One, two, three, four.

Cardiac kid, kinda like it, kinda like it, cardiac kid don't go.
Chronological on all your friends
first you'll cause accidents
raise the roof
make us tense
follow through to the ends
and we'll rip the heart out from the defense.

The lion reaps his own reward
Serengeti nightmare for the echo tour
you're a nice guy and I hate you for that
thanks to people like you I'm no longer that

Mandrake versus the snake,
I got it on the camera for posterity,
of my stolen wild orchids got cut,
see those Sherpas sherpin (chirping?) from the autobus.

It's got the right to sit on that face,
well it was put here for me because I am great,
I've got the right to sit on that face,
everybody look at me and my wonderful place.

Patty, patty, patty you're so catty,
and it's not fair because I like to doody doddy do,
Catty, catty, catty you're so patty,
and it's unfair cause I like to doody doddy do with you,
and it's unfair cause I like to doody doddy doody da with you,
di da di doody da with you.

Lyrics submitted by Racazip

Platform Blues song meanings
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    General Comment"serengeti nightmare for the ECOTOUR"
    westing202on October 19, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationI think there's a criticism of tourism and especially the self-satisfied, privileged attitude of (many) tourists. They go on eco-tours, drive around on autobuses checking out the local "fauna" and feel like they are immersing themselves in other cultures but really they condescendingly assume that their alleged sensitivity conveys upon them a right to do so. Everything is at the margins with them at the centre.
    I think it fits with the first verse, wherein the same attitude prevails. The "cardiac kid" suggests terminal illness, especially followed by "don't go chronological on all your friends" (i.e. don't die). But there is a distancing and a perverse voyeurism on the part of the observer, who kind of likes the suffering of others. It probably contributes to a sense of charity that actually translates to a feeling of superiority. They don't want the kid to die because it will make THEM feel tense. So perhaps this form of voyeuristic interest in tragedy is another form of "tourism". Everything serves to validate the observer. Knowing Malkmus and his nihilism this might just refer to human nature in general. They feel like they have a right to life even if others don't (a right to sit on the face, i.e. the face of the planet, but also on the face of others figuratively).
    Even the title of the song supports this. Platform suggests dealing from an elevated position, and the blues is the attitude of people who can only transfer the suffering of others into their own trite, self-absorbed narratives.
    Obviously there are holes in this interpretation but it's the best I could come up with. I think the final verse just follows up on the general argument by indicating the superficiality of most people. Their narratives sort of dissolve into incoherence.
    haywireon July 19, 2013   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me dance
    popnoiron August 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think its "thanks people like you, I'm no longer half bad"

    and i think that carrie thing is just a coincidence, or at best he had that in mind, but he clearly says patty and catty, in that order.
    thedrizzleon March 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's "Carrie carrie carrie is so very" it's a play on the words of an old skin cream commercial for Carrie Skin Cream. Their slogan was Carrie Carrie Carrie is so very... and then some chick would say something benign about the product.
    huntmstron April 19, 2004   Link

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