"Interlude 1" as written by Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman and Gwilym David Dylan Sainsbury....
She only ever walks to count her steps
Eighteen strides and she stops to abide
By the law that she herself has set
That eighteen steps is one complete set

And before the next nine right and nine left
She looks up at the blue
And whispers to all of the above

Don't let me drown, don't breathe alone
No kicks no pangs no broken bones
Never let me sink, always feel at home
No sticks no shanks and no stones
Never leave it too late, always enjoy the taste
Of the great grey world of hearts

As all dogs everywhere bark
It's worth knowing
Like all good fruit the balance of life is in the ripe and ruin


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"Interlude 1" as written by Thomas Stuart Green Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-hamilton

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  • +7
    Song MeaningThis song is very much about OCD. I have the disease myself, and the second part immediately made me cry the first time I heard it.

    The first "verse" describes a compulsion, and the second part describes how it feels before you complete a compulsive action -- it's hard to explain, but it feels like you MUST do it or everything will go wrong. You or your family members will drown, or break bones, or get lost, etc.

    What a powerful song. Like other reviewers, I really love that it doesn't particularly pity the woman it talks about, just describes her situation and how it feels to live like this.
    alaskabinkon May 18, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentMy OCD is kicking in - the lyrics above are not exactly right. Great song though! I don't think it's entirely about compulsion, more so that some of us lead very ritualistic existences because they are comfortable and feel like home (i.e. the woman who lives by strict stepping patterns). That existence is juxtaposed with the last few lines, in which it is supposed that all we really need to survive on are instincts alone, with no plan (like dogs balancing out what is ripe and what is ruined). Both lifestyles are somewhat flawed, and the proceeding song, Tessalate, really plays into showing the downside of primal living.

    My two cents!
    hairlesspeton August 27, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General Comment“Interlude 1 talks about a young woman who dreams desperately of a carefree life - with no hiccups, trauma or obstacles. She prays to only ever be happy and hidden from worry and her cries are answered by barking dogs.” - Alt-J's comment on the song on their sound cloud page soundcloud.com/alt-j/…
    jjbbcon October 17, 2013   Link
  • +1
    TranslationShe she she she only ever ver ver ver ver ,
    Walks to to count count her steps,
    Eighteen teen strides and she stops to abide
    By the law that she herself has set.
    That eighteen steps is one complete set,
    And before the next nine right and nine left.
    She looks up up at the blueeeeeee,
    And whispers to all of the above.

    Don't let me drown, don't breathe alone,
    No kicks no pangs no broken bones.
    Never let me sink,
    Always feel at home,
    No sticks no shanks and no stones.
    Never leave it too late,
    Always enjoy the taste,
    Of the great great great grey world of hearts.
    As all dogs everywhere bark bark bark bark
    It's worth knowing,
    Like all good fruit, the balance of life is in
    The ripe, and ruined.
    derynon September 11, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti was thinking autism....maybe someone that requires care......and someone that sees the world a little differently than the average joe.
    mallorypmmon March 03, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationhe is describing someone who is going through a rough part in life, when everything is difficult to do, even the simplest things: "That eighteen steps is one complete set, and before the next nine right and nine left".
    "She looks up at the blue and whispers to all of the above" she is desperately praying for help to be able to go through this; she really wants to get out of this emotionally dark pit but doesn't think she can do it on her own.
    "all good fruit the balance of life is in the ripe and ruin."- but this is what life is... to enjoy the good parts you need to learn how to deal with the difficult moments.
    munecabraon March 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My Interpretationyeah, i definitely think it's about someone with OCD, or at least someone *very* idiosyncratic. the meaning beyond that seems pretty wide open to interpretation, but the whole vibe of the song seems really positive. there's no pity towards this woman; it seems to me he just wants to tell the story of her idiosyncrasies and expose the beauty that exists in the differences between us as people.
    noahcoburnon April 30, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationI think one of the most compelling proofs that this song is about OCD comes from the repetition of words. Whether the intention or not, its there. In some OCD sufferers, the compulsive need to correctly say a sentence, or even a word in a sentence, is a very real problem. Wonderful olde english melodies in this jam.
    ObjectiveCon June 15, 2014   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionIt's cool that not only is the song about someone who's OCD, her number is 18 and the verses almost have 18 syllables, but best I can tell they never hit 18.


    As mentioned by hairlesspet, i think the lyrics are a bit off. it's definitely that she worries what will happen if she fails to stop and recognize the completed set, and the correct (or at least closer to correct) lyrics help show that.

    Here is what I think it is. Asterisks or Markdown bold around the corrections, thanks Mr. Obvious

    Eighteen teen strides and she stops to **abide by** the law that she has **self her** set. _(That's a tough one because self her instead of herself)_

    That eighten steps is one complete set,
    And before the next nine right **and** nine left.

    She looks up up at the blueeeeeee, and **whispers to** all of the above.

    Don't let me drown, don't breathe alone,
    No **kinks, no pangs,** no broken bones.

    ...

    Never leave it too late,
    **does** enjoy the taste
    DamonOon August 09, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFor the love of god when are these lyrics going to be corrected? They're terrible.
    eronditeson September 01, 2014   Link

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