Obstacle 1
Interpol Lyrics


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I wish I could eat the salt off of your lost faded lips
We can cap the old times, make playing only logical harm
We can cap the old lines, make playing that nothing else will change

But she can read, she can read, she can read, she can read
She's bad
She can read, she can read, she can read, she's bad
Oh, she's bad

But it's different now that I'm poor and aging
I'll never see this face again
You'll go stabbing yourself in the neck

And we can find new ways of living
Make playing only logical harm
And we can top the old times
Clay-making that nothing else will change

But she can read, she can read, she can read, she can read
She's bad
She can read, she can read, she can read, she's bad
Oh, she's bad

It's different now that I'm poor and aging
I'll never see this place again
You go stabbing yourself in the neck

But it's different now that I'm poor and aging
I'll never see this place again
And you go stabbing yourself in the neck

It's in the way that she pulls it
It's in the things that she puts in my head
Her stories are boring and stuff
She's always calling my bluff
She puts the, she puts the weights into my little heart
And she gets in my room and she takes it apart
She puts the weights into my little heart
I said she puts the weights into my little heart

She packs it away
She packs it away
She packs it away
She packs it away
She packs it away
She packs it away
She packs it away

It's in the way that she walks
Her heaven is never enough




She puts the weights in my heart
She puts, oh, she puts the weights into my little heart

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Obstacle 1" by Interpol are ambiguous and open to interpretation, as they do not follow a strict narrative. The song seems to be about a failed relationship, and the singer is expressing his desire to reconcile and move past their old issues. He wishes he could go back to the simpler times and make their relationship work again. However, the woman he is addressing has moved on, and is now "bad." She is able to see through his attempts to win her back, and is not interested in rekindling their romance.


The singer is aware that time has passed, and that things will never be the same again. He acknowledges that he is "poor and aging" and that he will never see her or their old life again. The repeated line "she puts the weights in my heart" could be interpreted as her causing him pain and emotional burden, or alternatively, as her carrying the weight of their past relationship with her. The song ends with the woman "packing away" - this could imply that she is moving on, or that she is hiding her feelings and not facing their problems.


Overall, "Obstacle 1" is a complex and thought-provoking song that explores the themes of regret, aging, and failed relationships.


Line by Line Meaning

I wish I could eat the salt off of your lost faded lips
I desire to reconnect with you and relive our memories together.


We can cap the old times, make playing only logical harm
We can limit our nostalgia and focus on practical matters to avoid getting hurt.


We can cap the old lines, make playing that nothing else will change
We can stop dwelling on our previous experiences and make sure that no changes occur.


But she can read, she can read, she can read, she can read
She can read through people and situations with ease.


She's bad
She's cunning and manipulative.


Oh, she's bad
She's very good at what she does.


But it's different now that I'm poor and aging
Things have changed for me now that I am older and less well-off.


I'll never see this face again
I'll never experience this particular moment or person again.


You'll go stabbing yourself in the neck
You'll end up hurting yourself in the end.


And we can find new ways of living
We can explore different lifestyles.


Make playing only logical harm
We can approach things practically to avoid getting hurt.


And we can top the old times
We can surpass our previous experiences.


Clay-making that nothing else will change
We can shape our lives in a way that nothing else will be able to alter it.


It's in the way that she pulls it
She knows how to manipulate people with her actions and words.


It's in the things that she puts in my head
She has a way of influencing my thoughts and perceptions.


Her stories are boring and stuff
Her tales lack substance and interest.


She's always calling my bluff
She's always challenging and questioning me.


She puts the, she puts the weights into my little heart
She makes me feel heavy and burdened.


And she gets in my room and she takes it apart
She has the ability to come into my space and disrupt everything.


She packs it away
She stores everything away and keeps it hidden.


It's in the way that she walks
Her walk exudes confidence and a sense of control.


Her heaven is never enough
She's never satisfied and always searching for more.


She puts the weights in my heart
She burdens me with emotional weight and stress.


She puts, oh, she puts the weights into my little heart
She continues to add weight and burden onto me.




Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Carlos Andres Dengler, Daniel Alexander Kessler, Paul Julian Banks, Samuel J Fogarino

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