"I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)" as written by and Kevin Shields....
Don't know when
I will leave you again
Grab a reason
And I'm dragging you down

Come just to make you happy
Shot in the head I can see
I can see it
But I can't feel it


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"I Can See It (But I Can't Feel It)" as written by Kevin Shields

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    General CommentTo me, this song is about somebody who leaves another person.("Don't know when
    I will leave you again") The person who is left behind feels great heartache; they obviously feel incredibly lost without the other person. However, the person who leaves feels they are draging down the other person("Grab a reason And I'm dragging you down"). The Story climaxes when the person who leaves comes back, apparantly to cheer the other person up. However, when he goes to see this person, they've commited suicide ("Shot in the head I can see"). The person feels great disbelief ("I can see it But I can't feel it"). Even though their incredibly dreary, I like the lyrics to this song, it tells a story in a few short lines and combined with the equally dreary soundscape behind it, is a pretty powerful statement.
    Triggercuton June 03, 2004   Link
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    General CommentApparently it's literally about being shot through head with a bullet (I can see it but I can't feel it)
    Yer_Maon January 03, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti think it's just about breaking up. he's saying chip in your hip i can see, or ship in your hip i can see. the latter might mean he feels like he's making love to a robot.
    gramnationon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthe former
    gramnationon April 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis incredibly beautiful song is about anorgasmic ejaculation.
    SoundgardeNirvanaon October 07, 2007   Link
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    Song ComparisonDAMN YOU MBV, WHY ARE YOUR SONGS SO DEPRESSING?
    Drive it All Over Me=Sarcastic narrative of a brutally murdered wife
    Thorn=Breakup
    I Can See It=Girl after a breakup commits suicide (OR murdered by dumped boy)
    To Here Knows When=The relationship between a soldier and his wife
    No More Sorry=Domestic abuse
    Off Your Face=Girlfriend being used for sex (and the sarcastic narrative of the girl)
    Cowboy Song=Homelessness
    Loomer=Childhood sex experimentation
    Come In Alone=Girl commiting suicide in front of boyfriend
    Blown A Wish=Girlfriend murders boy in vengeance
    Clair=Boyfriend goes insane and cuts girlfriend
    Makes you wonder why 7/9 of these were sang by Bilinda...
    GlitteringPrizeson January 31, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that MBV paints in broader strokes. Kevin Shields has said something to the effect of the lyrics not really mattering, and I think it shows, as the words are barely comprehensible, shrouded in whole atmospheres of sonic texture (for what it's worth, I think the lyrics matter immensely and are absolutely gorgeous). Melodies still soar through, but what is felt most prominently is largely inexplicable affect. I think that if there were an important story, the music would come through most prominently in the lyrical content, as it does in much folk music, hip-hop, opera (though less comprehensible), etc. There is no sonic narrative either (the songs largely have a vibe that sticks throughout the duration and have little compositional development), so I wouldn't assume much of a lyrical one.

    Instead, I think we are left with these inexplicable affects, and what I get from this is emotional detachment from a loved one. Perhaps the scene is one being aware that they should be feeling something, but they cannot, and they are stuck in a habitual or compulsive method of detachment. They long to feel but keep justifying entering this detached space, but put on a front to appease a loved one, acting as they know they should. I wouldn't be surprised if "come" has an ambiguous meaning, meaning be there for you, as well as attempt to show affection through sex. Most of all, this is a struggle between a level of intellectual awareness and emotional oblivion, and a relationship with another party is the main victim of this battle.

    Best about this music is that these lyrics are vastly open. MBV is never telling or dictating anything with their words or instruments for that matter. Before any effects, processing, or post-production, this stuff is played on instruments which give off much less sonic density, and these clear melodies, harmonies, lyrics, timbres, and motifs are purposely shrouded in distortion, reverb, and general white noise. Each element still carries weight and compositional importance, but is made into more of an ingredient in a homogenous sound-soup.
    AK4747on April 24, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that MBV paints in broader strokes. Kevin Shields has said something to the effect of the lyrics not really mattering, and I think it shows, as the words are barely comprehensible, shrouded in whole atmospheres of sonic texture (for what it's worth, I think the lyrics matter immensely and are absolutely gorgeous). Melodies still soar through, but what is felt most prominently is largely inexplicable affect. I think that if there were an important story, the music would come through most prominently in the lyrical content, as it does in much folk music, hip-hop, opera (though less comprehensible), etc. There is no sonic narrative either (the songs largely have a vibe that sticks throughout the duration and have little compositional development), so I wouldn't assume much of a lyrical one.

    Instead, I think we are left with these inexplicable affects, and what I get from this is emotional detachment from a loved one. Perhaps the scene is one being aware that they should be feeling something, but they cannot, and they are stuck in a habitual or compulsive method of detachment. They long to feel but keep justifying entering this detached space, but put on a front to appease a loved one, acting as they know they should. I wouldn't be surprised if "come" has an ambiguous meaning, meaning be there for you, as well as attempt to show affection through sex. Most of all, this is a struggle between a level of intellectual awareness and emotional oblivion, and a relationship with another party is the main victim of this battle.

    Best about this music is that these lyrics are vastly open. MBV is never telling or dictating anything with their words or instruments for that matter. Before any effects, processing, or post-production, this stuff is played on instruments which give off much less sonic density, and these clear melodies, harmonies, lyrics, timbres, and motifs are purposely shrouded in distortion, reverb, and general white noise. Each element still carries weight and compositional importance, but is made into more of an ingredient in a homogenous sound-soup.
    AK4747on April 24, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationThis to me is about the numbing down after a succession of relationships where the singer always finds himself in control but unchallenged.

    "Don't know when I will leave you again" -- The 'you' is whichever woman he is with now. He knows that whatever they are doing together will not remain. The singer seems disinterested. It doesn't matter much.

    "Grab a reason And I'm dragging you down" -- He finds a reason to drag her down, something he is aware he always does. The reason is pretty much unimportant. Any reason will do.

    "Come just to make you happy" -- He is in a dominating position over her. It's her trying to make him happy by giving herself sexually to him; a subjugation she is familiar with. In this sense, him 'coming' is what keeps her satisfied, because it keeps the status quo. He doesn't care.

    "Shot in the head I can see" -- He has total control over her and she is being ruined by the experience. This also doubles as a sexual slur and suggests that their relationship is now merely carnal, sexual, ...

    "I can see it But I can't feel it" -- ... but unsatisfactory.

    The verses repeat to show he's moved on to the next woman, and the next relationship, the pattern unchanged.
    Heliconon February 17, 2015   Link
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    My InterpretationI read all the above responses and they are so over thought it's hilarious. I really think Shields would lol at some of these drawn out responses *cough cough* AK4747 *cough cough*

    It is simply about a guy that is in and out of a relationship with a person that he doesn't love anymore. Don't know when I will leave you again, Grab a reason, I'm dragging you down = They've broken up a few times for many reasons because they're not meant to be.

    Come just to make you happy = exactly what it sounds like. Dude doesn't want to be with this person.

    I can see it I can't feel it = Yeah I can physically see this person but there's no emotion, no love, no desire

    Could this be Shields reflecting on him and Butcher, idk, maybe. I'd hope it's Shields reflecting on a past relationship.
    okayyrayon April 22, 2015   Link

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