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Where are we?
What the hell is going on?
The dust has only just begun to form crop circles in the carpet,
Sinking... Feeling...
Spin me 'round again and rub my eyes;
This can't be happening.
When busy streets a mess with people
Would stop to hold their heads heavy

Hide and Seek
Trains and sewing machines
All those years;
They were here first.

Oily marks appear on walls
Where pleasure moments hung before the takeover,
The sweeping insensitivity of this still life

Hide and Seek
Trains and sewing machines (Oh, you won't catch me around here)
Blood and tears (huh) they were here first.

Mm what you say
Oh that you only meant well, well of course you did
Mm what you say
Mm that it's all for the best, of course it is
Mm what you say
Hmm that IT'S JUST-a-what we need, you decided this (we, you)
Mm what you say
Hmm what did she say?

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs (paper word cut outs)
Speak no feeling no I don't believe you (I don't buy it)
You don't care a bit, you don't care a bit

Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth (Hide and Seek)
Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
Speak no feeling no I don't believe you (Hide and Seek)
You don't care a bit, you don't care a bit

You don't care a bit (Hide and Seek)
You don't care a bit, no
You don't care a bit
Mm, no, you don't care a bit
You don't care a bit
You don't care a bit



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    kitkaannMay 5, 2009 at 10:49 pm
    I really think it's about the holocaust too, i didn't think so before but just recently i read elie wiesels Night (about the experience of a young boy in a concentration camp) and i just happened to be listening to Imogens album at around the same time...and click..it made perfect sense, and is now so haunting. Or if it is not it fits so perfectly

    Where are we?
    What the hell is going on?
    The dust has only just begun to form crop circles in the carpet,
    Sinking... Feeling...
    Spin me 'round again and rub my eyes;
    This can't be happening.
    When busy streets a mess with people
    Would stop to hold their heads heavy

    *This part to me seems like they have had to leave their homes in a hurry, they dont know where they are being taken and what the hell is happening, also there is disbelief that the streets are still full of people who see what is going on and are allowing this to happen

    Hide and Seek (hunting down Jews)
    Trains and sewing machines ( being transported by trains , sent to work camps)
    All those years;
    They were here first. (could mean many things, the people that were there first the machines that were there first)The people that were there before in the camps that are now dead etc)

    Oily marks appear on walls
    Where pleasure moments hung before the takeover,
    The sweeping insensitivity of this still life
    * the takeover of the jewish people, the sweeping insensitivity what could be more insensitive you know

    Hide and Seek
    Trains and sewing machines (Oh, you won't catch me around here)
    Blood and tears (huh) they were here first.

    Mm what you say
    Oh that you only meant well, well of course you did (they were telling them it was for their own good that it would be better off for the jews)
    Mm what you say
    Mm that it's all for the best, of course it is
    Mm what you say
    Hmm that IT'S JUST-a-what we need, you decided this (we, you)
    Mm what you say
    Hmm what did she say?

    Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth
    Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs (paper word cut outs)
    Speak no feeling no I don't believe you (I don't buy it)
    You don't care a bit, you don't care a bit

    Ransom notes keep falling out your mouth (Hide and Seek)
    Mid-sweet talk, newspaper word cut outs
    Speak no feeling no I don't believe you (Hide and Seek)
    You don't care a bit, you don't care a bit

    You don't care a bit (Hide and Seek)
    You don't care a bit, no
    You don't care a bit
    Mm, no, you don't care a bit
    You don't care a bit
    You don't care a bit
    *i think this is just saying you know basicly they kiddnapped them, they had no choice, they are telling them false lies and promises but obviously it was all lies
  • m
    +2
    miamia_11Mar 30, 2010 at 1:04 am
    the song is about a divorce/separation, brought on by cheating.
    the first two lines are the wifes thoughts, wondering what's become of her marriage.
    then the next four speak of her disbelief in the situation.
    as for the crop circles in the carpet, it signifies where furniture once sat now gone.
    hide and seek stands for the game of finding love and hoping to find it.
    in this case, it could be the wife looking back at what she and her husband had originally gone through in earlier times
    or what she believes her husband did to find the woman he cheated on her with.
    the trains and sewing machines stand for their marriage: a train of a wedding dress, the machine used to make it.
    all those years, they were here first stands for all the time they spent together, how it came before the cheating and the downfall of their relationship.
    she recalls where pictures hung on the walls before the situation, and how her life just seems numb now that she's lost love.
    and how she won't marry again.
    the mmm, whatcha say parts are her conversations w/her husband and how he's trying to justify what he did, and she seems a bit sarcastic when responding back.
    and then finally, she drops the whole "what did she say?" most likely to show the husband that she knew of the other woman.
    and the last few lines are probably where the husband is apoligizing for what he had done, but it holds no true sentiment because he had still done it.
    and she knows he doesn't care anymore.
    theee end (:
  • t
    +2
    tangerine6392Nov 13, 2009 at 2:01 pm
    After I heard the Jason Derulo song with the Mmm whatcha say part, I think that it could be about cheating. But then again, the Holocaust meaning makes perfect sense too.
  • g
    +1
    gloomMay 5, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    the first time i heard this song i thought of the hard situation of workers in the 18th century (the first time of industrialization in the history).
    but I'm sure that this song is about the holocaust. it's a really good song
  • U
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    UnregisteredJun 17, 2012 at 1:55 am
    I believe the meaning of this song to be in regards to the native american people (blood and tears, they were here first, oily marks appear on walls, it's all for the best) and how they were stripped of their land and way of life. I think people are reading way too much into the lyrics and fitting it to whatever they want it to be.

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