"Breezeblocks" as written by Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman, Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury and Charlie Andrew....
She may contain the urge to run away
But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks
Citrezene your fever’s gripped me again
Never kisses all you ever send are fullstops, la la la la

Do you know where the wilds things go
They go along to take your honey,la la la la
Break down now weep build up breakfast now
Let’s eat my love my love love love, la la la la

Muscle to muscle and toe to toe
The fear has gripped me but here I go
My heart sinks as I jump up
Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut
Ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah

Do you know where the wild things go
They go along to take your honey, la la la la
Break down let’s sleep build up breakfast now
Let’s eat my love my love love love, la la la la

She bruises coughs she splutters pistol shots
But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks
She’s morphine queen of my vaccine my love my love love love, la la la la

Muscle to muscle and toe to toe
The fear has gripped me but here I go
My heart sinks as I jump up
Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut
And ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah
Ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah

She may contain the urge to runaway
But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks
Germaline disinfect the scene my love my love love love
But please don’t go I love you so my lovely
Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so
Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so
Please break my heart, hey

Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so
Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so
Please break my heart, ah ha

Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole
I love you so, I love you, so I love you so
Please don’t go I’ll eat you whole
I love you so, I love you so, I love you so, I love you so


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"Breezeblocks" as written by Charlie Andrew Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton

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  • +40
    My InterpretationYOU ARE ALL MISSING THE POINT. Don't take it so literally!

    Alt-J is a highly poetic band. They never go out and say it. This isn't about necrophilia OR drugs.

    Think about it, it's about a relationship gone completely sour. It has gone completely monotonous and she is desperately wanting to leave him. The sad part is that he is completely in love with her. Her love (probably sex) is his complete addiction. He needs this girl. He compares himself to an animal, a wild thing. He knows that he is sucking the life out of her (this is where you think it is about cannibalism) but he'd rather have her lifeless (not literally) and miserable than lose her. It's a dark way of looking at a failing relationship.


    She may contain the urge to run away --- (she wants to leave.)
    But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks --- (he's tying her down in the relationship, breeze blocks are like bricks)
    Citrezene your fever’s gripped me again --- (here he is comparing her to a drug, citrezene is a drug for fevers, "she keeps him numb")
    Never kisses all you ever send are fullstops, la la la la --- (she continues to turn him down)


    Do you know where the wilds things go --- (he is calling himself an animal, perhaps a bear or something fierce)
    They go along to take your honey,la la la la --- (her he is taking the "bee's honey", her happiness)
    Break down now weep build up breakfast now --- (she always cries, but he doesn't care)
    Let’s eat my love my love love love, la la la la --- ("there's nothing wrong, stop crying. by continuing to eat breakfast, he proves to himself that nothing is wrong)

    Muscle to muscle and toe to toe --- (all through his body...)
    The fear has gripped me but here I go ---- (the fear of losing her is suring through him)
    My heart sinks as I jump up --- (he tries to be happy, or atleast show it but he knows it's all wrong)
    Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut --- (she's praying, while he sleeps)
    Ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah

    Do you know where the wild things go
    They go along to take your honey, la la la la
    Break down let’s sleep build up breakfast now------ (repetition - monotony)
    Let’s eat my love my love love love, la la la la

    She bruises coughs she splutters pistol shots --- (the relationship is killing her)
    But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks ---- (still he holds her down in the relationship)
    She’s morphine queen of my vaccine my love my love love love, la la la la --- (he's her drug, she numbs him from the world, morphine is EXTREMELY addicting)

    Muscle to muscle and toe to toe
    The fear has gripped me but here I go
    My heart sinks as I jump up------------------- (repetition - the fear won't go away)
    Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut
    And ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah
    Ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah, ahhh ahhh ahhh ah ah

    She may contain the urge to runaway ---- (she's begging to leave)
    But hold her down with soggy clothes and breezeblocks ---- (still holds on)
    Germaline disinfect the scene my love my love love love --- (he knows the scene of their relationship is greusome, he knows what a toll it's taking on her, yet he still loves her)
    But please don’t go I love you so my lovely
    Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so
    Please don’t go, please don’t go, I love you so, I love you so ---(self explanatory)
    Please break my heart, hey --- (he knows he's lost her love)


    Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole ---- (he desperately wants her to stay, but he knows that he will "eat her away", her love of life)
    I love you so, I love you, so I love you so
    Please don’t go I’ll eat you whole
    I love you so, I love you so, I love you so, I love you so
    Gabinloveon May 13, 2013   Link
  • +28
    General CommentThe band themselves said it's based on "Where The Wild Things Are." It's about loving someone so much you'd be willing to hurt yourself or hurt them to keep them forever. It's specifically based on the line, "Please don't go. We love you so. We'll eat you whole."
    All of this stuff about drugs and cannibalism is stupid. The band wrote an abstract song about an abstract topic. Obsessive love, folks, that's all it is.
    annejon May 24, 2013   Link
  • +10
    General CommentI think the video is pretty shocking but has little to do with the actual lyrics from a narrative perspective.

    If we take the soggy clothes and breeze-blocks as a metaphor for those things in our lives which anchor us into a relationship it makes quite a bit of sense. Here we have an intense relationship which is disintegrating, but still has sparks of passion. However they manifest themselves as intense hostility.

    The woman feels trapped and sees no way out. The man increasingly desperate and desperately in love, pleads continually for her not to go, even though they both know the relationship is not good and ultimately destructive for both of them.
    shanerk71on December 11, 2012   Link
  • +6
    General CommentOh come on you guys, you can't honestly think this is literally about cannibalism? The line "please don't go, I'll eat you whole. I love you so, I love you so" is a direct reference to "Where the Wild Things Are" quote: "I'll eat you up, I love you so"
    shadylaneon May 20, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentMy first and favourite Alt-J song!
    Leaveboyaloneon June 13, 2012   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis sinister love song is a single from their debut album, An Awesome Wave and was partly inspired by Maurice Sendak's 1963 children's picture book Where The Wild Things Are. Newman explained to Interview Magazine: "The song is about liking someone who you want so much that you want to hurt yourself and them, as well. We related that idea to Where The Wild Things Are, which we all grew up reading, where in the end the beasts say 'Oh, please don't go! We'll eat you whole! We love you so!,' that they would threaten cannibalism to have that person - it's a powerful image."
    vdubstep1on November 01, 2012   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationWhen hearing this song and reading the lyrics and think Its about two people who are no longer in love and are living life on repeat. The man is holding his partner down and not letting her be happy, he is stopping her from living her life. All they do is argue and they they reach a point where all they have for each other is hate. And once the wife is dead (perhaps murder or suicide) he realizes how much he loved her, or he is trying to make up for his actions with guilt because he realizes he has killed someone.
    ElectraHeart2000on December 03, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits nice that everyone is taking the video (which is awesome) so literally, but you're entirely missing the point.

    this song is not about murder or cannibalism... its about drugs and addiction.

    citerzene is an antihistamine its something to sooth an allergy... like the one this poor bloke has to society.

    the 2nd verse references morphine "queen of my vaccine" the only thing that works anymore..

    the 3rd verse refers to germolene.. which is a cleaning agent... and trying to get out of the cycle of addiction.

    its about depression "Break down now weep build up breakfast now
    Let’s eat my love".. that's his day before he gets his heroin

    "The fear has gripped me but here I go
    My heart sinks as I jump up
    Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut"

    this is fear of his own mortality.. about leaving his own consciousness.. forever one of these days...

    this is a dark song.. the video is a great representation with a nice storyline of its own.. its catchy as hell and I like it..

    but make no mistake.. this song is about drugs.. just like all the good ones...

    he's saying don't do heroin kids.. that shit will kill you.. enough that you'll be begging for a broken heart so you don't have to come back

    Please don’t go, I’ll eat you whole
    I love you so, I love you, so I love you so
    diklindyon May 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song is about an abusive relationship.

    "She may contain the urge to run away but hold her down with soggy clothes and breeze blocks" means she wants to leave the relationship but he wants her to stay so bad he imagines keeping her even if it means hurting her (possibly killing her) to do so.

    "Cetirizine, your fever's gripped me again" is saying he's angry with her (anger which would make him hot like a fever), the mention of cetirizine means he needs something to ease the rage.

    "Muscle to muscle and toe to toe" is a physical fight they are having.

    "Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut" implies her hands together pleading with him before he's about to hit her, he closes his eyes on contact while inside he knows he doesn't want to see what he's doing to her.

    "She sputters pistol shots" means her words are like daggers, she's cursing him for giving her bruises and making her cough from their physical fight you hear as "Muscle to muscle and toe to toe".

    "She's morphine, Queen of my vaccine, my love" shows that even in the twisted relationship he still loves her.

    "Germoline, disinfect the scene" is a metaphor. In his imagination of killing her he needs to clean up as if nothing happened. In reality the couple pretends as if everything is ok.

    "Please don't go, I love you so, please break my heart" means he doesn't want her to leave the relationship ("please stay in this state of both of us being unhappy because it will mean we are still together").

    "I'll eat you whole" is, as mentioned, from the book Where the Wild Things Are. He's yelling for her to stay, threatening the highest level of absurd pain, because of the pain he feels for wanting her.
    WiseSoulon July 12, 2014   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationThe song's a giant metaphor.
    "She may contain the urge to run away, but hold her down with soggy cloths and breeze-blocks" It's about the weight our main character (we'll simply call him "him") feels he puts on her.
    "Cetirizine, your fever's gripped me again. Never kisses — all you ever send are full stops." He's saying that he loves her (as in the fever of love) but is also calling her his medicine in the sense of she always stops the love. He explains this plainly with the "Never kisses" line.
    "Do you know where the wild things go? They go along to take your honey" This is obviously the fear of someone taking her away.
    "Break down, now weep. Build up breakfast, now let's eat, my love" I think this is more personal rather than pointing out her reaction, though it could be interpreted the other way. As the song reaches this point, he explains his fears, his actions, and his feelings toward the person herself. And the feelings and thoughts are frightful and discouraging. He's constantly haunted by the thought that someone else may come along and take away this person who doesn't even love him the same way, so he feels as though he's doing nothing but weighing her down and being a burden. In other words, he's the breeze-block.
    "Muscle to muscle and toe to toe, The fear has gripped me but here I go. My heart sinks as I jump up. Your hand grips hand as my eyes shut" This represents a break up that ends in them staying together. "Muscle to muscle" could describe them laying together or literally fighting. "toe to toe" shows us that there is a fight, even if only verbal. "My heart sinks as I jump up." this is him deciding to end the relationship for her sake (as described by his heart sinking). "Your hand grips hand and my eyes shut." this is her stopping him and him. His eyes shutting represents his willingness to ignore the fighting for the sake of keeping her.
    "Do you know where the wild things go? They go along to take your honey.Break down, now sleep. Build up breakfast, now let's eat, My love" This reiterates his fear of her leaving, but following the fight in the sense of their sleeping after he closes his eyes. It's meant to give deeper meaning to the fighting.
    "She bruises, coughs, she splutters pistol shots" This is re-describing the fighting. In the chorus, it's described in a very analytically way in the sense that it simply says that it happens. This is more emotional in the effect it has on him. "she splutters pistol shots" seems like the most appropriate place to start, despite it being at the end. The pistol shots are the harsh words and actions she "splutters" at him. They cause "bruises." I don't know what's up with the coughing though. It could describe simply her actually coughing.
    "Hold her down with soggy clothes and breeze-blocks" This acts as a reminder to himself that he's a weight on her life. It holds an ever-presence in this song.
    "She's morphine, queen of my vaccine — My love" So again, he describes her as his medicine, but in a different sense; context is important. Following the fighting, as they calm down and sleep together, he thinks of her as a vaccine to his sadness and the fighting.
    After another chorus (fight) he reiterates "She may contain the urge to run away
    But hold her down with soggy clothes and breeze-blocks," describing himself, again, as a weight on her life, as a burden.
    "Germolene, disinfect the scene, my love." He follows the fighting by describing her as the only thing to fix or "disinfect" it and asking her to do it. Note that this time she doesn't fix it, she's only asked.
    "But please don't go, I love you so, my lovely" She's leaving. A little more musical stuff to talk about here. As this fight ends, the song is at it's quietest, opening by continuing with only one instrument from the chorus. The instrument is getting quieter and lower in tone until it fades. The scene is at a calm, depressed, low tone feeling as though it's tired, as he begs for her to stay with him. As it ends, and she's leaving, the song breaks out into the fullest, and most eventful the instrumental has been, giving a feeling of rapid, distraught begging. As if he's losing his mind at the thought of her leaving.
    "Please don't go, please don't go. I love you so, I love you so." The pleading.
    "Please break my heart." Deep down he wants her to go, to be free of him, to be happy, and he recognizes how much he hates it.
    "Please don't go. I'll eat you whole. I love you so." "Please don't go. I love you so. I love you so, I love you so." At this point, there are two lyrical moments happening at the same time. They're fighting with each other. The song get's slightly louder as it continues, and neither takes gravity over the other. It continues with the pleading in a loving way, saying simply that he loves her, and needs to be with her, then, the thought that he'll "eat [her] whole" starts taking over, describing his nature to hold her down and his want to keep her no matter what.
    In the end, "Please don't go. I'll eat you whole. I love you so" takes over, being the only lyric left from the fight of emotion. The idea that he's "eat [her] whole" to stay with her is the winning idea. Then this pleading cuts out abruptly leaving a soothing rhythm. This could mean that it simply continues in that she comes back "hand to hand" again, soothing him (this being in the first person). Or it could mean that she was gone and it was over.
    The song's about a bad relationship, not necessarily abusive, but simply depressed. It's about specifically the guy in the relationship and how he feels and his battling wants. It's about him hurting the person he loves and wanting her to be done with him, but also loving her and wanting her to stay with him. It's about the end of a relationship.
    imnotacopon March 26, 2015   Link

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