Here, Emily Haines contemplates the frustrations and inhibitions of social performance and how our insecurities prevent us being ourselves when it comes to looking for love.
We reach for the things we idolize But the rings are just for show Her beauty is a form of charity Dressed to suppress all kinds of sorrow
The song title plays on the phrase, "Dressed to Impress."
Haines explained the song's meaning: "Lyrically, the song explores the maze of conflicts we encounter in our attempts at finding and holding onto love; the absurd mating rituals we routinely perform, and the vast divide between the desires our appearances can imply and the way we actually feel inside."
Movie director Michel Gondry played live drums on the Late Registration track, "Diamonds From Sierra Leone." The Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind filmmaker happened to be in the studio on a day when producer Jon Brion was setting up a drum kit