"Old To Begin" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
Embrace the senile genius
Watch him reinvent the wheel
I don't need your summary acts,
Summary acts to give into the narrative age

Old to begin
I will set you back, set you back, set you
Old to begin
I will set you back, set you back, set you

We get to feeling like a fixture
Set in 1966
Time came that we drifted apart
Drifted apart to find an identical twin

Old to begin
I will set you back, set you back, set you
Old to begin
I will set you back, set you back, fella

Searching for latent cause
Blame it on menopause
Or perhaps stress and strain
Credit cards, lumbar pain
But I've seen your double dares
Everything extraordinaire
I know the things you do are gonna come back


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"Old to Begin" as written by Stephen Malkmus

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    General Comment"...Embrace the senile genius, watch him reinvent the wheel..."

    That's one of my favorite lyrics ever. I used to think that was referring to the whole approach of Brighten the Corners in general, as it seems on this album, the band was working with more traditional song structures, but inverting them in weird ways.

    Now I can see this whole song being about marriage, and SM's low opinion of it. When people fall in love, they think they're reinventing the wheel, that their relationship is unique and they won't have the problems other people have. They find an "unidentical twin", someone with the same opinions they have, but after a while, things get boring and "get to feeling like a fixture set in 1966". When they break-up they make up all kinds of reasons for it, age, work, money, but it was all just doomed from the start.
    DevastatorJr.on August 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSpiral: That would make sense... not sure. :) I put that in. *grin*
    Racazipon April 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's "credit cards, lumbar pain"
    CrookedRainon August 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentJust to reiterate, it is indeed lumbar pain.

    Also, "Findin' our identical twin." Just throwing that one out there.

    However, it should be "numbs the pain" and "un-identical twin" in a perfect world IMO.

    Fella? That's just a melodic grunt after "set you back."

    SM's lyrics are never set in stone, as anyone who has seen him live or heard bootlegs/alternate takes would agree.

    Tangentally speaking, it always bothers me when I hear an awesome line and then read the accompanying album lyrics and it's nowhere near what I thought it was. Of course it's always lamer than my imagined lyric.
    AtlasDruggedon February 02, 2006   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI think it's credit cards, numb the pain
    spiralon April 16, 2002   Link
  • -1
    General CommentIt's "Find an un-identical twin."
    huntmstron April 19, 2004   Link

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