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Walcott
Vampire Weekend Lyrics


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Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, Mystic seaport is that way
Don't you know that your life could be lost
Out of Cape Cod tonight?

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, the bottleneck is a shit show
Hyannisport is a ghetto
Out of Cape Cod tonight

The lobster's claw is sharp as knives
Evil feasts on human lives
The Holy Roman Empire roots for you

Walcott, all the way to New Jersey
All the way to the Garden State
Out of Cape Cod tonight
Walcott, fuck the women from Wellfleet
Fuck the bears out in Provincetown
Heed my words and take flight

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?

Overall Meaning

In the song Walcott, Vampire Weekend implores the titular character to leave Cape Cod, a summer resort town located in Massachusetts. The lyrics are rife with anxious urgency, evocative of a horror film. The opening verses are sung rapidly, with a quick drumbeat in the background that heightens the sense of urgency. Walcott is asked if he knows how insane it is to remain in Cape Cod, the lobster claws are compared to knives, and evil feasts on human lives. The Holy Roman Empire, an ancient European empire, is said to root for Walcott, perhaps indicating that even history is against him.


The chorus repeats multiple times, with slight variations, urging Walcott to leave Cape Cod. The setting of the song is made clearer in the middle of the song when Walcott is told to go all the way to New Jersey, further emphasizing that the town is not where Walcott should be. The third verse has a more tongue-in-cheek tone, with lines like "fuck the women from Wellfleet" and "fuck the bears out in Provincetown." The song ends with a repetition of the chorus, indicating that Vampire Weekend remains worried that Walcott remains in Cape Cod.


Line by Line Meaning

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
The singer is urging Walcott to recognize the craziness of staying in Cape Cod.


Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
The singer is asking Walcott if he desires to leave Cape Cod.


Out of Cape Cod tonight?
The singer is emphasizing the urgency of leaving Cape Cod as soon as possible.


Walcott, Mystic seaport is that way
The artist is pointing out the direction of Mystic seaport to Walcott.


Don't you know that your life would be lost
The artist is warning Walcott that staying in Cape Cod could lead to losing his life.


Out of Cape Cod tonight?
The singer is emphasizing the need to leave Cape Cod immediately for safety reasons.


Walcott, the bottleneck is a shit show
The singer is describing the bottleneck situation as a complete disaster.


Hyannisport is a ghetto
The artist is hinting at the city of Hyannisport being a dangerous place to be in.


Out of Cape Cod tonight
The artist is reiterating the urgency of leaving Cape Cod asap for one's own safety.


The lobster's claw is sharp as knives
The artist is using a metaphor to describe the dangers lurking in Cape Cod.


Evil feasts on human lives
The singer is suggesting that there is an evil presence in Cape Cod that poses a threat to human lives.


The Holy Roman Empire roots for you
The artist is suggesting that forces beyond the realm of reality are rooting for Walcott to leave Cape Cod and stay safe.


Walcott, all the way to New Jersey
The singer is indicating the direction of New Jersey to Walcott.


All the way to the Garden State
The singer is referring to New Jersey as the "Garden State" to emphasize the idea of a better and safer place.


Out of Cape Cod tonight
The singer is emphasizing the need to leave Cape Cod for one's own safety as soon as possible.


Walcott, fuck the women from Wellfleet
The artist is expressing disdain towards the women from Wellfleet and their presence in Cape Cod.


Fuck the bears out in Provincetown
The artist is expressing disdain towards the bears (possibly referring to the LGBT community) in Provincetown and their presence in Cape Cod.


Heed my words and take flight
The singer is urging Walcott to listen to their advice and leave Cape Cod as soon as possible.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Christopher Joseph Baio, Christopher William Tomson, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@bigballsbobby

Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, Mystic Seaport is that way
Don't you know that your life could be lost
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, the bottleneck is a shitshow
Hyannisport is a ghetto
Out of Cape Cod tonight
The lobster's claw is sharp as knives
Evil feasts on human lives
The Holy Roman Empire roots for you
Walcott, all the way to New Jersey
All the way to the Garden State
Out of Cape Cod tonight
Walcott, fuck the women from Wellfleet
Fuck the bears out in Provincetown
Heed my words and take flight
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?
Walcott, don't you know that it's insane?
Don't you want to get out of Cape Cod
Out of Cape Cod tonight?



All comments from YouTube:

@taijuutsu

This was in a video for my Spanish class when I was in Middle School. Only 10 seconds of it played, but it had been stuck in my head for actually almost 10 years. When I found it today I felt like I was 13 again, sitting in that room, looking up at that SmartBoard and watching that segment of the video. That was some WILD closure.

@rafekatchadorian465

earworms, huh?

@nashcomp

Im 23 when 1st hear this song back in year 2007

@pornsakpongthong1092

My cousin goes to school

@ManiacYobbo

My father goes to prison

@hyakutake9569

​@@nashcompImpressive.You heard a song a year before it was released

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@DanThibodeau1

Saw them in Boston in 2013 with some of my closest friends. The whole way up from Yarmouth to the Sagamore bridge we blasted this song, and much later in the night, IT WAS THE FINAL ENCORE SONG

@mulletfish290

Listened to this song on my iPod probably over ten years ago on my way to Cabo with my family we drove the car from San Diego to Cabo the roads were so sketchy but some of my best memories.. a random memory brought me back to this song 3:42

@GGswiftie13

Such a good vibes song.

@elianaoehlke1183

Walcott don't you know that its insane

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