"Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" as written by and Aaron B. Dessner Matthew D. Berninger....
Leave your home
Change your name
Live alone
Eat your cake

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

Hangin' from chandeliers
Same small world
At your heels

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

I'll explain everything to the geeks
I'll explain everything to the geeks


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"Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Dessner

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    My InterpretationI'm not sure if I'm anywhere near correct but I chose to view the concept of 'the geek' in a historical context. By this I mean the carnival freak show type that bit the head off of animals such as, wait for it, swans.

    I believe that the swan itself is used as a symbolic gesture of mateship and purity and of course a type of perfectionist view of love. The idea of an individual gnashing teeth and ruthlessly tearing off its head may be a consideration that someone viciously cut ties with little aforethought and now there are deep regrets. Its a reference back to the first verse "Leave your home, change your name". A person can undergo these transformations but the superficiality of them doesn't necessarily erase the actions undertaken in the heat of the moment.

    The geek did such things continually and for profit and notoriety. Let's consider it as habitual. The lyricist in this case may have very well learned from his mistakes and is now undertaking a role to educate the geeks who have managed to mask their chewing up and spitting out of an ideal love, in defence of their pride.
    houdinisgoaton June 27, 2010   Link

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