"Man, It's So Loud in Here" as written by John Flansburgh and John Linnell....
They fixed up the corner store like it was a nightclub
It's permanently disco
Everyone is dressed so oddly
I can't recognize them
I can't tell the staff from the customers

Baby, check this out
I've got something to say
Man, it's so loud in here
When they stop the drum machine and I can think again

I'll remember what it was
You have to carry all your things
You can't misplace them
There's nowhere to place anything
Baby, check this out
I've got something to say
Man, it's so loud in here
When they stop the drum machine and I can think again

I'll remember what it was
They're all shouting something at us waving and pointing
They've revamped the airport completely now it looks
Just like a nightclub everyone's excited and confused

Baby, check this out
I've got something to say
Man, it's so loud in here
When they start the love machine and I can love again
I'll remember what it was


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"Man, It's So Loud in Here" as written by John Linnell John Flansburgh

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  • +2
    Song MeaningTMBG are usually pretty straight forward on their lyrics. Seems to me to be about underground disco/techno night clubs. TMBG are from New York and there are a number of clubs that pop up in unusual places; since the stores or buildings are not meant to be clubs it can be frustrating, there's usually no tables or lockers to place your things; since it's not a permanent establishment there's no uniforms for the employees running the club; often the sound levels are off and there's no way to hear anything.

    At first the lyrics state:
    "Baby check this out I've got something to say"
    "When they stop the drum machine and I can think again"

    But change to
    "Baby check this out I've got something to say"
    "When they start the love machine and I can laugh again"

    Perhaps what he has to say is that he loves the person he's going out with?
    Mach10Xon February 13, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI hate pretentious interpretations that don’t allow any flexibility in musical poetry, but I am looking forward to hearing someone’s opinion on this, close minded or no.

    My take on this (and I am probably off target)

    I get the imagery that the speaker lacks the courage to tell the listener that he loves her and keeps referring to distractions that don’t really exist to keep from putting his feelings out there. Comparing ordinary places to a night club and the chaos that goes in one allows form him to not speak, even though the speaker halfway has the courage to at least begin to say it “Baby, check this out I’ve got something to say”

    Other than that I like the song as a whole. Very “Pet Shop Boys” feel to it.
    randyisnoton April 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentInteresting take, but I get the impression it's about how flashy, loud, sexy, and MTV-ish our society is becomming.
    Flyingtreemonkeyon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUm, I'm pretty sure it's about how loud it is in dance clubs.
    Erisianon June 19, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love tmbg. this song is so true, both about nightclubs and our society. 2 birds with one song.
    stoplayinguitaron June 29, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI guess you could grope for greater meanings, but it's pretty obvious that it's a song about how hard it is to intimately communicate, or even think clearly, in a noisy and crowded dance club.

    The riffs the song is built on appear to be very thinly-veiled rip-offs of "Funkytown" and "Bizzarre Love Triangle", and the Johns have gone so far as admitting to it (without naming the songs in question) on their web site in the past.
    DavidGrimmeron July 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI have to agree with FLYING TREEMONKEY and Erisian. To me its a sort of vague social commentary bout how in the 80s everything started going disco and how you couldn't hear anything when you wanted to talk in night clubs because it was too damn loud! Randyisnot might be onto something because it does seem as though he is trying to say something which has to do with the love machine. who knows?
    The funniest line is... They revamped the airport completely
    now it looks just like a nightclub.
    Everyone's excited and confused.
    funkiest monkon March 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIts about mall stores. Think about it you walk into an abercombie or a hollister store or even hot topic and its cramped with clothes and stuff with loud music blaring. And in stores like those you cant tell who the employees are and who the customers are cause theyre all dressed the same.
    SpWideron April 01, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song sums up going out on the town so perfectly. I go with my friends who seem to love it and get so excited, but to me its just confusing, noisy and i can't put my things anywhere! When you try to talk rather than dance like an idiot no one can hear you so even though you've been begged to come out, you might as well not be there!
    Uso_Evinon September 01, 2007   Link
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    General CommentOh and the rest opf the song is implying that the whole world is becoming like night clubs and conversation is going down the pan.
    Uso_Evinon September 01, 2007   Link

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