"Seeing Other People" as written by and Martin/murdoch/colburn/cooke/geddes/jackson/campbe....
We lay on the bed there
Kissing just for practice
Could we please be objective?
'Cause the other boys are queuing up behind us
A hand over my mouth
A hand over the window
Well, if I remain passive and you just want to cuddle
Then we should be ok, and we won't get in a muddle
Cause we're seeing other people
At least that's what we say we are doing

So how are you feeling?
I don't think you can be dealing
With the situation very well
You take a lover for a dirty weekend, that's ok
But when it's over
You are looking at the working week through the eyes of a gigolo

You're kissing your elbow
You're kissing your reflection
And you can't understand why all the other boys are going for the
New, tall, elegant rich kids
You can bet it is a bitch, kid
But if they don't see the quality then it is apparent that
You're going to have to change
Or you're going to have to go with girls
You might be better off
At least they know where to put it

We lay on the bed there
Kissing just for practice
Could we please be objective?
'Cause the other boys are queuing up behind us
A hand over my mouth
A hand over the window
Well, if I remain passive and you just want to cuddle
Then we should be ok, and we won't get in a muddle
Cause we're seeing other people
At least that's what we say we are doing
We're seeing other people
At least that's what we say we are doing
We're seeing other people
At least that's what we say we are doing


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"Seeing Other People" as written by Isobel Campbell Christopher Geddes

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    General Commentthe straight thing makes zero sense because then the guy is saying "at least they know where to put it" about lesbianism which...think about it, man, that's nonsensical.

    I made up a story about this song and it makes me happy and sad whenever I think about it. I think it's about these two guys who realized they were gay by kissing each other when they were in their early teens and have remained friends. One of them has really thrown himself into dating but he doesn't really fit into gay culture and the other guy (the speaker) feels bad for him. I also think the speaker might be in love with the other guy, but the other guy doesn't realize it and is just mooning over these guys who don't appreciate him.

    "could we please be objective 'cause the other boys are queuing up behind us"=the OG was always sure that he was going to date a lot of guys and kissing TS didn't mean anything from the beginning.
    "a hand over my mouth"=obviously this might refer to keeping their experiments a secret because they don't want people to know they're gay, but I think it could also mean that TS has to hide his feelings for OG to keep their friends-with-benefits relationship or to keep OG from being uncomfortable around him.
    "we're seeing other people at least that's what we say we are doing" actually only OG is seeing other people, TS is just pretending to.

    the next part is TS comforting OG because he's having a hard time with guys. OG is having casual sex and he pretends to himself it's what he wants but really it makes him feel disconnected and used.

    "you're kissing your elbow"=OG is thinking how it would be easier to be a girl so he could be straight
    "you're kissing your reflection and you don't understand how the other boys are going for the new tall elegant rich kids"=maybe OG is really good-looking and knows it but he still isn't the type of guy most of the gay guys are attracted to. or I don't know, "kissing your reflection" might not mean that he thinks he's good-looking, it might refer to how he doesn't think of kissing TS as being anything important.
    "if they don't see the quality" TS is reassuring OG that he is attractive (maybe with a hint of sadness since TS actually likes OG)
    "you're going to have to change or you're going to have to go with girls...at least they know where to put it" OG is going to have to become the kind of guy the other gay guys are attracted to, or (this is more a joke) become straight which might be better anyway because it's more acceptable to society

    actually I just realized you guys have the lyrics as "at least they know what they're doing" not "at least they know where to put it"..I might be wrong but I think it's know where to put it. I could have just imagined that though.

    also, while I was writing this I realized it could possibly be from the perspective of a straight girl who's in love with her gay friend.
    mockingsmileon December 04, 2007   Link

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