"Repetition" as written by and David Andrew Sitek Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe....
To arrive ahead of its time
Is the fate of the fish washed up on shore
Do you know that it just won't feel right
Till he's swallowed up by the tide
Thought he might know better

Capital lifestyle height
Got a head full of fever
And it feels alright
Cause I shake my bottle
And I suck my sweat
And I love how I'm livin'
Cause I caught my fill
But I can't stop thinkin'
how it's all gone wrong
Through the cracks from the obvious
before its all too long
I've abused my position
And it's cost my friends
And if the world keeps turning
I can do it again

What's the matter with your next door neighbor?
I heard he had sick drugs and danger.
But you can kick it with a complete stranger
I think I hear him calling.
What's the matter with your next door neighbor?
An act of man, a freak of nature.
You can kick it with a complete stranger
I think I hear him calling

With the tops of some heads
It's a walk in the park
If you don't gotta hope
You can see in the dark
Carry your hearts
Hail Mary, will your life unfold
I'm a man on a mission
Or so I've been told
You can choose my victims
Or can shed my skin
And if the world keeps turnin'
I can do it again
But I can't stop thinkin'
that its all gone wrong
And the truth will be out there
Before it's too long
I've abused my position
And it's cost my friends
If the world keeps turnin'
I'm gonna do it again

What's the matter with your next door neighbor?
I heard he had sick drugs and danger.
But you can kick it with a complete stranger
I think I hear him calling.
What's the matter with your next door neighbor?
An act of God, a freak of nature.
You can kick it with a complete stranger
I think the curtain is falling down!

We lock eyes
And walk away, unrecognized
We lock arms and spin
Commence our repetition

My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!

My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!

My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!

My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!
My repetition, my repetition is this!


Lyrics submitted by MOONIII, edited by MrMagoo22

"Repetition" as written by David Andrew Sitek Babatunde Omoroga Adebimpe

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    General CommentI think "sick drugs" is either "six drugs" or more likely, "sex, drugs".

    "caught my fill" might be "cop my feel".

    This song friggin' rules. Though I have no idea what it means. Anyone? Something to do with capitalism, consumer lifestyle, the monotony of being a corporate slave...
    shyammon April 19, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningI think its comparing the big heads of wall street to psychopathic killers. I get the killer vibe with the "tops of heads" and the "choose my victims," while the "abused my position" and "it's cost my friends" seems to be directed at the big CEO's (either that or the politicians involved in the bailout).

    And obviously the whole repetition thing is about how they'll never learn from their mistakes.
    MOONIIIon April 19, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think some of these lyrics that are incorrect/missing words are quite crucial to the meaning of the song. I believe it's about the repetition, isolation & shallowness of the "successful" suburban/ achieved upper middle class lifestyle.

    I see this perhaps being inspired by young, "trust fund hipsters", giving up their non comforist (or whatever) facade, basically selling out into that suburban lifestyle. Which is empty, and ultimately isolated.

    It's "BORN into capital lifestyle height" reflecting being born into privilege. The "shed my skin" is giving up their image for another one, transforming themselves, and knowing they'd do it again because none of their personas have been genuine/satisfying. A consistent sheeplike mentality; The metaphor of the first verse with the forward thinking/unique person - the easier & more comfortable way being swallowed back up into the tide, returning to the safer herdlike mentality.

    Certainly the final verse is most telling about the emptiness & most importantly isolation of this achieved suburban life. It's "we lock arms in spirit." Absolutely seeing your next door neighbor & both completely aware of each others presence, but walking away with your head down, ignoring each other. Also references to self-medicating/deluding "It feels alright because I shake my bottle (pills/anti-anxiety/depressants) and I drink my swill (etc). There are a number of other lyrics - try thinking about the song from this perspective and read it over and see what you think.
    thefinalfemaleon May 04, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHmm interesting song.

    Anybody ever heard of Freud's theory of Repetition Compulsion. Basically, it's what may cause a person to make the same mistakes over and over again.

    Sort of a long shot, but it may be related.
    Cantileveron July 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI would say the narrator is a person who manipulated the system, like so many others, to gain money and power. Their actions were detrimental to society but they benefited. They can see system is weakened and they see the system is failing apart. But that does not stop them from behaving in the same way.

    There are many examples in the world today. People do this at all levels, not just the very top.

    If you haven't already check out the video for this song, pretty sweet!
    ThirdMan3on August 26, 2011   Link

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