"Range Life" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
After the glow, the scene,
The stage, the set
Talk becomes slow
But there's one thing I'll never forget
Hey, you gotta pay your dues
Before you pay the rent

Over the turnstile turn out in the traffic
There's ways of living
It's the way I'm living
Right or wrong,
It's all that I can do,
And I wouldn't want to let you be
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down

Run from the pigs, the fuzz,
The cops, the heat
Pass me your gloves, there's crime
And it's never complete
Until you snort it up or shoot it down
You're never gonna feel free
Out on my skateboard
The night is just hummin'
And the gum smacks are the pulse
I'll follow if my walkman fades
But I've got absolutely no one,
No one but myself to blame
Don't worry
We're in no hurry
School's out,
What did you expect?
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down

Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins
Nature kids, I/they don't have no function
I don't understand what they mean
And I could really give a fuck
The Stone Temple Pilots,
They're elegant bachelors
They're foxy to me
Are they foxy to you?
I will agree
There isn't absolutely nothing
Nothing more than me
Dreamin' dream dream dream


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"Range Life" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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  • +5
    General CommentMy girlfriend in college loved Smashing Pumpkins and hated Pavement because of this song and rivalry. Needless to say Pavement was/is my favorite band. They were always inspired, if lazy genius over hack technical proficiency. The best, laziest band ever.

    No, Tina and I didn't fall in love to Pavement, but years later, she's gone, probably a lawyer or some other crap. I'm a professional temp, but I bet I have more fun.

    And what about STP, they're foxy to me, are they foxy to you?
    DevastatorJr.on January 25, 2005   Link
  • +5
    General CommentWhat is meant by "Range Life"?

    Chartstopper wrote:

    >>The title "Range Life" appears to be Malkmus's translation of the French term "une vie rang�e," which means an ordered, structured life. A range life would be an ordinary life, an "arranged" life, a comfortable life, a life of shady lanes perhaps. Malkmus probably studied French at UVA. I realized that he must have been referring to "une vie rang�e" when I encountered the term in a poem I studied in a French class a few years ago. From what I've heard, he finally found his range life with his wife, his kids, and his well-established career. Maybe that's why his music doesn't do much for me anymore. There was so much emotion in his voice on those old Pavement records. <<

    I think this sums it up, but I always considered it to relate to an American idiom from "Home on the Range."

    Something like this:

    Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
    Where the deer and the antelope play,
    Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day.

    Home, home on the range,
    Where the deer and the antelope play;
    Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day.

    So the meaning is the same - the narrator yearns for a quaint, quiet, peaceful life - but not right now. Maybe the French idiom relates to the American song (?????)

    But there's another thought, also, in Elevate Me Later:

    Those who sleep with electric guitars
    Range roving with the cinema stars
    And I wouldn't want to shake their hand
    Cause they're in such a high protein land

    Is this also what SM means by "Range Life"? Probably not - but just a thought.
    moikon February 08, 2012   Link
  • +4
    General CommentPumpkins never will have the talent or the lyrical value that Pavement/Stephen Malkmus has.
    Corgan had a bogus reason too...he didnt like Malkmus, he demanded they be dropped from the tour or else he would leave.
    "People dont fall in love to Pavements music, they fall in love while listening to Smashing Pumpkins." -Billy Corgan

    Meaning of the song is pretty clear..its about the band on tour, no question.
    Amnesiac Angelson May 25, 2004   Link
  • +4
    General CommentBilly Corgan is one of the most pissy, egotistical bitches in the music industry. Why people actually like him or respect him, I will never know.

    He recently launched a ridiculously insulting and blatantly transphobic tirade against effects pedal designer Devi Ever.

    "you ugly piece of shit...if i ever run into you, anywhere, at anytime, for as long as i live, i will knock your fucking lights out. don't ever come near me, and if i hear even one more peep out of you in public about me, or the band, or the members of the band, i am gonna sue you for so much you'll never be able to afford so much as to even make a fucking guitar cable."
    RaygunShaunon September 02, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentFucking Billy Corgan. Whatever, dude.

    ANYWAY, this is one of my favorite Pavement songs ever. I don't care what it means, and with Pavement ... who fucking knows anyway?
    nitsirhcon December 29, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThe title "Range Life" appears to be Malkmus's translation of the French term "une vie rangée," which means an ordered, structured life. A range life would be an ordinary life, an "arranged" life, a comfortable life, a life of shady lanes perhaps. Malkmus probably studied French at UVA. I realized that he must have been referring to "une vie rangée" when I encountered the term in a poem I studied in a French class a few years ago. From what I've heard, he finally found his range life with his wife, his kids, and his well-established career. Maybe that's why his music doesn't do much for me anymore. There was so much emotion in his voice on those old Pavement records.
    Chartstopperon October 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is probably the best country-rock song that's not on The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." Even if you don't care much about the Pavement/Pumpkins drama, you can still enjoy the catchy-as-hell melody.
    brilliantcareeron November 11, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti want a range life...
    purplehaze8xon March 24, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentare you guys tripping on acid? smashing pumpkins did not get pavement kicked of loloplooza. dont get me wrong i love smashing pumokins and this song is sung from the point of view of a of an aging hippy charector it was never ment to piss off smashing pumpkins
    fatkid1041on December 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFound this link regarding getting kicked off Lolla in '94 - straight from Scott (apparently).

    poprocks.com/articles/…
    DMpuriston March 16, 2006   Link

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