A Time to Be So Small (5:45)

Cover of Antics

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We saw you from the ocean's side, from under the boat
We saw you making knots, we saw you get the rope
The boy's appearing on the deck and making it lurch
And the bubble of your interest's ready to burst

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  • AntasTheGreat

    i think this song is about micro penis, a condition paul banks notoriously suffers from

    1 Feb 4:27am Reply
  • alomaxx

    One listen is not enough.

    12 Sep 2014 Reply
  • feelingsreal

    Getting such a post-punk vibe from this, it's ridiculous.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • katybdi

    @yuri_s_a_n thanks ! it's rather complicated, seems like a peotry.

    13 Jul 2014 Reply
  • Thafoo-

    @Yuri It's a work by Paul Banks. I think there are lyrics by Paul Banks that not even Paul Banks understands. :P

    29 May 2014 Reply
  • yuri_s_a_n

    I think it compares sailing with life in general, but I don't really get the "cadaverous mob" part. It may refer to something more especific, or maybe nothing at all, my interpretation is kind of rusty.

    20 May 2014 Reply
  • katybdi

    may I add I can't understand the lyrics, anyone knows what is it about??

    7 Mar 2014 Reply
  • katybdi

    couldn't get more beautiful than this...

    6 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Dnwo

    This song makes me feel as if life was worthwhile.

    2 Feb 2014 Reply
  • funkymonkey1980

    @electrobaboon - it totally does sound like that :D

    20 Jan 2014 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Although the bit where he sings "rehearsing interaction" sounds like "nursing an erection"

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • electrobaboon

    Perfect end to a stunning album

    8 Jan 2014 Reply
  • AppleCat8kz

    Am I wrong if I suppose that song is the soundtrack for one of "Shameless" episodes?

    10 Aug 2013 Reply
  • Airicsson

    Just listening to the version on the 10th anniversary album... Just incredible! My favorite "out of TOTBL" Interpol song, and still, I feel like this second version put it in another dimension... It's so rare for first recordings...

    19 Jan 2013 Reply
  • YorkNew

    Dark, surreal, and intense. One of the best Interpol songs.

    20 Dec 2012 Reply
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    12 Dec 2012 Reply
  • davidbowiegirl

    Great song

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • esoterik0ne

    Love both versions, If I had to chose. It would be precipitate version.

    28 Aug 2012 Reply
  • LettuceTree

    Always liked Interpol's guitar tones

    2 Aug 2012 Reply
  • indiegolfer

    the precipitate version is fucking incredible. i mean, the song is sung from the perspective of a sea urchin so the underwater effect used on his voice just provides a further sense of immersion

    17 Jun 2012 Reply
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