Darlin' don't you go and cut your hair
Do you think it's gonna make him change?
"I'm just a boy with a new haircut"
And that's a pretty nice haircut
Charge it like a puzzle,
Hit me wearin' muzzles
Hesitate to die, look around, around,
The second drummer's drowned
His telephone is found

Music scene is crazy,
Bands start up each and every day
I saw another one just the other day
A special new band
I remember lying
I don't remember lies
I don't remember what

But I don't care,
I care,
I really don't care
Did you see the drummer's hair?

Advertising looks and chops a must
No big hair!
Songs mean a lot
When songs are bought
And so are you
Bitch, rant down to the practice room
Attention and fame so
Career, career, career



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"Cut Your Hair" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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    General Comment:he says both. He starts with career and then transfroms it to Korea.
    nuke_troopon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:my 3rd favorite pavement song
    granola brinkon April 19, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:steve-o has the lyrics right

    malkmus' take:
    "It begins with me iimagining some girl bummed out on her boyfriend. 'What am I going to do?' she's asking herself. 'Cut my hair!' It could be anything, really- whatever you try to do to get a man or woman to like you. It nevers works. Someone's always got the upper hand. The it goes on to how the music world's the same, the way it concentrates on little outside things that seem cool, like your thrift-shop clothes or the amount of stubble you have on your chin. These are the things that seem to make one band different from the next- how long their hair is. It's not mt saying 'Get short hair!' I'm totally into long hair. I'd have it if I could, but it looks bad on me."
    Snevikon March 29, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Is Malkmus saying Career or Korea????
    dmelkins5000on June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:yeah--you'd think it was about the inconsistent and annoying music industry...and how hard it is to maintain a 'career' in that....but, then again, Malkmus will swear he says "korea", not career...that crazy genius...
    GeeMoon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:nuke troop is right
    uncletommyon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:i disagree with a couple of the above interpretations...what do you think...

    'hit me where it muscles'

    'i remember lyin, but i don't remember lyin'...i don't remember a word but i don't care....etc'

    'advertising looks and chops of must' ie. old, recycled guitar

    lastly, i know that it's 'face right down to the practise room' cause i rember reading a malkmus interview where he said, 'i thought it was kinda funny,
    face right down to the practise room'

    anyways that's what i've always sung along
    seasonedasson May 13, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:it's not Charge it like a puzzle

    it's JUDGE it like a puzzle...makes more sense.
    Jinxon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:good song, though. i like the ooo ooo ooo's
    hah
    feelinleftouton June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:First of all, you have the lyrics wrong. They should be as below:

    darlin' don't you go and cut your hair
    do you think it's gonna make him change?
    "i'm just a boy with a new haircut"
    and that's a pretty nice haircut
    charge it like a puzzle, hit me where it muzzles
    hesitate you die, look around, around, the second drummer drowned
    this telephone is down

    music scene is crazy, bands start up each and every day
    i saw another one just the other day
    a special new band
    i remember lying
    i don't remember why
    i don't remember what
    but i don't care, i care, i really don't care
    did you see the drummer's hair?

    advertising looks and chops a must
    no big hair!!
    songs mean a lot
    when songs are bought
    and so are you-
    fetch right down to the practice room
    your attention it fains a career
    career, Korea, Korea


    So yes, he does say Korea... it's just a ply on the sound of the word. Further, this song is mostly about the crap bands that were popping up everywhere during the post grunge expolsion in the early 90's. It was a statement about the death of glam-rock and insurgence of corporate influenced grunge. What most people don't realize and even more people try to impose, is that the meaning of most of Pavement's songs are not defined but implied on many layers. Malkmus and Spiral Stairs write in stream of consciousness and often the initial idea is simply diluted by the wandering of the mind as it skips from one logical train of thought to the next. For instance, I might say, "I found a dollar on the subway." But take that line and expand on it using subway as the key word and you might reason that I would follow it up, "sandwiches seems lonely when they're cold... and old." Follow this train of thought and you might have written a song about the emptiness of a failed relationship or the lonliness of big city life. The possibilities are endless. Keep this in mind when analyzing Pavement, DON'T THINK TOO MUCH, JUST FEEL IT!

    Cheers
    huntmstron April 19, 2004   Link

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