Sit on a train, reading a book
Same damn planet every time I look
I try to relax, slow my heart beat
Only works when I'm dead asleep
Been thinkin and drinkin all over the town
Must be gearing up for some kind of meltdown

All I am is a body floating downwind
All I am is a body floating downwind

"What's wrong?
"Nothin"
"Are you sure nothin's wrong?"
"Yeah"
"But you're sad about something"
"Yeah"
"So tell me what, I don't know"
"I can't tell you"
"I can't tell you"
"I can't tell you"
"I can't tell you"

All I am is a body floating downwind
All I am is a body floating downwind

Sit on a train, reading a book
Same damn planet every time I look
I try to relax, slow my heart beat
Only works when I'm dead asleep
Been thinkin and drinkin all over the town
Must be gearing up for some kind of meltdown

As the express train passes the local
It moves by just like a paper boat
Although it weighs a million pounds
I swear it almost seems to float
And as we pass by each other
Our heads are filled with bother
We can't look, we can't stop
We can't think, we can't stop
Cause we're stuck in our own paths
And that's the way it always lasts
And I need something more from you.

All I am is a body floating downwind
All I am is a body floating downwind
All I am is a body floating downwind
All I am is a body floating downwind.


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  • +1
    General CommentThe climax is utterly sublime! Everything fits together so well and their voices are so harmonious. I love how he sings a conversation between him and his girl. Plus, it's not that hard to play on the guitar.
    beulahrawkon June 09, 2003   Link
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    General CommentLike everyone said, this was a great way to end the album. And TATR, you said it best, the song is hollow.
    It's a song for someone who is searching. Searching for themselves, for love, for their place in life...

    The conversation really exemplifies this.
    newCHIkid01on September 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song...but maybe it isn't about a girl, maybe it's adressed to the listener, who may have the same proplems as the singer (worries too much about life etc. -> "Our heads are filled with bother We can't look, we can't stop We can't think, we can't stop"). That's why he repeats "I can't tell you" so many times, because the only way to really be happy is to confrontate yourself with your problems and weaknesses, not to escape from them by listening to music... to me this isn't hollow, it's a bright look into the future...though his heart is heavy, he is willing to throw his "path" away to finally be happy ("Although it weighs a million pounds I swear it almost seems to float").

    "And I need something more from you."
    Ocean Soulon December 14, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this song is about someone who cannot tell his friends or generally his loved ones what is wrong with him. i'd say the narrator wants to get away (train=getting away) but realizes that he cannot escape his problems and reasons for his sadness. i think this song is about feeling alone because you cannot tell anyone about your problems..because they wouldn't understand.
    that's what i get out of the song.


    Cause we're stuck in our own paths
    And that's the way it always lasts
    And I need something more from you.


    everyone has his own problems and nothing is ever going to change that.

    a song about friendships not being strong enough i think.
    mary_joon September 26, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAs said before, I think this is primarily a song about a failure to communicate: the image of these two people passing by each other, each on a different train (express and local) too quicky (We can't look, we can't stop, We can't think, we can't stop) illustrates the failure to communicate like in the dialogue. It's a pretty good metaphore.
    Molloyon January 30, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe whole 'Let Go' cd is awesome, and this song is the perfect closing song for it. My favorite part is
    As the express train passes the local
    It moves by just like a paper boat
    Although it weighs a million pounds
    I swear it almost seems to float
    And as we pass by each other
    Our heads are filled with bother
    Incredible :)
    Redlighton April 04, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYou're right, this is the PERFECT way to end a great CD.
    jimadkinsloveron June 05, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti didn't like this album when i bought it but looking at the lyrics and really listening to the music ... it is utterly amazing.
    i particularly enjoy this song as well, esp. the climax.
    soundgoroundon November 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song i agree is a great closing to the album. ive always thought its a beautiful representation of how depression affects people.
    redcedarfeveron December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfantastic closing to a beautiful cd. the whole cd is searching and lost, but more confident than you'd think. this song is hollow, esp. at the end. and he leaves the listener knowing that.
    thesearetheruleson February 06, 2005   Link

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