40'
Franz Ferdinand Lyrics


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As I glance once upon the foam
Forty feet beneath my feet
The coldest calm falls
Through the molten veins
Cooling all the blood to slush
Congeals around again

Oh, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
Oh, and forty feet remain

Salt scales upon my drying arms
Burn my back beneath the sun
But I am cold beneath the burning rays
Looking down, looking down, down, down again

Oh, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
Oh, and forty feet remain

La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la




La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Oh, and forty feet remain

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Franz Ferdinand's "40' are haunting and vivid, describing what appears to be a character standing on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sea. The first lines describe the character looking down at the water, forty feet below. The phrase "the coldest calm falls" creates an eerie and unsettling image of the water below, which seems to be motionless and almost frozen. The next lines describe the character feeling the coolness of this water in their veins, which causes their blood to thicken and become slushy.


The chorus repeats the phrase "forty feet remain," which is both a reflection of the height the character is standing at and a suggestion of something yet to come. The second verse describes the character feeling the contrast between the hot sun on their skin and the coldness they feel inside. "Looking down, looking down, down, down again" suggests a sense of hesitation or nervousness about what they might see if they look too closely at the water. Overall, the lyrics create a sense of unease and uncertainty, inviting the listener to imagine what might be waiting beneath the surface of the water.


Line by Line Meaning

As I glance once upon the foam
As I look down at the ocean waves


Forty feet beneath my feet
I am standing forty feet above the water


The coldest calm falls
A serene and cold feeling washes over me


Through the molten veins
Like lava flowing through veins, the calmness affects me


Cooling all the blood to slush
The coldness makes my blood feel like slush


Congeals around again
The feeling of calmness returns


Salt scales upon my drying arms
My arms are covered in salt from the ocean and drying in the sun


Burn my back beneath the sun
The sun is hot and burning my back


But I am cold beneath the burning rays
Despite the heat from the sun, I still feel cold from the ocean breeze


Looking down, looking down, down, down again
Continuing to look at the ocean waves beneath me


Oh, and forty feet remain
I am still standing forty feet above the water


La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
Singing a repetitive tune


La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la
Continuing to sing the same tune


La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Repeating the tune some more


La-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la, la-la-la-la
Still repeating the same tune


Oh, and forty feet remain
I am still standing forty feet above the water




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: Robert Hardy, Alexander Paul Kapranos Huntley, Nicholas John McCarthy, Paul Robert Thompson

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