2. Bruise / by The Lulls

Perhaps the most readily accessible song on the album, “Bruise” was also the first song we intentionally wrote for this project. As for its structure, chorus and verse placement are inverted like they are in many early Beatles and Ramones songs. So, the music and lyrics owe a lot to both ‘60s pop-rock and also early punk. Writing the bridge in French was largely a sonic and syllabic choice, but it also came out of the failure of language and the role it plays in the breakdown of relationships with people, place, things, etc. This collapse is illustrated most clearly at the end of the song as it loses its lulling drive and veers into Talking Heads-esque punk-funk before devolving into dub. 

Bruise
You’re a bruise (x2)

Wherever all my love goes
A part of you is gonna show
The bluer wound that you hold
Is something I don’t wanna know (x2)

But I wanna know
I don’t wanna know

Swoon
Vous êtes en rouge [you’re in red]
Swoon
Vous êtes en vouz [you’re in you]

Bruise
You’re a bruise (x2)

Where will all your love go?
What part of you is gonna show?
Who is taking you home?
Don’t tell me I don’t wanna know

Where will all your love go?
What part of you is gonna show?
Who is making you whole?
Don’t tell me I don’t wanna know

But I wanna know
I don’t wanna know