are you right about everything? and all the maps we have mistaken for the world. The sharp pieces of science which cut into our skin. Are they right about everything? Are you tired? Are you right? But I would rather shape my soul than furnish it and i'm tired of waking up and worrying if someone is talking about me and all the things that i've done wrong. I know that i'm worth more than how they see me. And so do we compromise our happiness for security, or hope that this fear is not nearly as strong as our hearts.


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    General Commentahh.. i love this song. i think a lot of people are stupid these days. just about everything. i mean, including myself also. for example, theres so many girls (and guys too) i know that call other girls sluts and gossip about who has had sex with who and all that stuff.. eh, im just wondering.. why is it any of our buisness, and why do we care? "oh my god, that girl is such a slut, she had sex with him and him and him.." eh, who cares? im sure we'll get over it. but anyway, thats sorta what i think of when i hear this song.. just people who are always juding everyone else.
    TryandLiveon May 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about overcoming the shields and barriers in our emotions we sometimes erect in a relationship to protect ourselves from getting hurt.
    felenon July 21, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone knoe what movie or whatever the sample is from?
    an ocean of doubton August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthe sample is from an Adrian Lyne film called "Jacob's Ladder." the sample is said by Danny Aiello's character, "Louis." it's a great film.

    the lyrics "sharp pieces of science" and "all the maps we have mistaken for the world" are not Penfold originals. they were earlier seen in the first issue of Alan Moore's rediculously hard to find limited series entitled "Big Numbers." i'm curious; does anyone else know anything more about these lyrics? are they Alan Moore originals, or was he also citing another work?
    filigreeon August 25, 2002   Link
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    General Commentdoes anyone know what the backup vocalist is singing twoard the end of the song, i cant figure it out, however i havent given it much effort
    mikeska22on March 12, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI doubt that this song has anything to do with a relationship, or "opening" up to a significant other. Not EVERY song has to pertain to romance or a lack there-of.
    I think it has everything to do with the fickle nature of human beings, and our tendency to boost our own self-esteem by slandering others.
    In this manner, we live in fear that even our closest of friends might turn their backs in a moment of feverish declaration.
    We can choose to either fear our own lives for the sake of security, or we can choose to find happiness in recklessness and humility. The profundity lies in the level of difficulty in doing the latter.
    WhiteTideon April 08, 2003   Link
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    General Commentas far as the "furnishing" of souls mentioned in the chorus, read the poem "the cambridge ladies live in furnished souls" by e.e. cummings. i'm not sure if this is a coincidental bit of similar figurative language or not, but i like to think that the members of penfold are avid cummings readers.
    cenewgenton June 08, 2007   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. i think it is my most favourite song.

    to me it's about not letting others judgements of you keep you down and hold you back, because you're always worth more than what others might or might not think of you.
    WendyPopson November 30, 2007   Link

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