You don't know
I sing these songs
About you
You don't know the pseudonyms
I assume
You don't know the pseudonyms
I assume
For you

Are you happier now?
That the Gods are dying
Or do you dream of
Heston with an omniscient beard
You should be happier now
With no one to pray to
Or would you love to
Break your knees from begging and praying?

Bite hard
Well its a broken smile
Breaking their hearts and breaking their minds
Bite hard
Well it's a five on five
Your engine's alive, and we ride together
Bite hard
(Bite hard)

I may be lonelier now
But I'm happy alone, honest
Ain't lonely alone (oh)
What would we talk about anyway
No, I'd never resort to kissing your photo
Honest
I just had to see
How the chemicals taste there, honey

Bite hard
Well its a broken smile
Breaking their hearts and breaking their minds
Bite hard
Well it's a five on five
Your engine's alive, and we ride together
We ride together
We die together

(Ah)
Bite hard
(Ah)
Bite hard
(Ah)
Bite hard

Well I never
No, I never
No, I never
No, I never
I just had to
I just had to
I just had to see now, honey

Bite hard
Well its a broken smile
Breaking their hearts and breaking their minds
Bite hard
Well it's a five on five
Your engine's alive, and we ride together
We ride together
We die together


Lyrics submitted by Arrilou, edited by jared11356

Bite Hard Lyrics as written by Nicholas John Mccarthy Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley

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  • +5
    Song Meaning

    This song is not about the end of a romantic relationship. It is the end of the belief in God. According to Alex Kapranos:

    "The breakup songs are things like “Bite Hard,” and that’s a breakup with God, not a breakup with a woman. It's sung from my perspective, but its more about if you decide, or choose, to live without God, it’s worse than any kind of emotional breakup you could have with somebody, in a way."

    shockhound.com/features/277

    HushHannahon June 26, 2009   Link
  • +3
    My Opinion

    I think bite hard is a reference to the term "Bite the bullet." Which means to just suck it up and get on with it. So, I think this song is about going through the pain after a breakup.\

    Awsome song, btw.

    RudyDulcieon February 13, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General Comment

    I love that "You don't know the pseudonyms I assume" has a double meaning, like she doesn't know he uses a pseudonym (lives a double life perhaps?), or that he just assumes she doesn't know of a certain pseudonym.

    It's "Heston with omniscient beard", not "Heston with omniscient fear". I think this is a reference to Charlton Heston's portrayal of Moses in the film The Ten Commandments where he sports that awesome beard. This also makes sense with the previous and following lines: "Are you happy now that the gods are dying" and "You should be happier now with no one to pray to", going by that in that movie the Egyptians begin to doubt the existence of their gods.

    Other than that, I think it's basically about a couple who are apart, but they're going to grin and bear it to get through it. The part where it says: "I'd never resort to kissing your photo, honest. I just had to see,How the chemicals taste their honey" shows his despiration. "Your engine's alive, we ride together", well, I don't think that reference really needs to be explained...

    amusicalmenton January 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    has anybody else noticed that 5.05 looks like S.O.S? nuff said

    harknesssimmon March 05, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    About the 505, it also is Reckless Driver in Police Code talk. So it's talkin about engines, and the album is mostly a concept album about "the night after". So if he is distraught, he could be driving eradically or something. I don't know, just a thought.

    MichaelSGon April 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    Perhaps 505 is an Arctic Monkeys reference, too?

    bakeoilon August 18, 2009   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation

    A brief introduction; This is my favorite song from the new album, and is one of the Franz songs I can really identify with. Because of that, I've spent a while interpreting it, and revising that, etc. So, here's my interpretation. My first post at SongMeanings too. :D

    "You don't know I sing these songs about you You don't know the pseudonyms I assume You don't know the pseudonyms I assume For you" This is a Preface to the rest of the song. It gives us the setting; this is about a guy who is writing songs for a girl. However, he knows (or "assumes") that the object of his affection and subject of his songs has no idea they're about her. This could be a nod back to Alex himself (Lead singer, for those of you who don't know), and a nod to something more personal to him and deeper that reaches past the main plot of the song itself.

    "Are you happier now that the gods are dying? Or do you dream of Heston with omniscient beard? You should be happier now with no one to pray to Or would you love to break your knees from begging and praying" This guy is talking to himself in this verse. He should be happier now that the woman that was a huge part of his life, almost akin to a religion, is gone. He should be happy that his destiny is his own...but of course, he's not. He longs for her, and he's trying to figure out a rational reason why.

    "Bite hard It's a broken smile breaking their hearts Breaking their mind Bite hard It's a 505 Your engine's alive We ride together Bite hard Bite hard" The 'broken smile' here, is a bit complicated to understand. This is his own faked outward happiness, that he's trying to get to catch on. But the effort to suppress himself is breaking him, and finally he snaps. He gets in his car ('your engine's alive'), and drives, presumably to her, with only her in his mind ('We rid together'). Because he's so distraught, as MichaelSG suggested, he's probably all over the place, and maybe even drunk after all the partying this guy has been doing, or drinking he's done alone trying to get over her unsuccessfully. In a broader sense, this is the first time we hear the song's title. What it essentially means, is that he's acknowledging the fact that he has at least some feelings for her that he doesn't want, and that he just has to 'bite the bullet', not acknowledge them and in fact repress them, and hope they go away. By the end of the song, it's clear that he made the wrong choice.

    "I may be lonelier now, but I'm happy alone - honest It ain't lonely alone - what would we talk about anyway? I never resort to kissing your photo - honest I just had to see how the chemicals taste now honey" This, again, is the guy trying to rationalize everything: his feelings of loneliness, and the fact that he 'resorts to kissing her photo'. The 'Honest' bits are particularly revealing, as he's being totally dishonest with himself, he knows it, but he's trying to wish it away by saying otherwise.

    "Bite hard It's a broken smile breaking their hearts Breaking their mind Bite hard It's a 505 Your engine's alive We ride together We ride together We die together" This is essentially the same as the last chorus, except with the inclusion of the line 'We die together'. It implies that the guy is expecting to, or does, die due to his distraught state at the wheel. It exemplifies the song's whole message of how repressed feelings are extremely harmful, because not only does he love this girl, but he dies 'for her', after all he's said.

    "Bite hard Bite hard Bite hard

    I never I never I never No, I never I just had to I just had to I just had to see now honey" This is just continued artistic paraphrasing of the rest of the song, particularly the verses.

    "Bite hard It's a broken smile breaking their hearts Breaking their mind Bite hard It's a 505 Your engine's alive We ride together We ride together We die together" This is accordingly the same as the last two choruses, with no changes from the last.

    In conclusion, the song is trying to say that biting the bullet never seems to work. Love is unconquerable, even when it is not shared with another, and woe to all those who try and stop it running it's course, including those who just want to stop the pain of a doomed crush, and move on.

    RagerRiffic182on April 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Pretty good song.

    sliznuton January 23, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    I don't know what it is, but Franz Ferdinand certainly have it

    I agree with amusicalment too, seems to have it worked out

    I may be lonelier now, but I'm happy alone - honest It ain't lonely alone - what would we talk about anyway? I never resort to kissing your photo - honest I just had to see how the chemicals taste now honey

    Whole verse is class

    ziggyplayedguitaron February 04, 2009   Link
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    General Comment

    This is, honestly, my favorite song on the new album. I didn't interpret it as a physically separated couple. More like a breakup where they try to remain friends. And he's basically calling her a pessimist ("are you happy now that the gods are dying" and describing her broken, bitter smile).

    bbuckykkatton February 15, 2009   Link

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