Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis
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After one or two I get used to the room
We go slow when we first make our moves
By five or six I'll bring you out to the car
By number nine with my head on the bar
And it's sad but true out of cash and i-o-u's

I got desperate desires, and unadmirable plans
My tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent
Bring you back to the bar get you out of the cold
My sober straight face gets you out of your clothes.
And they're scared that we know all the crimes they'll commit
Who they'll kiss before they get home.

I will lie awaken and lie for fun
And fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say.

Barely conscious in the door where you stand.
Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes your demands
You laugh at every word trying too hard to be cute
I almost feel sorry for what I'm gonna do
And your hair smells of smoke
Who will cast the first stone?
You can sin or spend the night all alone

Brass buttons on your coat hold the cold
In the shape of a heart that they cut out of stone
And you're using all your looks that you've thrown from the start
If you let me have my way I swear I'll tear you apart.

Cause its all you can be
You're a drunk
And you're scared
Its ladies night all the girls drink for free.

I will lie awake and lie for fun
And fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say.

I will lie awake and lie for fun




And fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say.

Overall Meaning

Brand New's song Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis is a cautionary tale of the dangers of succumbing to desperate desires and unadmirable plans. The singer of the song is a manipulative and dishonest person who relies on alcohol to seduce their partner. The lyrics detail how they progressively become more drunk throughout the night, from one or two drinks to being completely out of cash and IOUs. Despite their growing inebriation, they remain aware of their malicious intent, noting that their tongue "will taste of gin and malicious intent."


The singer lures their partner back to the bar and then back to their place, where they continue to deceive and manipulate them. The lyrics suggest that the partner is aware of the singer's intentions but chooses to ignore them or is too inebriated to resist effectively. The song's haunting melody is accentuated by the singer's confession of how they will "lie awake and lie for fun and fake the way they hold" their partner. They are aware of the consequences of their actions, but they continue to sin, fuelled by alcohol and their desperate desires.


The song serves as a reminder of the dangers of succumbing to lust, temptation and self-indulgence, set to a beguiling melody that mirrors the deceit and manipulation at the heart of the song.


Line by Line Meaning

After one or two I get used to the room
I become accustomed to my surroundings after a drink or two.


We go slow when we first make our moves
We take things slow at the beginning of our interaction.


By five or six I'll bring you out to the car
After a few more drinks, I'll take you out to my car.


By number nine with my head on the bar
After several more drinks, I'll be resting my head on the bar.


And it's sad but true out of cash and i-o-u's
Unfortunately, I am currently out of money and resorting to IOUs.


I got desperate desires, and unadmirable plans
I have inappropriate and selfish desires.


My tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent
I'll be drinking gin and intentionally causing harm with my words.


Bring you back to the bar get you out of the cold
I'll bring you back to the bar to keep you warm.


My sober straight face gets you out of your clothes.
My serious expression prompts you to undress.


And they're scared that we know all the crimes they'll commit
Others are afraid that we know about their wrongdoing.


Who they'll kiss before they get home.
Wondering who they will kiss before returning home.


I will lie awaken and lie for fun
I will stay awake and tell falsehoods for entertainment.


And fake the way I hold you
I will pretend to be affectionate towards you.


Let you fall for every empty word I say.
Tricking you with every meaningless thing I say.


Barely conscious in the door where you stand.
You are barely awake, standing at the door.


Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes your demands
Your eyes are closing while you speak.


You laugh at every word trying too hard to be cute
You are trying too hard to appear adorable, laughing at everything I say.


I almost feel sorry for what I'm gonna do
I almost regret what I'm about to do to you.


And your hair smells of smoke
Your hair has a scent of smoke.


Who will cast the first stone?
Who will be the first to judge and criticize?


You can sin or spend the night all alone
You can either indulge in wrongdoing or spend the night alone.


Brass buttons on your coat hold the cold
The coat you're wearing has chilly brass buttons.


In the shape of a heart that they cut out of stone
The buttons resemble a heart made from stone that has been carved.


And you're using all your looks that you've thrown from the start
You've been using all of your attractive features since the beginning.


If you let me have my way I swear I'll tear you apart.
If you allow me to have control, I promise to harm you greatly.


Cause its all you can be
This is the best that you can be.


You're a drunk
You are intoxicated.


And you're scared
You are afraid.


Its ladies night all the girls drink for free.
Women drink for free on this occasion.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: JESSE LACEY, VINCENT ACCARDI

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

@mc-kb6sq

With one or two, I get used to the room
We go slow when we first make our moves
But five or six, bring you out to the car
Number nine with my head on the bar
And it's sad but true, out of cash and IOUs

I've got desperate desires and unadmirable plans
My tongue will taste the gin and malicious intent
Bring you back to the bar, get you out of the cold
A sober straight face gets you out of your clothes
And they're scared that we know all the crimes they'll commit
Who they'll kiss before they get home

I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say

Barely conscious in the door where you stand
Your eyes are fighting sleep while your mouth makes your demands
You laugh at every word, trying hard to be cute
I almost feel sorry for what I'm gonna do
And your hair smells of smoke
Who will cast the first stone?
You can sin or spend the night all alone
Brass buttons on your coat hold the cold
In the shape of a heart that they cut out of stone
You're using all your looks that you've thrown from the start
If you let me have my way, I swear I'll tear you apart
'Cause it's all you can be
You're a drunk and you're scared
It's ladies night, all the girls drink for free

I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say

I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say

I will lie awake
And lie for fun and fake the way I hold you
Let you fall for every empty word I say



All comments from YouTube:

@toolapcchic00

This song fucks me up.

@Personalinfo404

ditto, it did its job 10/10

@R4idenXS

As a victim of a manipulative person??

@teodorabalaur6699

" "Me vs. Maradona vs. Elvis" is a song that Lacey describes as being about his worst nightmare, turning into a washed-up figure after his prime has ended. The title draws comparison to Elvis Presley, who died from a drug overdose, and Diego Maradona, who suffered from drug addiction and was accused of domestic violence. " (Wikipedia)
...looks like he always knew it would happen

@SOBEKCrocodileGod

@Austin Webb yeah it doesn’t redeem the awful things he has done, but I respect that he admitted to it and didn’t try to justify it.

@AvalonsMessenger

we become who we pretend to be

@codysnowden231

I always thought it was surprising that people were surprised when all that stuff came out... Like he's been saying it since the beginning

@samcrooker4679

Right… the very first song Brand New wrote: My Nine Rides Shotgun:: Read the lyrics to that… he wasn’t hiding anything from the very start

@user-wr9kr3oe8g

Listening to this almost two decades later (F me, where does the time go?) I am instantly taken back to high school. Love when music can transport you back in time and relive the moments or feelings had when listening to certain songs. This is one of them for me

@MaelstromFilm

Graduated in 04. I feel it too man.

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