"10x10" as written by and Nicholas Joseph Zinner Brian Chase....
10x10, 3x3
Was the house that buried me
Did I really drown?

Ten lines leading to the seashore
Water's going to lead the dogs my way
Ten wives tearing up my leisure
Pressing little mouths going to talk my way
Going to talk my way

Out of my mind
Out of my mind
Stolen my wife
Stolen my knife
Gonna take her into my life
Into my life

Three nails pounded in the front door
Start a few fires and end my stay
Well, even the urges in the back porch
Pressing little mouths going to talk my way
Going to talk my way

Out of my mind
Out of my mind
Stolen my wife
Stolen my knife
Going to get her into, into my life
Into my life
Into my life

10x10, 3x3
Was the house that buried me
10x10, 3x3
Was the house that buried me
Did I really drown?

Ten lines leading to the seashore
Water's going to lead the dogs my way
Ten wives tearing up my leisure
Start a few fires and end my stay

Out of my mind
Out of my mind
Stolen my wife
Stolen my knife
Going to take her into, into my life
Into my life


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    General CommentYou guys! Eureka moment! I was just listening to Is Is (mmmm, can never get enough of that EP) and it struck me:

    Witches. Maybe. Right? Am I alone? Figuratively, as in witch = bad person. The obvious:

    "10x10, 3x3
    Was the house that buried me
    Did I really drown?"

    The house that buried her...? As in, The Wicked Witch of the East? Wizard of Oz? Anyone? Plus, we've all learned that one of the tests in the witch trials was to see whether or not someone drowns. If you don't, you're a witch. Ya know? Makes sense, right?

    "Ten wives tearing up my leisure
    Pressing little mouths going to talk my way
    Going to talk my way"

    She's done something to be convicted of being a witch - to steal from earlier comments, sleep with these ten wives husbands?

    "Three nails pounded in the front door
    Start a few fires and end my stay"

    I remember reading somewhere (don't know where) as a kid about pounding nails into wood (a tree, in the story, I believe) killing a witch. Falling together, right? And "start a few fires" - burn her at the stake, thus "end[ing] her stay"? Please tell me I'm not alone.

    Some of the other lyrics I can't quite figure out (the dogs and seashore, "stolen my wife/knife"), but I felt this revelation was too good to pass up. Any opinions?
    SitarHeroon May 08, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdon't know what this song means, but i know i like it!
    hr_tetraon April 17, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis one's in the bonus section of their DVD. I think Karen O gives one of her best performances to this one. Too bad it's never been released on an album.
    GutsGeton December 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commentreally good song like it too. I don't know it kinda makes me feel like I'm living in the woods.
    undErneethon July 21, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthas anyone else noticed that the guitar part that starts about 15 seconds into the song sounds a lot like the one in "what's it feel like to be a ghost" by taking back sunday?... just wondering if im the only one
    ChadSmithJr03on July 30, 2007   Link
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    General CommentChadSmithJr03 i agree
    i was listening to it before and thought it had changed to tbs somehow
    it confused me a bit
    mitch_1.47on August 03, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's on the new Is Is EP and it's a brilliant song I thought some of it was kinda Muse-ish.
    ---LiMeGrAvY---on August 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commentwhat's this song about??? its good but i dont get it at all....
    i think its about other girls tryin to b like her... i dunno i may be wrong...
    tefon December 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song makes me think of a crazed man who's out to get revenge and maybe fails?...

    maybe its about pirates. it's pretty rugged sounding. i love it.
    kaeeoticon July 12, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about having affairs with men who are in relationships.

    dogs = the men
    wives = duh...
    house = the illicit relationships
    nails = like notches on a bedpost
    mijako10on August 20, 2008   Link

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