"Kalopsia" as written by Michael Jay Shuman, Josh Homme, Dean Anthony Fertita and Troy Dean Van Leeuwen....
I never lie
To myself
Tonight.

Rose, tinted eyes
Color my sorrow
A shade of 'why?

Bye bye black balloon
See you real soon
Wave bye bye
Bye bye

Why were you so sad
What have they done?
Forget those mindless baboons
They're off playing God

Copy cats in cheap suits
All playing it safe
While cannibals with their noose
Consume a parade

Is it wonderful?

Kalopsia, kalopsia, kalopsia
Kalopsia, kalopsia

Far, far from shore
The land of nightmares
Gone forever more

And I love you more
Than I can control
I don't even try
Why would I?

Oh why the long face?
You've got it all wrong
Forget the rat in the race
We'll choke chain them all

Fates favor the ones
Who help themselves
The rest feel the sting of the lash
As they run, as they run
To hell


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"Kalopsia" as written by Josh Homme Dean Anthony Fertita

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  • +4
    General CommentCorrect lyrics from the ...Like Clockwork Double LP:

    I never lie
    To myself
    Tonight

    Rose tinted eyes
    Colour my sorrow a shade of wine
    Bye bye black balloon
    I'll see ya real soon
    Wave bye bye
    Bye bye...

    Oh why you so sad? What have they done?
    Forget those mindless baboons, they're off playing God
    Copy cats in cheap suits are playing it safe
    While cannibals of bad news consume the parade

    Is it wonderful?

    Far, far from shore-sure
    The land of nightmares, gone...
    Forever more

    I love you more than I can control
    I don't even try. Why would I?

    Oh why the long face? You've got it all wrong
    Forget the rat in the race, we'll choke chain them all
    Fates favor the ones who help themselves
    The rest feel the sting of the lash as they row...

    …The boat to hell

    Row.
    MilkManMikeon June 08, 2013   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThe song is a conversation between Homme and his consciousness. Josh is officially saying goodbye to his dark life-style. For some apparent reason it makes him sad. His consciousness telling him to be happy about turning a new leaf and to forget those who are a bad influence to him. It's a really deep song. Artistically ...Like Clockwork is QOTSA's magnum opus.
    Tibbitson August 03, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI never lied
    To myself
    Tonight

    Rose-tainted eyes
    Colour my sorrow
    A shade of wine

    Bye bye black balloon
    I'll see you real soon
    Wave bye bye
    Bye bye

    Oh. why are you so sad?
    What have they done?
    Forget those mindless baboons
    They're off playing God

    Copy cats in cheap suits
    All playing it safe
    While cannibals with their noose
    Consume a parade

    Is it wonderful?

    Far, far... from ashore
    Land of nightmares
    Gone forevermore

    And I love you more
    Than I can't control
    I don't even try
    Why would I...?

    Oh, why the long face?
    You've got it all wrong
    Forget the lead and the rings
    We'll choke chain them all

    Fate favours the ones
    Who help themselves
    The rest feel the sting of the words
    As they row (as they row)
    A boat... to hell!
    Disenon May 28, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI think this song is about taking off your mask and embracing who you are. Being as the character in this video is a ugly monster. He takes off his mask and sees happiness then is killed by a man who does not accept him.
    Ktgkyleon May 17, 2013   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationIt's hard to tell if the line is "they're all playing god" or "they're off playing god". But at least both possibilities make sense!

    On topic...the song's appropriately "off" sounding and that's awesome. The voice of the song sounds like they're split between seeing the world as a wonderful place and hating everybody (the stupid baboon people playing god with stuff and probably being all loud about it to each other). Aren't we all? In and out of denial, I mean. I feel like "Is it wonderful?" really ties up that package neatly.

    The line mentioning wine may be quietly teasing at the idea of someone drowning their troubles by drinking, which makes them feel happy and less inhibited. If you flip those around - though one causes the other - it's the right order in terms of the lyrics. The rose-coloredness might also be why they claim they don't lie to themselves, if that's the right idea of the first lines.

    The black balloon I wasn't sure about at first, but I bet most people are familiar with this whole song and dance, therapy or not: "Now imagine all your bad emotions are a balloon...let go of it...it's floating up, up and away..."
    I think that's what's being alluded to. The blackness could be anything, I dunno. Hate? Anger? The aforementioned sorrow? All of them?
    See you real soon? If they're caught between clashing feelings, as stated, that bad black balloon will be back. They try to let go, but it doesn't stay that way.
    familiarsighton May 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentArthur Rimbaud poetic vignette of opium induced hallucination.
    Psicosis1on June 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCheck out live performances of this song on Youtube you'll see that Josh dedicates this song to his daughter almost every time. I totally get it, life is sometimes shitty, friends turn away, but you have this darling little thing who sees you more perfectly then you see yourself... bye by black balloon... see you real soon ... she's the one with kalopsia. The one who love you no matter what, and reminds you that they can all f* themselves sideways... you got each other's backs.
    Oh Injury!on December 08, 2013   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningIt's funny that none of the top answers analyze this song starting with its title.

    Google Web-Definitions defines kalopsia as "The delusion of things being more beautiful than they are."

    That having been said, this is where, what I think of as some of the best, most insightful, and most artistic lyrics in the song come in.

    If you were only able to make out the eyes of something, like, say, in the dark or something, red eyes would be considered by most to be a bad thing (scary or hateful, etc.). However, using the word "rose" in the line "rose-tinted eyes" gives the delusion of these red eyes being more beautiful than they are.

    Also, the line "I love you more than I can control" tends to suggest the same type of phenomenon.

    Clearly, there is more to the meaning of this song than just "kalopsia" but it is, indeed, the title, so I tend to think that it has more to do with it than the suggested meanings have included so far, although, I'm not sure of the connection or just how much meaning "kalopsia" has to the overall song meaning.

    Just thought I'd add my two cents here.
    VylePhinderon January 03, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've just updated what I could decipher, but I'm pretty sure the last two verses I put are completely wrong. (My edit isn't showing for some reason though?!)
    Cassabianon May 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentArthur Rimbaud poetic vignette of opium induced hallucination.
    Psicosis1on June 02, 2013   Link

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