Shirts in the closet, shoes in the hall
Mama's in the kitchen, baby and all
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
But you're missing

Coffee cups on the counter, jackets on the chair
Papers on the doorstep, but you're not there
Everything is everything
Everything is everything
But you're missing

Pictures on the nightstand, TV's on in the den
Your house is waiting, your house is waiting
For you to walk in, for you to walk in
But you're missing, you're missing You're missing when I shut out the lights
You're missing, when I close my eyes
You're missing, when I see the sun rise
You're missing

Children are asking if it's alright
Will you be in our arms tonight?

Morning is morning, the evening falls I got
Too much room in my bed, too many phone calls
How's everything, everything?
Everything, everything
You're missing, you're missing

God's drifting in heaven, devil's in the mailbox
I got dust on my shoes, nothing but teardrops


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    General CommentEverytime this song is done live, Clarence cries.
    BarbedWireSockoon April 20, 2003   Link
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    General CommentI agree with the Big Man, the song is beautiful
    Lucky Loseron April 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIts fairly clear I think as to this songs likely meaning. A beautiful song.

    When he says everything is everything it comes across to me as a kind of 'I dont care to keep listing specifics because all falls into one substance when youre missing, so I tell you everything is everything, but youre missing'
    me4now777on January 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAs this album was Sprinsteen's artistic response to 9-11, I believe this song speaks about the grief of a family losing their father/husband. The lyrics tell of all the regular things that remain the same

    'Shirts in the closet, shoes in the hall
    Mama's in the kitchen, baby and all'

    despite the loss of the loss of the father, who is the 'you' in "but you're not there." Essentially, the song is an elegy to an unknown, unnamed person who was lost to the attack. Although the general idea of the song makes sense to me, I am lost in regards to the exact meaning of the symbolism in the second last line: it clearly has to do with the afterlife to be experienced by the deceseased, however I am confused as to what a "devil's in the mailbox" means.
    Morgoon April 05, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI am probably wrong but I interpret "devil's in the mailbox" as sort of the feeling of that letter u recieve saying your loved one did in fact die.....I am probably wrong but I think i will take a stab at it lol
    Cortez_08on May 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Cortez 08. I think the line..."God's drifting in heaven..." implies that God doesn't really care, or is not interested, in whats happened and like Cortez 08 said, the Devil is there to give a slap in the face to all those affected.
    veloceon May 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it could either mean that the person has died but it could also mean that the person that is missing, is alive and comes home at the end. I thought that there were several options to why the person is missing:

    1) They were working at Ground Zero
    2) They were still in the rubble - This would be logical except when he writes: 'Children are asking if it's alright, will you be in our arms tonight?' So there is communication.

    The second verse: "coffee cups on the counter, jackets in the chair..." can mean several things also. It could be from the morning of the attacks, the people who are regularly checking in on the family.

    I think the song also changes POV's .. the first verse could be from a child's perspective, "mama's in the kitchen, baby and all...' The second is unknown maybe a 3rd person, Third/4th verse is from a wives perspective about him not being in the house. 5th verse someone is talking to the dad on the telephone, I imagine. 6th is once again from the wives perspective but she is communicating with someone.

    "Too many phone calls, How's everything, everything? Everything, everything. You're missing."

    So the missed person in general could be simply checking in on the family.

    The last verse, I think is the missing person, coming home. God's in Heaven, the Devil's in the mailbox (could be bills that are waiting to be paid - it is said that the newspapers are still on the doorstep. So the mail hasn't probably been checked either), there's dust on his shoes (they haven't been used) but teardrops. There's tear drops. Right after that - the music comes alive and picks up beat... through out the other parts, it's in a sorrowful tone.
    NGwarfareon August 04, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Devil's in the mailbox" refers to the outbreak of Anthrax that followed 9/11. This whole song is about that day. I think all the other points have been touched on, but I wanted to clarify that one line that other people have speculated on.
    cityondown78on September 11, 2006   Link
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    General Comment"Devil's in the mailbox" = Anthrax attacks
    skatinghamstaron September 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. Its just about all the small things you miss about a person that dies, th small things that really make a diffrence.
    I think it is the small things you miss when a person is gone, the things that you not really notiest before the person is gone and dont do anymore.
    I lost someone close and i just saw how inportant these things really are! and how much you miss them !
    aaneeeon January 24, 2007   Link

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