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He often forgets about his girlfriend and their plans, numbing himself out watching TV. This is a sign of immaturity and of unwillingness to change for the relationship.

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“We don’t actually give a fuck about that shit,” he said when asked about White people using “nigga.” “Mothafuckers who care are the reason racism is still alive.”

-Tyler the Creator

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The hook seems to illustrate the nostalgia or at the very least, fond reminiscence of Wiki and Hak’s teenage years. While also speaking lightly about their hectice lifestyle in the impoverish areas of NYC.

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He’s a cunning master of deceipt, manufacturing chemistry (as in deep personal relationships that turn out to be fake, hence “manufactured”). With this ability and charisma, he manages to evade and lie his way thru life, represented by the tapestry.

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The song takes a slightly positive turn. The man is gettin cleaning appliances. He’s going to clean his past, and move on.

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Line’s pretty self-explainatory.

Here’s a picture by Larry Clark, a photographer (and recovered tweaker).

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The cop caught him either buying, selling or using, and thinks he’s got him. But of course, its not like only one person in the drug ring.

This could be seen as a critique on law enforcement, who believe that by only arresting the junkies then they eliminate the problem, when in fact, drug use is a complex issue involving economic status, family stability and lack of education.

He’s not the only one doing wrong, the whole world is.

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The references to hot/cold and to death and law might indicate that the song is about teenage use of hard drugs, namely free-base drugs (Meth, Heroin) which are heated so that you can prepare them for use.

The narrator “couldn’t make it cold”, meaning he couldn’t stop himself from lighting the fire onto his pipe or under the spoon. And as such, he has become a junkie.

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Perfectly describing the apathy of the human race as a whole. The world could be up in flames, and no one would care.

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The lovers convince themselves that their love will never end. They believe it’ll last forever.

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"Crease your pride / Telling lies / That you're not on you..." (James Blake – Measurements) | pending

Perhaps this line could be taken into another interpretation. Given the theological theme of the song, we could see this as James' critique of organized religion, fooling people into thinking that there is an absolute power and someone above them who will never leave them alone, while in reality they’re just as alone as himself. By doing this, the organized religion tells lies and creases its pride, earning money and advocates to their cause in the process

This song could be read in either of two ways:

  1. As it is explained in the above annotations, taking the story of Romeo and Juliet ala Thom Yorke (note that they wrote this song specifically for the 90’s movie).

2.The song (in keeping with the theme of the album), specially the last lines, are addressed in a very metaphoric way at the goverment and authority in general, defying the obsessive control the government (the father) has on the population, and how the narrator wishes for his own freedom from this system that seems to know everything, hoping it chokes in its own knowledge, maybe by inciting a revolution or civil war.

"But I'm at the end of my rope / And I feel like swinging" (Titus Andronicus – A Pot in Which to Piss) | accepted

Also, notice the rope-swing pun.

He’s at the end of his rope (both in terms of him being fed up with life, and literally at the end of a rope.

And he feels like swinging. Suicide.

"As God as my witness, this Will Smith spit real shit" (Chance The Rapper – Favorite Song) | rejected

Also, in order to save words, he uses “Will Smith” as a synonym of “nigga”.

"I got my Fleetwood Mac, I could get high every day / But ..." (Earl Sweatshirt – Sunday) | rejected

Also, the word “Mac” was used as a synonym for “buddy” of friend in the 40’s, so Frank could be saying that he has his niggas in LA.

"If this was '88, I would have signed to Ruthless" (Earl Sweatshirt – Hive) | rejected

Also, his pronounciation of the word Ruthless sounds like “Roof-less”, which means he would’ve signed a contract so big that the possibilities and/or the amount of cash he would’ve recieved would be gigantic.

"And this is the room / One afternoon I knew I could love ..." (Neutral Milk Hotel – The King of Carrot Flowers Pt. 1) | accepted

Tiying it together with the ode to Anne Frank that rolls thru the album, this line could simply represent Jeff reading Anne’s diary. Sinking into her soul (the book) and reading her secrets, where no one ever goes most times.

"But for now we are young / Let us lay in the sun / And co..." (Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea) | accepted

Also, in conjunction with the first line, he’s essentially saying that even if we die (and we will) we must enjoy and fulfil our lives the most we can.

"Just give me a suitcase and I’ll promise to not look back..." (Titus Andronicus – No Future) | pending

Also saying how he’s looking at the Gates of Heaven, but since he ain’t dead, he’s trying to find a crack in the wall thru which he may enter. Very poetic.

"But if you're troubled and hurt / What you got under your..." (My Chemical Romance – Teenagers) | accepted

Maybe he refers to a gun, rather than a bomb.
But I think that what he’s got under his shirt, isn’t really something material. I think he’s refering to his opinions, his ambitions and his hurt feelings, which he plans to express in such a way that those who mistreated him will see their wrong-doings.
Maybe by being in a pretty awesome band and tasting success. cough(Gerard)cough