The Airborne Toxic Event Lyrics: What’s in a Name?

The Airborne Toxic Event, Such Hot BloodFrom The Album Such Hot Blood (2013)
Published by Primary Wave Airborne (ASCAP)
Lyrics by Mikel Jollett

What’s in a Name?

There was nothing you could do but turn away,
They told the fathers to hide all the girls away,
It’s just a name, a name, a name, a name, what’s in a name?

And you were sleeping by the time I found you there, I said “It’s a shame we got to cut off all that hair…”

But it’s all right, I just hope it’s nothing bad,
You can call me if you’re sad, I don’t care what you father said.

We were running through the halls of the middle school
Writing our names on the sides of the public pool
Like two ghosts in flight on a sleepless night, we were alive

And you told me you were scared of suicide,
On the night that your best friend’s brother died,

But it’s all right, I just hope it’s nothing bad,
You can call me if you’re sad, I don’t care what you father said.

And I was lost in you dancing around in your living room
You said your mother’s in the back on Valium
And she sleeps so hard that you wonder if she’s alive.

And so I parked my bike outside your house,
You said, “There’s nothing you could do to make me come out”
Because your daddy said I was the worst one yet, it was a lie, a lie, a lie, a lie

‘Cause I always loved the way you looked in the firing line
Just dancing around in some old sweater of mine

But it’s all right, and I just hope it’s nothing bad,
Just promise me you won’t get mad, I don’t care what you father said.

This is not a game. It would be a crying shame,
I mean, honestly, what’s in a name? Tell me, what’s in a name?

We were so young, we were so wrong.

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