"Cut Your Hair" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
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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  • +3
    General Commenthe says both. He starts with career and then transfroms it to Korea.
    nuke_troopon August 22, 2002   Link
  • +3
    General Commentsteve-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
  • +1
    General Comment"Jaws are like a puzzle"
    not
    Charge it like a puzzle
    SeanTheInterpreteron July 21, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIs Malkmus saying Career or Korea????
    dmelkins5000on June 07, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah--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 Commentnuke troop is right
    uncletommyon March 31, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy 3rd favorite pavement song
    granola brinkon April 19, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti 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 Commentit's not Charge it like a puzzle

    it's JUDGE it like a puzzle...makes more sense.
    Jinxon June 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgood song, though. i like the ooo ooo ooo's
    hah
    feelinleftouton June 18, 2003   Link

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