"Blue Hawaiian" as written by and Stephen Malkmus....
A welcome to my friends:
This house is a home and a home's where I belong
Where the feelings are warm and the foundations are strong
If my soul has a shape, well, then it is an ellipse
And this slap is a gift
'Cause your cheeks have lost their lustre
You know, your cheeks have lost their lustre
You know, your cheeks have lost their lustre
You know, your cheeks have lost their lustre, lustre, lustre, lustre
Take it back -- send return out of time
Tape machine needs to be aligned

Aloha means goodbye, and also hello -- it's in how you inflect
Put the bark in the dog, and you've got a guardian
When the capital's S, it is followed by a T -- and it's probably me
And the tones are grouped in clusters
You know, the tones are grouped in clusters
Well the tones are grouped in clusters
You know the tones are grouped in clusters, clusters, clusters, clusters
Take it back -- kiss me into the past
Lately never gonna last

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"Blue Hawaiian" as written by Stephen Malkmus


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    General CommentThis is the most meta and probably cockiest Pavement song. I think it's about writing a song. The first three lines reference the fans (welcome to friends), the music (foundation...could be bass and drums) and the transcendent power of good music (feelings are warm).

    The elliptic soul refers to how the lyrics and music of a Pavement song will always come off skewed, unlike a full circle, which is easier to understand. One need only compare the bredth of lyrical depth and musical complexity on a Pavement album with the alternative crap on the radio when this song came out. An ellipse is often associated with altered perception and reflection. The "slap is a gift" is the cocky idea (but probably true) that Pavement revitalized rock n' roll (after all, rock's cheeks had lost its luster) by the hubbub it created in the indie rock world.

    Tape machine line - refers to the recording process.

    The Aloha and dog lines- refer to perception and self-awareness and does so in a typically ironic and ridiculous manner. More "meta" stuff that can be packed full with all types of meaning: Is Pavement closer to the beginning or end? What is the nature of a dog?

    Some other posters have alluded to the capital "S" and "T" being Stephen Malkmus; and the "tones are grouped in clusters" is a musical concept whereby three consecutive chords are struck consecutively, creating a disonant sound. Then the guitar actually chimes in with the dissonance. It's like the lyrics work as a tour guide to the musical landscape of the song.

    The last two lines reflect the attitudes of the fans, some of whom wanted the band to go back to the "Slanted" sound or the "Crooked Rain" sound. But repeating the past is not really an option.
    supposablethumbson January 02, 2009   Link
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    General Commentprobably my favorite pavement song
    pezking21on June 20, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDefinitely, my favorite pavement song...not sure what the hell it means....I could guess, but probably be wrong...oh well, I love it.
    GeeMoon September 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentyeah i like this song
    granola brinkon May 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentIs this a reference to when Dr. Landy took Brian Wilson to Hawaii to get him off the drugs?
    strangenewson June 28, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThe elvis movie?
    feinsteinon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General Commenti think it's just about being middle aged and realising things fade and end and you have to go on doing what you always do anyways.
    but im not sm.

    i do love this song, though.
    warsaw_350125on January 09, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis happens to be the best pavement song ever.

    no clue what it means though, but i LOVE the line "your cheeks have lost their lustre"
    g0wthefl0won September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe capitals S...followed by a t...Stephen...its probably me...hes Stephen Malkmus..ahaha
    pavement33on December 19, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy favorite song, although by no means their best. I never even caught that the capital S followed by a t as referring to SMs name; I thought it was a tongue in cheek way of calling himself a saint. (St.Me)
    uburoion October 05, 2008   Link

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