"Caution: to prevent electric shock do not remove cover
No user-serviceable parts insde Refer servicing to qualified
service personnel"
Let this be the epitaph for my heart Cupid put too much poison in the dart
This is the epitaph for my heart because it's gone, gone gone
and life goes on and on anon and death goes on, world without end
and you're not my friend Who will mourn the passing of my heart
Will its little droppings climb the pop chart Who'll take its ashes and,
singing, fling them from the top of the Brill Building And life goes on,
and dawn, and dawn and death goes on, world without end and you're
not my friend


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    General Comment"Caution: to prevent electric shock do not remove cover
    No user-serviceable parts insde Refer servicing to qualified
    service personnel"
    Let this be the epitaph for my heart.

    genius. utter and complete genius. Stephen Merrit is the man.

    basically this song means, dont fuck around with peoples emotions if you dont know what your doing.
    JackFredon February 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite song by the Magnetic Fields...

    I think it is about two friends of opposite sex, and he falls in love with her, unintentionally.. which is why he referred to cupid "cupid put too much poison in the dart." And I am guessing he told her or she found out and their friendship fell apart because of it. "and you're not my friend." also, with the whole "Who will mourn the passing of my heart
    Will its little droppings climb the pop chart Who'll take its ashes and,
    singing, fling them from the top of the Brill Building" part is the base of him feeling alone, because he lost his friend and now who'll be there to "mourn the passing of heart" .... be there for him, comfort him, and reassure him... so he pretty much does it himself by this part "And life goes on,
    and on, and on and death goes on, world without end and you're
    not my friend"
    digitalloveon December 23, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it is about two friends of the *same* sex, and he falls in love with *him*, unintentionally. This is completely (beautifully) ambiguous, though, and I should not make such an assumption just because the writer of the song is gay.

    I can't pick a favourite Magnetic Fields song because the competition is so intense.
    Gonzo Soulon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLet this be the epitaph for my heart

    That part in the song is haunting. He sings it just as the phenomenal music begins. I cannot stop listening to this song. Utterly amazing. Stephen has a chilling voice, one that grabs hold of you when you're listening to this song. I can listen to it over and over again, and every time I feel like I connect and understand more and more.

    No one can copy them, they are the masters!
    lady kiddoon June 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentMy favorite part of this song is the allusion to the songs he writes as "heart droppings."
    judahnielsenon November 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe Brill Building is in New York. It (used) to be a place where a songwriter could go with some material and find singers, musicians, and recording execs, all in the same building. Basicly you could take somthing you had written and turn it to a record all in one place.
    2wenty6ixon March 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first part (the "Caution caution" part) was composed as a song by itself. Merritt decided the album had enough short songs so he used it as an introduction to this other song.
    PopMartyron May 22, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwow thanks for the info about the brill building!!
    this song is about being dumped again after many many times, it feels like that's it. you can't take this anymore. and there's nothing left not even a friendship.
    stephin merritt is a genius!
    magnetic girlon June 11, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI was recently at the dentist, and on the side of the X-ray machine it said, "Caution: To prevent electric shock do not remove cover..." It certainly made my root canal better.
    It's funny because I never thought about this in terms of best friend love, which is odd considering my current situation.
    I often wonder who will mourn the passing of my heart.
    "And you're not my friend..."
    GeorginaMansleyon July 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSteve's voice is just so piercing even at his bassist. I love how clever the lyrics are. It's basically telling his ex-friend/lover that the relationship is completely over. You broke my heart. You're not even a friend to me any more. And life goes on. I move on, kind of thing. Lovely.
    webmasterdeeon October 19, 2008   Link

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