"Amanaemonesia" as written by Caroline Elizabeth Polachek, Jonathan Patrick Wimberly and Rob Coradetti....
You lost your focus
But I got a plan for it
With a secret ingredient
And you are infinitely invited
Just leave alone the Geminis
Two of them and four of I's
(And you are infinitely Invited)

No one could not agree (it's unanimously decided)
They've come for you and me (that we're dangerously surrounded)
Their boats are full of flames
They paint the grasses green
Repeating history
They don't say what they mean

Is it amnesia?
Amamaemonesia
Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic.)
Silver hours
Silver hours
Becoming a habit? (Chasing the rabbit.)
Is it amnesia?
Amamaemonesia,
Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)

Spacing out in a nook and cranny
It's officially uncanny
It's a fish in a sea of granite
Just leave alone the geminis
Two of them and four of I's
No one could not agree (it's unanimously decided)
They've come for you and me (that we're dangerously surrounded)
Their boats are full of flames
They paint the grasses green
Repeating history
They don't say what they mean

Is it amnesia
Amanaemonesia
Mistaken for magic (Mistaken for magic.)
Silver hours
Silver hours
Becoming a habit (Chasing the rabbit.)
Is it amnesia
Amanaemonesia
Mistaken for magic (Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)

?

There's a system of symbols that no one will vouch for
Everyone uses, but no one believes
There's a dog in the yard with a manner that's ruff
Yet there's something about you that he understands
The girl at the window, covered in ashes
Smiles grotesquely in the light of the day
Singing in German, a cold summer warning
But I can't remember what I meant to say...

Is it Amanaemonesia
(Mistaken for magic.)
Amanaemonesia, woah
(Chasing the rabbit)
Amanaemonesia
(Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)


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"Amanaemonesia" as written by Jonathan Patrick Wimberly Caroline Elizabeth Polachek

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    General Commentthe only part i can clearly interpret in my opinion is the chorus. silver hours are the times that used to be cherished, past memories perhaps that keep on being re-thought about by someone because something like a war maybe has happened (the other lyrics; germany, flames, dangerous, they've come for you and me). i'm not too clear on that, it's probably not a war but like an idea like all good things pass, the good times seem like a dream because they're so distant. anyway i feel like the chorus is talking about drugs like chasing the rabbit who are all too fast for you to catch so you keep upping your dose to live in those silver hours and it's becoming a habit. the person thinks it's magic but those are just the effects of drugs, hallucinogenic maybe because you are infinitely invited maybe means that you'll always have a party in your head when you're high, and if you're addicted, then it's unanimously decided that you're definitely getting high. maybe the person starts to get really paranoid and thinks they've come for you and me, that we are dangerously surrounded, their boats are full of flames,they paint their grasses green. the dog in the yard that's rough probably has rabies or something and the person is walking in the street without drugs so he/she is suffering and irritable as well so he senses similar emotions emanating. this part: the girl at the window covered in ashes smiles grotesquely in the light of day singing in German the cold summer warning but I can't remember what I meant to say; it changes from "the girl" to "I" so the protagonist is talking about herself the whole time which is now revealed. she's probably just started to feel more herself again after being off whatever drugs she took, even though her appearance is ratty, she is smiling that she can care about a simple pleasure like sunlight again but she's screwed up from all the drugs that she forgets stuff
    ok so i guess i interpreted more than just the chorus but yeah i that's what i got
    purpleyawnon September 24, 2011   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationThe lyrics are nonsense. The video for the song is nonsense. The dance choreography in the video is nonsense. Even the title of the song is nonsense.

    My theory: it's a song about nonsense.
    oniontearson November 28, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI definitely agree with the earlier comment that the first verses are in reference to Aaron leaving the band, but the rest of the song seems to go on to define "amanaemonesia". Amanae itself refers to a "New Age" massage technique which harnesses emotional release. I think, with that in mind (and certainly the lyrics), "amanaemonesia" could be interpreted as the feeling of elation following an Amanae session; hence the chorus.
    turnintoon March 12, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI really think this song is about a lot of things. I think some of you are right about aaron leaving the band. I think the major theme is drug related though. My thinking is based not only on the chorus lyrics, but the music video.

    Am I the only one that thinks that the stage looks like a tongue? She's the drug (probably some pill), and her weird dance moves involve a lot of tickling. I definitely agree with the likelihood of it being some hallucinogen as mentioned before. The spew of weird lyrics at the end I take as a description of a trip.

    I definitely think its drug related. If you watch the evident utensil video, I think you'll find they definitely have used some drugs at some point! :)
    vancegioon April 04, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt's a song about the "powers" of the world and their secret agendas. Freemasons are very esoteric, they keep secrets from the masses in order to facilitate population control: secret ingredient. Just leave alone the gemini.. Gemini are supposed to be very talkative and enjoy sharing information. Repeating History: The Masons and other secret organizations use ancient symbology and are rumored to still practice black crafts and participate in rituals that have been passed down since the dawn of civilization. These rituals and dark crafts can be, mistaken for magic.
    PopeTopheron October 16, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI read in an interview once that the two current members of Chairlift (Caroline and Patrick) are both Geminis so my theory is that this is at least partially about former third member Aaron leaving the band. There is an article somewhere talking about how the fact that he was Scorpio and they were Geminis created kind of a weird dynamic as a three-piece. "You lost your focus" could be referring to that, as could "You are infinitely invited," like saying he could come back if he wants but that he would have to "leave alone the geminis" dynamic if he did. The second half gets more out there though, and I have no guess. Just my theory, could be totally off.
    len75on November 09, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMy first swing, so here it goes line by line:
    "You lost your focus
    But I got a plan for it
    With a secret ingredient
    And you are infinitely invited
    Just leave alone the Geminis
    Two of them and four of I's
    (And you are infinitely Invited)

    No one could not agree (it's unanimously decided)
    They've come for you and me (that we're dangerously surrounded)
    Their boats are full of flames
    They paint the grasses green
    Repeating history
    They don't say what they mean"

    The first two stanzas don't actually mean anything and are used to create a vague sense of mysticism, specifically aligning with astrology, a belief that is not widely held but exists as a significant rival to the stats quo: Christianity. Hearkening back to the 1969 hit Age of Aquarius by The 5th Dimension. In other words a "Hipster" nod back to an earlier era in music and culture, which is something Chairlift is all about, for reasons I can only guess at aside from having excellent taste in music.

    "Is it amnesia?
    Amamaemonesia
    Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic.)
    Silver hours
    Silver hours
    Becoming a habit? (Chasing the rabbit.)
    Is it amnesia?
    Amamaemonesia,
    Mistaken for magic? (Mistaken for magic. Mistaken for magic.)"

    The chorus; its catchy. An urban dictionary search of "Silver Hours" finds the meaning as twilight, or dusk "when the setting sun shimmers off the water such that it has a silver sheen" It could also mean the last years of ones life.

    "Chasing the Rabbit" An urban dictionary search finds the meaning as pursuing women for sex. It could also be a reference to Alice in Wonderland and chasing an idea down a metaphorical rabbit hole till one loses all sense of perspective, possibly drug induced, as is is frequently hinted at.

    "Becoming a Habit" Reinforces the above possibilities.

    "Is it amnesia?
    Amamaemonesia,
    Mistaken for magic?"

    A thing or situation that makes you question whether or not actual magic happened or you simply forgot something important. Is it alcohol, drugs, death, or reincarnation? Are these lines just tantalizing enough to keep you interested? I dunno.

    "There's a system of symbols that no one will vouch for
    Everyone uses, but no one believes
    There's a dog in the yard with a manner that's ruff
    Yet there's something about you that he understands
    The girl at the window, covered in ashes
    Smiles grotesquely in the light of the day
    Singing in German, a cold summer warning
    But I can't remember what I meant to say..."

    At this point I'm figuring that most of this is complete nonsense, and is actually just written to change the feel of song, while maintaing a mysterious yet catchy vibe. However...

    "Singing in German, a cold summer warning" a cold summer warning sounds an awful lot like "the chords are the warning" to me. German is often thought of as being harsh and difficult to understand to English speakers, but it fits the rhyme scheme of the songs lyrics. If we turn German to Germaine, and accept that "the chords are the warning" then this line is self referential commentary on the part of the songwriter as needing lyrics to fulfill a certain amount of variation in the song to maintain appeal, while also being honest as to the point of the lyrics in a less than obvious way.

    After watching the youtube video.... countless times. and listening to most all of available Chairlift songs, I am almost certain the inspiration for this piece was: "a modern take on a very specific retro style"
    radiololon September 13, 2017   Link
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    General CommentI love this song and the video. I don't know what the lyrics might be about. Maybe some WWII relation?
    Infinitemporaryon September 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs right now (and possibly of all time.) I just wish I could figure out the lyrics. I am really into astrology, so I like the Gemini part. Two of them (the twins) and four of eyes. I don't really get what silver hours are. Cannot wait for an explanation! Amazing job, Chairlift.
    Bearstronautson September 22, 2011   Link
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    General Commenthmm...silver hours becoming a habit...amnesia--chasing the rabbit

    I'm going to go out on a limb and say this song is about heroin. :)
    introvertedexcavatoron February 28, 2012   Link

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