The damage has been done,
I am not having fun anymore.
Do what you do when you try
what you get when you see the light,
come down I'll set my hope
in a wonderful hospital man.

We got rooms to live room to live in
room to give but no room to give in,
but you never had a chance
no you never had a chance.
To those above take us out
throw us down shove us out.
We get down so so hard.
But your vulgar display
caught me off gaurd;
Cold cold boy with american heart
gonna run in and lock up the shots again

But ann don't you cry, don't you cry ann,
don't you cry. Don't you cry ann, don't you cry,
don't you cry ann, don't you cry.

Well my (he)art is not a wide open thing, i know,
there is hardly not a lot to say,
except i met her and her 5 false friends.
They go, they go
tied, tied, tied to the tracks
just remember the facts
Repeat until you're running aground again.

But ann don't you cry, don't you cry ann,
don't you cry. Don't you cry ann, don't you cry,
don't you cry ann, don't you cry.
Dear Ann, don't you cry you'll sever the love.
Take you away, don't you cry you'll sever the love
Don't you cry you'll sever the love.
Don't you believe in what they say
believe in what they say
believe in what they
leave in what they
believe in what they say 'bout me
sweet sweet ann.


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  • +4
    General CommentI think Malkmus is referring to the fact that some might see him as cold hearted, or a pig when it comes to women. Anne is a girl who is sad ("don't you cry") because of this, but Malkmus retorts "Don't believe in what they say about me." The first verse would be sung from Anne's perspective. The second is where he explains himself, "My art is not a wide open thing" meaning it's not for everyone and people are going to get him confused.
    anywhereyouareon April 20, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentSomeone once told me they thought this song was a swan song of sorts, where Malkmus is explaining he does not want to be in the band anymore, and tellings FANS dont you cry.
    BonerStaboneon March 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo those above take us out
    throw us down shove us out.
    We get down so so hard.
    But your vulgar display
    caught me off gaurd;
    Cold cold boy with american heart
    gonna run in and lock up the shots again


    This part of the song is my favorite part of any pavement song.
    Thief-on July 19, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningMalkmus always sings about many thing at same time. This song is about a girl named Ann, but it's about the end of Pavement too.

    "The damage has been done,
    I am not having fun anymore".
    Malkmus got sick of travel with Pavement

    "except I met her and her 5 false friends".
    The 5 false friends are the 5 pavement's members

    "tied, tied, tied to the tracks"
    Once Malkmus said he felt tied to the band.
    Doczerokon October 01, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe mentions a hospital...and peole above taking us out....and 'you never had a chance,' so is this a song to a dying lady named ann....or, did someone ann knows die--and now she's crying....it could be anything with Malkmus....
    GeeMoon September 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is a great song!! first song i heard from them
    SilentScreamzon March 23, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat does the whole "hospital man" line mean?
    HWOntoFireon November 13, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis it hospitable man ? wouldn't that make more sense ?
    Elusineon February 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI believe that Ann is suicidal. When youre suicidal they put you in a wing of the hospital called the psych ward.

    Everything there is designed so that there is no way you could possibly commit suicide, including being checked on by staff every 15 minutes- hence the "rooms to live in, but no room to give in" line that comes immediately after the one about the hospital man.
    vincecartercrazyon April 05, 2014   Link

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