Evil Lyrics - Interpol



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Rosemary
Heaven restores you in life
Coming with me
Through the aging, the fear and the strife
It's the smiling on the package
It's the faces in the sand
It's the thought that holds you upwards
Embracing me with two hands
Write, we'll take you places
Yeah maybe to the beach
When your friends they do come crying
Tell them how your pleasure's set up on slow-release

Hey wait
Great smile
Sensitive to faith not
Denial
But hey whose on trial?

It took a lifespan
With no cellmate
The long way back
Saying meanwhile can't we look the other way?

He speaks about travel
Yeah, we think about the land
We smile like all people
Feeling real tan
I can take you places
Do you need a new man?
Wipe the pollen from the faces
Make revision to a dream while you wait in the van

Hey wait
Great smile
Sensitive to faith not
Denial
But hey whose on trial?

It took a lifespan
With no cellmate
Find a long way back
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, you are exotic
You need something for which to care
Sandy,why can't we look the other way?

Leave some shards under the belly
Lay some grease inside my hand
It's a sentimental jury
And the makings of a good plan
You've come to love me nightly
Yeah you've come to hold me tight
Is this motion everlasting
Or do shutters pass in the night?

Rosemary
Oh heaven restores you in life

I spent a lifespan with no cellmate
The long way back
Sandy, why can't we look the other way?
You're weightless, semi-erotic
You need someone to take you there
Sandy, why can't can't we look the other way?
Why can't we just play the other game?
Why can't we just look the other way?




Writer: WRIGHT, YVONNE/WONDER, STEVIE /
Lyrics © EMI Music Publishing



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huh | Reviewer: marioman | 6/9/13

i always thought it was about a guy who lost his wife and got in a crash and dies at the end of the song. and the name evil came up for the title because of careless people who are evil. i was 8 when i heard it. in the line why cant we just play the other game, he was refering to he wants be with her again, but do it differently. why cant we just look the other way ment why cant we look away from the light. in the line heaven stores you in life, meant he knew he wasnt gonna survive and is happy to see her in the after life

Serial killers? | Reviewer: Billie | 12/22/11

Hello there everyone. Though I am a firm believer in the fact that music is Art and the meaning of Art is left to be assumed by the witness and their own beliefs, views, heart, soul and etc..,I fail to see how everyone here associates this song with Rosemary West. Interpol just happens to be my favorite band and music and Art are the one thing that keeps me alive in life. Literally. It was a song and the way it spoke to me that kept me from killing myself. It was a friend who saved my life who intoroduced me to Interpol. I actually walked away from life for a weekend and hopped a plane to NYC inhopes of happening upon Carlos Dengler who is my idol. So its safe to say that while I do respect for the opinions of those fellow bloggers and their opinions on Evil, nobodies right or wrong when it comes to Art and Beauty, it was actually said by the group in an interview at one time that Evil is about a man who is in love with two women and cant choose between the two. The thing that really gives it away is the line "just pick one" which can be hear during the guitar break 2 minutes and 21 seconds into the song. Dont believe me? Go crank tge song up full blast, at first it just sounds like static but theres words there:) Evil is about the inner turmoil felt when having to choose between the two loves of your life ( in my opinion "Rose" and "Mary" but hey what do I know, Im just some teen trying to pass the time in my prison of lufe without a cellmate). I belueve that the lyrics pisted here are a bit off in places as well which may be adding to the confusion. Just some thoughts..peace out.

rosemary | Reviewer: simon | 9/14/11

Rosemary West never confessed to the killings, do your research.
I looked up the page I think you were referencing and that's almost certainly an hypothetical confession, which references the Interpol song.

rosemary | Reviewer: joy | 8/28/11

If you Google Rosemary Wests confession you will find that Interpolation have quoted certain phrases from it in this song eg 'makings of a good plan' or 'heaven restores you in life'. So yes, this song is obviously about Rosemary West as it is based on her confession, do your research folks!

evil | Reviewer: nick | 9/30/10

the line " while you wait in the van" is about rosemary west waiting in fred wests works van in the 1970s while fred drove around gloucester looking for young female hitchhikers to pick up he took rosemary west as it didnt frighten them when he offered to give them a lift...

genius | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/11/10

It's amazing how you can listen to a song, read the lyrics and come up with a totally different interpretation to even the artist's intention. To me this song was about intense feelings of love for a woman, mixed up with some sadness and tragedy - but serial killers? I would have never have made that connection. This song is genius.

Once again, Interpol amaze me. | Reviewer: Chloe | 11/30/09

After reading people's comments about what the song is it has just increased my respect for Interpol. I LOVE them now, I found them after sifting through my sisters albums and because she never had listened to it I was compelled to plug it in and blast it up, and now I am hooked. I've also realised that a lot of peopl ehave been saying if you like Interpol you may like Editors (At first Interpol reminded me of Editors straight away, they were like the american version of them but Paul Banks was from England woop) and Editors are 'similar' to Joy Division. Well I can see why people say that because the vocalists sound kind of the same but unique in their own way, and probably why some people say Interpol sound like them too. If you like Interpol, I reckon you'd like Editors too. They're pretty darn amazing too :)

Interpretation... | Reviewer: manny | 11/5/09

It took me a while to figure this song out - extremely hard to piece together, but after reading the interpretations on the web, and reading more about Paul Banks, I think I got it. Paul Banks was fascinated with serial killers, and as a literally major in college, probably with a lot of ideas around the inner workings of people.

The references to the Rosemary West killings are pretty clear (not just her name, but the "trial", "cellmate" and "shards under the belly".

Still, it doesn't make sense that this is from Fred West until the final year of his life are looked at. He confessed to the killing pretty quickly - suggesting remorse. And he attempted to make some kind of emotional contact with Rosemary...he tried twice and failed. And a few weeks later, committed suicide.

I think this song is the story of Fred West dealing with the evil he had done, and trying to reach Rosemary...the Biblical references are pretty clear. So this is his story after he committed suicide and what he'd say to her.

The first verse of the song is about embracing Heaven and god. "Heaven restores you in life" - this is a clear reference to being alive and that there is a means to salvation in life. The rest of the verse is about what that is and if she comes with him what she gets - it's the smile on the package, the faces in the sand, the thought that holds you up, their embraces - all the good things in life...the "slow-release" (inner peace) as opposed to the instant and twisted gratification of torturing their victims.

The next verse is his message to her: Hey wait, great smile (his nickname for her?) - have faith and don't deny (Just confess and faith - don't play the victim card)...then again, "but hey who's on trial" An admission he coped out by committing suicide - so he can sympathize with her decision.

Then he confesses to her what his life was about. Being completely alone (a lifespan without a cellmate) searching for a way out...from the trap of just looking the other way to everything he did - all the suffering he caused. That's the root of his "evil". Just look the other way. What was wrong with that?

The next verse describes that world of what could be or could have been - perhaps the afterlife or fantasy existence. "I could take you places....Make a revision to a dream...."

Later on, the line, "You need something to which to care" - I think a reference to how serial killers are considered uncaring.

The next verse talks about their crimes, how they hoped to presume innocence and hope for a sympathetic jury....and whether or not they really loved each other and if that was over - "Is this motion everlasting or do shutters pass in the night"

The final verse mentions that she needs someone to take her there - perhaps him or someone else (earlier - "do you need another man"). and changes the chorus - "...play the other game" a reference to their interaction not involving the girls they tortured and murdered. Suggesting once again, his remorse.


What the...? | Reviewer: Chuck Snow | 10/9/09

What the hell does this song have to do with the wests?

The only connection I can find is the fact that the song uses the name Rosemary.

Can anyone enlighten me as to how everyone makes the gigantic leap from the fact the song uses the word "rosemary" to the apparent shared conclusion that it must be about Rosemary West?

(YES, I've 'googled' and 'searched' and 'binged' and 'Yahoo'd'.)

Evil | Reviewer: Brad Robey | 8/20/09

great name for this song,im like obsessed with serial killers and that type of crazy twisted shit so this song is like a beautiful masterpiece to me...rosemary heavan restores you in life but may you burn peacefully..

Good song | Reviewer: Anonymous | 7/6/09

I personally think it awesome how Interpol turned the sick and twisted story of Rosemary West and her husband into a love lost and love sick song. It really makes you think about how good they are to be able to such a thing. I had no idea what the song was about till I looked up Rosemary West as well, but it all makes since now. I assume the song is song from the aspect of her husband after he killed himself...which if you think about it that way it all makes since.

Like it, Now Love It! | Reviewer: Dylan | 3/24/09

Like most people are saying, its a good song with a catchie tune and lyrics but when you read the lyrics and pay attention to them and look up Rosemary West like I did its becomes a whole new song like most songs but this one has meaning like the old life chaning music, which is just rare in today's music, but I'm only in my early teens so what do I know?

meaning | Reviewer: spoon | 2/27/09

I thought that this song was about Rosemary from Rosemary's Baby ;](you know Roman Polansky movie). I'v newver heard of Rosemary West before, but now when i know it, this song has whole new meaning to me.

Influence | Reviewer: JK | 11/2/07

Wonderful song, most certainly influenced by Joy Division and Paradise Lost. Best song on the album with a lot of love to detail in the arrangements.

Interpol | Reviewer: Nero | 10/16/07

I think this is one of the most beautiful songs I´ve ever heard and Interpol one of the bests bands all over the world. I discovered them a few weeks ago while I was watching the news and now I´m listening their music all day...Paul Banks has a fantastic and unmistakable voice like Brandon Flowers from The Killers, another of my favourite bands (their songs are really funny). I love indie rithm...very original


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