Memory Serves
Interpol Lyrics


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It would be so nice to take you
I only ever try to make you smile
No matter what, we're gonna keep you occupied
But only at your place
Only at your place

It would be no price to pay
I only ever lie to make you smile
All kinds of dust are gonna keep me satisfied
But only at your place
Only at your place

Tonight a special memory serves me
And I'll wait to find the wrong way
Tonight a special memory serves me
And I'll wait to find
The wrong way

It's only, it's only
To feel like, the feeling is like
It's only
Why is it so hard, to stay away
Why's it so hard

Tonight a special memory serves me
And I'll play to find that I'm gray
Tonight a special
I only memorize those dates I deny

And I forget why we'll say
Let's seize the day
You won't have to say that you'd love to
But baby please that you want to
Someday

It would be no price to pay
Hit me again
'Cause it would be no price to pay, oh

Don't have to say that you'd love to
But baby please that you want to
Someday

You don't have to say that you'd love to




But baby please that you want to
Someday

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of Interpol's song "Memory Serves" have a cryptic quality that lends itself to multiple interpretations. The initial verses speak of a desire to please someone, to make them smile and occupy their thoughts, but only within the confines of their own space. There is a sense of deception lurking beneath the surface, as the singer admits to lying to achieve this goal. The chorus speaks of a "special memory" that serves the singer, though they appear to be unsure whether this memory will lead them astray or not. There are conflicting emotions at play here, with a sense of longing for someone who may not reciprocate, a desire to seize the day and live in the moment, and the struggle to maintain distance and control their feelings.


The latter half of the song takes a more introspective turn as the singer reflects on their own memories and emotions. Again, there is a sense of denial and self-deception, with the singer admitting that they only memorize the dates that they deny. They forget why they should seize the day and instead struggle to keep their emotions in check, singing "why is it so hard, to stay away?" The repeated refrain of "you don't have to say that you'd love to, but baby please that you want to" suggests that the singer is pleading with someone to give them a chance, while also acknowledging that this desire may be unreciprocated.


Overall, "Memory Serves" paints a portrait of a complicated and ambiguous relationship, full of mixed emotions and conflicting desires. It's a song that invites repeated listens and close attention, as the true meaning lies just beyond the surface level of the lyrics.


Line by Line Meaning

It would be so nice to take you
I want to be with you


I only ever try to make you smile
I manipulate you for my own happiness


No matter what, we're gonna keep you occupied
I'll keep you distracted from noticing the negative parts of our relationship


But only at your place
You're only good enough if I'm in control and at your place


It would be no price to pay
I don't care about the consequences of my actions


All kinds of dust are gonna keep me satisfied
I can find pleasure in anything, no matter how insignificant


Tonight a special memory serves me
I'm reminiscing on a past moment that made me feel good


And I'll wait to find the wrong way
I'm looking for excuses to continue my bad behavior


It's only, it's only
It's no big deal


To feel like, the feeling is like
I'm chasing a certain emotion


Why is it so hard, to stay away
I can't resist my toxic habits


Tonight a special memory serves me
I keep getting lost in my nostalgia


And I'll play to find that I'm gray
I'm struggling to find happiness or meaning in life


I only memorize those dates I deny
I remember the good times, but ignore the bad


And I forget why we'll say
I don't remember why we were together in the first place


Let's seize the day
Let's enjoy the present


You won't have to say that you'd love to
You don't have to pretend you love me


But baby please that you want to
But please want to be with me


Someday
Maybe someday you'll love me enough to stay


Hit me again
Hurt me again


Don't have to say that you'd love to
You don't have to pretend you love me


But baby please that you want to
But please want to be with me


Someday
Maybe someday you'll love me enough to stay




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