"Winning" as written by Peter Mcnulty-connolly, Marcus Mybe, Louie St. Louis, Kurtis Deshaun Williams and Michael Frederick Asante....
To never open a book, always reading a magazine
Outspend, betting if it looks like winning you haven't been
Knives don't have your back
I wait and I count, the knives don't have your back
I wait and I count to the last breath we take

What we made, doesn't make sense
What's a wolf without a pack?
Open your chest and take the heart from it
Open your chest

What's bad, we'll fix it
What's wrong, we'll make it alright, alright
It's gone, we'll find it
Takes so long, we've got time
All the time

Some part of you, too small to lose
Some part of you, too small to lose
All of us, All of you
All of us, All of you counting to the last breath we take
What we made, doesn't make sense
What's a wolf without a pack?

Open your chest and take the heart from it
When you talk, can I tape you?
How'd you get what we don't know?
We don't know how to help
Only know how to hound
Nose to the grindstone
Grindstone to the ground

Don't even visit that place,
They'll sharpen their teeth on your smile
I'm glad you didn't
All our songs will be lullabyes in no time

What's bad, What's wrong, make it alright, alright
It's gone, so long
We've got time, all the time
All the time


Lyrics submitted by whaleharpoone

"Winning" as written by Louie St. Louis Kurtis Deshaun Williams

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    General CommentGoing along with the theme of trying to save someone, I feel like it's about saving a friend from something we all eventually do. Turning away from everyone you know and love, "[w]hat's a wolf without a pack?" We end up confiding in and trusting someone we know isn't worth the time, who we know will betray us ("Knives don't have your back"), if only, almost subconsciously, to remind us of the people who really matter.

    I absolutely fell in love with this song, and with the album in general. Whenever I get tired of everything else, and I just need to shut the world out or I'm intensely lonely, I listen to this song (and album) on a loop and it brings me back. Emily Haines is a genius.
    Seahighsteron November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWhen I listen to this song, my eyes tear - that's how beautiful it is. This song is an incredible way to end an album, especially such a heroic one like Knives Don't Have Your Back.
    mistterpickleon July 22, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is heavenly. It's one of my favorite songs ever, and tops all her solo songs and, honestly, tops Metric songs. This song is beyond words. It's tear-jerking and beautiful beyond words.
    zoolahon September 20, 2007   Link
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    My InterpretationInfertility.

    There was a moment of what I considered at the time to be blissfull lucidity when the line: "All our songs will be lullabies in no time" took a clear meaning. It seems she wants to sing lullabies. But none of her songs are currently lullabies. Maybe the subject has no one to sing a lullaby for.

    I was suddenly very sure that the song was written about infertility. I was also, however, quite baked at the time.

    "What's a wolf without a pack?" could be interpreted as societal pressure, where the family unit is idealised as a perfect natural bond.

    More generally "What's bad? We'll fix it." could then reflect medical intervention to promote fertility, which could be read as intimidating and forceful. She's a broken woman, she needs to be fixed. Or sympathising I suppose, reassuring the supposed woman that "she has all the time" - in other words she's not too old to conceive.

    But ultimately "this part of you, too small to lose" is gone "so long". There however still people there to "make it all right", they, not the knives, have your back.

    Although, with such a dour conclusion, having "all the time" to spend alone could suggest a long life of misery...

    It's not so much as stepping outside the box, as getting lost in a foggy haze somewhere inside the box. What does anyone think? Am I reading my own sub-conscious envy as an inconceivable male into the song? What the fuck has conception to do with Winning? Oh dear...
    Troglodykeon October 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSo pretty! it's incredible.

    "when you talk, can i tape you?" i've thought this a lot. such beautiful voices belong to those we love, they at times are enough to sustain our wanting of them, their tone of voice enough to soothe our problems. but i think she says, "only know how to hound." it would work with the wolf reference better.

    she's calling out to help someone else. and this sound also has the book reference that can be seen throughout the album. and the time reference throughout all her songs.

    at times it sounds a little too much like Shrine to Fast Goodbyes, when that song even has the line, "got time when it isn't enough." but music works better when its a circle
    tinylittlewordson September 17, 2006   Link
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    General Commentyeah i agree with everything you said, good points. and thanks for the correction.
    whaleharpooneon September 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is beautiful
    itisntinsaneonpaperon June 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentShe really hit the nail on the head with something so understated, beautiful, and curious. The best.
    yeahnotquiteon September 24, 2007   Link
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    General Commentmaybe it does sound a bit like Shrine To Fast Goodbyes, but really only because of how they both build so much. The lyrics are very different. while Shrine is pessimistic and melancholy, Winning is optimistic and comforting :D

    i love this song.
    dustybreezeon May 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think the song is reaching out to someone who was hurt in a past relationship, locked his or her heart away, and refuses to try and love or be loved again, but what's the use in going it alone? (a lone wolf).

    Whatever damage that was done can be healed and the person can love again, and allow themselves to open up and be loved, given time and patience to allow yourself to heal.
    Deadwing2112on July 15, 2009   Link

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