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wasting your days
chasing some girls
alright, chasing cocaine
through the backrooms of the world
all night

wasting your days
chasing some girls
alright, chasing cocaine
through the backrooms of the world
all night

sounds
smash hits
melody maker
NME
all sound like a dream to me
all sound like a dream to me
all sounds like a dream

sounds
smash hits
melody maker
NME
all sound like a dream to me
all sound like a dream to me
all sounds like a dream

step out of your toga
and into the fog
you are a prince
on the ocean
in a pinch
in the sky
in your eye

step out of your toga
and into the ocean
look, they got your prince
on the fall
in a pinch
in the sky
in your eye

in the sky
in your eye

in a pinch
in the sky
in your eye

i wrote a song for america
who knew?

i wrote a song for america
who knew?
who knew?


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Kaputt song meanings
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  • +5
    General CommentBut seriously, does this have the greatest music video ever? Yes.
    thatoneguy82101on October 18, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaning'Kaputt' means 'dead or unfinished' so it could be a dream that he once had but died..?
    jessx3on October 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI believe it's "I wrote a Song For America" and not just "song for America" in those last two lines. Anyways, I'm glad to see the lyrics to the newer songs on this fabulous album popping up here.

    So, meaning... sounds like Bejar going back to his teen years and fantasizing about being a rock star- doing blow, being in NME, Melody Maker, having hit songs. The bits at the end about "step out of your toga" seems to represent, to me, Rome, so debauchery, hedonism, etc. which is kind of the repeating theme of the lyrics. Bejar seems to like remembering times past in many songs. The lyrics "Listening to Strawberry Wine...it was 1987, it was spring" in Watercolours into the Ocean on Rubies; "circa 1993/it was a good year/it was a very good year" on My Favorite Year. So more of that on Kaputt.
    Tiger_milkon January 06, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou can so see the Scott Walker realism influence in this song, I almost sing "tonight we'll sleep with the girls from the streets" when I hear this song. Kudos to Destroyer for making me state that there is good music being made today, you just have to look for it and not listen to the mainstream.
    DevilinMoscowon December 10, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me this song is all about the transformation into adulthood. The ingenuous of adolescence fueled by music and drugs with women on the mind. Listening and obsessing about music dreaming about becoming a rock star. The "toga" to me represents stepping out of college and into the "fog" or unknown. "Prince on the ocean" is kinda saying you can inherit the vast world of opportunity. The "pinch" the "sky" and the "eye" are the tribulations, prosperity, and indictment of life respectively. The line "look, they got your prince on the fall" is saying that your peers and idols are taking chances and sometimes failing. The world is your oyster but they are plenty of trials and tribulations along the way. "I wrote a song for America" he is giving good advice to young people of America the land of opportunity. "who knew" dude is Canadian. This is all my interpretation of course.
    mlbrady89on February 07, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat DOESN'T this song mean to me?
    bohemiandonuton February 04, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgenius
    awesomedude17on February 05, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWho doesnt like cocain and girls? and you could never go wrong with a saxophone this song is too perfect
    cats0pajamason April 12, 2011   Link

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