I will bury you in time
When the sea begins to slide
Into this hole where I am smiling on your shoulder
You have buried my beliefs
Where all you sisters sleep
That there scent the purity will make
When the youth is over
Frozen in some lost October

And I am breathing into you
It makes your features move
And they shimmer like balloons that fly above the ocean
All the world is waiting here
You can hear the children cheer
But they'll need you when you're near
The brink of complete implosion
Crown your king when your life is broken

Everything you are I'm tearing through
Everything you want I'm wanting too
I gave you more than I thought I could ever do
But I will never break you down

And if I was the king of all the kids
You'd hear me singing in my spit
But all you would hear is the shit inside my burnt emotions
I will bury you in time
When the sea begins to slide
Into this hole where you and I will sing our songs unbroken
As the water starts its choking

Ah, dee dee dee dee
dee dee dee dee dee
dee dee dee dee dee
dee dee dee dee dee



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    Song MeaningThis song is about Anne Frank.
    teonanancatlon June 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti downloaded this song.... and its live and he says its about him and "a rockstar in a home by the beach.... makin out" i dont know.... but whatever its about i like it alot.
    trajikclownon April 04, 2003   Link
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    General Comment"And if I was the king of all the kids, you'd you hear me singing in my spit, but all you would hear is the shit inside my burnt emotions"

    amazing. jeff mangum is a genius. pure genius.
    xReadysetSTABon June 17, 2003   Link
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    General CommentUmm.. he says "Me and a rockstar in a hole by the beach... and can't get out." Not in a home by the beach... making out. Quite different, I think.
    LuckyMonkeyon May 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentThis is a love song in the purest sense of the word - he is going to be with this person until the end (of the world? maybe...). It's a little dark, but hey, such is life. I put it on the first mix tape I made for my girl, almost a year ago.
    oh no, disaster!on June 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI'm gonna have to say it's a little from column A and a little from column B

    I think he says "me and a rockstar in a hole by the beach... makin' out" But i do like the idea of the "Can't get out" maybe you're right, i don't think it really matters that much because the rest of the song speaks for itself
    Wollywackon February 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHe says "me and a rockstar in a hole by the beach...Can't get out." It's hard to hear but you can tell from the lyrics.
    "I will bury you in time
    When the sea begins to slide
    Into this hole where you and I will sing our songs unbroken
    As the water starts its chokin'
    dee dee dee dee dee etc."
    They can't get out so they choke and die. I have no idea what this song is about but it doesn't change the fact that it's amazing. Probably something to do with...Being with someone until death or being with someone even though that person is bad for you.
    acknowledge101on July 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentJeff mentions in another show it's about being stuck in a hole in the middle of the ocean with a rock star as the water seeps in. Same thing.
    Cynothoglyson August 24, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe third verse is actually "but I will never break you down".
    Cynothoglyson August 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI've got some kind of theory about this song talking about Jeff Mangum being the you-person too but the you-person would be presenting him as a singer, not as a person, he does the same sort of thing in Little birds when he sings : "open up my mouth when all you even hear is singing, put your hand within me and you know what I'm feeling".

    I will bury you in time

    Bury you in time, could be an announcement of him stopping releasing music, as we all know Jeff Mangum stopped releasing music after ITAOTS.

    You have buried my beliefs
    He has somehow lost his belief in the singing side of him, that music isn't the way to solve everything, this he explained also in an interview with Pitchfork (if I remember correctly)

    And I am breathing into you
    It makes your features move

    Breating into you, obviously he is the you-person, and make features move, the misery in Jeff Mangum comes out through the singing of the you-person

    You can hear the children cheer
    But they'll need you when you're near

    About the fans?

    Everything you are I'm tearing through
    Everything you want I'm wanting too
    I gave you more than I thought I could ever do
    But I will never break you

    He never expected himself to get so famous with his music. The I will never break you part talks about the fact that he will return to write songs some day (hurray!!! ^^)

    And if I was the king of all the kids
    You'd you hear me singing in my spit
    But all you would hear is the shit inside my burnt emotions

    If he somehow would start singing not as the you-character but as just himself it would be too sick for people to listen too (in the days when he was recording ITAOTS, Jeff doubted various times wheter or not his songs weren't too sick to be released)

    Into this hole where you and I will sing our songs unbroken

    Another clue that he and the you person could be the same

    I would like to remind you this is a pure subjective thing how I view this song, further it's one of my fevourite songs from NMH, basicly beacuse of the intense singing of Jeff here.
    KingJelleon April 09, 2007   Link

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