Grounds For Divorce Lyrics - Elbow

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I've been working on a cocktail called "Grounds For Divorce", whoa
Polishing a compass that I hold in my sleeve, whoa
Doubt comes in on sticks, but then he kicks like a horse, whoa
There's a Chinese cigarette case and the rest you can keep
And the rest you can keep
And the rest you can keep

There's a hole in my neighbourhood
Down which of late I cannot help but fall
There's a hole in my neighbourhood
Down which of late I cannot help but fall

Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid
(Ooh, ooh)

There's this whispering of jokers doing "Flesh by the Pound"
To a chorus of supposes from the little town whores
There'll be twisted karaoke at the Aniseed Lounge
And I'd bring you further roses but it does you no good
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And it does me no good
And it does you no good

There's a hole in my neighborhood
Down which of late I cannot help but fall
There's a hole in my neighborhood
Down which of late I cannot help but fall
There's a hole in my neighborhood
Down which of late I cannot help but fall

Someday we'll be drinking with the seldom seen kid
(Ooh, ooh)






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Two points | Reviewer: Bad Hobbit | 7/9/14

The line "Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid" is sung quietly at the start. And it's "Polishing a compass that I hold in my SLEEP", not 'sleeve', to rhyme with 'keep'.

Also... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/8/13

The line when he sings: "Doubt comes in on sticks, but then he kicks like a horse, whoa" I believe he is referring to gambling. The "sticks" being billiards poles and "kicks like a horse" with "horse" being a form of poker that is played at high stakes tables. He's mentioning as he gets drunk and gambles he starts with billiards and progresses to more serious debt collecting games.

I think | Reviewer: TheBlueSauce | 5/13/12

I think a lot of the lyrics are simply painting a picture e.g. badly-sung karaoke at a local/nearby bar; some guys are playing poker; "to a chorus of supposes from the little town whores": local ladettes speculating as to which guys are loaded, perhaps also as to who is well-endowed. "A Chinese cigarette-case, and the rest you can keep": the cigarette-case is the one thing he wants in a divorce settlement; or alternatively "the rest you can keep" is cigarettes he means to stop smoking. As the flowers denote, this is a man who means well though he can't resolve his pub-going habit with his marriage. Hence however, "Polishing a compass that I hold in my sleep" might refer to his difficulty in resolving his direction between going down the local drinking-hole(s) and keeping his marriage together.

i guess | Reviewer: maggie | 9/14/10

i guess that this song is talking about the bands friend bryan glancy, who died. his nickname was seldom seen kid. thats why mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid. and in the end they hope that when they die also, they'll be drinking together. and most of the lyrics talk about his lifestile: drinking in bars - (...working on a coctail called grounds for divirce, ...twisted karaokee at the aniseed lounge (aniseed is taking the bitter taste of absinthe away, grounds for divorce is a drink that is made of absinthe and midori)) and playing poker - (...There's this whispering of jokers doing flesh by the pound: poker) and prostitutes (...To a chorus of supposes from the little town whores) and so on.

Just a note | Reviewer: Cellatus | 7/15/10

I think St.Clipper is pretty spot on with that interpretation. Just one thing to add. 'Grounds for Divorce' is an actual drink consisting of one part Absinthe and one part Midori. So the line "There'll be twisted karaoke at the Aniseed lounge" may be referring to the actual drink, as Aniseed is one of the spices used to mask the bitter taste of absinthe.

Basically he's saying 'I'm gonna get bombed out of my mind on Absinthe and Midori, and maybe sing loudly and badly and madly.' Which goes along with the rest of that verse, and the entire song in general: I love you, but i'm gonna get drunk no matter what. I'll try to win you back, but 'it does you no good.'

Uhm! | Reviewer: St.Clipper | 7/2/10

I do not think the song is all about drinking, I think the Seldom Seen Kid which is what the friend died, yes.
On the other hand the song itself speaks of two things, drinking and divorce, she left him 'cause he spent his whole time in the bar:

I've been working on a cocktail called grounds for divorce: He is aware that he will be leaved becaus of his behavior

Doubt eat in on sticks But Then He kicks like a horse: the sticks could be as well high heels, doubt comes subtly, but it hits hard.

There's a Chinese cigarette case and the rest you can keep it: its his treasure, the rest does not matter, that the rest of the things will stay with her. (Separation of property) she can't take away what he likes the most.

To a chorus of supposed from the little town whores
She assumes that he is going with whores

There'll be twisted karaoke at the Aniseed lounge
No idea, but could be a fight with her

And I'll bring you feather roses ... etc: He will try to return later to her side, but will not be good.

That is one of several interpretations could be given to a song, isn't it?

meaning2 | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/2/10

There's this whispering of jokers doing flesh by the pound
To a chorus of supposes from the little town whores
There'll be twisted karaokee at the Aniseed lounge
And I'll bring you feather roses
But it does you no good

i think this part of the quote refers to the funeral, and the people who doesn't really care about it but they're there because of their job or something.

Meaning | Reviewer: ftbtef | 4/26/10

This song is about drinking. Line by line:

Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid: nod to bands' friend who died.

I've been working on a cocktail called Grounds for Divorce: pretty self-explanatory.

Polishing a compass that I hold in my sleeve: His watch has stopped working.

Doubt comes in on sticks but then he kicks like a horse: Pool at the bar. Watch the music video.

There's a Chinese cigarette case
And the rest you can keep: His greatest belonging is a cigarette case.

There's a hole in my neighbourhood down which of late I cannot help but fall: He keeps going back to the bar.

There's this whispering of jokers doing flesh by the pound: Poker reference. Flesh refers to money.

To a chorus of supposes from the little town whores
There'll be twisted karaoke at the Aniseed lounge
And I'll bring you feather roses: No idea.

The music video explains everything.

another view | Reviewer: Horace | 9/1/09

i heard this music lately but... in dr house episode. It doesn't v any suppouse connection with house but d more i listen d more i guess it looks like a bar from d barmans view, visited sometimes by the seldom customers who re in d middle of divorce (Kids)... and d barman was working on d cocktail for it... divorce can also mean that d band is not the same after The Seldom Seen Kids death... this song matches with many. things! After all when ure divorcing u may want to fall into some hole down in a bar with whores... i guess. 'She' may even keep everythng apart 4m chineese cigarette case. or it sounds like quote for the barman - 'keep the change' or 'change for u'

The Seldom Seen Kid | Reviewer: Miz | 6/20/09

The Seldom Seen Kid is a nickname, given by Guy Garvey's father, to Bryan Glancy, a fellow Mancunian musician and friend of the band who died suddenly in 2006. That's why they say "Mondays is for drinking to the seldom seen kid", having a drink in his memory, then "Someday we'll be drinking with the seldom seen kid", hoping one day they'll see him again. It's quite sweet, really.

further thoughts | Reviewer: Nivek | 2/23/09

Seems to me that he is already divorced. He already knows the recipe for the cocktail. He gets to see his kid on the weekends. thats why monday's are for drinking to the seldom seen kid. Agree with view that he is falling into the maelstorm of low life around him.

Polishing his compass is clearly a reference to his dick that leads him in the wrong direction but because he's on his own he's forced to polish it himself, apart from when he is out with the whores

Burn after reading | Reviewer: Jared | 8/3/08

This song is in the preview of the new Cohen Brothers movie called "Burn after reading". It's got a nice sound to it. My best guess of the message of the song is first, He's working on a cocktail called Grounds for divorce, which might mean that he's about to do some stupid things!! There's talk of drinking and having sex with hookers and constantly falling in this hole in his neighborhood. It seems to kind of go with what the movie is about, which is some idiots like Pitt who get mixed up with the CIA, and think it's gonna be fun! Looks like a decent movie and a strange song.



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