"The Radiator Hums" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn, Clint Frederick Schnase and Ted James Stevens....
Dinner's getting cold --
You haven't touched a thing
So what's it gonna be?
I can hold out much longer than you
When it's steady I'm just acting out my roles
When you're ready I'll be walking out that door
And don't call me Pretty Baby anymore,
Oh, foolish worker bee --
I'm your fucking queen.

I threw out the phone to try to get through to you
The lines are down, drowned by the hum of the radiator
This house is the hole that you could never fill
With rose-blossomed bouquets, vanities and loveseats

Sad little boy, I know you get confused
But everyone goes through these trials of truth and self-abuse
When you're selfless you're so hard not to adore
When you're selfish, I just love you even more
I want to help you, but you've got to say the words:
"I want to be cured."

Drowned...
Deep in this hole we've dug for ourselves
Throw me in -- headfirst, submerged in this great depression
Impoverished, and Impotent....

...And Don't Call Me Pretty Baby

I threw out the phone to try to get through to you
The lines are down, drowned by the hum of the radiator
This house is the hole that you could never fill
With shattered dinner plates
That's how we'll communicate

Hey, Pretty Baby, are you ready for bed?


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"The Radiator Hums" as written by Matthew Ryan Maginn Clint Frederick Schnase

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    General Commentman they are a little bit twisted and make it so fucking beautiful, all their lyrics are like the best i have ever read in my life and the music is fucking great, i like this song cause the music is so fun and playful and switches to badass and back and forth and oh my god i want to nut myself
    TEXticle2on March 06, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwoo i love this song.."I threw out the phone to try to get through to you!"
    weezerific:cutleryon January 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really like the transitions from hard to soft in this song, Cursive is really good at that... "When you're selfish, I just love you even more" this is so true sometimes...
    Duffmanon January 22, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is a masterpiece, jsut awesome i cant get enough of this song, cursive def have some of the best lyrics i have ever seen in a band and thats what sets them aside from the rest of the bands
    dreamslongforgottenon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI love cursive because along with good music they write good lyrics and that is what makes it a masterpiece.
    callitacrushon May 09, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen you're selfless you're so hard not to adore
    When you're selfish, I just love you even more
    I want to help you, but you've got to say the words:
    "I want to be cured."

    the most amazing 4 lines ever written . ..
    thesunalsoriseson May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentWhen you're selfless you're so hard not to adore
    When you're selfish, I just love you even more
    I want to help you, but you've got to say the words:
    "I want to be cured."

    just... wow.
    stickingtosheetson August 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song drives me crazy.
    I love it.

    "Drowned...
    Deep in this hole we've dug for ourselves
    Throw me in -- headfirst, submerged in this great depression
    Impoverished, and Impotent..."

    the ugly organ is by far cursive's best work, however.
    theradiatorhumson March 03, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"But everyone goes through these trials of truth and self-abuse"....it goes self truth and self-abuse i believe.
    Great song
    EyesSoBrighton March 05, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI know what you mean, i love how Cursive can be so twisted and beautiful all at once. The hard to soft transitions are amazing as well..this song actually reminds me of a bad relationship a friends parents had because she had a bit of a drinking problem. I'm not sure if thats the intended effect but that's the impression i gather. I want to help you, but you've got to say the words:
    "I want to be cured."
    Fucking Great isn't it!!
    staticcursiveon March 06, 2003   Link

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