I can imagine nothing more tedious
Than trying to have fun with you again
Maybe it's just something in my mind
But I hate feeling like I'm trying all the time
It's a kind of lie
When we pretend that we're still friends

I'm sure you're not exactly short of people to
hang out and laugh at your jokes
Tell you you look great
You wouldn't want me around
Making it all feel "forced "
And "put down"

And every time I smile to wonder if I'm laughin' at you
And with every little grin you don't want to be wonderin'
Just exactly what it is I'm taking pleasure in

Although I always said
We were basically the same and all one
All one
It's so easy to persuade myself
I'm clockwork and you're quartz

I guess that irony
Will surely be
The death of me

And every time I smile d'you wonder if I'm laughin' at you?
And with every little grin you don't want to be wonderin'..

Although I always said
We were basically the same and all one
All one
It's so easy to persuade myself
I'm clockwork and you're quartz

You're only happy when you're oiled and jewelled
You're only happy when you wind me up and I know
You're so reliable it isn't true
And it's so easy for me to break down
If I could jump a ride between the skin and silicon then
We could join hands and understand. Hallelujah!
But I listen
to the ticking
I guess we're worlds apart
It's so hard
So hard

I know there's no going back
And you know there's no going back

You're only happy when you're oiled and jewelled
You're only happy when you're oiled and jewelled
You're never happy

I need maintenance
I need patience
I'm not foolproof
I'm not waterproof
I'm not shockproof
Bombproof
Bulletproof
Fireproof
Leakproof
Childproof
Stainproof
Pressureproof

I know I told myself
We're all basically the same and all one all one
why'know sometimes I just can't help myself
I'm clockwork and you're quartz
I'm clockwork and you're quartz

I know I never get the balance right
And turn up half an hour late night after night
And being totally dependable is so very commendable
Although you're never wrong
One of these days.. you're just gonna stop.


Lyrics submitted by Idan

Quartz Lyrics as written by Mark Colbert Kelly Ian Francesko Mosley

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    My OpinionIt's about a so called 'friend' who is basically the definition of fake/plastic & who you also feel is worlds apart from who you are. They're only character is that they have no character. They brag about all their wealth & jewels and such when you know the truth is that they are in fact completely dead inside.
    EternalTearsOfSorrowon August 16, 2018   Link
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    Song MeaningAdding to the other comment, it looks like this song uses timekeeping as a metaphor for 2 types of people: Quartz and Clockwork. Quartz timekeepers (clocks, watches, etc) are a more modern technology that basically keep time with an electronic movement fueled by a battery. The traditional clockwork is fueled by being wound up and is a complex engineered tool with wheels to keep time without any support of electricity. On paper, quartz is simply superior. The cheapest quartz devices keep better time than the most expensive clockwork pieces.

    Still, many people have a preference for traditional clocks, whether it be on the wrist or the living room. They feel they are more genuine (artstyle, historical inventions, independent off batteries, etc) despite its shortcomings, and I think this is a big theme in the song. The wordplay this song uses with that probably goes deeper, but from what I quickly see, these are some examples:

    You're only happy when you're oiled and jewelled, You're only happy when you wind me up and I know: Instead of the battery that keeps quartz timekeeping running, with traditional clockworks it is important to avoid the gears to corrode. Oiling and protecting them through the placement of jewels are some of the ways to preserve them. The winding refers to the traditional clockwork only lives on if wounded.

    You're so reliable it isn't true, And it's so easy for me to break down: This seems to be the clockwork talking to the quartz. Tiny gears moving 24 hour a day need a lot more maintence than a quartz movement.

    But I listen, to the ticking, I guess we're worlds apart: Both appear much the same but the ticking is a common way to spot the difference: Quartz most of the time tick once a second while traditional movements tick several times per second.

    And for the final part:
    I know I never get the balance right
    And turn up half an hour late night after night
    And being totally dependable is so very commendable
    Although you're never wrong
    One of these days.. you're just gonna stop.

    The part about the balance and turning up late is refering to the clockwork's difficulty being as accurate as a quartz (it has a balance wheel that needs to be corrected during maintence to improve accuracy over time) and it may also refer to clockworks often having less smooth date transitions due to the more complex mechanism. And the second two lines I think beautifully confirm my theory on this song. The quartz is never wrong (more accurate), predictable and reliable. But when a quartz movement dies, it needs to be replaced most of the time. Clockworks despite their complexity and need for maintence can be restored by replacing tiny bits by an expert.

    So I see this song a bit as two friends being critical of each other. You have to perfect reliable but incredibly stale reserved person (quartz) and the more flamboyant, interesting but fragile/unreliable person (clockwork). There is probably more to this that I missed, this is my first time commenting here but this is what I picked up. :)
    dylan11832on February 07, 2021   Link

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