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New Slang
The Shins Lyrics


Gold teeth and a curse for this town
Were all in my mouth
Only I don't know how they got out, dear
Turn me back into the pet
I was when we met
I was happier then with no mindset

And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

New slang when you notice the stripes
The dirt in your fries
Hope it's right when you die, old and bony
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall
Never should have called
But my head's to the wall and I'm lonely

And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

Godspeed, all the bakers at dawn
May they all cut their thumbs
And bleed into their buns 'til they melt away

I'm looking in on the good life
I might be doomed never to find
Without a trust, a flaming field
Am I too dumb to refine?
And if you took to me like
Well, I'd've danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well

Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: James Mercer

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Bryant Colon

If any of you were wondering, here's all the things this video is referencing (there's some I missed though)

0:00 Husker Du - Zen Arcade album cover
0:13 The Replacements - Let it Be album cover
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising album cover
0:20 Slint - Spiderland album cover
0:24 Sonic Youth - Sister album cover (bottom right on back cover)
0:28 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime album cover
0:35 Squirrel Bait - Squirrel Bait (EP) album cover
0:51 -Sonic Youth (again)
1:04 Cat Power - Nude as the News music video
1:13 Cat Power- Moon Pix album cover
1:38 Slint - Spiderland (again)
1:51 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (again)
2:29 Husker Du - New Day Rising (agian)
2:42 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:08 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:28 Slint - Spiderland (again)
3:32 Minutemen - Double Nickels (again)
3:35 Husker Du - Zen Arcade (again)
3:39 Replacements - Let it Be (again)

You're welcome



MooseTash

I remember listening to this in 1673 when I was just 15 years old.
We'd just finished burning my sister at the stake for practicing Witchcraft.
The summer air was peacefully warm and the sun was just setting.
Then this song started playing.
I don't know what it was playing on, as no radio's had been invented yet, but still, we all stood there and listened, feeling peaceful and optimistic.
What a beautiful evening it was.
Every time I hear this song, I'm immediately transported back to the edge of those cliffs looking out at the blood orange sun setting over the ocean whilst watching my sister's ashes drift lazily into the evening sky.

Memories. 💭



Gandalf the Grey

Gold teeth and a curse for this town
Were all in my mouth
Only I don't know how they got out, dear
Turn me back into the pet
I was when we met
I was happier then with no mindset
And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well
New slang when you notice the stripes
The dirt in your fries
Hope it's right when you die, old and bony
Dawn breaks like a bull through the hall
Never should have called
But my head's to the wall and I'm lonely
And if you took to me like a
Gull takes to the wind
Well, I'd've jumped from my trees
And I'd've danced like the king of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well
Godspeed, all the bakers at dawn
May they all cut their thumbs
And bleed into their buns 'til they melt away
I'm looking in on the good life
I might be doomed never to find
Without a trust, a flaming field
Am I too dumb to refine?
And if you took to me like
Well, I'd've danced like the queen of the eyesores
And the rest of our lives would've fared well



Dan Maftei

Album covers:

0:06 Husker Du - Zen Arcade
0:14 Replacements - Let It Be
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising
0:21 Slint - Spiderland
0:25 Sonic Youth - Sister (back cover, lower right photo)
0:29 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime
0:35 Squirrel Bait - [self-titled EP]
1:14 Cat Power - Moon Pix

What am I missing?



All comments from YouTube:

Raphaël V

I wonder if when someone makes a song this good they have any idea how much of an impact it will have in people's lives.

Bernie2020 except on israel

Are you guys high?

GreyFromSpace

I think people write songs that impact them. Sometimes people agree.

Sun

You're welcome.

Tom Thompson

Yep

Patricia Morrow

Best song in last 10-20 years

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Bryant Colon

If any of you were wondering, here's all the things this video is referencing (there's some I missed though)

0:00 Husker Du - Zen Arcade album cover
0:13 The Replacements - Let it Be album cover
0:17 Husker Du - New Day Rising album cover
0:20 Slint - Spiderland album cover
0:24 Sonic Youth - Sister album cover (bottom right on back cover)
0:28 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime album cover
0:35 Squirrel Bait - Squirrel Bait (EP) album cover
0:51 -Sonic Youth (again)
1:04 Cat Power - Nude as the News music video
1:13 Cat Power- Moon Pix album cover
1:38 Slint - Spiderland (again)
1:51 Minutemen - Double Nickels on the Dime (again)
2:29 Husker Du - New Day Rising (agian)
2:42 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:08 Sonic Youth - Sister (again)
3:28 Slint - Spiderland (again)
3:32 Minutemen - Double Nickels (again)
3:35 Husker Du - Zen Arcade (again)
3:39 Replacements - Let it Be (again)

You're welcome

Chris Macfarlane

You are an absolute legend and I guarantee we would have a great piss up together.

Hayden Courtney

The slint reference is a cut to the soul

Staci Valenti

1:40 definitely reminds me of when the Beatles did the Life photoshoot in the swimming pool (Miami, 1964). Maybe that’s what he was trying to recreate.

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