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After the glow, the scene,
The stage, the set
Talk becomes slow
But there's one thing I'll never forget
Hey, you gotta pay your dues
Before you pay the rent

Over the turnstile turn out in the traffic
There's ways of living
It's the way I'm living
Right or wrong,
It's all that I can do,
And I wouldn't want to let you be

I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down

Run from the pigs, the fuzz,
The cops, the heat
Pass me your gloves, there's crime
And it's never complete
Until you snort it up or shoot it down
You're never gonna feel free

Out on my skateboard
The night is just hummin'
And the gum smacks are the pulse
I'll follow if my walkman fades
But I've got absolutely no one,
No one but myself to blame

Don't worry
We're in no hurry
School's out,
What did you expect?

I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down
I want a range life,
If I could settle down,
If I could settle down,
Then I would settle down

Out on tour with the Smashing Pumpkins
Nature kids, I/they don't have no function
I don't understand what they mean
And I could really give a fuck

The Stone Temple Pilots,
They're elegant bachelors
They're foxy to me
Are they foxy to you?
I will agree
There isn't absolutely nothing
Nothing more than me

Dreamin' dream dream dream
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My girlfriend in college loved Smashing Pumpkins and hated Pavement because of this song and rivalry. Needless to say Pavement was/is my favorite band. They were always inspired, if lazy genius over hack technical proficiency. The best, laziest band ever.

No, Tina and I didn't fall in love to Pavement, but years later, she's gone, probably a lawyer or some other crap. I'm a professional temp, but I bet I have more fun.

And what about STP, they're foxy to me, are they foxy to you?

Never dug STP, but loved this tune while on tour with a band (lighting director) and yeah, I missed some chances to settle down, but I’m having way too much fun ;-)

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What is meant by "Range Life"?

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The title "Range Life" appears to be Malkmus's translation of the French term "une vie rang�e," which means an ordered, structured life. A range life would be an ordinary life, an "arranged" life, a comfortable life, a life of shady lanes perhaps. Malkmus probably studied French at UVA. I realized that he must have been referring to "une vie rang�e" when I encountered the term in a poem I studied in a French class a few years ago. From what I've heard, he finally found his range life with his wife, his kids, and his well-established career. Maybe that's why his music doesn't do much for me anymore. There was so much emotion in his voice on those old Pavement records. <<

I think this sums it up, but I always considered it to relate to an American idiom from "Home on the Range."

Something like this:

Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam,
Where the deer and the antelope play,
Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
And the skies are not cloudy all day.

    Home, home on the range,
    Where the deer and the antelope play;
    Where seldom is heard a discouraging word
    And the skies are not cloudy all day.

So the meaning is the same - the narrator yearns for a quaint, quiet, peaceful life - but not right now. Maybe the French idiom relates to the American song (?????)

But there's another thought, also, in Elevate Me Later:

Those who sleep with electric guitars Range roving with the cinema stars And I wouldn't want to shake their hand Cause they're in such a high protein land

Is this also what SM means by "Range Life"? Probably not - but just a thought.

Interesting point. Roving means able to be shifted from place to place, not settled in one location - the opposite of a "range life". Maybe he's trying to draw attention to that by putting "range" in front? Shifting from place to place to different "ranges" so as to find where to settle down?...

To be honest, I always thought that lyric was alluding to the Range Rover, the ridiculously expensive SUV. The second generation of the Range Rover came out in '94.

Food for thought.

Foolish is the idea that people who have stable jobs; decent reputations; earn good money, etc have boring lives. It's a stereotype, and sadly accepted. I have met the most fun people in my lifetime, and some of them were very successful financially (in business or law or the medical profession, etc) while having nice homes and families. They were also the wildest ones at the dance clubs...laughing, drinking, partying, etc. This idea that everyone falls into some round or square hole is silly. We each have multiple sides to us, and a different side shows depending upon the situation...

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Pumpkins never will have the talent or the lyrical value that Pavement/Stephen Malkmus has. Corgan had a bogus reason too...he didnt like Malkmus, he demanded they be dropped from the tour or else he would leave. "People dont fall in love to Pavements music, they fall in love while listening to Smashing Pumpkins." -Billy Corgan

Meaning of the song is pretty clear..its about the band on tour, no question.

@Amnesiac Angels "Pumpkins never will have the talent or lyrical value that Pavement/Stephen Malkmus has" HAHA funny one, The Smashing Pumpkins are easily the most talented band of the last 30 years in terms of both musicianship and lyricism.

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Billy Corgan is one of the most pissy, egotistical bitches in the music industry. Why people actually like him or respect him, I will never know.

He recently launched a ridiculously insulting and blatantly transphobic tirade against effects pedal designer Devi Ever.

"you ugly piece of shit...if i ever run into you, anywhere, at anytime, for as long as i live, i will knock your fucking lights out. don't ever come near me, and if i hear even one more peep out of you in public about me, or the band, or the members of the band, i am gonna sue you for so much you'll never be able to afford so much as to even make a fucking guitar cable."

@RaygunShaun because Billy Corgan is a musical genius unlike this Pavement guys

@RaygunShaun because Billy Corgan is a musical genius unlike this Pavement guys

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Fucking Billy Corgan. Whatever, dude.

ANYWAY, this is one of my favorite Pavement songs ever. I don't care what it means, and with Pavement ... who fucking knows anyway?

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On the booklet that comes with the album Malkimus says that he wrote the part about the smashing pumpkins to prove a point that people and the media would get more caught up with him making fun off the smashing pumpkins then actually focusing on oh I dont know the music which is exactly what happened.

I think the song is about living life and having all this excitement in your life and enjoying that but at the same time wanting to settle down

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This is probably the best country-rock song that's not on The Byrds' "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." Even if you don't care much about the Pavement/Pumpkins drama, you can still enjoy the catchy-as-hell melody.

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I beg to differ that people don't fall in love listening to Pavement.

I have. I have had my heartbroken to Pavement, and then had it sewn back up to Pavement.

The Pumpkins have not made a significant dent in the life of anyone with whom I'm familiar or my own. Pavement thought, has honestly changed mine.

Corgan has NOTHING on Malkmus.

@love your buttons I bet you havent even listened to Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie or Adore you stupid piece of shit. The Smashing Pumpkins are easily the most talented band of the last 30 years in terms of both musicianship and lyricism.

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The title "Range Life" appears to be Malkmus's translation of the French term "une vie rangée," which means an ordered, structured life. A range life would be an ordinary life, an "arranged" life, a comfortable life, a life of shady lanes perhaps. Malkmus probably studied French at UVA. I realized that he must have been referring to "une vie rangée" when I encountered the term in a poem I studied in a French class a few years ago. From what I've heard, he finally found his range life with his wife, his kids, and his well-established career. Maybe that's why his music doesn't do much for me anymore. There was so much emotion in his voice on those old Pavement records.

You're a legend for discovering this. I've been wondering for ages what range life was all about. It totally fits in with the rest of the chorus, settling down, and all that. Genius.

There was so much emotion in his voice on those old Pavement records.

:/ But Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain was their sophomore outing. So it is an old Pavement record.

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i want a range life...

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