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Spoon I Summon You Lyrics

Last updated: 06/22/2012 11:00:00 AM

Remember the weight of the world
It's the sound that we used to buy
On cassette and 45
And now this little girl
She says will we make it at all
800 miles is a drive

Yeah you got the weight of the world coming down like a mother's eye
And all that you can
All that you can give is a cold goodbye
The law enforcement's impressed you've survived to this age
Strapped-up soldiers
They'll lock you in a cage without goodbye
For a nickel bribe
But aww no where are you tonight
And how'd we get here
It's too late to break it off
I need a release
The signal's a cough
But that don't get me off
I summon you to appear my love
Got the weight of the world
I summon you here my love

Remember the weight of the world
It's a sound that we used to buy
And all that you can
All that you can give is a cold goodbye
The law enforcement's impressed you've survived to this age
Strapped-up soldiers
They'll lock you in a cage without goodbye
For a nickel bribe
But aww no where are you tonight
And how'd we get here
It's too late to break it off
I need a release
The signal's a cough
But that don't get me off
I summon you here my love
Got the weight of the world
I summon you here my love
The signal's a cough but that don't get me off
I summon you here my love



Thanks to Hollah999 for submitting I Summon You Lyrics.



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bigger perspective | Reviewer: Anonymous | 6/22/12

I think they mean "get off" to mean exculpate, unburden -- not sex! Even if you have a girlfriend who can comfort you, that does not take away the crimes you committed. It does not "get you off."

I think it parallels love AND politics, and reminds me of a down-and-out guy who, even though he's technically "free" is trapped by social and political stigma and due to this, doesn't have a chance at love.

LOVE SPOON!

simple | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/2/11

It's simply about being stressed out about the mistakes the writer's made in life and he carries that weight with him. His only escape is his lover, but they don't have a real relationship so every time she leaves it's a "cold goodbye".

Another idea | Reviewer: Keith | 6/6/10

I think this could actually be a song about ... masturbation?

"I need a release" ?
"but that don't get me off" ?
"I summon you here, my love"

Sounds to me like the weight of the world is just the overbearing stress of life. Hard to stay out of trouble, people willing to sell you out, and any moment you could lose your freedom.

Perhaps the way for the writer to escape from it is to think of someone; maybe it's a real person; maybe it's an idealized fantasy. But I think it's the thought of that person that he is summoning to his imagination or fantasy.

its obviously love | Reviewer: hey | 11/26/09

its like the pressures of relationship and commitment along with trying to look out for yourself, and and one point was not ready l 'that you can give is a cold goodbye' but obviously now he is begging the universe to reunite them because he knows he can deal with all the pressure

NOT POLITICAL, GOD'DAM!!! | Reviewer: xxroyalxxscumxx | 8/21/09

There is an esthetic manner of approaching songs & lyrics in which an indept, piece-by-piece, detailed analysis becomes a hinderance.
"Confusing" lyrics come directly from poetry (think Caroll, from "Alice trough the mirror" or like the "all work & no play makes Jack a dull boy" bit in Kubric's "The shining", POE'S RAVEN IS NOT REALLY A GOOD EXAMPLE though), words are not used for storytelling or propaganda, but for pinpointing & expressing subtler thoughts, such as feelings, passions, fixations or obsessions.

In such terms, this song is not specifically a love song (as much as it goes for lyrics genres) just because one cannot identify clear subjects. In generals terms though, this song is about feelings of love. The difference lies in the "subject" of the song, who is it for, or about.

IT'S NOT POLITICAL because it's not clear about it, you could say it is a thing of style and subterfuge, but nowadays that kind of concealment symbolism is not necessary, hence, not effective for use in political statements (craps down on conspiracy theories I know, but REALLY, YOU WANT BAD STUFF SAID BOUT THE GOVERNMENT: just check out the news, ANY NEW SHOW is uncovering "interesting" stuff bout our rulers)

A love song in this term would be something of the sort of "Heroes" from Bowie, a "love-story". "I summon you" works in the space of poetry, through literary & sensual metaphors, searches for equivalents between words & diffuse concepts or feelings, such as justice or love.

Long story short, "love-stories" are "movie-like" narration, on the opposite side "about feelings of" songs like "I summon you", are to be understood emotionally, not rationally.

It's "political" | Reviewer: Gil | 12/19/08

I don't think it's a love song, I know that much. At least I certainly hope it isn't. If it is, I don't want to know. I prefer just enjoying the mystery and poetry of it. It's not a love song, strictly speaking. It can't be. There's no way.

But as to what sort of emotions and longings and such inspired the song, I would guess it's that wistful, lonely, dark sort of thing any person of feeling and honesty might experience in contemplation of the developments of the last eight years, and just timeless human folly more generally.

Altogether it's a remarkably beautiful and compelling song and the melancholy of both the words and the music in concert really tug on the heart strings.

I feel like the hazy sketch that is drawn attempts to create fleeting and delicate postmodern-type images, if you will, of weakness in the face of power, and by extension, simply of indifferent fate, whatever form it happens to take; and phrases like "strapped-up soldiers" and "nickel bribes" effectively convey as much, with an elusive but unmistakable pathos; and while I personally would consider it difficult to point to strict metaphors or especially specific representation in the verbal imagery, on the whole, the lyrics, along with tune, are very affecting; and the fact that it could be construed a love song may not be an accident, as such, and helps soften the mood a bit, and just fits in gently with the haunting chord changes and arrangement and the mood and tone. There becomes a passive, feminine presence that offsets the vulgar and violent other and establishes, with a cool tenderness, the ultimate doom of the protagonist, such as she is. Yes. LOL!

I like to think that modern songwriters rely more on intuition and inspiration than honed craft and pedantic technique, and so I like to interpret along those same lines.

In any case, a very great song from a very great band. One certainly doesn't need to know any of the particular backstory to be deeply touched by it.


Social Separation.... | Reviewer: Nik | 3/17/08

I have to agree it's about love... my love... summon... Possibly lovers in time of war from opposite sides. At peace they were friends, when war began they became foes... Love from the wrong side of the tracks sorta speak. Travelling away from the law who would not allow it, society that wouldn't understand. Mother's eye represents all the worries in the world that inhibit the two as they fight for one another. The only form of communication to keep their love alive, a cough, a sign... it's all they had... the only thing they can do in public is look into each others eyes and give a cold goodbye so that society doesn't throw them into a cage for going against the norm... But to touch, to touch, to love, make love, it'll never happen but a cough will do... He's telling her I need you... appear my love-

Social Separation.... | Reviewer: Nik | 3/17/08

I have to agree it's about love... my love... summon... Possibly lovers in time of war from opposite sides. At peace they were friends, when war began they became foes... Love from the wrong side of the tracks sorta speak. Traveling away from the law who would not allow it, society that wouldn't understand. Mother's eye represents all the worries in the world that inhibit the two as they fight for one another. The only form of communication to keep their love alive, a cough, a sign... it's all they had... the only thing they can do in public is look into each others eyes and give a cold goodbye so that society doesn't throw them into a cage for going against the norm... But to touch, to touch, to love, make love, it'll never happen but a cough will do... He's telling her I need you... appear my love-

Extremely Political... | Reviewer: prosperous | 1/10/08

Melanie is the 1st person who's come close to MY interpretation of this song. 2 me it's VERY political, as is the entire album. I felt it alluded to the situation w/ our govt., their foreign policy, and their conveyance to the public...this last bit provoked the title of the album; Gimme Fiction which is exactly what they gave us...sadly, we ate it up.

Here's my take:

Remember when our troubles were so trite, music expressed our lives so well. And now kids wonder if their future will be as bleak as it appears it'll be.

I really tried to find a connection to "800 miles" (looked at distances in Afgh, Iraq, then across our own country and even the U.K.) but found nothing--guess I was reaching. I think it's just a random, rather metaphorical way of saying, we can't know the future (cuz it's so far away), until we get there.

And now our entire world is under surveillance; "mother's eye" to me is big brother watching us. And all we can do is shrug it off. The law enforcement and executive branch in general (ie. FBI, CIA) can't believe the power they have over the public now and that avg. Joe has somehow made it thru/"survived" the change in process.

At first, I heard the next part as if they were talking TO the soldiers: "To all the military peons who enlisted for 3-4 years"--or "Strapped up soldiers". They--or our govt.--will put you in a coffin w/out a proper funeral--or "lock U in a cage w/o goodbye".

If you recall, at that time, George W. had demanded the repatriation of all corpses be hidden from camera. Up 2 this point in every war, the bodies were brought back in coffins w/ flags draped over...but after a few weeks, W. realized there were 2 many flag-draped boxes comin' off the planes...so he stopped it.

But then, I interp'd it another way...that soldiers who were empowered only by uniform, would lock any1 away w/out a trial, lawyer, phone call...F*K, so many people were locked away w/out any of their family even knowing what happened to them...for YEARS!!! And they do this all for "a nickel bribe" or simply the power they can feel over detainees.

Many people feel this is a love song, but the "you" & "love" in "where RU 2nite" & "I summon you...my love", I don't think to be a girl. I think it's freedom; which is feminine in speech.

So, "ahhh, where RU 2nite?" is Where is our freedom when we need her!!?!! "2 l8 2 break it off" is how'd we let ourselves get so far off course...to where we can't turn back? "I need a release" or I need to get the hell outta here! "The signal's a cough" always seemed a bit like a hernia test 2 me...as in, this govt. is squeezin' my balls so tight that I can only choke & cough in response. No it doesn't get me off. Finally, "I summon you to appear my love" is I'm beggin' freedom to come back...hopin' she'll save me from this nightmare!

Any takers???

An Iconoclastic Love Song | Reviewer: Melanie | 12/25/07

An Anthem
I Summon You opens up indicating a sense of nostalgia for music from the past. The old songs used to be saying something that carried some deeper meaning and what they said was attached to how people perceived their era. The little girl has heard about heavier times in the old songs, but the survival of the world seems to be in question. The notion that 800 miles is a drive could mean that the big problems of our time are far away from being solved. The big problems could refer to the war on terrorism, the lack of quality music being produced, or the girl’s own feelings of powerlessness at the state of the world.
In the second verse the speaker is now directly addressing the little girl who was mentioned in the first verse. The “mother’s eye” represents an authority figure that makes the little girl feel guilty at her futility to challenge the status quo. The girl’s guilt weighs her down so that she can only give an emotionally void farewell, even though she passionately cares for the world. The girl is an independent spirit and participates in vice. The rock n’ roll type of behaviors that are demonized, but every libertarian digs. Therefore the comment about the surprise of the cops is just totally sarcastic. The soldiers are her grand fear of fascists taking over and people willing to sell you out for a nickel. The totalitarian nightmare.
But tonight she isn’t in a cage. She’s in the arms of a man. He asks “how’s we get here.” He doesn’t know. They were probably drinking because it’s too late to break it off. He says he needs a release. He needs to physically purge himself because he also has the weight of the world. The process of signaling with a cough could allude to the awkward “next day” after a drunken romp; when you don’t know exactly what to say. The awkwardness of the cough is a metaphor for the meaningless sex he just had and illustrates why he can’t “get off”. He is summoning the girl to put down the weight of the world because he also shares her burden. But he is still searching for her. The narrator longs for someone who has the same point of view. I interpret the song saying “I have the weight of the world and so do you we don’t have to have be aloof with out emotions like automatons. We could be lovers and share the burden."



it's love. | Reviewer: Leah | 12/8/07

it's a love story. the realistic love story of two people who are in love but there's always something keeping them from eachother. physical distance, a war, strict parents...and when the time finally right for them to be together, it's too late.

lyrics | Reviewer: Hoshi | 11/4/07

I think it's about how things used to be easy in some way (but still hard, as life is) before they fell in love ("remember the weight of the world it's a sound that we used to buy")and how after coming together things were even harder.
They have distance between them, and they're possibly star-crossed... the chips are against them (the soliders comment)
and now there's no way they could possibly seperate ("and how'd we get here...")
He just wishes they were closer.

That may just be me...

praps | Reviewer: t | 10/22/07

it maybe about loving someone faraway. "800 miles is a drive.." just wanting that person there with you, and "its too late to break it off" like theyve already fallen for each other and theres nothing they can do in spite of the unrealistic circumstances of their love...just a thought.

Good song | Reviewer: Samantha | 10/10/07

I really like the beat and melody. The words are not at all what I thought they were. I thought it was weight of the world coming down like a butterfly. I liked that better.

I don't understand. | Reviewer: Rob | 7/29/07

Well, I really do enjoy the song, it's wonderful.
The melody is astounding and the lyrics seam to have some either metiphorical or moral meaning.

But I'm not quite sure exactly what it is, if someone could email the answer as to what the story of the song is, it would be much appreciated.

Many thanks to you fellow spoon fans=],
Rob.