"Oh No" as written by Michael J. Clervoix, Rondell Edwin Turner, Cordozar Calvin Broadus and Curtis James Jackson....
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  • +10
    Lyric CorrectionIn the salsify mains of what was thought but unsaid
    All the calcified arithmetists were doing the math
    It would take a calculate blow to the head
    To light the eyes of all the harmless sociopaths

    Oh, arm and arm we are the harmless sociopaths
    Oh, arm and arm with all the harmless sociopaths
    Calcium mines are buried deep in your chest
    Oh, calcium mines you buried deep in your chest

    Ooh, you're deep in a mine
    Ooh, calcium mine, oh

    Let's get out of here, past the atmosphere
    Squint your eyes and no one dies or goes to jail
    Past the silver bridge, oh the silver bridge
    Wearing nothing but a onesies and a veil

    Ooh, deep in a mine
    Ooh, calcium mine

    Arm and arm, we are the harmless sociopaths
    Arm and arm with all the harmless sociopaths
    In the calcium mines buried deep in your chest
    Oh, the calcium mines buried deep in your chest

    Ooh, deep in a mine, oh no
    Calcium mines, oh no

    So let's get out of here, past the atmosphere
    Squint your eyes and one dies or goes to jail
    past the silver bridge, oh the silver bridge
    Wearing nothing but a onesie and a veil
    oh no, oh no, oh no, oh no
    cit1zen_3rasedon December 16, 2011   Link
  • +6
    General CommentI love the beautiful assonance throughout this song. "Oh arm and arm we are the harmless sociopaths" and "calcium mine" sound so good. Before reading the lyrics I couldn't quite pick out the exact words, but they all bled into each other and flowed together so wonderfully. It's similar to how we think foreign languages sound beautiful because we're focusing primarily on the phonetics, rather than the literal meaning.

    Andrew Bird may be the most excellent lyricist I have ever known, and if anyone knows of any better, do tell because I'd like to know their work as well.
    hairendon July 16, 2009   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI KNOW! i've been listening to it every night on repeat until i fall asleep. I read that it's about how he saw this baby crying at an airport...not in the annoying way...but in the so sad it's beautiful type of way. The crying made him think of how easy it is/ how socially acceptable it is to wear your emotions on your sleeves when you're young and how sad it is that with time humans basically become emotionally empty.
    iamnotmozarton November 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General Commenti love this song so fucking much
    iwishiwason November 03, 2008   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThese are not the lyrics..

    I was just coming to say that after years of loving this song I think I understand what he's trying to say. I think he says Calcium Ions (deep in our minds)

    "In neurons, voltage-dependent, calcium-selective ion channels are important for synaptic transmission through the release of neurotransmitters into the synaptic cleft by vesicle fusion of synaptic vesicles.
    lellecellelon October 07, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe doesn't mention it specifically in his blog, but I thought the calcium references were a way to describe our general inability to cry when we need to, so the calcium builds up in your heart until you find yourself buried in a mine, there is calcium in tears? men have trouble crying which is what I think that line about 'squinting your eyes' is about
    If people could cry when they are angry then we wouldn't do destructive things that would put us in jail either literally or figuratively
    michaelcovelon June 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti thought it was calcium mines Syd Baretts' deep in your chest :)

    lovely song, could never've guessed that that was what it was about
    coco_bewareon December 08, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWe don't have to wonder what Andrew Bird meant -- he blogged about the writing process for "Oh No" on NYTimes.com. It's a rare look inside his amazing mind... measureformeasure.blogs.nytimes.com/2008/03/26/words-will-tell/
    montareon January 22, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti like this song, and how he describes his intuitive process in the NY Times.
    Its funny saying, "Harmless Sociopaths."

    My thought on Andrew Bird's interpretation of sociopath-hood is like "gain for no remorse for your actions," except without the "gain" part because you are just empty. One should think of it as a metaphor for feeling nothing when you are suppose to at any rate of a situation. I get this image of when someone is gloomy and they are just starting into a wall. Maybe its depression setting in or that feeling of boredom is capitalized in his work. It's like he could be committing any sort of sociopath related action and that blank stare would set in like the loop of a waltz which is his chorus undertaking "arm and arm..."

    I feel like the song is trying to say, "if I could feel something, I would," in any form of ambiguity.
    leeallstaron January 30, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSort of a follow up on what iamnotmozart said:

    Bird was on a plane, and behind him was a little boy just saying "Oh.. No.." and his mom said "It's okay! We're just going home!" but the kid just kept saying "Oh... No.."
    wilcofan_on March 15, 2009   Link

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