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Bite Hard Lyrics

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

Are you happy now?
That the Gods are dying
Or do you dream of
(don't know this line)
You should be happier now
With no one to pray to
Or would I 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
It's a 5.05
Edges and lines your engines alive
Bite hard

May be lonelier now but im happy oh no honest
Ain't only alone but what would we talk about anyway
I'd never resort to kissing your photo
Honest
I just had to see
How the chemicals taste their honey

Bite hard
Well its a broken smile
Breaking their hearts and breaking their minds
Bite hard
A survival guide
Edges and lines and we ride together
Bite hard

We ride together
We ride together
We die together

Bite hard
Bite hard
Bite hard
Whoa

Well I never
Well I never
Well I never know
Well I never
I just had to
I just had to taste their honey

Bite hard
Well its a broken smile
Breaking their hearts and breaking their minds
Bite hard
A survival guide
Edges and lines and we ride together
We ride together
We die together
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Jan 15, 2009
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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."

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Oh wow, I like this meaning so much better! A lot of the lines make more sense. Some lines don't however. What about "I'd never resort to kissing your photo, honest?" Not expecting you to know, but a cool little bit of info there.

I agree with Hannah. I've believed the lyric does refer to the author's faith maybe. The title could be a reference to biting the proverbial apple which resulted in Adam and Eve being banished from the Garden of Eden...away from God like Hannah said. Also, Heston with a beard is possibly a reference to Charlton Heston's portrayal of Moses in the 10 commandments. Which gives some meaning to lines about dying Gods etc.

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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.

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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...

I agree with your meaning for the song, the stand out line for me is "I'd never resort to kissing your photo, honest. I just had to see,How the chemicals taste their honey" very descriptive.

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

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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.

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Perhaps 505 is an Arctic Monkeys reference, too?

yeah that would make some sense, because isn't the song 505 about a couple thats been apart for a long time. and this song appears to be also. unless 505 is in reference to something else that i dont know about

505 is something police use to indicate reckless driving.

505 is something police use to indicate reckless driving.

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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.

My Interpretation

Damn.....im glad someone took the time to interpret this song.....I'm officially declaring it my new theme song.....thanks RagerRiffic182

thank you! i agree. i always thought it was more about a break up, not being apart or whatever. i really like your analysis. makes sense. thanks :)

also, my fave song off album too!

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Pretty good song.

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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

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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).

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