Tile floor of the bathroom
Scrubbed clean and bright
Checkerboard white and grey
Towels from the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Kingston Jamaica
I can still see the rust colored stains today
The stage is set
Someone's going to do something someone else will regret
I speak in smoke signals and you answer in code
The fuse will have to run out sometime
Something here will eventually have to explode
Have to explode

You and me lying on the tile floor
Trying to keep cool
Restless all night
Sweating out the poison
As the temperature climbs
Staring up up at the hundred-watt light that burns above
Name one thing about us two anyone could love
We roll out the red carpet
When rotten luck comes down the road
Five four three two one
Watch for the flash
Something here will eventually have to explode
Have to explode

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  • +4
    General CommentThis song is exactly the liner notes' story.

    "We drank store-brand gin with fresh lime juice out of plastic cups or straight from the bottle and we spread ourselves out face-up on the wooden floors. An aerial view of us might have suggested that we'd been knocked out, but what we were doing was staking our claim. Establishing our territories. Making good. Not on the vows we'd made but on the ones we'd really meant."
    mindsaleon June 16, 2006   Link
  • +3
    General CommentI just now realized the comment about the Jamaican towels.

    Rust colored stains were where they set the towel down when they had sex for the first time on their honeymoon or wedding night and that is the blood stain. Perhaps, the fact that they use something that could potentially have sentimental value as a regular, everyday towel is just another detail about their lives.
    ADivineUnicornon July 14, 2012   Link
  • +3
    Song MeaningSad in a way that no other song on Tallahassee is sad. Easily the saddest of the entire Alpha series.

    In other sad Alpha songs, like No Children, Alpha Rats Nest and Old College Try, there is at least a certain amount of energy; they're fighting and hateful, but in that hate there is at least a certain energy, albeit a dark energy.

    Here, there is nothing but the silent, drunken, muted misery of bitter nostalgia. Lost opportunities. Failed promise. Knowing that there was never any other way it could have gone, and so you did it anyway.

    Lots of relationships end in ugliness and hate, but at least there is the ability to remember when you once loved each other, that there was HOPE and you chased that hope until the road ran out.

    Here, there is nothing but the realization that you've been a couple of corpses since the day you tied the knot. There was never any hope. And that is far worse than simple failure.
    jf998247on July 18, 2014   Link
  • +2
    My Interpretation@artisan117: I think that line is grouped together with the line immediately preceding it. He's remembering their experiences at the Ritz-Carlton in Jamaica, which was most likely where they honeymooned. The rust colored stains make me think he's referring to their first sexual encounters. Although it was surprising to think of the Alphas as being chaste prior to marriage, it makes sense you consider that both of them feel as though no one else could possibly love them, most likely because no one else ever has. "Name one thing about us two anyone could love."
    burritoomgon June 26, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think, "Have to Explode," "Old College Try," and "Oceanographer's Choice" were masterfully placed together in that order.

    This song, the Alpha male can feel this tension rising inevitably, which finally comes in "Oceanographer's Choice," that is most definitly the explosion. Inbetween the songs we have a calm. "Old College Try" offers a comprimise, in order to try to save themselves from going over the edge. The narrorator's plight doesn't work, thus spousal abuse begins.
    Mistar_Glasson June 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment'Someone's going to do something someone else will regret
    I speak in smoke signals and you answer in code
    The fuse will have to run out sometime
    Something here will eventually have to explode'
    - actually such brilliant lyrics.. i find his voice to be quite harsh in a lot of songs.. but under circumstances it may put me off, but due to the brilliant lyrics, and amazing songs i absolutely adore the mountain goats.
    -Amz-on January 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wonder what the rust colored stains are...I know blood dries that color but There isn't much speculation into what it could be...
    artisan117on April 10, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThey are going through alcohol withdrawl together.
    Barking Sparrowson April 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYes, they are definitely going through withdrawals. And it can make a person pretty irritable, to say the least. Eventually they are going to end up fighting. Or using.
    kittykazon May 11, 2011   Link

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