New! Read & write lyrics explanations
  • Highlight lyrics and explain them to earn Karma points.

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?
I've seen those English dramas too
They're cruel
So if there's any other way
To spell the word
It's fine with me, with me

Why would you speak to me that way
Especially when I always said that I
Haven't got the words for you
All your diction dripping with disdain
Through the pain
I always tell the truth

Who gives a fuck about an Oxford climber?
I climbed to Dharamsala too
I did
I met the highest lama
His accent sounded fine
To me, to me

Check your handbook
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your boyfriend, unlike other guys

Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's to the wall
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth

Check your passport
It's no trick
Take the chapstick
Put it on your lips
Crack a smile
Adjust my tie
Know your butler, unlike other guys
Why would you lie about how much coal you have?
Why would you lie about something dumb like that?
Why would you lie about anything at all?
First the window, then it's through the wall
Why would you tape my conversations?
Show your paintings
At the United Nations
Lil' Jon, he always tells the truth



Lyrics taken from http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/v/vampire_weekend/oxford_comma.html

Correct | Report

Please input the reason why these lyrics are bad:

songmeaningsPost my meaning

  • m
    +7
    MaeStoneJul 6, 2010 at 9:15 pm
    I can't believe I signed up just to explain this. An Oxford Comma is the optional comma before the word 'and' in a list. Many people care about this stuff (trust me, I'm friends with many of them). Actually people argue about weather or not an Oxford Comma should be present. Many people are strongly opinionated. He's saying "Who gives a fuck...?" The whole song is about how people are too focused on stupid things. Ironically we're all sitting here debating about the stupid things he was talking about. The 'Oxford Comma' and the 'Oxford Climber' represent all the stupid things people care too much about (like the meaning of the song--who cares? Just enjoy the song).
  • m
    +5
    michelleydellyMar 21, 2010 at 3:53 am
    On 28 January 2008, Michael Hogan of Vanity Fair interviewed Ezra Koenig regarding the title of the song and its relevance to the song's meaning. Koenig said that he first encountered the Oxford comma (an optional comma before the word "and" at the end of a list) when a group of Columbia University students had created a group titled "Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma", which prompted the idea of the song several months later while sitting at a piano in his parents' house. He began "writing the song and the first thing that came out was 'Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?'". He stated that the song "is more about not giving a fuck than about Oxford commas." [1].
  • U
    0
    UnregisteredApr 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm
    I think the overall meaning of the song is to not worry so much about the little things in life that don't matter. You don't need to lie to impress people 'why would you lie about how much coal you have? '. Its also saying instead of caring about the insignificant things, you should take care over the things that actually do matter in life 'know your boyfriend, unlike other guys\'.
  • war3hol3
    0
    war3hol3Sep 25, 2011 at 10:04 am
    One more word about "how much coal you have?"
    English and German are quite similar (they belong to the same family of Germanic languages, after all). In particular, English "coal" is very similar to German "Kohle". And in German, "coal" is the second word for "money", E. G. "Have you got any coal?", "His life is nothing but coal making", etc.
    So, when I saw the lyrics for the first time, I immediately thought to myself "Oh, I didn't know it's exactly the same in English!". Well, not quite.
    On the other hand side, Ezra bears a German name (Koenig means King), so maybe for him the association was as obvious as for me. And, the song is (among other important things) about mixing up the languages. But, of course, these are only my own theories.
  • a
    0
    aderAug 1, 2008 at 1:47 am
    From wikipedia.
    On 28 January, Michael Hogan of Vanity Fair interviewed Ezra Koenig, regarding the title of the song and its relevance to the song's meaning. Koenig said that he first encountered the Oxford comma when a group of Columbia University students had created a group titled "Students for the Preservation of the Oxford Comma", which prompted the idea of the song several months later whilst sitting at a piano in his parent's house. He began "writing the song and the first thing that came out was 'Who gives a fuck about an Oxford comma?'". He stated that the song "is more about not giving a fuck than about Oxford commas."

    Write about your feelings and thoughts

    Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable. Make sure you've read our simple tips.
    U
    Unregistered
    Min 50 words
    Not bad
    Good
    Awesome!
    Explain

    Write an explanation

    Your explanation
    Add image by pasting the URLBoldItalicLink
    10 words
    Good
    Cool
    Awesome!
    Explanation guidelines:
    • Describe what artist is trying to say in a certain line, whether it's personal feelings, strong statement or something else.
    • Provide song facts, names, places and other worthy info that may give readers a perfect insight on the song's meaning.
    • Add links, pictures and videos to make your explanation more appealing. Provide quotes to support the facts you mention.
    Before you get started, be sure to check out these explanations created by our users: good, very good, great.
    ×