Old intuition -- on your dock we're fishin'
Come on now, give us a grade
A for effort, and a B for delivery
C for devotion when the world starts encroaching on your plans
Where is the savoir, where is the savoir -- he's not here right now
Where is the savoir, where is the savoir-faire?

Embassy row -- the fumes they lay low
On lanes that are wide -- where the limousines glide
On the wrought-iron gates and the bone china plates
And don't forget your manners where the anthems play

In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take the crown
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take a crown

Maids, they are frisked -- and asses are kissed
I needed a visa -- I bought off a geezer
Political favors could make you a savior
In an open corner where the news is late

In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
In a netherworld of foriegn feeds
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take the crown
I'm gonna take a crown, I'm gonna take a crown

I need to get born, I need to get dead
I'm sick of the forms, I'm sick of being misread
By men in dashikis and their lefist weeklies
Colonized wrath -- their shining new path
The converted castle of moorish design
If you want to stay the weekend, well, we wouldn't mind
The plots they are hatching, the surface is scratching
In an open corner where the news is late

In a netherland of foriegn beads
In a netherland of foriegn beads
In a netherland of foriegn beads
I'm gonna take you down, I'm gonna take the crown
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take the crown
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take the crown
I'm gonna take the crown, I'm gonna take the crown


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  • +4
    General CommentMalkmus said this is his least favorite song on the album. I can see that, I suppose, in the sense that it is the least understated, least in keeping with Pavement's style, and the most likely to be obnoxious if you listen to it too much. But I think it's still a really good song and it's a nice change of style from the rest of the album.. I think the beginning is really pretty and melancholy, plus the lyrics are really interesting, even for SM. A savior-faire is someone who has "knowledge of just what to do in any situation; tact.".

    Seems like SM makes a few allusions to liberalism, both in this song and Type Slowly. It's like he is lashing out against liberals. A typical Pavement listener is probably pretty liberal, so I'm guessing SM feels he is often misinterpreted by liberals and that he doesn't always identify with them, perhaps they tend to be too narrow in their views of things.
    upthera44on April 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is nice to listen to.
    Falling Fellon September 21, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti like this song, it seems overlooked on Brighten the Corners. it's a fun listen though. as for the lyrics, no clue
    NYCGhosts&Flowerson February 08, 2007   Link
  • -1
    General CommentI always thought this was pretty literal: maybe Pavement had a gig in the UK (hence "take the crown") and they couldn't get the correct permit...? Seems idiosyncratic enough for Malkmous to write about it
    nicscarleton July 26, 2007   Link

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