"Amanaemonesia" as written by Caroline Elizabeth Polachek, Jonathan Patrick Wimberly and Rob Coradetti....
You lost your focus
But I got a plan for it
With a secret ingredient
And you are infinitely invited
Just leave alone the Geminis
Two of them and four of I's
(And you are infinitely Invited)

No one could not agree (it's unanimously decided)
They've come for you and me (that we're dangerously surrounded)
Their boats are full of flames
They paint the grasses green
Repeating history
They don't say what they mean

Is it amnesia?
Amamaemonesia
Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic.)
Silver hours
Silver hours
Becoming a habit? (Chasing the rabbit.)
Is it amnesia?
Amamaemonesia,
Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)

Spacing out in a nook and cranny
It's officially uncanny
It's a fish in a sea of granite
Just leave alone the geminis
Two of them and four of I's
No one could not agree (it's unanimously decided)
They've come for you and me (that we're dangerously surrounded)
Their boats are full of flames
They paint the grasses green
Repeating history
They don't say what they mean

Is it amnesia
Amanaemonesia
Mistaken for magic (Mistaken for magic.)
Silver hours
Silver hours
Becoming a habit (Chasing the rabbit.)
Is it amnesia
Amanaemonesia
Mistaken for magic (Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)

?

There's a system of symbols that no one will vouch for
Everyone uses, but no one believes
There's a dog in the yard with a manner that's ruff
Yet there's something about you that he understands
The girl at the window, covered in ashes
Smiles grotesquely in the light of the day
Singing in German, a cold summer warning
But I can't remember what I meant to say...

Is it Amanaemonesia
(Mistaken for magic.)
Amanaemonesia, woah
(Chasing the rabbit)
Amanaemonesia
(Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)


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"Amanaemonesia" as written by Jonathan Patrick Wimberly Caroline Elizabeth Polachek

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    General Commentthe only part i can clearly interpret in my opinion is the chorus. silver hours are the times that used to be cherished, past memories perhaps that keep on being re-thought about by someone because something like a war maybe has happened (the other lyrics; germany, flames, dangerous, they've come for you and me). i'm not too clear on that, it's probably not a war but like an idea like all good things pass, the good times seem like a dream because they're so distant. anyway i feel like the chorus is talking about drugs like chasing the rabbit who are all too fast for you to catch so you keep upping your dose to live in those silver hours and it's becoming a habit. the person thinks it's magic but those are just the effects of drugs, hallucinogenic maybe because you are infinitely invited maybe means that you'll always have a party in your head when you're high, and if you're addicted, then it's unanimously decided that you're definitely getting high. maybe the person starts to get really paranoid and thinks they've come for you and me, that we are dangerously surrounded, their boats are full of flames,they paint their grasses green. the dog in the yard that's rough probably has rabies or something and the person is walking in the street without drugs so he/she is suffering and irritable as well so he senses similar emotions emanating. this part: the girl at the window covered in ashes smiles grotesquely in the light of day singing in German the cold summer warning but I can't remember what I meant to say; it changes from "the girl" to "I" so the protagonist is talking about herself the whole time which is now revealed. she's probably just started to feel more herself again after being off whatever drugs she took, even though her appearance is ratty, she is smiling that she can care about a simple pleasure like sunlight again but she's screwed up from all the drugs that she forgets stuff
    ok so i guess i interpreted more than just the chorus but yeah i that's what i got
    purpleyawnon September 24, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationThe lyrics are nonsense. The video for the song is nonsense. The dance choreography in the video is nonsense. Even the title of the song is nonsense.

    My theory: it's a song about nonsense.
    oniontearson November 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI definitely agree with the earlier comment that the first verses are in reference to Aaron leaving the band, but the rest of the song seems to go on to define "amanaemonesia". Amanae itself refers to a "New Age" massage technique which harnesses emotional release. I think, with that in mind (and certainly the lyrics), "amanaemonesia" could be interpreted as the feeling of elation following an Amanae session; hence the chorus.
    turnintoon March 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI really think this song is about a lot of things. I think some of you are right about aaron leaving the band. I think the major theme is drug related though. My thinking is based not only on the chorus lyrics, but the music video.

    Am I the only one that thinks that the stage looks like a tongue? She's the drug (probably some pill), and her weird dance moves involve a lot of tickling. I definitely agree with the likelihood of it being some hallucinogen as mentioned before. The spew of weird lyrics at the end I take as a description of a trip.

    I definitely think its drug related. If you watch the evident utensil video, I think you'll find they definitely have used some drugs at some point! :)
    vancegioon April 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about the "powers" of the world and their secret agendas. Freemasons are very esoteric, they keep secrets from the masses in order to facilitate population control: secret ingredient. Just leave alone the gemini.. Gemini are supposed to be very talkative and enjoy sharing information. Repeating History: The Masons and other secret organizations use ancient symbology and are rumored to still practice black crafts and participate in rituals that have been passed down since the dawn of civilization. These rituals and dark crafts can be, mistaken for magic.
    PopeTopheron October 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI read in an interview once that the two current members of Chairlift (Caroline and Patrick) are both Geminis so my theory is that this is at least partially about former third member Aaron leaving the band. There is an article somewhere talking about how the fact that he was Scorpio and they were Geminis created kind of a weird dynamic as a three-piece. "You lost your focus" could be referring to that, as could "You are infinitely invited," like saying he could come back if he wants but that he would have to "leave alone the geminis" dynamic if he did. The second half gets more out there though, and I have no guess. Just my theory, could be totally off.
    len75on November 09, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and the video. I don't know what the lyrics might be about. Maybe some WWII relation?
    Infinitemporaryon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs right now (and possibly of all time.) I just wish I could figure out the lyrics. I am really into astrology, so I like the Gemini part. Two of them (the twins) and four of eyes. I don't really get what silver hours are. Cannot wait for an explanation! Amazing job, Chairlift.
    Bearstronautson September 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthmm...silver hours becoming a habit...amnesia--chasing the rabbit

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say this song is about heroin. :)
    introvertedexcavatoron February 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI agree that this song is probably about drugs.. past usage, affects, moments, time.
    I like previous suggestion she is a pill on a red tongue.

    Putting that logic aside:
    To me this song about something bigger that I can't pin down.
    Perhaps human behaviours repeated to find careless superficial fun times with others.

    I don't agree with a comment on youtube that this is religious related (miracles mistaken for magic, silver hours?). But I'd appreciate further justification for that idea.

    This is my most favourite filmclip/song combo since 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush.
    It's brilliant.. and I'm glad it's open to so many different interpretations and feelings.
    mrstitchyon April 18, 2012   Link

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