"Two States" as written by and S. Kannberg S. Malkmus....
Two states!
We want two states
North and south
Two, two states

Forty million daggers
Two states
We want two states
There's no culture
There's no spies.

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"Two States" as written by S. Malkmus S. Kannberg


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    General CommentTube steaks! We want.. tube steaks!

    wait, what?
    richard022on April 12, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti am honored to be the first comment on a pavement song... that being said i have no idea what it means
    fatkid1041on December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentA spoken intro on a bootleg seems to suggest the song is about splitting California into two states. Of course, it being Pavement, one should take this with a grain of salt.
    ratanxon January 20, 2006   Link
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    General CommentSomething to do with the Civil War, maybe?
    crash0814on September 18, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI still put some amount of faith in that spoken introduction. I'm pretty sure California has roughly 40 million residents. And you hear a lot of people talk about Northern Cali and Southern Cali.
    ratanxon October 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm fairly certain that this is about California since Pavement was kinda formed in Northern California even though the various members hail from all over.
    OVNSon March 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPossibly about a California split... likely just stream-of-conscious, non-sensical Fall fanaticism.

    "Two States" resembles The Fall's "Slates" (to a certain extent). And the line "There's no culture," reflects a line from The Fall's "The Classical": "There is no culture is my brag."
    Primeon March 09, 2007   Link
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    General CommentCalifornia, baby, and the rivalry between the Nor-Cal and the Lo-Cal.
    stickie pantson March 22, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMy first impression was that the song was about splitting California into two states. Seeing as the band is from California and that it is a very large state. In visiting there I also got the impression that there was a regional pride in whether you were from North or South Cali. I actually went to this site to see if anyone else had a similar opinion.
    cstockneon September 20, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnot being from the states, i thought this song had a more general meaning, about dividing the world up into two states, ie the cold war US/USSR states cos of the whole spys and daggers thing, but the california thing makes sense... maybe its kinda comparing them in that playful way that is pavements style
    tvpro03on June 24, 2008   Link

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