"Hi" as written by and Jennifer Lee Lindberg Emily Camille Kokal....
Up all night
You wore your falling heart
And opened up to us
And now
We know the place
You left

You sailed
The saddest smile
And turned it inside out
Your mother
She knows your face
Can do without

In the middle of the day
We find love

So quietly
You gave to us
Our life our laugh
Our life our laugh
And turned it inside out
I know it hurts
Feeling so stuck
When you can’t
Come out
But you brought us up so high


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    General CommentActually this song is about a fan, she had terminal cancer and her best friend somehow talked to warpaint, they went to the hospital and when they arrived she was so sedated that she could only say "hi" and wave her hand, she passed and they wrote the song in honor to her.
    bbarbosaon April 18, 2014   Link
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    General Comment“There was a fan, a fan of ours. She was 16 and she had leukaemia, and her friend reached out to us and asked if we would go to the hospital and sing her a song, so we did … we went there.

    It was a really beautiful experience but really intense. Her family was there in the room with us as well, in this really intimate space. It felt like, one, we were walking into this world that we didn’t know, and two, it was tragic because she was dying and it felt like we didn’t belong there. It felt like we were intruding upon the family’s really personal, last moments with their daughter, and we were all really awkward, but then we had been asked to be there, and we were her favourite band, so we went and sung her a song.

    She was kind of in a coma and she wasn’t awake, but she woke up while we were there and I remember sitting on the bed with her and she didn’t really have … her central nervous system was shutting down and she didn’t really have the motor skills … but she was definitely moving around like she knew that we were there, and she was excited — or as excited as she could be in that state — and we just kept waving to her, saying ‘Hi, hi!’

    Her name was Haley, Haley Butcher, and we were waving to her, trying to get her to notice that we were there. Theresa went home that day and wrote a song about that experience and it’s called Hi.”

    -Jenny Lee Lindberg (Rip It Up interview, 2014)
    paedophageplaygroundon May 17, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's pretty easy to overcomplicate stuff. This is a song about a friend that came to the narrator (or the band) and talked with them "up all night about their falling heart". This person was "leaving a place" (a metaphorical closet).

    The person opened up to their mother first and their mother denied them "she knows your face, can do without".

    The person is talking with them all night about this conflict, and the receiver(s) of this information are just overjoyed that someone is sharing something so deep, and so personal. The person is "coming out" to the narrator, and the narrator is very sad this person was rejected by family "I know it hurts...when you can't come out", but also extremely happy and grateful they opened up so much "but you brought us up to so high".

    The chorus is them telling this person to be optimistic, to be happy "In the middle of the day, We find love". Be yourself and love will happen at the most random of times.

    The title, "Hi" is because they feel like they're finally meeting the truest form of this person for the first time.
    CovinSon February 16, 2014   Link

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