"They Want My Soul" as written by and Britt Daniel....
Let's go get out in the street
Somebody's gotta
Let's get the stars to align
For lambs to slaughter

In the photographs
Their eyes make a signal path
And the feeling goes on and on and on and on and on
And on and on and on

Don't it feel like Friday night?
Cars are all lined up
Let it go push you around
Oh, what's it amount to?

Card sharks and street preachers want my soul
All the sellers and palm readers want my soul
Post sermon socialites
Park enchanters and skin tights
All they want's my soul
Yeah, they want my soul

In the photograph
Your eyes make a signal path
And the feeling goes on and on and on and on and on
And on and on and on

Let's go lose track of time
Somebody's gotta
Let's get the stars to align
For lambs to slaughter

Educated folk singers want my soul
Jonathon Fisk still wants my soul
I got nothing I want to say to 'em
They got nothing left that I want
All they want's my soul
Yes, yes, I know it
They want my soul

They want my soul
Oh ah, want my soul
Oh ah, they want my soul
Oh ah, they want my soul


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"They Want My Soul" as written by Britt Daniel

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    General Comment***"All the sellers" should be "Upsellers"

    This song is about coming to terms with the fact that harboring anger toward phonies/pretenders/assholes doesn't do you any good. It just ends up poisoning your own mindset. The sentence "They want my soul" pegs the feeling so well. Spending your time thinking about manipulators and fakes is literally taking away from the rest of your life.

    I really love the line, "Let's go lose track of time / somebody's gotta." Only Britt Daniel could write such a succinct testament to enjoying your life, and letting go of bullshit. It reminds me of "We found a new kind of a dance in a magazine / tried it out, it's like nothing you've ever seen" from The Way We Get By. These lines seem so light and flippant, but they actually pack so much feeling and meaning.

    Lastly, I love the desperation with which the line "All they want's my soul, YES, YES I KNOW." So good.
    GaryCoolmanon October 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think that GaryCoolman got the meaning spot on. I just wanted to add that the line "Jonathon Fisk still wants my soul" is a reference to “Jonathon Fisk” a song from Spoon’s fourth LP, 2002’s Kill the Moonlight, based on a bully of lead singer Britt Daniel’s “who would harass [him] on the way home from school in middle school.”

    According to Daniel, he and the bully whom Fisk was based on eventually made peace, and the former bully “came to all of [Spoon’s] shows for about two or three years," so Fisk still wanting his soul may be a bit of poetic license.
    atomicmannon December 15, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI've heard many people who think he's singing about a literal Christian soul but I don't think that's accurate. I think he's singing about a metaphorical soul. They want my individuality, my identity.
    Nosferobtuon March 30, 2015   Link

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