"Transport Is Arranged" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
You better find your way out, you better learn how to run
You better walk away, and leave the angles for the shills
Well I've been thinking for days about the means and the ways that I could
hate all I touch
I know you're my lady but I could trickle, I could flood
A voice coach taught me to sing, he couldn't teach me to love
All the above
Easy talkin' border blockin' transport is arranged

Praise the grammar police, set me up with your niece
Walk to Baltimore, and keep the language off the street
Well I'm of several minds, I am the worst of my kind
I want to cremate the crutch
I know you're my lady but phone calls could corrupt the morning
I heed the surgeon's warning -- pillars of eights

I swung my fiery sword, I vent my spleen at the lord
He is abstract and bored -- too much milk and honey
Well I'll waltz through the wilderness with nothing
but a compass and a canteen
Settin' the scenes
Easy walkin' border blockin' transport is arranged


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"Transport Is Arranged" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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  • +3
    General CommentThat line about the voice coach teaching him to sing is sung out of tune. Brilliant.
    kcinlett2002on June 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like how absurd it is to suggest that SM has ever been taught by a voice coach, that line makes me laugh every time. This is one of my favourite pavement songs.
    teapoton March 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe third verse is definitely an allusion to several Biblical stories.

    First is an unhappy, disgruntled angel, perhaps Lucifer himself. (I swung my fiery sword, I vent my spleen at the Lord). The next, with the "milk and honey" line is a reference to John the Baptist, and the mystery of faith (Jesus is the Lord, the Lord is Jesus). The last is the story of Cain and Abel - he'll walk through the wilderness, just like Cain, with nothing.

    Well not quite nothing.
    InTheMouthOfAZombieon November 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"A voice coach taught me to sing, he couldn't teach me to love"
    That line defines, for me, what Pavement is all about.
    I don't know that this song has any real meaning though.
    bocmaximaon June 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, that line is great, but I always come back to that third verse. "I vent my spleen at the Lord, he is abstract and bored, too much milk and honey."
    feinsteinon July 27, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPraise the grammar police, set me up with your niece
    Walk to Baltimore, and keep the language off the street

    brilliant
    interpaulon September 30, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentExcept when i sing along I change "Cremate the crutch" to "I want a creme egg to crush" cos it's funnier.
    teapoton November 05, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfor the longest time, i thought sm was singing 'the boys coach taught me to sing, he couldn't teach me to love'.

    for live shows, sm used to always changed the 'baltimore' line to be more regional. whether it be 'wooster', 'scranton' or 'champaign'.
    crispingsleeveon September 07, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI feel as if SM is a guy who is completely losing his mind due to his societal position and/or his relationship. He talks to both himself and his "lady" within the lyrics and is about to do something drastic (suicide? flee the town?). I feel like a lot of Pavement lyrics have to do with this angsty rejection of normal society.
    bfc319on June 26, 2012   Link

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