Song Favorite Lyric of the Day
posted by May 4 at 11:50 AMon
As per Douglas Martin’s suggestion, another installment of “Lyric of the Day,” this one from Hot Chip’s “Crap Kraft Dinner” off Coming on Strong:
“All the people that I think I am are drunk”
The line closes a circular series of variations on love, identity, proximity, and inebriation. The setting seems to be a kind of dream-like cocktail party, with every long lost ex and future lover gathered together with the singer. Then there’s this line bemoaning the fluidity of identity and the exacerbating effects of drink on same. We all have moments when we feel we could have been, should have been, maybe even could still be someone else. When Alexis Taylor sings the line in his melancholy falsetto, you get the distinct impression that he misses all the people he thinks he
is could be as much as the people he loves. Not a common sentiment in song, let alone in a song whose core emotional image is a box of mac’n’cheese.