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Xiu Xiu – King Earth, King Earth Lyrics 12 years ago
This song is good on Chapel of the Chimes but it is incredible on Fag Patrol, especially when he sings "no one can touch my penis."


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Xiu Xiu – Black Drum Machine Lyrics 12 years ago
Here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1Kw9UP5Lo he says : 'you forgive everything' instead of 'you fuck everything'. Amazing lyrics

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The Black Heart Rebellion – Leaving the Capitals Lyrics 13 years ago
Based upon the mass-suicide in Jonestown I believe, The Morphing light also includes a sample from an interview with Jim Jones, the transcript can be found here : http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/Tapes/Tapes/DeathTape/lane.html

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Xiu Xiu – Nieces Pieces (Boat Knife Version) Lyrics 13 years ago
From Tigersare blog :

What does your sister think of Niece’s Pieces?

That was kind of bad news, it did not go over well. At the time that it was written no-one in my family was really paying any attention to anything, so I figured I could write about anything really directly and not have it affect anybody, but that was definitely not the case. Since then we still write about whatever we want to write about but are maybe a little more elusive about the specific person that it’s about, just in an attempt to spare the subject matter’s feelings. We definitely don’t want to make anybody feel bad. That was a big traumatic mess in my family.

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A Silver Mt. Zion – 1,000,000 Died to Make This Sound Lyrics 13 years ago
"I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3
I.S.P. - N.S.A. - C.C.T.V. - D.O.D. - D.O.J. - D.O.C.
I.D.F. - A.O.L. - A.I.P.A.C. - I.E.D - S.U.V. - MP3..."

Efrim said in an interview that these abbreviations are things that politicians say to make things appear more innocent then they are.

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Tokyo Police Club – Be Good Lyrics 14 years ago
This song was really easy to write and seemed to fall into place over the course of a couple hours as we wrote it. All the parts are really simple. When I was writing the lyrics, I slipped some
really inane words into the third verse just to see if anyone would notice. This was the only live session where the “Hey!‘s” at the end of the song sounded good. They usually sound really jarring and abrasive when we shout them into the microphones at live sessions but in the Daytrotter studio they had a cool room mic that picked them up perfectly.
quote from the band

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Tokyo Police Club – Graves Lyrics 14 years ago
I gave this song to my mom for her birthday (which is a wicked copout from getting a present that songwriters are entitled to). It’s really new and the arrangement will likely change before it’s on the record. I’m really proud of the lyrics though. It has another verse/bridge part to finish it off, but we haven’t arranged it yet. This is the only recorded version of this song that I like so
far.

quote from the band

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Tokyo Police Club – La Ferrassie Lyrics 14 years ago
I wrote this song while I was living in Montreal away from the other guys in the band. Graham had put some instrumental stuff together on his computer and sent it over to me. I took a few seconds of drums and keyboards from the very end of the MP3 he sent and slowed it to half speed (which caused the pitch to drop exactly one octave) and then recorded it as it played back through a guitar amp. This is what I used to make the demo version of “La Ferrassie” and it sounds pretty much the same on our EP. I hated playing this song at first cause it was slow but I’ve gradually come around to liking it. At the start of the Daytrotter version, I’m strumming a mandolin which causes the bass to ring in harmonics which gives a neat start to the song. I was actually having a big Animal Collective phase.

quote from the band

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Spinvis – Wat zei Alice ook alweer? Lyrics 14 years ago
Pure poezie, prachtig gewoon

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Message Sent Lyrics 14 years ago
Danielsville, GA (9/14/97) - Only one verse.

I really burnt you.
I really made all you opiates? wrong.
Wait around too much, you
See it all go down and all around to see which one gets off.

And I aint moving.
Tell You something.
All that I feel the world was on and still and waiting on for you.

But now there is nothing, all but the weight that is coming.
See it on the way and on the way and on and on.




Knitting Factory (8/1/96) - 2 verses, (nice drums, haha)

I really burnt you.
I really made all you opiates? wrong.
Wait around too much, you
All the weight comes down and all around and see which one gets off.

And I aint moving.
Tell You something.
All that I feel is all that all the wheels are holding on to you.

And now there is nothing, all but the weight that is coming.
See it on the way and on the way and on and on.

And I aint moving.
Tell you something.
All that i wanted was that all the weight, it all to fall on for you.

And now there is nothing, all but the weight that is coming.
See it on the way and on the way and on and on.


The first knitting factory show and the one In Madison, WI are both quite jumbled. The beginning and refrain is the same, but the middle part where he seems to make up words is slurred. Anyways, i hope this does the job.

(quote Andrew from e6townhall)

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Message Sent Lyrics 14 years ago
don't you lean upright on it*
green mine hollow day long
to ever lean upright on it
green mine hollow day long
to ever lean upright on it
green mine hollow day...
the way goes on and on... (incoherent)

i really burnt(?) you
i really made all your oh be us wrong
wait around to hide you
roll around and down and sings the sound and see which one gets off
and i aint moving
tell you something
all that i want the world
it all comes out and pulls it on to you

and now there is nothing
oh, but the world that is coming
see along the way and on the way and on and on

and i aint moving
tell you something
all that i want the world
along the hole and load it on to you

and now there is nothing
oh, but the weight that is coming
see along the way and on the way and on and on...


*this would make a lot more sense as "that weight on it" but it REALLY sounds like upright to me. also it's probably not "lean" but i just can't quite make out the word.

quote from astralsled on e6townhall

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Shikari – Post Student Syndrome Lyrics 14 years ago
From the Shikari site :

NOTE
Even when I finished being a student more than a year ago, I still have my doubts about the kind of future that lays ahead of me after the safe world of university. My current job is pretty satisfying but I can’t imagine myself working like this for the next year or next two years. Making 9 to 5 days and purchasing a career without actualy wondering “why?”. At the same time I realize that doing something else next year depends mainly on my own initiative. I better make sure that’s not just dreaming….

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Cap'n Jazz – Geheim Lyrics 14 years ago
Geheim is dutch and means "secret"

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65daysofstatic – Install A Beak In The Heart That Clucks Time In Arabic Lyrics 14 years ago
They dedicated this song on Dour to everyone in love so I suppose the title is a reference to that.

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Great Lake Swimmers – The Man With No Skin Lyrics 14 years ago
About the fact that people don't like being confronted with feelings, when they see it in other people, that they have on their own.

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Radiohead – Videotape Lyrics 14 years ago
Read this on a site :

I was laying on my floor listening to Radiohead through headphones when the live version of Videotape came on. This is probably my favourite of the new Radiohead songs being premiered on their tour so I put it on repeat and tried to decipher the slurred lyrics. I noticed a few parallels between the song and the Hirokazu Kore-eda film After Life.




when I’m at the pearly gates, this will be on my videotape, my videotape.
If you haven’t seen After Life, the film is about a group of people who have died and find themselves in limbo (basically Heaven’s waiting room). A group of counselors interview each dead person and ask of them to remember their most important memory, the only one they can take with them to eternity. The dead people have a week to decide what their fondest memory is before the counselors recreate the memory onto film. Once it’s recreated, each person is shown the filmed version of their memory on videotape and they go on to eternity with that memory.




no matter what happens now, I won’t be afraid
because I know today has been the most perfect day I’ve ever seen.

The other lyrics in the song don’t have any immediate likeness to the film so this might just be me grasping at straws, but I like to think Thom is just emphasizing on a fascinating idea with his own personal twist which, in some ways, sums up The Radiohead Experience™. Just an observation.

http://www.pauseitmedia.com/?p=21

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Starz Lyrics 14 years ago
Correct lyrics :


We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are

The stars above, stars of grace
Shining down what's left of face

You hurt so bad
This knowing, this fallacy
I want so much
To follow as I lead

For love I keep
Silent I weep
Dead suns rule dead air
But heaven is everywhere
Stars...

Torn from god and flung towards night
Don't you want what I can't fight

We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are
We are stars
We are

The stars that shine, stars that bleed
Silver seeking destiny
So follow please

This hurts so much
This knowing carries me
We want so bad
We forget we are free

Spirit smile on
Deep black diamond
So rise the lost toys
Island of white noise
And purple haze

We are stars
We are stars
We are stars

What hurts so much
Is knowing we are free

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The Smashing Pumpkins – Doomsday Clock Lyrics 14 years ago
"Please don't stop, it's lonely at the top" is apparently from some message Billy got from a fan.
... atleast I read so in a (positive) review!

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65daysofstatic – Aren't We Running? Lyrics 14 years ago
Best songtitle 'bout escapism ever.

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Do Make Say Think – Chinatown Lyrics 14 years ago
It's about sex, obviously

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Circle Takes the Square – Comes With The Fall Lyrics 14 years ago
Reminds me of an anorexic girl being forcely fed.

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Candy Coated Dream Lyrics 14 years ago
None, it's a demo :(
So it was never officially released, luckily enough some guy ripped it from cassette and put it into mp3 format and shared it with us!

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Neutral Milk Hotel – The Fool Lyrics 14 years ago
I want my funeral to feature this song, especially the live version where Jeff sings along, it sounds so intense!

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A Silver Mt. Zion – Stumble Then Rise on Some Awkward Morning Lyrics 14 years ago
Everytime I hear this, I think how perfect this would be for going back home after a night of going out, all alone again.

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A Silver Mt. Zion – Blindblindblind Lyrics 14 years ago
Woho great !

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Neutral Milk Hotel – I Will Bury You in Time Lyrics 14 years ago
I've got some kind of theory about this song talking about Jeff Mangum being the you-person too but the you-person would be presenting him as a singer, not as a person, he does the same sort of thing in Little birds when he sings : "open up my mouth when all you even hear is singing, put your hand within me and you know what I'm feeling".

I will bury you in time

Bury you in time, could be an announcement of him stopping releasing music, as we all know Jeff Mangum stopped releasing music after ITAOTS.

You have buried my beliefs
He has somehow lost his belief in the singing side of him, that music isn't the way to solve everything, this he explained also in an interview with Pitchfork (if I remember correctly)

And I am breathing into you
It makes your features move

Breating into you, obviously he is the you-person, and make features move, the misery in Jeff Mangum comes out through the singing of the you-person

You can hear the children cheer
But they'll need you when you're near

About the fans?

Everything you are I'm tearing through
Everything you want I'm wanting too
I gave you more than I thought I could ever do
But I will never break you

He never expected himself to get so famous with his music. The I will never break you part talks about the fact that he will return to write songs some day (hurray!!! ^^)

And if I was the king of all the kids
You'd you hear me singing in my spit
But all you would hear is the shit inside my burnt emotions

If he somehow would start singing not as the you-character but as just himself it would be too sick for people to listen too (in the days when he was recording ITAOTS, Jeff doubted various times wheter or not his songs weren't too sick to be released)

Into this hole where you and I will sing our songs unbroken

Another clue that he and the you person could be the same

I would like to remind you this is a pure subjective thing how I view this song, further it's one of my fevourite songs from NMH, basicly beacuse of the intense singing of Jeff here.

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Life Without Buildings – New Town Lyrics 15 years ago
To me this sure is about falling in love with someone at a sunny day, everytime I hear this it makes me feel so happy.

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Xiu Xiu – Helsabot Lyrics 15 years ago
i laugh when caralee fucks it, too slow

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Rubby Bulbs (Live) Lyrics 15 years ago
We are wrecking in your over
We are swimming in your speakers
We are sticky stuff all over
Coming out from all your features
For Pree

Sounds like sperm (sticky stuff all over) entering (swimming in your speakers) a woman's body.
Also "for pree" indicates on getting pregnant (a baby for pree is written about abortion)

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Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan Lyrics 15 years ago
It's about fear obviously!

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Sailing Through Lyrics 15 years ago
On the Live in San Francisco 4/12/98 bootleg he sings "Into the toilet with our faces removed" between "Is this supposed to break us" and
"And I really wanted just to be in your body". Just thought of letting you know :)

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Bucket Lyrics 15 years ago
Jeff once had a dream about monks carrying buckets or something, read it in the 33 1/3 book written about In The Aeroplane Over The Sea, so I'm pretty sure it's based on that.

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Ghost Lyrics 15 years ago
Original quote from Jeff :

When I started writing "Ghost," the song that goes [he sings] "Ghost ghost I know you live within me," we thought we had a ghost living in the house, in the bathroom. So I locked the door and started to sing to the ghost in the bathroom. But that was sort of like singing about the ghost who we thought was whistling in the other room, and that kept waking me up, and then also a ghost that may or may not live within me. And it ended up being a reference to Anne Frank, too. A lot of the songs on this record are about Anne Frank.

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Neutral Milk Hotel – Ferris Wheel on Fire Lyrics 15 years ago
From the interview mentioned before :

How much of an influence are the sounds of the circus?

I'm very influenced by the circus. And by my dreams. In a lot of dreams I have, I'm in the circus. I'll dream there's a Ferris wheel in flames, and I'm walking through the crowd.

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Bloc Party – Uniform Lyrics 15 years ago
Just downloaded the leaked version and it's awful, I surely hope this isn't the final version they leaked, it's so soft remixed.

I reccomend everyone to download a live version of this song, the album version is a disgrace.

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José González – Hand on Your Heart Lyrics 15 years ago
It's a Kylie song, so I don't think we have to mention anything about the lyrics ;)

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Xiu Xiu – Crank Heart Lyrics 15 years ago
“We’ll catch him unawares but
What if he doesn't wear underwear.”

About catching your son while he's masturbating

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Explosions in the Sky – Glittering Blackness Lyrics 15 years ago
This is about a kid in a coalmine, read it somewhere in an interview with EITS.

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Queens of the Stone Age – Never Say Never (Romeo Void cover) Lyrics 15 years ago
Not sure, but I think the line "I might like you better if we slept together" was inspired by some line by the Smashing Pumpkins' X.Y.U. (the alternative version which is featured on "The Friends And Enemies Of Modern Music").

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A Silver Mt. Zion – Goodbye Desolate Railyard Lyrics 15 years ago
It's about the place where they used to go with GY!BE to get inspiration, which is destroyed now

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A Silver Mt. Zion – Built Then Burnt (Hurrah! Hurrah!) Lyrics 15 years ago
Aha, we've got a potential terrorist here :|

By the way if you like ASMZ : check out www.silvermtzion.com, my fansite :)

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Why? – Whispers Into the Other Lyrics 15 years ago
From an interview :

This was the only song written after we had split up. I stayed over her house one night ’cause I had locked myself out of my house. I was taking a piss and I found a fuckin’ used condom in the trash can. The absolute worst feeling you can have ever. Needless to say, I couldn’t sleep that night.

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Why? – Gemini (Birthday Song) Lyrics 15 years ago
From an interview :

This is about [my ex] again. We went to Cincinnati for my brother’s wedding. We were staying at her parents’ old house, which was empty except for a bare mattress on the floor. She was sitting there clipping her toenails and just letting ’em fall. Certain girls can get away with that. If I did that, I’d be fucking nasty. But there’s a certain kind of girl that can get away with that and still be attractive for some reason. That became this visual metaphor for what our relationship was. The song is like a diary of the time. An “elephant eyelash” is a hard-on. I like to make my own pantheon of slang. Isn’t having a hard-on kind of vulnerable? It’s an anticipation. You’re always anticipating that things are gonna be cool in a minute. “I’m gonna stick my dick in a vagina in a minute, and everything is gonna be cool.” But you’re just standing there with a hard-on.

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Why? – Yo Yo Bye Bye Lyrics 15 years ago
From an interview :

We were playing this show in Tempe or something, and this girl comes up to me. I was looking at her the whole time. She was really cute. She gives me her address if I wanna be pen pals or something on some 13-year-old shit. So I wrote a letter to her. In San Antonio, I called my girlfriend and told her the story. She said, “You fucking asshole!” and broke up with me. I was sad as hell, walking around, looking for a pole to do pull-ups on and started to write this song. We were heading home from San Antonio. You stop at rest stops every three hours and there’s always a fucking DQ. We were in DQ and this guy was like, “No more! I can make no more cones! No more cones! Only Blizzards!” All these fucking fat people in there like [in a southern accent] “Goddammit, I gotta get a fucking Blizzard? I wanted a cone!” I wasn’t talking to nobody because I was so depressed, and then the line popped in my head—“I’m fucking cold like a DQ Blizzard”—and I started cracking up. Can I say that in a song? It was just the way I felt right then. It was so gritty it felt like the right thing to say.

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Why? – Fall Saddles Lyrics 15 years ago
From an interview with him :
This song is written to my dad. When I was 13 he gave me this tape he had just found in the closet. “Listen to these songs I recorded when I was 18.” They were really fucking dope. When I moved to California I took the tape with me. And I found that past the songs, there’s this letter to my mom. She had broken up with him and moved to Kansas City, and he had just found God in the Jesus Freak movement. He sent her this recorded letter, so that’s his voice cut up on my song. “Your fisted language still affects my style, though I still catch your visions like a child.” That was from one of his songs. Somebody says his voice sounds like Jerry Garcia, but I don’t know if that’s the case since I never listened to the Dead and he never did either. Our relationship has always been a little weird because he has that basis of spirituality; he’s a messianic rabbi—Jews who believe in Jesus. Holidays are quite a mix of things: speaking in tongues and doing Passover dinner.

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Xiu Xiu – PJ in the Streets... Lyrics 15 years ago
Panic in the streets of London is a song by The Smiths...

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Therapy? – Evil Elvis Lyrics 15 years ago
Can't agree more... this deserves to be on Troublegum

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The Sheila Divine – Countrymen Lyrics 15 years ago
Lovely song

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Bloc Party – Uniform Lyrics 15 years ago
Yes I agree, it's about the youth of today : MTV, internet and all the same...

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Eels – Climbing To The Moon Lyrics 15 years ago
The fact that it is from his mother's point of view makes sence : "Got my foot on the ladder" looks like she is realizing that she's about to die...

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