In cold light of morning while everyone is yawning
You're high
In the cold light of morning the party gets boring, you're high
As your skin starts to scratch and wave yesterdays action goodbye

Forget past indiscretions
And stolen possessions
You're high
In the cold light

In the cold light of morning while everyone's yawning
You're high
In the cold light of morning
You're drunk sick from whoring and high
Staring back from the mirrors
A face that you don't recognize

It's a loser a sinner a cock and a dildos disguise
In the cold light

Tomorrow
Tomorrow
Tomorrow
As your skin starts to scratch
And wave yesterdays action goodbye

Forget past indiscretions
And stolen possessions.
You're high
In the cold light of day

Tomorrow's only a king
Whistle [Repeats]
Away

In the cold light of day


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In the Cold Light of Morning Lyrics as written by Stefan Olsdal Brian Molko

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  • +2
    General Commentthis is placebo people...

    Who says its a girl?
    Coiraon March 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis is placebo people...

    Who says its a girl?
    Coiraon March 09, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Commentthis song is beautiful, very Leonard Cohen-ish
    ziggy_who?on July 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThats actually quite true, it could a boy going through the exact same situation
    rhale_toucan.co.ukon March 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentAnd where exactly did I say Tim Burton was a genius? I simply said that this song had a Tim Burton feel to it. Read properly next time, plzkthx.

    I don't see this song as weak at ALL, it drags you right in to the situation and leaves you there. I think people don't like this song because it's different to the rest of the album but it belongs on Meds just like the others.

    And singing too deep? No, that is what makes this song even better. It's the rough-morning voice that matches.

    And clairey, the 'whistle away' would make more sense if the lyrics were correct (I know I said they were right earlier but there is one word wrong..).. it's 'kettle' not 'king'. So it's like.. tea/coffee in the morning, y'know?
    Tack-o-Ramaon June 09, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't think this song provides a helpful answer to the question it raises: How to deal with falling back on things you don't want yourself to do anymore?

    Basically it's saying: 'Tomorrow's only a kettle whistle, whistle away' meaning you can still change tomorrow.

    But that's just trying to avoid the situation at hand.

    The protagonist dislikes who he has become: all the drugs and the whoring and the pretending to be someone he's not ('a cock in a dildo's disguise') when in truth he's a loser who can't even lead a normal life (waking up in the morning yawning as everybody else does).

    So all he does is trying to forget the last night and hoping that 'tomorrow' will be better.

    So that means he's basically not mature enough to see the consequences of his/her actions and they need a better understanding of the world.

    They lack a mentor and some guidance to make better decisions, and I guess as soon as the protagonist will experience misfortune, they will fall.
    StoriesinSongs.comon January 16, 2020   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAre you kidding? I loved this song the moment I heard it, it's very.. Tim Burton Movie-esque.

    And the lyrics are very incorrect indeed.
    Tack-o-Ramaon March 19, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentquote:

    by Tack-o-Rama on 03-19-2006 @ 08:37:03 PM
    Are you kidding? I loved this song the moment I heard it, it's very.. Tim Burton Movie-esque.

    And the lyrics are very incorrect indeed.

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    wow, thats offending.
    considering all tim burton does is insert a creepy background and a johnny depp and everyone thinks he's some genius.

    give placebo more credit than that.
    bathroomsurgeryon April 02, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis sounds a lot like something Arab Strap would do, except its a lot less graphic and more melodic because Brian wrote it.
    imyownpeopleon April 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentto me, its just an illustration of what it feels like standing outside the morning after a party.
    *cough*timburtonISagenius*cough*
    Mrs.Molkoon April 12, 2006   Link

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