But it's different now that I'm poor and aging
I'll never see this face again
You go stabbing yourself in the neck

from Interpol – Obstacle 1 Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

First we look at the definition of “aging” — the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Aging in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change.

That said, Banks considers that is hard to go back to the way it used to be with this girl because he is constantly changing in every sense of the word.

He thinks, “I dont wanna return here anymore (Ill never see this place again)”

He is so angry at the girl that eggs her on to go stab yourself in the neck. A harsh message of “fuck you.”

The song was inspired by a young model who killed herself, so it feels safe to say this song isn’t about someone who is, but someone who was. Especially considering he refers to the persons corpse in the beginning of the song.

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