The Dark of the Matinée
Franz Ferdinand Lyrics


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You take your white finger
Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer
Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties and I'm
Not to look at you in the shoe
But the eyes
Find the eyes

Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinée, the dark of the matinée
It's better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine
Yes, it's mine

I time every journey
To bump into you accidentally, I charm you and tell you
Of the boys I hate, all the girls I hate, all the words I hate
All the clothes I hate, how I'll never be anything I hate
You smile, mention something that you like
Oh, how you'd have a happy life if you did the things you like

Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinée, the dark of the matinée
It's better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine
Yes, it's mine

So I'm on BBC Two now
Telling Terry Wogan how I made it and
What I made is unclear now
But his deference is and his laughter is
My words and smile are so easy now
Yes, it's easy now, yes, it's easy now

Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinée, dark of the matinée
It's better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée
You will find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinée, the dark of the matinée




Better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine
Yes, it's mine

Overall Meaning

The song "The Dark of the Matinée" by indie rock band Franz Ferdinand is a love song with a darker twist. The lyrics are filled with imagery and clever wordplay that paint a picture of a passionate but tumultuous relationship. The song starts with a seductive scene where the singer's lover undresses him, and he can't take his eyes off her. He then talks about how he plans his day to accidentally run into her, so he can charm her with his words. They talk about how they hate things and how doing things they like would make them happy.


The second verse seems to suggest that the singer has become successful and famous, appearing on BBC Two with Terry Wogan, but the details of what he made are unclear. However, the deference and laughter from the host make him feel good. The chorus repeats the idea of following each other through corridors and leaving an academic factory, suggesting the characters are perhaps trapped in a stifling situation they wish to escape. The "matinée" references the morning of a performance or a movie showing, which could signify a moment of escape or respite. The line "better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine" shows the singer feels more comfortable and authentic in the shadows, away from the limelight.


Overall, the song is about a passionate but complicated romantic relationship and the need for freedom and escape. The singer is both attracted to and frustrated by his lover, and he finds solace in the darkness.


Line by Line Meaning

You take your white finger
You use your finger to adjust my blazer buttons


Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer
You use your nail to slide under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer


Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties and I'm
You smooth out the fraying wool and loosen my tie


Not to look at you in the shoe
I should not look at your shoe


But the eyes
I should look into your eyes


Find the eyes
I need to find your eyes


Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
Come find me and follow me through the school buildings and offices


You must follow, leave this academic factory
You have to follow me and leave the school


You will find me in the matinee, the dark of the matinee
You will find me in the afternoon movie, during its darker moments


It's better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine
I prefer the afternoon movie when it is dark


I time every journey
I plan every trip to possibly see you


To bump into you accidentally, I charm you and tell you
My goal is to accidentally run into you and then charm you with my words


Of the boys I hate, all the girls I hate, all the words I hate
I tell you about all the things I dislike


All the clothes I hate, how I'll never be anything I hate
I also share how I don't like certain clothes and how I will never be what I dislike


You smile, mention something that you like
You smile and mention something you enjoy


Oh, how you'd have a happy life if you did the things you like
I tell you that you would be happier if you did more of the things you enjoy


So I'm on BBC Two now
Now, I'm on the BBC Two channel


Telling Terry Wogan how I made it and
I'm telling Terry Wogan how I became successful


What I made is unclear now
However, what I accomplished is now uncertain


But his deference is and his laughter is
But what is clear is his respect and his laughter toward me


My words and smile are so easy now
I feel so comfortable speaking and smiling now


Yes, it's easy now, yes, it's easy now
It's so easy now, it's just so easy now


Better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée is mine
I still prefer the afternoon movie when it's dark


You will find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You will locate me and follow me through the school's halls, dining area, and records


You must follow, leave this academic factory
You must follow me and leave this educational institution


You will find me in the matinée, the dark of the matinée
You will find me in the afternoon movie, during its darker scenes


Better in the matinée, the dark of the matinée
Once again, I prefer the afternoon movie when it's dark


It's mine. Yes, it's mine
The dark of the matinee belongs to me; yes, it's all mine




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

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@helenaoliveira9231

The Dark Of The Matinée
You take your white finger
Slide the nail under
The top and bottom buttons of my blazer
Relax the fraying wool
Slacken ties and I'm
Not to look at you in the shoe
But the eyes find the eyes

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow
Leave this academic factory
Will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes, it's mine

I time every journey
To bump into you accidentally
I charm you and tell you
Of the boys I hate, all the girls I hate
All the words I hate, all the clothes I hate
How I'll never be anything I hate
You smile, mention something that you like
Or how you'd have a happy life
If you did the things you like

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow
Leave this academic factory
Will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes, it's mine

So I'm on BBC2 now
Telling Terry Wogan how I made it and
What I made is unclear now
But his deference is
And his laughter is
My words and smile are so easy now
Yes, it's easy now
Yes, it's easy now

Find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow
Leave this academic factory
Will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee

Well, find me and follow me
Through corridors, refectories
And files you must follow
Leave this academic factory
Will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes, it's mine

A Escuridão Da Matinê
Você pega o seu dedo branco
Desliza a unha debaixo
Do primeiro e do último botões do meu blazer
Para ajeitar a lã puída
Afrouxa a gravata e eu
Não devo olhar para você no sapato
Mas os olhos encontram os olhos

Encontre-me e me siga
Por corredores, refeitórios e arquivos
Você deve seguir
Se livrar desta fábrica acadêmica
Encontre-me na matinê
Na escuridão da matinê
É melhor na matinê
A escuridão da matinê é minha
Sim, é minha

Eu cronometro todos os turnos
Para topar com você acidentalmente
Eu a enfeitiço e lhe conto
Sobre os caras que odeio, as garotas que odeio
As palavras que odeio, as roupas que odeio
Sobre como nunca serei nada do que odeio
Você sorri e menciona algo de que gosta
Ou como seria feliz
Se fizesse as coisas de que gosta

Encontre-me e me siga
Por corredores, refeitórios e arquivos
Você deve seguir
Se livrar desta fábrica acadêmica
Encontre-me na matinê
Na escuridão da matinê
É melhor na matinê
A escuridão da matinê é minha
Sim, é minha

E agora eu estou na BBC 2
Contando a Terry Wogan como cheguei lá e
Onde cheguei não está claro
Mas o respeito dele está
E a gargalhada dele também
Minhas palavras e meu sorriso são tão fáceis agora
Sim, é fácil agora
Sim, é fácil agora

Encontre-me e me siga
Por corredores, refeitórios e arquivos
Você deve seguir
Se livrar desta fábrica acadêmica
Encontre-me na matinê
Na escuridão da matinê
É melhor na matinê
A escuridão da matinê

Encontre-me e me siga
Por corredores, refeitórios e arquivos
Você deve seguir
Se livrar desta fábrica acadêmica
Encontre-me na matinê
Na escuridão da matinê
É melhor na matinê
A escuridão da matinê é minha
Sim, é minha



@LB-ne4zq

the lyrics....someone probably already posted them but if they did it's way far down, so here they are again (maybe?)

You take your white finger
Slide the nail under the top and bottom buttons of my blazer
Relax the fraying wool, slacken ties
And I'm not to look at you in the shoe, but the eyes,
find the eyes....

(chorus)
Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow me, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine....

I time every journey to bump into you, accidentally
I charm you and tell you of the boys I hate
All the girls I hate
All the words I hate
All the clothes I hate
How I'll never be, anything I hate
You smile, mention something that you like
How you'd have a happy life
if you did the things you like....

Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow me, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine....

So I'm on BBC2 now,
Telling Terry Wogan
How I made it and
What I made is unclear now,
But his deference is, and his laughter is
My words and smile are so easy now...
Yes, It's easy now,
Yes, It's easy now.....

Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow me, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee,
Find me and follow me through corridors, refectories and files
You must follow me, leave this academic factory
You will find me in the matinee
The dark of the matinee
It's better in the matinee
The dark of the matinee is mine
Yes it's mine



All comments from YouTube:

@sakaridis

Damn... That first Franz Ferdinand album is such a flawless masterpiece...

@SamuelEMPowell131

for real, timeless classic, btw if you like franz ferdinand you should check out Lonely Gimmick - Grumpy Days, it gives me FF vibes and is a great new indie track

@sakaridis

@@SamuelEMPowell131 Very nice! Thanks!

@flamingbanana5831

@@SamuelEMPowell131 paramores this is why also gives me FF vibes

@will..........

Obviously

@endoffate5475

First 3 albums.

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@Lilithdammit

There is not one bad song on this album. That’s rare.

@bubsharangozo3692

Agree!

@robertsteinberger5667

And each song could be a single

@BlueMHart

This is just an absolutely perfect song. Everything about it, I can’t imagine it getting better.

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