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Inside the wave
Inside the wave

Coming from behind the wall
Coming from beneath the floor
Coming from behind the wall
Coming from beneath the floor

Suddenly I hear the sound ( The walls close in around me. )
Coming from behind the wall ( Old habits fade far from me. )
Suddenly a door appears ( The ceiling falls about me )
Coming from beneath the floor ( and the sky is open to me now. )

But my hands are tied
and the ropes are tight around my wrist.

Steadily we climb again ( Makes me sick. Think to hard on the other side. )
Step into a hidden room ( Can't stare too long at the softest light )
Searchin' for another out ( Old wounds get infected by the )
Found a tunnel heading down ( Heat of an oven gone cold too long )
Suddenly I hear the sound ( Get my mind off the pain with the medicine )
Coming from behind the wall ( Just the idea of a thought brings it round again )
Suddenly a light appears ( Get my mind off the pain. Off the pain. )
Rapidly some something nears... ( Get my mind off the pain. Off the pain. )

But my hands are tied
and the ropes are tight around my wrist.

Bucket and a shovel
On a sand dune.
Building castles.
Knocking them down
Wading too far
Out of my sight.
Gonna work me over
For a misdemeanor
In too long.
Out of bed.
Way too slow.

In a found cut scene from an empty film.

The walls close in around me.
Old habits fade far from me.
The ceiling falls about me
but the sky is open to me now.

Bucket and a shovel
On a sand dune.
Building castles. ( But my hands are tied )
Knocking them down
Wading too far
Out of my sight.
Gonna work me over
For a misdemeanor ( and the ropes are tight around my wrist. )
In too long.
Out of bed.
Way too slow.

Forever wishing someone near the goal
Forever pushing sisiphus would know
Forever wasting promise as it goes
Foresenics (sic) show a summer in the hole, buddy

Hands from the sky
Rip me open
( Suffer begin )


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    General Commentwow...its heavy. i think this song is really personal, and i dont feel that i have the authority to just analyze it. however its about a war within himself. maybe he's trying to work his way out of a depression, but its not working. and....he just feels so much pain...wow i dont know. i really dont.
    inlovewithhimon December 21, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about surfing. If you listen to the song with that in mind it all makes sense. Walls closing, ceiling falling- its all about being trapped in a wave. It sound like he surfs to escape from himself. Surfing can be a punnishing sport, and I really like the referance to Sisipus- (the guy who had to push the boulder up the hill, only to have it roll back down right before he reached the top- for all of eternity.- Greek mythology) Surfers are always looking for the perfect ride- something they may never find, no matter how skilled they are or how often they try. The ocean punishes them, and they always come back for more. Small sucesses for huge efforts. I love Pinback because they write about the stuff no one else does, and they do it with pure poetry. Maybe my answer is too obvious- but I don't think this song is about depression at all- I think it's about trying to reach a seemingly unattanable perfection- and enjoying the process even if you get beat up along the way.
    peppergirlon August 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIt's about a video game.
    TheProvideron February 17, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIm sure it is about a video game.

    Next time, state why you believe so.
    After reading Peppergirls comment I could kinda see that but im sure your just making it into about surfing because you enjoy surfing. Funny how our minds connect for us.
    Irishbball49on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIm sure it is about a video game.

    Next time, state why you believe so.
    After reading Peppergirls comment I could kinda see that but im sure your just making it into about surfing because you enjoy surfing. Funny how our minds connect for us.
    Irishbball49on August 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI dont know why this song isnt more popular amongst pinback fans, its my favorite for sure.
    Irishbball49on October 15, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is alot about that emptiness that you might have, at least that I experience when I just sit around the house. Maybe about a video game in some lines, hey it's something I do when I feel like that, But more about inner conflict. But it could be anything you do to occupy your time when everything is just numb.
    keeponjammin08on December 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about suffering and how we go about dealing with it. It seems that there is a reason behind his suffering, which is most likely one of repetitiveness, because he compares it to Sisyphus
    who was a king punished in the Tartarus by being cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll down again, and repeat this throughout eternity.

    Steadily we climb again ( Makes me sick. Think to hard on the other side. )
    Step into a hidden room ( Can't stare too long at the softest light )
    Searchin' for another out ( Old wounds get infected by the )
    Found a tunnel heading down ( Heat of an oven gone cold too long )
    Suddenly I hear the sound ( Get my mind off the pain with the medicine )
    Coming from behind the wall ( Just the idea of a thought brings it round again )
    Suddenly a light appears ( Get my mind off the pain. Off the pain. )
    Rapidly some something nears... ( Get my mind off the pain. Off the pain. )

    He describes Sisyphus going up and down the hill and looking for a tunnel or a way out. At the same time he describes how he tries to get away from his suffering.
    Ally9224on March 12, 2008   Link
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    General Commentso far, the surfing thing makes the most sense, especially mentioning waves and sandcastles. and also, when i think of other pinback songs, some of the interpretations are very literal, and don't usually have a deep meaning. like "penelope." it's about a goldfish. "hurley" is about a snowball fight and "walters" is about larry walters. this song could suggest a deeper meaning, but to me, it just mentions too many things about beaches to mean anything depressing.
    neo_jen765on May 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThe reason Pinback are musical geniuses is that each song can be taken literally, or they can be taken subjectively be each individual who listens to it. I think this was deliberate on the bands part because thats the kinda guys they are. During a live show in SAN F Rob said 'Nobody knows what were talking about, but hey, thats how we roll' I love this angle because it leaves so much room for interpretation by the listener no matter who you are. Its so difficult to write lyrics that have both a clear message and a blurry meaning and they do it in EVERY song. To me, thats why they're the best.
    HC_MOSon May 22, 2008   Link

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