Some Things We Do (5:09)

Cover of To Be Kind

From To Be Kind

Frontman Michael Gira told Rolling Stone this song is literally “a list of things that human beings do.” Asked what his mood was when writing it., he admitted to having, “wild and unpredictable mood shifts.”

This is a duet with New York cabaret singer Little Annie, who has also worked with Paul Oakenfold, Marc Almond and Antony Hegarty.

The orchestral strings were played and arranged by Vancouver, British Columbia-born cellist and composer Julia Kent.


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  • rrrociog

    terribLEeeeee. todos mis mounstruos internos afloran

    16 Apr 4:18am Reply
  • FloRan4

    My life in a nutshell

    8 Apr 3:45pm Reply
  • Misery_Crown

    We Listen We Like [2] fucking brilliant

    10 Jan 6:51pm Reply
  • helvettt

    i don't do any of this shit [2]

    2 Jan 8:31pm Reply
  • prokacper

    Those strings starting around 3:30 are just like those from The Dream of Jacob by Penderecki

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • mauesndkj

    It seems like a thousand souls screaming when the atmosphere turns creepy. I love this. And yes, the last part of the lyrics is astounding.

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • pettytimetravel

    That point at the end where he’s repeating “we fuck, we love, we fuck, we love” is great. It's as if he’s forcing you to confront the duplicity of human nature, the idea that love, this beautiful thing, might just be a repackaging of sexual desire. He ends on “we love, we love, we love…”, and you get a sense that he’s reconciled the inherent weirdness of humanity and achieved some sort of existential equipoise, but you’re still left with that unnerving, uncomfortable feeling. It’s fucking brilliant.

    20 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Agallochy

    Humanity summarized in 5 minutes. Fucking masterpiece

    16 Aug 2014 Reply
  • mk741

    *one of its strongest tracks.

    24 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Kermit-Warfrog

    Reminds me of "One of the few" from Pink Floyd, great atmosphere

    23 Jun 2014 Reply
  • mk741

    Really dig the Laurie Anderson vibe of this track. Hardly a weak moment on the album; I'd say it's strongest tracks.

    14 Jun 2014 Reply
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    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • Derek-H

    Yeah, this is easily the weak[est] moment on To Be Kind. I understand it's place in the album as a whole, but as a standalone track... eh. Baffled it's at #4 in the top charts. But I guess we can attribute that to short attention spans for the general population.

    11 Jun 2014 Reply
  • itconsumesme

    the strings @ "with tooth and claw, we touch, we teach"

    3 Jun 2014 Reply
  • atticus_B

    I like this.

    31 May 2014 Reply
  • Sameh93

    I don't particularly think this track goes anywhere, to be honest.

    30 May 2014 Reply
  • Nimbie

    It's funny how Gira brings people in then either turns their vocals down low or sings over the top of them. I guess they're expected to be honoured to be background vocals, or something. [2]

    26 May 2014 Reply

    we raise. the roof. we tell. the truth

    23 May 2014 Reply

    we rock. we roll. we outta. control

    23 May 2014 Reply
  • LAMBtron2232

    accurate title

    15 May 2014 Reply
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