Spiral: I want to say:
SM: It's my second hand wonder,
a thing that recovers the doubt
Spiral: Slim door,
Mark: Like a rainstorm, you've got to do
what you want and say it
SM: It's of my design assembled at the cut
Spiral: Slim door,
SM: It's all right to shake, to fight, to feel
Mark: You go down, down, down, down
Spiral: Slim door,
SM: It's all right to shake, to fight, to feel
Mark: You go down, down, down, down

SM: Harness your hopes to the folks
with the liquor with the ropes,
Red, red ropes, periscopes
They've got everything will ever need
stored under the chair

Simmer, simmer, simmer down
Simmer, simmer, simmer down
Don't waste your precious breath
explaining that you are worthwhile

Simmer, simmer, simmer down
Simmer, simmer, simmer down
Be patient and I'll let you see my
Carrot rope, feed my thrill,
I got beat by weather
Carrot rope, feed my thrill,
I got beat by weather
Carrot rope, feed my thrill,
It's time to get me off of the ground,
The wicket keeper is down
(the wicked keep us down?)

SM: Hey little boy, would you like to know
what's in my pocket or not
It's no ploy, it's no gimmick,
It's the chance of a lifetime to see
something that's never seen by mere mortals
Mark: Except me
Spiral:And myself
SM: And sweet I, so what do you say?
Would you like to play 20 questions with me?
SM: A little, little Christian lie,
A little, little Christian lie
Debating if it's time
to drop the bomb on you, my dear
A little, little Christian lie,
A little, little Christian lie
Let's get down to brass tacks and start it
A carrot rope, feed my thrill,
I got beat by weather
A carrot rope, feed my thrill,
I got beat by weather
Carrot rope, feed my thrill
It's time to get me off of the grounds
The wicket keeper is down,
The wicked keeper is down
And he gets me off of the grounds

Spiral:Leg


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  • +5
    General Commentthis song is clrearly about a carrot rope.
    westing202on October 19, 2008   Link
  • +4
    General Commentthedrizzle / despairport / and especially alas.away: well done.

    "Carrot rope" in this case is indeed about smoking weed to "get me off of the ground(s)" which when you realize a that a carrot grows down under the ground one would need to be under it to use it as a rope to get on-top/"off of" it. It's about using weed to get out of a funk and stay fascinated with life and not end up like those that use alcohol to sit on their ass and "rub the rope red" from an ineffetual state of mind(depressed/hungover/drunk).

    Wicket keeper is down... prolly a loose reference to the wicket in cricket that are aimed at to be knocked down to initiate a run sequence (you'll have to read about it yourself at wiki:wicket for the rules; oddly enough the wickets are colored orange and about the size of a joint). So yea, imagine a dealer (wicket keeper) dropping 'officially' orange wickets to the ground which tranmogrify into carrots, aka "underground/depression escape ropes". So beyond just smoking it, it's about establishing a relationship with a dealer.

    Did I get it? ~:DDDDD
    envelopeon March 08, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthats what i thought, it was about revealing malkmus or stairs revealing themselves
    pcontoson June 11, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMy gut impression is that this song is about a pedo priest. The confessional has a slim door, the chairs are ornate, with brass tacks, etc. The tone of the song seems to be a grown man talking sexually to a boy, lots of references to his penis, his erection,his need to do it again. Some of the old fashioned priest garments are tied around the waist. The priest is a repeat offender indicated by the "except me" etc. segment. the "I got beat by weather," line, however, doesn't fit in.

    But you never know - maybe it *is* about cricket. I'm American so I know next to nothing about cricket - but I do think he is saying "wicket keeper" because in the video he makes a gesture as if swinging a cricket bat (stick? mallet?) when he sings that line. Cricket is played on cricket "grounds." you could be rained out, hence "beat by weather." A seriess of puns about penises and cricket.

    "Harness your hopes to the folks
    with the liquor with the ropes,
    Red, red ropes, periscopes
    They've got everything will ever need
    stored under the chair"

    Are cricket grounds bordered by ropes? Do people drink liquor from red roped "botas" at cricket mathches? (Remember "botas?" Those leather wine sacks with red rope straps that you could bring into concerts that didn't allow glass bottles. No?)

    Well . . . who knows?
    moikon May 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn the video, He makes a motion on the chorus. An obvious motion. Watch it.
    mybodyisacageon November 28, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyoutube.com/…&
    it's at about 3:04.

    I don't know still could be a joint, but I'm really torn on this song. It's SUPER catchy, especially for a Pavement song, but I get uncomfortable listening to it, because it totally sounds like a molestation by a trusted friend or something, and minimizing it as a "Christian lie."
    Sanjaiahon February 07, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHehe. Funny stuff on here. I always thought it was about him getting married:

    "Debating if it's time
    to drop the bomb on you, my dear"
    Going to pop the question.

    "would you like to know
    what's in my pocket"
    It's a ring.

    "gets me off of the grounds"
    SM no longer playing the field.

    Carrot= Karat

    Pavement songs can mean whatever you want.
    TheKnifeBusinesson October 15, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI think the significance of the "carrot rope" comes from the lines------"Harness your hopes to the folks with the liquor with the ropes. Red red ropes."... then it's like "carrot rope, feed my thrill, I got beat by weather"------- so I think the carrot rope started out red, but then you started trying to be free and go outside, so the red rope got weathered in the sun and rain, and turned carrot-colored.
    ernest57on October 04, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it's about the listeners not knowing they are gay.
    doodleshmooon December 11, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment???
    pcontoson May 21, 2002   Link

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