Always Malaise
Interpol Lyrics


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Always, you need me lover
For always, release me lover

I want to give you the lowdown
I want to give you the face to face

Always, is all I can give
Isn't quite what you take me for

I will act in a certain way
I control what I can
That's the man I am
Well it pains me to say
That I do what I can
But that's the man I am
(Appearing out of the shade)

Always
Always, release
Always, release me lover
Almost every time
I want to give you the face to face
Always
I want to listen more

I relax in a certain way
I control what I can
That's the man I am
(Appearing out of the shade)
Well it pains me to say
And I do what I can
(Coming out of the ways)
That's the man I am
(Appearing out of the shade)
That's the man I am

Coming out of the ways
Appearing out of the shade

All that you've known
Be as it may
All that you've shown
Reaching and tried all day
(Coming out of the ways)
Wanna try all day
(Appearing out of the shade)

All that I know
Is you'll be okay
Follow your soul
And it tells you to fly away
(Coming out of the ways)
I wanna fly all day
(Appearing out of the shade)

All that you've known
Be as it may
All that you've shown
Reach in and tried all day
(Coming out of the ways)




I wanna try all day
(Appearing out of the shade)

Overall Meaning

The song "Always Malaise {The Man I Am}" by Interpol is a melancholy but introspective reflection on the difficulties that arise from trying to live up to others' expectations. The song seems to be told from the perspective of someone who has been in a tumultuous relationship, someone who is struggling to satisfy their partner's demands but also remain true to themselves. The lyrics "Always, you need me lover / For always, release me lover" suggest a sense of entrapment and desperation. The singer wants to break free and be his own person, but he is also afraid of losing his partner's love and approval.


The chorus "I will act in a certain way / I control what I can / That's the man I am / Well it pains me to say / That I do what I can / But that's the man I am" highlights the internal conflict that the singer is facing. He knows that he cannot change who he is, but he also knows that his actions may not be enough to keep his partner happy. The repetition of "always" in the song implies a sense of hopelessness, as if the singer is resigned to the fact that he will always be trapped in this cycle of trying to please his partner and failing. However, towards the end of the song, there is a glimmer of hope as the singer suggests that his partner will be okay and that he himself wants to fly away.


Overall, "Always Malaise {The Man I Am}" is a poignant and introspective song that delves into the complexities of human relationships and the struggle to find one's place in the world.


Line by Line Meaning

Always, you need me lover
I am always present when you need me, my beloved


For always, release me lover
However, I am not yours to keep forever, and you must let me go when the time comes


I want to give you the lowdown
I want to be honest and straightforward with you


I want to give you the face to face
I want to have a meaningful, personal conversation with you


Always, is all I can give
I am always here for you, but that may not be enough


Isn't quite what you take me for
You may have expectations of me that I cannot fulfill


I will act in a certain way
I have a particular way of behaving and reacting to situations


I control what I can
I only have power over certain aspects of my life


That's the man I am
This is my personality and who I am as a person


Well it pains me to say
I am uncomfortable with the following statement


That I do what I can
However, I will always do my best given the circumstances


(Appearing out of the shade)
Emerging from obscurity or hiding


Always
I am always there for you


Always, release
But I cannot be tied down, so you must let me go when it is time


Almost every time
There are few exceptions


I want to give you the face to face
I want to have a personal, direct conversation with you


Always
I am always present


I want to listen more
I want to understand you better and be a better listener


I relax in a certain way
I have specific ways of unwinding and dealing with stress


That's the man I am
This is who I am, what I do and how I react


And I do what I can
I always try my best within my capacity


(Coming out of the ways)
Emerging from different paths or approaches


Coming out of the ways
I am re-emerging and trying new approaches


Appearing out of the shade
I am no longer hiding and showing myself


All that you've known, be as it may
Regardless of your prior knowledge and beliefs,


All that you've shown, reaching and tried all day
You've done your best,


Wanna try all day
I want to keep trying with you


All that I know is you'll be okay
What I am certain about is that you will be fine,


Follow your soul and it tells you to fly away
So follow your heart and do what you need to do


I wanna fly all day
Even if you fly away, I still want to be with you


All that you've known, be as it may
Regardless of your prior knowledge and beliefs,


All that you've shown, reach in and tried all day
You've done your best,


I wanna try all day
And I will keep trying hard with you


(Appearing out of the shade)
Reappearing and showing myself from obscurity




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