Soft pyramids evaporate at daylight.
Internationally fashioned, like disease.
Patterned always yes, (maybe no).
This soft is bulding the softest buildings.
This soft is raising the firmest ceilings.
This soft is dimming the brightest cities every night at midnight.
How can we ask for a blanket and a habitat?
How can we ask for a place.
We can't imagine it.
How can we ask for the brightest cities overnight?
Please pick (select) a color for your chequelist.
Kiss every comma in your chequelist.
How can we ask for a blanket and a habitat?
How can we ask for the best?
We can't imagine that.
The softest blackout is still soft and black,
outside and in.
Clue me in.

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    General CommentI think this song is about gentrification.

    I think 'Soft Pyramids' refers to just the opposite of what the Egyptian Pyramids have been. They have last thousands of years, and stood hard, firm, and in place. I think what he means by Soft Pyramids is that the buildings constructed from gentrification are nothing but Soft Pyramids, that is they are like pyramids, grand in size, but soft, weak, not concrete, and nothing like the actual pyramids themselves.

    "How can we ask for a blanket and a habitat?
    How can we ask for a place.
    We can't imagine it.
    How can we ask for the brightest cities overnight? "

    This is where I'm getting the gentrification from. He's asking how can we ask for a wonderful city to be built so quickly, yet provide for the needs of everyone. And he answers we can't, we can't even imagine it.

    "Internationally fashioned, like disease.
    Patterned always yes, (maybe no)."

    I think this part suggests that gentrification has spread globally as well. Globalization. Who knows, this is what I got from it though.

    All the chequelist stuff I think is referring to those benefiting from gentrification, and him telling them that they better kiss that money, because look what its cost them.

    Beauty about Q and Not U is that it is so open, that everyone can bring something different to the table and give it their own personal meaning, without being wholly abstract (meaning that the songs are not so vague that one guy can claim that a song is about hating black people while another thinks its about fighting racism *bad analogy, I know)
    johnnyfuckface1on December 01, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comments.o.f.

    um excuse me, q and not u, but why are you so amazing?
    eastcoasteron May 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone know the lyrics to busy lights busy carpet? or ten thousand animal calls?
    paper hearts ripon May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentbrilliant i tell you brilliant!!!
    Emericanon June 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHearing this song live kicks so much ass. Especially when the skinnier of the two guitarists(the one that doesn't play bass) busts out a recorder and starts jamming to the end of this song. BLAP!
    tsucolon September 20, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's a melodica.
    and it rules.
    JRusson November 12, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdoes anyone have any idea of what "soft pyramids" are, or what he means by the term?
    mikematyuson November 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first song I heard by them- and liked it for a long time. I didn't know the name or the band and eventually found out. What a beautiful thing.
    periwinklebydayon November 17, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery nice analyzation, Johnny.
    lexicon devilon December 03, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentevery thing is simplific and comfortable.


    maybe no.
    robotdeathrayson December 24, 2004   Link

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