The Shins

Friday 02 March, 2012 at 9:38 am

The Shins aren’t exactly uncharted, but their new song and music video that depicts their lead singer James Mercer after he dies, made this feature a must. It was created by Daniels (Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan)- the same genius directors who created Manchester Orchestra’s Simple Math. These guys do to music videos what Chris Nolan does to cinema. In-cre-di-ble. Pink Bullets is another brilliant song by The Shins and luckily it also has a stunning stop motion music video. Why Pink Bullets? Who the hell knows. But that’s the beauty of art- it’s open to interpretation. Check out these two music videos. You won’t regret it.

Simple Song

Music Video

Lyrics

Well this is just a simple song
To say what you done
I told you about all those fears
And away they did run
You sure must be strong
And you feel like an ocean
Being warmed by the sun

When I was just nine years old
I swear that I dreamt
Your face on a football field
And a kiss that I kept
Under my vest
Apart from everything, but the heart in my chest

I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone
Don’t go thinking you gotta be tough, to play like a stone
Could be there’s nothing else in our lives so critical
As this little hole!

My life in an upturned boat, marooned on a cliff
You brought me a great big flood
And you gave me a lift
To care, what a gift
You tell me with your tongue
And your breath was in my lungs
And you float over the rift

I know that things can really get rough when you go it alone
Don’t go thinking you gotta be tough, to play like a stone
Could be there’s nothing else in our lives so critical
As this little hole!

Well this will be a simple song to say what you’ve done
I told you about all those years and away they did run
You sure must be strong
And you feel like an ocean
Being warmed by the sun

Remember walking a mile to your house, a glow in the dark
I made a fumblin’ play for your heart and the extra, the spark
You wore a charm in a chain that I stole specially for you
Love’s such a delicate thing that we do, we’ve nothing to prove
Which I never knew

Pink Bullets

Music Video

Lyrics

I was just bony hands as cold as a winter pole
You held a warm stone out, new flowing blood to hold
Oh what a contrast you were to the brutes in the halls
My timid young fingers held a decent animal

Over the ramparts you tossed
The scent of your skin and some foreign flowers
Tied to a brick
Sweet as a song
The years have been short
But the days were long

Cool of a temperate breeze from dark skies to wet grass
We fell in a field, it seems now a thousand summers passed
When our kite lines first crossed
We tied them into knots
To finally fly apart
We had to cut them off

Since then it’s been a book you read in reverse
So you understand less as the pages turn
Or a movie so crass
And awkwardly cast
That even I could be the star

I don’t look back much as a rule
And all this way before murder was cool
But your memory is here and I’d like it to stay
Warm light on a winter’s day

Over the ramparts you tossed
The scent of your skin and some foreign flowers
Tied to a brick
Sweet as a song
The years have been short
But the days go slowly by
Two loose kites falling from the sky
Drawn to the ground and an end to flight

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