"Skull" as written by and Louis Knox Barlow....
There is history in this place
There are dragons to be chased
And though I don't know who you are
An easy flow and a strong, a strong heart
And the charm in the way you hide
Gently take my skull for a ride
And I don't know who you are
But I know what I would like you to be
A one-night stand under stoned persuasion
But a joy that I can't hide
Gently take my skull for a ride
We can never ever go too far
The pain we can't escape at least will wait
So let's go quickly, no we go slow
Let's go chasing dragons through the snow
Kindly take my all
And give me all you have
Gently take my skull for a ride
Take and shake your soul
But never lose control
Gently take your skull for a ride






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"Skull" as written by Louis Knox Barlow

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    General CommentYears ago, I cassette taped an interview with Lou Barlow for Dutch radio and during this interview he explained the lyrics behind this song. I'm sorry to say Mikenstein's explanation is far from what Lou Barlow himself said the song was about. Actually, he explained that it is, in fact, about drugs (he mentioned some sort of celebrity speedball - a combination of several drugs), but that he had intentionally written the song so that it could be understood to be about a girl. He laughed about the fact that people often think "let's go chasing dragons through the snow" is such a romantic line, because, as he explained, it's quite obviously about taking drugs.
    DJ47on October 06, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI first heard it in a skate video of transworld skateboarding, been loving it eversince. never get tired of it!
    plug1on May 19, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a one night stand and how you can make the partner to be anyone you want them to be. Also how it will be good now but hurt in the long run ("The pain we can't escape at least will wait")
    enjoicocacolaon April 08, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song. Peaceful.
    DubC4Lifeon November 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI really love this song, but Isn't it "a mellow voice, and a strong, strong heart"?
    outaudioinon December 16, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt is "with a mellow voice and a strong, strong heart"
    and I always thought he said, "a charm in the way you cry" but that could be wrong of me.

    Anyway, I love this song. He has got to have one of the coolest singing voices in the world. The lyrics are perfect.

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    diskobox_on June 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt has a sort of surreal escape to it ,but the meaning comes easily.

    I like it.
    BulletProofPrincesson May 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"There are dragons to be chased" -> possible heroin reference?
    hypermagicon December 07, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthypermagic was the only one to get it. this song is about doing heroin for the first time.

    The pain we can't escape at least will wait = life sux feel good now get hooked later

    An easy flow and a strong, a strong heart = a dealer offering a first try.

    And the charm in the way you hide = everyone hides there a junky or they even dabble in heroin

    And I don't know who you are
    But I know what I would like you to be
    A one-night stand under stoned persuasion = ive never done it but id like to try it once

    So let's go quickly, no we go slow
    Let's go chasing dragons through the snow = dont OD fool your already on coke take it easy

    i can do this with every line but this is long enough, I also thought this was about a girl when it first came out but years later i understood all the drug references battling threw it myself.
    spreckeron May 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYeah these ideas are all deep and whatever, but the lyrics for this song are ACTUALLY about Lou Barlow getting fired from Dinosaur Jr. in 1989. Tension between band members were high, particularly between Barlow and frontman J Mascis, who felt that Barlow was crowding him creatively and frequently started fights with Barlow. During a concert in Connecticut, frontman J Mascis (allegedly drunk) threw into a rage and hit Barlow in the head with his guitar, nearly fracturing Barlow's skull. This song, written by Barlow, is all about his relationship with Mascis, and how Barlow ultimately realized his songwriting potential after getting fired from Dinosaur Jr. and focusing all his time on Sebadoh. The point to which their frustrations came to a head was when Mascis whacked Barlow, hence the title "Skull". In a way, it was a wake-up call for Barlow.
    Mikensteinon September 21, 2008   Link

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