"One Month Off" as written by Kele Okereke, Matt Tong, Russell Lissack and Gordon Moakes....
Well there were 7 years between us seems that all my friends were right
That we can't survive on your bedroom eyes and a Spanish guitar
When we started this it was paradise, not just Bethnal green
And it's just not right this waiting game, making a cuckold of me

I can be as cruel as you
Fighting fire with firewood
I can be as cruel as you
Fighting lies with lies
If you need time

And it's just not like me to lash out, but enough is enough
Tell me what the others can do that I cant
Translucent and sun bleached skin, when did you get so LA
How can you desert me after all we've been through
Stuck on a dream that somewhere its better
You'll be the one missing out

I can be a cruel as you
Fighting fire with firewood
I can be as cruel as you
Fighting lies


If you need time

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"One Month Off" as written by Kele Okereke Gordon Moakes

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  • +2
    General Comment'making a cuckold of me' is a line from shakespeare
    a cuckold is a husband whose wife sleeps with other men. so basically it is about cheating
    hanny1125on September 11, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General Commentkele said:

    "this song's about being in love with someone who's younger than you and has not been faithful."
    supasyd23on February 18, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationMaybe this is a stretch, but to me, I think the song is kind of a homage to the Shakespearean play: Othello. Here's why:

    I the beginning with the 7 year bit, I first it as he was 7 years her Senior. Anyway, the song is about cheating and the Rage of a man when he finds out his girlfriend is cheating. This is much like Othello's rage when he suspects Desdemona's infidelity. The whole song really does parallel the book as far the speak of lies and longing to be elsewhere while their own relationship slowly crumbles. Not to mention the use of the word "cuckold". Several times throughout the play it is used.

    And this might be a little bit racey, but, Kele (the lead vocalist of Bloc Party) is of African Decent and he sings about a Caucasian woman ("Tanslucent and sun-bleached skin"). Just a thought.
    shrimpmeaning328on May 22, 2011   Link
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    General CommentShe is 7 years younger than him and their relationship revolves around sex(That we can?t survive on your bedroom eyes) They are waiting for their relationship to get better, she cheats on him and she changes her image for the other guy.
    ASGon March 29, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI can be as cruel as you fighting fire with firewood
    legitinateon August 22, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think maybe his partner's being cheating on him or something, and then he finally gets really angry at them, or at least decides to cheat too! ooooh, sneaky! and they'd been together for seven years. what a shame. it's funny, the album's called initimacy, but a lot of the songs are about the exact opposite. the "that's what you get when you fall in love" route i think...
    samfancypantson August 23, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song ends too early. I would love it if the closing sound turned into something else awesome.
    anickdayon August 25, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love the time change. and yeah i agree sam i think its being cheated on and deciding to cheat aswell.
    blocpartylover16on August 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti actually really liked this song..yeah its repetitive but i like the sound of it..it reminded me a bit of hunting for witches with glimpses of helicopter
    amgi4on August 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI'd have to disagree also, i reckon this is one of my favourites on the new album - if not the favourite. It looks like Kele is talking about a relationship he has had, a long one which they had been through lots together but it is as if his partner has been in envy of something else. And yea either she just broke up with him suddenly, or he found out she had been cheating on him.
    Piecesofwhaton August 30, 2008   Link

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