"Taking People" as written by and Marshall Cat Power....
Who, who never showed you,
About the easy way,
Whose robes did they trade you,
For such an easy life

Who, who never showed you,
About the easy way,
Who, who never told you,
About the perfect life,
Guess it's some kind of,
Some guarantee,
You'll never see.

If I was a photographer,
Picture taking,
Beautiful people,
I guess I'd make a mistake,
Cause I'd probably take a,
Picture of you.

Who, who never showed you,
About the easy way.

And whose robes did they trade you,
For such a perfect life,
That's such a guarantee.

It leaves some certain sickness,
You'll never know,
Inside of me

That's all I have.

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"Taking People" as written by Cat Power Marshall


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    General CommentWow, every time I look at one of these songs, I go "Oh, that's my favorite one!" Chan Marshal really is the best singer-songwriter of her generation, (she and good ol' Stephen Malkmus). Such simplicity and emotion.

    Anyway, I think this song is about someone who's trying to become famous or comparing themself to glamorous people, always losing out in the end. And Chan's like, hey, in my book, you're a superstar already. Very sweet.
    DevastatorJr.on February 04, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationI think the song is about someone who is both insecure and competitive trying to gain accolades through advanced academic degree achievement. Specifically the the "robes" reference describes graduation ceremony robes, the "photographer" is taking photos of the graduation ceremony and the "...guarantee you'll never see"" is the false promise of career success, financial security, and status after finally reaching graduation. A good friend and life mentor put this song on a mix tape for me when I was very worried about what people would think of me if I dropped out of graduate school. He, and this song helped me a lot during that transition out of the academic priesthood.
    taymereon February 19, 2013   Link

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