Elbow — K2
Album: Little Fictions
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Released: 2017
Length: 5:12
Plays (last 30 days): 5
I'm imagining rippling fingers on keys
Miming it wild on a cold stone table
Picturing and wishing for home and jiggling my knees
Send an urgent cable

Dickhead's done a runner and he's wondering
If anyone cares
Is the landing light on
Back to the pebbles that mum's eggs hatched in
Give me her perfume
Give me her prayers and advice

Hands up if you've never seen the sea
I'm from a land with an island status
Makes us think that everyone hates us
Maybe darling they do
But they haven't met you
They only know the villains at the tiller
And they gambled the farm on a headline

Jesus, getting harder to see what they're doing 'til it's done
And they're never gonna make an arrest on Fleet Street

Yes and I'm given to believing in love
I've written the word in my blood
And I perch on a shelf of the K2
Made of the believers that
Love, opens the fist just enough for a hand
To slip into the hand

I've been asleep in the woods with a mother to be
Planning on a static caravan in the Andes
Making a break with the steel magpie on the rise
Defeat in our time or do we
Meet on the street again due to the few?
Batter it out and refresh vendetta
Better surely to pause
Consider the path
It's full of blood, snot and teeth and the glory of no one

Hands up if you've never seen the sea
We're from a place with an island status
Queuing round the corner for a pencil and paper
Again
Come the virus of virii
God send us to a digital end
With following strangers and swiping at friends
I'll send you a postcard
See you in Hull
In a sweater made of Atacama llama wool

Yes and I'm given to believing in love
I've written the word in my blood
I've seen it make a heaven of
Backstreet, bedsit and bomb site living room
Love, opens the fist just enough for a hand
To slip into the hand

Yes and I'm given to believing in love
I've written the word in my blood
I've seen it make a heaven of
Backstreet, bedsit and bomb site living room
Love, opens the fist just enough for a hand
To slip into the hand, to slip into the hand
Comments (42)add comment
 Clyde_Bedow wrote:
First notes made me look around and see if someone had a dumb ring tone......

No, unfortunately the explanation wasn't that good.....
 
Hey, thanks for the idea!  {#Propeller}
First notes made me look around and see if someone had a dumb ring tone......

No, unfortunately the explanation wasn't that good.....
Now for something completely different.
The first few times I heard this, I had to double check that my squeeze players were in sync in the various rooms. When they're not in sync, you get that echo effect which works on this song, but is annoying when not intentional.
I like this song, but it's pretty hard to top their 2008 album, The Seldom Seen Kid.
 Michael_Dean wrote:
Really like it, the words seem some kinda dream state, the music and voice sew into it just fine. It's nice to have Elbow room.

 
Yes it is..that is if you were referring to a local pub with over 50 real beers on tap called the Elbow Room.


 I gotta get witchoo{#Exclaim}Michael_Dean wrote:
Really like it, the words seem some kinda dream state, the music and voice sew into it just fine. It's nice to have Elbow room.

 


 eliaspace wrote:
this song is terrible

 
That appears to be your default opinion.
 eliaspace wrote:
this song is terrible

 
How could I have been so wrong?
Really like it, the words seem some kinda dream state, the music and voice sew into it just fine. It's nice to have Elbow room.
this song is terrible
This reminds me of Wynton Marsalis doing his PBS radio jazz program in which he has school kids clap to keep keep time, while his band play. Freaking cool, except when his throws them a curve ball and does 9/8 time (ala Brubek).   
redmachine wrote:

Funny, I agree with him about Brexit, but think his band is one of the worst bands in musical history. 
 jgriffin56 wrote:

LOL, so we can't agree on this. 

 
Also LOL....I agree with redmachine on Elbow's take on Brexit and I also like the band! So I agree with both of you and disagree with both of you.  {#Group-hug}

Just as long as I'm allowed to openly state my opinion, and others can express theirs, without censorship.  PEACE & LONG LIVE RP!!


 redmachine wrote:

Funny, I agree with him about Brexit, but think his band is one of the worst bands in musical history. 

 
LOL, so we can't agree on this. 

 jgriffin56 wrote:
I like this song even though I disagree with their take on Brexit.  We can disagree on somethings and agree on others, how about that in this day and age.

 
Funny, I agree with him about Brexit, but think his band is one of the worst bands in musical history. 
I like this song even though I disagree with their take on Brexit.  We can disagree on somethings and agree on others, how about that in this day and age.
 lizardking wrote:

heck, I was only in 4th grade when we went to DW, and the ride operator is who made the "one of the tallest peaks in FL joke" - damn sarcasm doesn't come out easily when typing!

agreed, it's a great tune, although my "interpretation" of the song K2 being about Brexit is only a guess....what do you think it's about?

as far as the president I must have reacted to the news of his approval rating dropping even more...whatever, he'll be gone soon enough.



 
Garvey has come out and said the song is about Brexit and how nationalism is destroying GB and the US.  The lyrics (at least the ones that I can decipher) confirm this:  “I’m from a land with an island status – everyone hates us.”

Now, can we get Firebrand and Angel from this album on Radio Paradise?  That song is like a musical magic trick.


 jgriffin56 wrote:

Highest point in Florida is 345' above sea level, space mountain is not even close.  Panarama Tower in Miami is the tallest man made structure in Florida, 868 feet.

None of that has anything to do with a rather nice song.  Regardless your feelings or opinion on Brexit or Trump. I am not even sure that is what this song was intended to be about.

 
heck, I was only in 4th grade when we went to DW, and the ride operator is who made the "one of the tallest peaks in FL joke" - damn sarcasm doesn't come out easily when typing!

agreed, it's a great tune, although my "interpretation" of the song K2 being about Brexit is only a guess....what do you think it's about?

as far as the president I must have reacted to the news of his approval rating dropping even more...whatever, he'll be gone soon enough.


 lizardking wrote:

It's a Brexit poem, but like you said...my American self doesn't quite get it.  K2 being the "2nd highest peak" would be the "minority" vote to remain in the EU (i.e. 48% stay vs 52% leave) - great poetry I guess!

For the 45th president (see...I can't say that guy's name....I call him chump instead) - I think the poem would include reference to "Space Mountain" in Disney World, which I recall was the 2nd highest peak in the entire FLAT state of Florida coming in at 97 feet.  But I'm no poet and I know it!  I can say LONG LIVE RP for playing this wonderful music!



 
Highest point in Florida is 345' above sea level, space mountain is not even close.  Panarama Tower in Miami is the tallest man made structure in Florida, 868 feet.

None of that has anything to do with a rather nice song.  Regardless your feelings or opinion on Brexit or Trump. I am not even sure that is what this song was intended to be about.
 user4176 wrote:
Strange lyrics, make sense and don't make sense at the same time. I guess it's called poetic, but I never got poetry. {#Ask}

 
It's a Brexit poem, but like you said...my American self doesn't quite get it.  K2 being the "2nd highest peak" would be the "minority" vote to remain in the EU (i.e. 48% stay vs 52% leave) - great poetry I guess!

For the 45th president (see...I can't say that guy's name....I call him chump instead) - I think the poem would include reference to "Space Mountain" in Disney World, which I recall was the 2nd highest peak in the entire FLAT state of Florida coming in at 97 feet.  But I'm no poet and I know it!  I can say LONG LIVE RP for playing this wonderful music!