My guy has a tan transcontinental
but it keeps me enchained
watch an old black and white movie
Fred and ginger are too sentimental, crying in shame
I don't want to be forgotten
I can't be alone
so don't you dare leave me
it's like coming home
to a skin that has died
human voices like a drum
and they're looking right through me
scatter the ashes one more time for me, one more time for me
my guy has a tattoo ornamental
when he's frozen in space
cut your eye far to me
a covered carcass is too elemental, caught underneath a subway
I don't want to be forgotten
I can't be alone
so don't you dare leave me
it's like coming home
it's a skin that has died
human voices like a drum
and they're looking right through me
scatter the ashes one more time for me, one more time for me
one more time for me, one more time for me
one more time for me, one more time for me
one more time for me, one more time for me
trans-likened, twisting my ankle
doing the grave dance
narcotic? yes please, I'll have a sample
riding on my very last chance
then the clouds will open for me
gonna meet my Jesus Christ
I see history playing before me
for pleasure and passion you play the price
sadness the name of the spike that took me
I'll make that's all
like some raging, hard, horny Mephistopheles
who came for my soul


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    General Commentintense song. not sure i fully understand it, but i relate to the "i can't be alone, so don't you dare leave me, its like coming home to a skin that has died, human voices like a drum and they're looking right through me" ...except for that's probably referring to drug use which i'm not
    camdawgon September 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commentbeautiful song, very sad
    mrsmolkoon September 05, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti dont have a clue where to start thinking about meanings. i dont want to either. i think itd spoil it if i knew the meanings + i couldnt make up my own different one every time i listened to it.
    kurdtdonaldcobainon October 16, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI'm pretty sure the lyric goes "Human voices like a drone"....
    Billy_Liaron May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentoh, nope, i'm an idiot!

    this song is....amazing.
    Billy_Liaron May 03, 2004   Link
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    General Commentokay, i think I MIGHT have something, but probably not.

    It started when I thought about 'tan transcontinental'. I thought a tan like you get from the sun, but then it hit me, maybe its tan like the colour. So I looked to see what a transcontinental was... i was irritated when i found it was a trainline running over continents... but then I found out that a FORD transcontinental is a type of lorry thing.

    And then i wondered if the song wasn't about someone being left behind at home all the time while their significant other goes out to work. The person at home watches old movies where people get together (sentimental) and cries cause they dont have that even though they HAVE the one they love. Its like the person is left alone all the time, fears abandonment and dies inside.. (erk, symbolism) or it could be an actual death, maybe they grow old waiting and die.

    I was a little confused about the second verse though.

    Hmm,as far as I can see, it could be someone whos in and out of prison... the tat fits in there, frozen in space could be frozen in time (bad grasping for links here i think) covered carcass,subway, and then back to being alone, as u are when ur s. other is in prison.

    grave dance could be the person growing old... :s or killing themselves...
    the 'narcotic?' line could be one or the other or both dealing by taking drugs, and then they OD or something...

    They plan out what's going to happen seeing Jesus (or it could be that they're saved? maybe the person comes back?)

    'I see history' they look back at everything a kind of life flashing before your eyes thing. 'sadness the name of the spike' i thought, could be both sadness cause suicide, or an overdose on an intravenous drug...

    and of course, mephistopheles, the devil comes for their soul.

    BUt, they could not die and they could leave the person whos never there for drugs instead, realise that they person is never going to be there and just keep taking them, if they come back or not.

    Did the last bit make sense?

    Anyway... thats my 8 and a half cents.
    Deadcjunkieon December 28, 2004   Link
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    General CommentHmm, I like Deadcjunkie interpretation. Whatever Brian was thinking of when writing this song I still think it's super. Possibly my favourite Placebo song. I
    theresnoreston September 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYou can try to decipher this song. But I don't want to. It's to beautiful for me to attempt to. Although I think the real meaning will just make it better. It seems to be a personal song to Brian.
    My favourite Placebo song, this and Kangaroo Died. Have the two ever been released?
    Damn it. I love this song.
    Some of the lyrics are abit hard to hear exactly what they are. I can't say I agree with all the lyrics posted, but it's probably right as I like to stick with what I heard the first time I heard this song.
    When the song breaks down, and there's silence for a second.. and Brian comes back in with "Trans-likened".. Does that get anybody else? During that second on nothingness, so much happens. It's perfect.
    releaseme88on December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is some severe mistakes in the lyrics. Its not "My guy has a tan transcontinental". It's My guy is a tad too transcontinental". O yea haha and where it says "my guy has a tattoo ornamental" thats just moronic. It really is "my guy is a tad too ornamental" seems like a third grader wrote these lyrics down. Don't know if anyone has said this stuff yet but w/e amazing song btw and for the meaning I have no idea but who actually discusses the meaning on this site anyways?
    blueschewon March 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCorrected lyrics; (caution, long lyrics are long)

    My guy is a tad transcontinental,
    But it keeps me in shape,
    Watch an old black and white movie,
    Fred and Ginger are too sentimental,
    Crying in shame,

    I don’t want to be forgotten.

    I can’t be alone,
    So don’t you dare leave me
    It’s like coming home
    To skin that has died
    Human voices like a drone
    And they’re looking right through me
    Scatter the ashes one more time for me.
    One more, time, for me.

    My guy is a tad too ornamental,
    When he’s frozen in, space,
    Cut your eye far to me
    Covered carcasses too sentimental,
    Caught on the acid wing.

    I don’t want to be, forgotten.

    I can’t be alone,
    So don’t you dare leave me,
    It’s like coming home,
    To skin that has died
    Human voices like a drone,
    And they’re looking right through me
    Scatter the ashes one more time for me.
    One more, time, for me.

    One more, time, for me,
    One more, time, for me,
    One more, time, for me,
    One more time, for me-hey,
    One more time, for me-hey…

    Trans-likened, twisting my ankle,
    Doing the grave dance,
    Narcotic, yes please I’ll have a sample!
    Riding on my, very, last chance…

    Then the clouds will, open for me!
    Gonna meet my, Jesus Christ!
    I see history, play before me,
    For pleasure and passion, you pay the price!

    Sadness the name of the spike that took me,
    I’m naked that’s all…
    Like some raging hard horny Mephistopheles
    That came for my soul…
    rolereversalon May 06, 2009   Link

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