Auf Achse
Franz Ferdinand Lyrics


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You see her, you can't touch her
You hear her, you can't hold her
You want her, you can't have her
You want to, but she won't let you
You see her, you can't touch her
You hear her, you can't hold her
You want her, you can't have her
You want to, but she won't let you

She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done

Now you wish she'd never come back here again
Oh, never come back here again

You see her, you can't touch her
You hear her, you can't hold her
You want her, you can't have her
You want to, but she won't let you

You see her, you can't touch her
You hear her, you can't hold her
You want her, you can't have her
You want to, but she won't let you

She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
She's not so special so look what you've done

And now I'm nailed above you
Gushing from my side
It's with your sings that you've killed me
Thinking of your sins I die
Thinking how you'd let them touch you
How you'd never realise
That I'm ripped and hang forsaken
Knowing never will I rise
Again

You still see her
Oh, you hear her
You want her
Oh, you want to
You see her
You hear her




You want her
And you still want to

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Franz Ferdinand's song 'Auf Achse' narrate the story of a man who is hopelessly in love with a woman, but he cannot have her. The song starts with the repetition of the lines 'You see her, you can't touch her, you hear her, you can't hold her, you want her, you can't have her, you want to, but she won't let you.' The man is fixated on this woman, but he cannot do anything about it. He is unable to hold or touch her, even though he desires her immensely. As the song progresses, we see the man start to lose his grip on reality. He realizes that the woman is not so special after all and that he has created this impossible fantasy in his mind. But, at the same time, he is still obsessed with her and wishes she would never come back again.


Towards the end of the song, there's a dramatic shift in the narrative. Suddenly, the singer is talking in the first person, and it seems like he's been killed. He talks about being nailed above the woman and gushing from his side, and it's with her sins that he's been killed. The idea of being 'nailed' conjures up the image of a crucifixion, and the lines 'thinking of your sins I die' adds a deeper layer of meaning to the previous lines. It could be interpreted that the woman represents the 'sins' in this narrative, causing the man to be fixated entirely on her, leading him to his downfall.


Overall, the song is a dark, melancholic meditation on love and obsession. It's a warning about the pitfalls of becoming too fixated on someone and the dangers of letting our desires and daydreams take over our reality.


Line by Line Meaning

You see her, you can't touch her
The woman he desires is physically present but unattainable


You hear her, you can't hold her
He can hear her voice but cannot embrace her


You want her, you can't have her
The singer desires a woman he cannot possess


You want to, but she won't let you
The woman is refusing his advances


She's not so special so look what you've done, boy
The artist is acknowledging that the woman is not worth the effort and trouble he has gone through to pursue her


Now you wish she'd never come back here again, Oh, never come back here again
The singer regrets ever having the woman in his life and wishes she would disappear


And now I'm nailed above you, Gushing from my side
The singer is in a desperate situation, likely a violent and deadly one


It's with your sins that you've killed me, Thinking of your sins I die
The artist believes that his assailant is the cause of his death and that the killer’s own wrongdoings will haunt him


Thinking how you'd let them touch you
The artist is potentially alluding to the killer’s own infidelities or betrayals, which contributed to his death


How you'd never realise, That I'm ripped and hang forsaken, Knowing never will I rise again
The artist reflects on his own mortality and accepts that his life is over and he will never again have the chance to pursue the woman he desired


You still see her, Oh, you hear her, You want her, Oh, you want to, You see her, You hear her, You want her, And you still want to
The singer is highlighting the futility of his desires, even in death. He still longs for the woman, but she remains out of reach




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: ALEXANDER PAUL KAPRANOS HUNTLEY, NICHOLAS JOHN MCCARTHY, ROBERT HARDY, PAUL ROBERT THOMPSON, JAN BAUMANN

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