Bloodless
By: Beck Hansen

Written by: Beck Hansen

Versions:
  1. Bloodless (4:36)
    Credits
    Beck Hansen: Guitar (Electric), Producer, Vocals
    Cornelius: Mix, Producer
 
Lyrics:
Bloodless [Version (a)]:

The new breed is pausing for silence
The old guard is letting us down
The white walls, we're painting them whiter
For school days, they're over for now

The children pushing and pulling
The life chains rattle around them
Eyes closed to see what you're supposed to
Believe in whatever you wanted

Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh
Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh

Children running to ruin
Their arms up, under surrender
The good life, weeds are growing
The Gods are nothing between us

Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh
Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh

Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh
Bloodless
Bloodless
Bloodless
Ohhhh
 
The Song:

Back around the time of Midnite Vultures (or before?), Beck and Cornelius were reported to have recorded some music together. Nothing ever came of it, but Cornelius did do a remix of "Mixed Bizness."

But then in around 2004 or 2005, Cornelius was DJing on a radio show in his native Japan. One of the songs he spun was a Beck song called "Bloodless."

Not much is known about the song, but we did verify that the song was written by Beck, and mixed by Cornelius. They have no plan to release the song. The song has however leaked out thanks to someone who had that radio show. It's an edgy song, with a unique aggression to it.

There is an old Irish folk song called "Schooldays Over" which starts:

Schooldays over, come on then John, time to be gettiní your pit boots on
On with your sark and moleskin trousers, itís time you were on your way
Time you were learning the pitmanís job and earning the pitmanís pay


The song is about the young generation heading off to work. Beck's own take on it is similar:

The new breed is pausing for silence
The old guard is letting us down
The white walls, we're painting them whiter
For school days, they're over for now


School is done, and off to the mundane and pointless world of painting white walls white. Interestingly, Beck used the painting white walls image in "Send A Message To Her" as well (where it also implies a pointless day job situation).

More hopeless tasks are referenced, children "pushing and pulling," closing your eyes to do what you're supposed to. Is the younger generation losing their lifeblood by doing this? The hope of the new breed being lost?
 
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