people to pay attention to her. Her looks, maybe, from the line "Better kick it from your big, brown eyes." The line after that is him telling her that people will get bored and start ignoring her if she keeps crying wolf etc.

    "You spit thick and you cross your heart, but the culvert's all run dry from keeping shotgun shy" She's swearing that she's not lying or blowing things out of proportion, but she can't bring herself to fake more tears, because she cries all the time to get people to have pity on her. (A culvert is a device used to channel water. It may be used to allow water to pass underneath a road, railway, or embankment. - Wikipedia)

    "All arise! I'll just be mine tonight." Everybody watch what he's doing, because this is the right way to deal with her : refuse to buy into her drama/go on a pity date with her.

    "So the dollar shop shoppers
    Broke the lock and they knocked you down
    Better call the coppers
    if you need someone to push you around"
    So everyone else finally figured out her game, and know she has to find someone else who will pay attention to her. She thinks she needs someone to create real drama, possibly actually hurt her.

    "But you keep on stealing..."
    No matter what, she's always looking for the next pity date/person who doesn't know she's an attention whore.

    I know that doesn't connect all the way, but I came here hoping for an interpretation and not finding any reputable ones, I decided to post my own opinion.
    RoslynBlackon August 01, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about a girl who goes after commitment and of a true relationship and the narrator is begging her to give their relationship a try.
    "Baby wants a new spin
    Baby wants a broken heart
    Here you found a lynchpin to keep it all from falling apart
    But you keep on rollin', you keep on rollin’."
    She says she wants love but she doesn't. She pushes guys away when she gets close, making her unhappy and heartbroken. Still, even after a breakup, she still does it again.

    "Better find a way, better kick it from you big brown eyes
    Here it tightens up when you fall on the fifteenth try
    Like a ship at ocean, Like a ship ocean
    Like a ship at ocean, like a ship at sea."
    He's telling her to get rid of this fear. He's been trying to have patience for her but it's been really affecting their relationship and he's losing patience with her.

    "Stick thick and you cross your heart, but the clover’s all a'drag
    From keeping shotgun shy, all arise, and just be mine tonight
    So the dollar shop is shut and they knocked you down."
    She promises she'll be better but she isn't and the relationship is worn out from all of her antics. He's telling her to abandon her fears because he can't keep going on like this. "The dollar shop" is his patience and understanding for her fears; he's getting sick of it.

    "Better call the coppers if you need someone to push you around
    But you keep on stealin’, you keep on stealin’,
    You keep on steal, there’s nothing left to steal."
    He's telling her to get someone else if she's going to be like this because he can't keep doing this anymore. She keeps taking and taking and now he has nothing else to give her.

    "Stick thick and you cross your heart, but the clover’s all a’drag
    From keeping shotgun shy, all arise, and just be mine tonight.
    Just be mine tonight
    Just be mine tonight."

    This is his last appeal for her to change. Just my interpretation.
    theweirdworderon August 12, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this is a song about a small-town judge dealing with some of the less-than-honest members of his community. Here's what I'm seeing:

    "Baby wants a new spin, baby wants a broken heart/ I hear you found a lynch pin to keep it all from falling apart/but you keep on rolling, you keep on rolling."

    Which I think means that he is talking to a lady who is filing for a divorce. She has a new husband lined up (the new spin) and wants to leave her old husband (the broken heart). She claims that this particular time she's got a plan to keep this new relationship from breaking down like all of her old ones did. He's skeptical because he knows her to be the sort who gets carried away with her tumultuous emotions and is pretty inconsistent.

    "Better find a way, better kick it from your big brown eyes/I hear it tightens up when you fall after fifteen tries/Like a ship at ocean, like a ship at ocean, like a ship at ocean/ like a ship at sea."

    He's telling her that she really needs to figure out a way to make a relationship work and that she needs to stop constantly being on the lookout for someone new. He implies that she's already been down this road fifteen times already.

    "You spit thick and you cross your heart, but the culvert's all run dry/ I'm keeping shotgun shy. All arise! I'll just be mine tonight."

    He's tired of hearing all of her false promises and has little sympathy left to give. He's choosing to remain suspicious of her claims. He dismisses the court and has the lady taken away.

    "So the dollar shop shoppers broke the lock and they knocked you down/ better call the coppers if you need someone to push you around/ but you keep on stealing. You keep on stealing. You keep on stealing. Till there's nothing left to steal."

    Now he's talking to someone who is accused of stealing from the local dollar store. The accused claims that the other shoppers knocked him down, possibly paralyzing him, and broke the locks on the store's door. The Judge feels that the man more likely injured himself in the attempt and is trying to garner sympathy by showing up to court in a wheelchair. He tells the man that, if he needs someone to push his wheelchair around, it's going to be the cops because he was caught trying to steal.

    The chorus goes round again and means pretty much the same as before, though it is now about the thief rather than the lady.
    mistervecon October 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentNew Thoughts:
    I listened very, very carefully and, despite what is printed in the CD's liner lyrics, Colin never says, "I'll just be mine tonight." He merely says, "Just be mine tonight." I interpret that minor change to mean that the singer is "accepting" the infidelity and still "wants" her anyway.
    Also, if you listen very carefully to the very end (turn it up!) you will hear the vocals trail off, almost into a mutter, as if resigning himself to the fact that he is (madly?) in love with an unfaithful woman, and he will be "happy" if "she'll just be his TONIGHT".
    Listen again
    untabubbaon May 02, 2012   Link

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