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Take Me Out Lyrics

So if you're lonely
You know I'm here waiting for you
I'm just a cross-hair
I'm just a shot away from you
And if you leave here
You leave me broken
shattered, I lie
I'm just a cross-hair
I'm just a shot,then we can die
I know...

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    #1 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 18th 2011 report

    I read this somewhere recently, from someone who say them play live and the band explained it to the audience.

    "'Franz Ferdinand' are named after the guy who was shot, [in] a minor incident in Eastern Europe that lead to the outbreak of World War 1. Ferdinand and his wife were shot at the same time; the song talks about the moment between his wife being shot and him dying- he feels he might as well be dead, "Come on, take me out!", his wife's murders have left him 'broken, shattered I lie'."

    That's all I got.

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    #2 top rated interpretation:
    anonymous
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    May 30th 2012 report

    This song is multilayered. You have you're obvious literal meaning which has been pointed out already. The song is about being taken out by a sniper. However, when is the obvious meaning ever the real meaning? The true meaning of this song is the metaphorical meaning. This is a song about unrequited emotions, and the author just wanting the person to be with them while in turn knowing that they will break their heart regardless. In a sense, the author seeks the love of another person knowing that this love is unrequited and they would rather be used and go through an emotional death than not be with the person. However, the author also suggests that this will never happen, and that these unrequited feelings will not even be returned just for a night. Thus, one can conclude that the author and the subject are familiar with each other, or likely friends.

    Lyrics breakdown:

    So if you're lonely
    You know I'm here waiting for you
    (The author is begging for the person to come be with them for the other person knows they like/love them)

    I'm just a cross-hair
    I'm just a shot away from you
    (Asking the love interest to just take a shot)

    And if you leave here
    You leave me broken
    shattered, I lie
    (If the subject leaves without the author, the author will have their heart broken, but is trying to lie about it in an effort to save face)

    I'm just a cross-hair
    I'm just a shot,then we can die
    (The author is saying I'm just waiting for you to come get me, and the author knows this will likely end whatever friendship or relationship the two have)

    I know I won't be leaving here
    With you
    (However, in the end, the author knows that his feelings are unrequited, and the subject will not likely return, even physically, the author's feelings).

    I say don't you know (Author is trying to convey his feelings of love)

    You say you don't know (The subject of the love is saying you don't really know me)

    I say... take me out (Author is saying to take him out in both the literal and metaphorical senses. Literal: on a date. Metaphorical: Kill him and use him for whatever the subject wishes while knowing the love will not be returned to the author).

    I say you don't show (The author is saying that the subject will not show her true feelings)

    Don't move, time is slow
    (Asking the subject of his love to just wait for a moment, and at least allow him to have just one moment with his love interest)

    I say... take me out (Already explained!)

    I say you don't know
    You say you don't know
    I say... take me out
    (Already explained)

    If I move, this could die
    (If the author leaves, the one moment he has with his love interest could die)

    If eyes move this can die
    (THe moment the author is having looking at the love interest will die or cease to exist if they stop locking eyes)

    I want you... to take me out

    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    With you

    I say, don't you know
    You say you don't know
    I say... take me out

    If I wait this could die
    If I wane this could die
    I want you to take me out

    If I move, this could die
    If eyes move this can die
    Come on... Take me out
    (This line coupled with the next shows that the author is pleading to be taken out, again in both the literal and metaphorical senses, all the while knowing that the author, at the end of the night, will not be leaving here with his love interest).

    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)
    I know I won't be leaving here
    With you

  3. anonymous
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    Aug 21st 2015 report

    This is a good song. Franz Ferdinand is saying they want this girl 2 leave the bar and take him with her because obviously he wants action. Creepy a bit in the beginning of this song, but it gets better.

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  4. anonymous
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    Feb 22nd 2012 report

    The song is about an incident in World War 2 between two snipers in a city, there is also a film about it (i can't remember what its called).

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  5. anonymous
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    Feb 21st 2012 report

    Could be about an assassination, but as an alternative, it could be about leaving a bar or something with someone. "If your lonely, you know I'm here waiting for you." I can easily imagine waiting for the gorgeous woman down the bar to walk down to you and take you home with her. "And if you leave here You leave me broken shattered, I lie," would be how bad you feel when she leaves the place without you. "I know I won't be leaving here
    (With you)" could easily be how you know she's obviously going to leave the place without you.

    Think about that stuff and try reading the lyrics again. Sound to me like the all to many common times I, along with many other guys and girls I know, have sat there and watched the breath taking person you'd like to go home with tonight leave without you.

  6. anonymous
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    Jun 13th 2010 report

    I've got a pretty good feeling that this song is about assassination. Maybe even the Franz Ferdinand assassination, though I'm not really sure. Just look at the lyrics. It's definitely talking about killing someone, I'm thinking an assassination.


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