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Title: Operator Lyrics
Post by: [sobriquet] on July 22, 2015, 01:02:23 am
Here's the lyrics. I put a question mark beside the lines where I'm not entirely sure.

I could be your operator.
I could bring you joy.
Something like a freedom fighter.
Guns are just for boys. (?)

I heard what you said,
You should say it again
Cause it's bold, bold.
It's getting late, darling,
Get a move on it.
We should go, go.

You should never tell your mother.
You could give it time.
I pour a drink, here have another
Cause this is gonna blow your mind.

Heard what you said
And I say what I mean,
We should go, go.
Pack up your things,
I don't care what you bring.
Leave your house for a home.

And you should call your little brother.
Tell him to be good.
And tell him that you really love him.
You don't but you should.

I heard what you said,
So don't say it again
Cause it's cold, cold.
It's getting late, darling,
Get a move on it.
We should go, go.

And I could be your moneymaker,
And you could be my song.
We'll worry about the others later.
We should gotta move on.
We should go, go.

Pack up your things,
I don't care what you bring.
Leave your house for a home.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: initially_yours on July 22, 2015, 02:18:53 pm
Actually, I think it's "Get a move on it."
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: Fred_Saboya on July 22, 2015, 03:45:17 pm
Actually, I think it's "Get a move on it."

yeah, that makes more sense haha
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: [sobriquet] on July 23, 2015, 08:10:41 pm
Actually, I think it's "Get a move on it."

yeah, that makes more sense haha

Yes, now it makes sense! haha
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: pswik91 on July 24, 2015, 10:12:50 am
I wonder if V realizes she posted the studio version of this on YouTube.
http://youtu.be/NO81m_-pKlA
Someone from Phantom Friends shared it on the Facebook page.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: Pushglow on July 24, 2015, 10:30:30 am
I wonder if V realizes she posted the studio version of this on YouTube.
http://youtu.be/NO81m_-pKlA
Someone from Phantom Friends shared it on the Facebook page.

Beautiful, thanks for sharing it :o It's so different from the live version. I hope it's the single!
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: lavender skies on July 24, 2015, 10:42:57 am
I feel like it's gun's aren't just for boys
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: lavender skies on July 24, 2015, 10:43:17 am
Also--what's everyone's take on this song????? Meanings??
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: joey on July 24, 2015, 10:45:48 am
Also--what's everyone's take on this song????? Meanings??

Lol. This is I dunno... a very sexy song? I dunno... It gives me a very BDSM vibe but that's on the surface. I'm waiting for an epiphany with a much deeper meaning to blow my mind away.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: lavender skies on July 24, 2015, 10:51:10 am
Also--in the new YouTube version which sounds like the studio version she says

"Guns ain't just for boys".

And I'm with you Joey--it's very sexy and I too am waiting for a moment for me when it all clicks. Cannot stop listening
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: lavender skies on July 24, 2015, 10:53:47 am
I know I keep posting but this is sooo Dark Carnival or Superhero to me. Old demo tape VC
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: [sobriquet] on July 25, 2015, 05:27:32 am
Also--what's everyone's take on this song????? Meanings??

Lol. This is I dunno... a very sexy song? I dunno... It gives me a very BDSM vibe but that's on the surface. I'm waiting for an epiphany with a much deeper meaning to blow my mind away.

I take this song as the dark counterpart of Nothing Where Something Used To Be. This is a song that says 'do it, do it' but in the form of eloping. If NWSUTB is about that wistfulness and regret for not doing it, Operator find the persona at that moment where she faces the beloved, asking him/her to finally run away and "leave [his/her] house for a home."

EDIT: And for me, the closest song to this one is Private Radio. The piano (the sheet for which I will post in a few! :) ) and the "na na na na" reminds me of that song.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: coldyoungheart on July 25, 2015, 01:11:57 pm
That's funny... I don't really see it as a dark song at all! Like @Sobriquet, I see it as a 'story' about a couple wanting to leave together - maybe run away. Hence the "don't tell your mother" part. Maybe someone is feeling ambivalent about leaving, but the other wants to leave: "it's getting late, darling, get a move on it".

I really do love the "leave your house for a home" part as well. This song is amazing. Both the studio and the live version are fantastic. I can't even decided which one I like better!

I really would love to know what she means by "operator" though.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: afterglow987 on July 26, 2015, 10:17:42 am
I looked up the definition of operator and two of the definitions caught my interest.

1. a person who acts in a specified, especially a manipulative, way:

or..

2. a person or company that engages in or runs a business or enterprise:

I wonder which meaning is for the song or both?

and then a freedom fighters definition is

a person who takes part in a violent struggle to achieve a political goal, especially in order to overthrow their government.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: joey on July 26, 2015, 06:03:43 pm
I dunno. I think what throws me off the most is her use of the expression "Moneymaker". It kind of reminds me of 'Fair Weather Friend' which I think is about Stephan and how he cheated on her but there is this vibe I get from FWF that she felt that Stephan was "using" her for her fame. It's in the "but you do it for the fame" line and in the basic expression "Fair Weather Friend" and she uses this expression of Moneymaker which reminds me of the same vibe.

The idea that the song is about eloping is interesting but why moneymaker? Why? And more importantly... Why 'Operator'?
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: sarab on July 27, 2015, 04:03:37 pm
I dunno. I think what throws me off the most is her use of the expression "Moneymaker". It kind of reminds me of 'Fair Weather Friend' which I think is about Stephan and how he cheated on her but there is this vibe I get from FWF that she felt that Stephan was "using" her for her fame. It's in the "but you do it for the fame" line and in the basic expression "Fair Weather Friend" and she uses this expression of Moneymaker which reminds me of the same vibe.

The idea that the song is about eloping is interesting but why moneymaker? Why? And more importantly... Why 'Operator'?

maybe is a more positive spin as far as the money maker goes.. meaning that they are better together and can reach their greater potential as a couple than apart.  the symbiotic relationship of her the other person's money maker but then the other benefits : "i could be your song" (I hear that not , "you could be my song")
Edit: I actually do hear "you" not I. Whoops. But it still seems like a symbiotic relation with that lyric to me

the part that I don't get about the songs is the stuff about the little brother.  it seems like it's just thrown in there, and I don't see how it fits to the over all meaning/feeling of the song
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: afterglow987 on July 27, 2015, 09:30:59 pm
The more I listen to this song I get the feeling that it is more about a job/career choice? So this is my take on the song.

In the first verse I feel like she is expressing what she could become independent and wealthy. She could become successful and become happy, make a lot of money and maybe use some of that money for a greater cause to help others. "Guns aren't just for boys" is a powerful statement that girls are equal to boys.

In the second verse, she understands that success is in her sights and thinks it is exciting and bold so she decides to go for it.

In the next verse I think she is gathering the courage to leave everything she knows behind in order to pursue something that will make a lot of money.

In the chorus I think she means she is always busy and on the move and searching for her own place in the world. I know when I was a kid I thought of my parents home as a house and one day I would find my own home.

In the verse with the "call your little brother" I believe this is the price of being wealthy and too busy. It is one of the cons that can drive a wedge between your family when you become too busy. Then in the chorus she says cold instead of bold so I think that it is getting harder for her to find meaningful relationships because they all want a piece of her money. So she continues her search for her home.

In the last verse she is a moneymaker which is great because she is strong and powerful but she is still searching for her home and people to trust and build a relationship.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: sarab on July 28, 2015, 09:07:53 pm
The more I listen to this song I get the feeling that it is more about a job/career choice? So this is my take on the song.

In the first verse I feel like she is expressing what she could become independent and wealthy. She could become successful and become happy, make a lot of money and maybe use some of that money for a greater cause to help others. "Guns aren't just for boys" is a powerful statement that girls are equal to boys.

In the second verse, she understands that success is in her sights and thinks it is exciting and bold so she decides to go for it.

In the next verse I think she is gathering the courage to leave everything she knows behind in order to pursue something that will make a lot of money.

In the chorus I think she means she is always busy and on the move and searching for her own place in the world. I know when I was a kid I thought of my parents home as a house and one day I would find my own home.

In the verse with the "call your little brother" I believe this is the price of being wealthy and too busy. It is one of the cons that can drive a wedge between your family when you become too busy. Then in the chorus she says cold instead of bold so I think that it is getting harder for her to find meaningful relationships because they all want a piece of her money. So she continues her search for her home.

In the last verse she is a moneymaker which is great because she is strong and powerful but she is still searching for her home and people to trust and build a relationship.

I LOVE this interpretation. The "cold" part could be I reference to what a record company might say to her? They can be quite cold and uncaring. It definitely makes more sense with the brother verse. Nice job
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: Fred_Saboya on July 29, 2015, 06:20:28 am
i actually think its about leaving everything behind and daring to run away with someone ("worry bout the others later"). i think on the little brother verse she is literally telling the guy to call his brother and say goodbye, "be good, i love you" and stuff. she is like a manipulative woman who told a guy into running away with her and leaving everything behind but she still cares and want him to do the right thing before he leaves.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: KULPDOGG on July 29, 2015, 08:48:48 am
i actually think its about leaving everything behind and daring to run away with someone ("worry bout the others later"). i think on the littler brother verse she is literally telling the guy to call her brother and say goodbye, "be good, i love you" and stuff. she is like a manipulative woman who told a guy into running away with her and leaving everything behind but she still cares and want him to do the right thing before he leaves.

or the other way around.

my take was kind of uhhh, i don't want to be mean, but this IS an "emo" song, as Vanessa said...
I think this song is Vanessa going to an extreme, ....it doesn't have to be literal, like I don't think she actually means it..
but figuratively I guess...
anyway, it's just a story, right?

This is a guy coming into this particular female's life and well... getting her pregnant and wanting to run away with her.
she could be this guy's escape or... key to success...the answer to all his problems
or she feels like in some way he's trying to do this
he wants to get hitched, married.... run away with her.. shocking news.
tell your family, you should just accept this life with me and change your bad habits and make peace--make good with everyone in your life.
this baby is the answer, this new life with me will be the greatest thing ever.
it's the guy trying to convince her to leave her old life and join forces with him.
we can make money off of our life experiences in the form of songs, because we are musicians.
in other words, this whole song is the female feeling invaded and completely defeated, though it is a good thing,
this story lives in the moment where she has doubts and fears of a new life.
---or just that pivotal moment where they decide as a couple, to actually just do it and realize that it actually is best.

Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: sarab on July 30, 2015, 03:46:30 pm
i actually think its about leaving everything behind and daring to run away with someone ("worry bout the others later"). i think on the littler brother verse she is literally telling the guy to call her brother and say goodbye, "be good, i love you" and stuff. she is like a manipulative woman who told a guy into running away with her and leaving everything behind but she still cares and want him to do the right thing before he leaves.

or the other way around.

my take was kind of uhhh, i don't want to be mean, but this IS an "emo" song, as Vanessa said...
I think this song is Vanessa going to an extreme, ....it doesn't have to be literal, like I don't think she actually means it..
but figuratively I guess...
anyway, it's just a story, right?

This is a guy coming into this particular female's life and well... getting her pregnant and wanting to run away with her.
she could be this guy's escape or... key to success...the answer to all his problems
or she feels like in some way he's trying to do this
he wants to get hitched, married.... run away with her.. shocking news.
tell your family, you should just accept this life with me and change your bad habits and make peace--make good with everyone in your life.
this baby is the answer, this new life with me will be the greatest thing ever.
it's the guy trying to convince her to leave her old life and join forces with him.
we can make money off of our life experiences in the form of songs, because we are musicians.
in other words, this whole song is the female feeling invaded and completely defeated, though it is a good thing,
this story lives in the moment where she has doubts and fears of a new life.
---or just that pivotal moment where they decide as a couple, to actually just do it and realize that it actually is best.



interesting.. and almost biographical.. I mean, she did say she didn't want to be bride and here she is married with a baby!  but i'm sure it didn't go down like that (your interpretation) for them. and she said this album wasn't as personal to her in that it wasn't based on her life.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: Fred_Saboya on July 30, 2015, 04:10:33 pm
it's not about her, i mean she's not the woman she's talking about in the song and john is not the guy in the song. she always liked to play different characters in her songs.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: lavender skies on July 30, 2015, 06:15:22 pm
I don't know why I feel like Liberman has Stephen Jenkins written all over it. I'm sure it's because he's really the only public relationship she's ever had, but knowing a lot of Heroes and Thieves and Fairweather Friend was about him, some of these songs remind me. Like Blue Pool, NWSUTB, and now this. Just like a deep retrospective album of a past relationship. It's probably about many different people (real and not) but I keep going back to Jenkins.
Title: Re: Operator Lyrics
Post by: sarab on July 31, 2015, 09:33:30 am
it's not about her, i mean she's not the woman she's talking about in the song and john is not the guy in the song. she always liked to play different characters in her songs.

that's basically what I said, but that with kulp's interpretation, the surface is what happened to her (married, baby, house, car, after not wanting it all, or at least thinking she didn't want it.)