Vampire Weekend Jonathan Low

Last born of the clan

First one to be free

Lived inside a house

Beneath the hanging tree

Loved them deadly nights

That chilled him to the bone

Words were cried at night

In unforgiving tones

Blood of his men was gone beneath snow

He picked up his knife and his bow

Killer of Jonathan Low

Violence from without and anger from within

Crawling through the fields

Informing next of kin

They all turned their backs but they all knew his name

And if he could return they’d probably do the same

Blood of his friends was gone beneath snow

For all that I know, he died, killer of Jonathan Low

The blood of his friends was gone beneath snow

For all that I know, he died

Killer of Jonathan Low

Vampire Weekend M79

It’s going to take a little time

While you’re waiting like a factory line

I’ll ride across the park

Backseat on the 79

Wasted days you’ve come to pass

So go I know you would not stay

It wasn’t true, but anyway

Pollination yellow cab

You walk up the stairs

See the French kids by the door

Up one more flight

See the Buddha on the second floor

Coronation rickshaw grab

So go, I know you would not stay

It wasn’t true, but anyway

Racist dreams you should not have

No excuse to be so callous

Dress yourself in bleeding madras

Charm your way across the Khyber Pass

Stay awake to break the habit

Sing in praise of Jackson Crowter

Watch your step along the arch of glass

Vampire Weekend Step

Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl

Back back way back I used to front like Angkor Wat

Mechanicsburg Anchorage and Dar es Salaam

While home in New York was champagne and disco

Tapes from L.A. slash San Francisco

But actually Oakland and not Alameda

Your girl was in Berkeley with her Communist reader

Mine was entombed within boombox and walkman

I was a hoarder but girl that was back then

The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out

What you on about?

I feel it in my bones, I feel it in my bones

I’m stronger now, I’m ready for the house

Such a modest mouse,

I can’t do it alone, I can’t do it alone

Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl

Ancestors told me that their girl was better

She’s richer than Croesus, she’s tougher than leather

I just ignored all the tales of a past life

Stale conversation deserves but a bread knife

And punks who would laugh when they saw us together

Well, they didn’t know how to dress for the weather

I can still see them there huddled on Astor

Snow falling slow to the sound of the master

The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out

What you on about?

I feel it in my bones, I feel it in my bones

I’m stronger now, I’m ready for the house

Such a modest mouse,

I can’t do it alone, I can’t do it alone

Wisdom’s a gift, but you’d trade it for youth

Age is an honor, it’s still not the truth

We saw the stars when they hid from the world

You cursed the sun when it stepped to your girl

Maybe she’s gone and I can’t resurrect her

The truth is she doesn’t need me to protect her

We know the true death, the true way of all flesh

Everyone’s dying, but girl you’re not old yet

The gloves are off, the wisdom teeth are out

What you on about?

I feel it in my bones, I feel it in my bones

I’m stronger now, I’m ready for the house

Such a modest mouse,

I can’t do it alone, I can’t do it alone

[x2]

Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl

Vampire Weekend Diplomat’s Son

It’s not right but it’s now or never

And if I wait could I ever forgive myself?

On a night when the moon glows yellow in the riptide

With the light from the TVs buzzing in the house

Cuz I’m gonna cut it where I can

And then I’m gonna duck out behind them

If I ever had a chance it’s now then

But I never had the feeling I could offer that to you

To offer it to you would be cruel

When all I want to do is use, use you

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

Dressed in white with my car keys hidden in the kitchen

I could sleep wherever I lay my head

And the sight of your two shoes sitting in the bathtub

Let me know that I shouldn’t give up just yet

Cuz I’m gonna take it from Simon

And then I’m gonna duck out behind them

If I ever had a chance it’s now then

But I never had the feeling I could offer that to you

To offer it to you would be cruel

When all I want to do is use, use you

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

I know, you’ll say

I’m not doing it right

But this is how I want it

I can’t go back

To how I felt before—

That night I smoked a joint

With my best friend

We found ourselves in bed

When I woke up he was gone

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

He was a diplomat’s son

It was ‘81

Looking out at the ice-cold water all around me

I can’t feel any traces of that other place

In the dark when the wind comes racing off the river

There’s a car all black with diplomatic plates

Vampire Weekend Ladies Of Cambridge

Chestnut park on a Saturday night

Mystical boys feelin alright

Raggedy wisdom falls from my hand

As the ladies of Cambridge know who I am

I’ve had dreams of Boston all of my life

Chinatown between the sound of the night

But if you leave I just don’t think I could take it

Take it

Take it

Take it

Graveyard freaks we’re fallin’ in style

Lady’s the pharaoh, Charles is the Nile

That’s a museum, that’s a cool place

Stones of your fathers standin’ today

I’ve had dreams of Boston all of my life

Chinatown between the sound of the night

But if you leave I just don’t think I could take it

Take it

Take it

Take it

I’ve had dreams of Boston all of my life

Chinatown between the sound of the night

Cos when you left my room

To go to the kitchen

I imagined that you were dead

A morbid streak runs through

The whole of my family

But for you I could put it to rest

But if you leave I just don’t think I could take it

Take it

Take it

Take it

Vampire Weekend Taxi Cab

Unsentimental,

Traveling around,

Sure of myself,

Sure of it now,

You were standing so close to me,

Like the future was supposed to be,

In the aisles of the grocery,

In the blocks uptown,

I remember,

Remember well,

But if I’d forgotten,

Could you tell,

In the shadow of your first attack,

I was questioning and looking back,

You said, “Baby, we don’t speak of that.”

Like a real aristocrat.

Compound to compound,

Lazy and safe,

Wanted to leave it

Wanted to wait

When the taxi door was open wide,

I pretended I was horrified,

By the uniform and gloves outside

Of the courtyard gate,

You’re not a victim,

But neither am I,

Nostalgic for garbage,

Desperate for time,

I could blame it on your mother’s hair

Or the colors that your father wears,

But I know that I was never fair,

You were always fine,

Unsentimental,

Traveling around,

Sure of myself,

Sure of it now,

You were standing so close to me,

Like the future was supposed to be,

In the aisles of the grocery,

In the blocks uptown,

I remember,

Remember it well,

And if I’d forgotten,

Could you tell,

In the shadow of your first attack,

I was questioning and looking back,

You were standing on another track,

Like a real aristocrat,

Vampire Weekend The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance

A devastating backstroke

All the way from France

With shiny, shiny cufflinks

A shirtsleeve to enhance

The pin-striped men of morning

Are coming for to dance

With pure Egyptian Cotton

The kids don’t stand a chance

You criticize the practice

By murdering their plants

Ignoring all the history

Denying them romance

The pin-striped men of morning

Are coming for to dance

Forty-million dollars

The kids don’t stand a chance

I didn’t like the business,

But that was at first glance

Your pillow feels so soft now

But still you must advance

The pin-striped men of morning

The partners in the dance

The paper’s shot to pieces

The kids don’t stand a chance

Vampire Weekend Hudson

[Verse 1:]

Hudson died in Hudson Bay

The water took its victim’s name

Now River’s Rise told Riverside

To change their names again

A stranger walked in through the door

Said all apartments are pre-war

We laughed and asked him for his name

He stayed until the end

We watched the Germans play the Greeks

We marked the 99 year lease

Our fathers signed

Which I declined to try and comprehend

[Chorus:]

Over and over again, all these never-ending visions

Over and over again like a prize that’s changing hands

The time has come

The clock is such a drag

All you who changed your stripes can wrap me in the flag

The legendary wooden gate

The first established real estate

Is lost to time like all the crimes that won this pleasant land (land, land)

[Chorus:]

Over and over again, all these never-ending visions

Over and over again like a prize that’s changing hands

The time has come

The clock is such a drag

All you who changed your stripes can wrap me in the flag

Hudson died in Hudson Bay

But I was born on Sutton Place

The rising tide helped me decide to change my name again

Some men tend to linger on and some may case from Babylon

Some will roam their ruined home, rejoicing ’till the end

[Chorus:]

Over and over again, all these never-ending visions

Over and over again like a prize that’s changing hands

The time has come

The clock is such a drag

All you who changed your stripes can wrap me in the flag

The lines are drawn

The map is such a drag

All you who changed your stripes can wrap me in the flag

Vampire Weekend Giant

[Verse 1:]

It was all a dream

I used to read Thrasher Magazine, looking at pictures of skateboarders

California

So envy me, S.O.S. L.A.P.D.

Docking the yacht in such low waters

Alizontra

[Chorus:]

Now it’s a different game

80 percent still agree

The winning cause, it pleases God

The losing cause pleases me

[Verse 2:]

At the duty-free,

Gifts of wine and Hennessey

Beautifully made from such fine waters

Robert Smithson

An ancient scene,

Spiral Jetty, favorite cheese

Leaving the rocks in such blind order

Colosseum

[Chorus: x2]

Now it’s a different game

80 percent still agree

The winning cause, it pleases God

The losing cause pleases me