Putting all the vegetables away
That you bought at the grocery store today
And it goes fast
You think of the past
Suddenly everything has changed

Driving home, the sky accelerates
And the clouds all form a geometric shape
And it goes fast
You think of the past
Suddenly everything has changed

Putting all the clothes you've washed away
And as you're folding up the shirts you hesitate
Then it goes fast
You think of the past
And suddenly everything has changed


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    General CommentWayne Coyne is fucking hot. I don't care how old he is
    moeyoldboldon July 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think in general this song is pretty self-explanatory, but I noticed a couple people here have misinterpreted its overarching theme, so I'll just add my two cents here:

    This song, like various other songs on the record, such as Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, is primarily about realizing you're getting older and getting nostalgic at intermittent moments, realizing how fast life has gone. It's about the fact that we often don't realize how much life has changed until we sit down and think about it. It's at the most banal moments within our lives that we realize how much has changed since our childhood, such as when we're doing the laundry. It's at these repetitious moments that we start to think more cosmically and in the context of our entire lives.

    This year, I turned 18, and it was surreal to think that I had finally reached the age of majority--an age that, in my childhood, seemed so distant. It sunk in this year that I was getting older, that being an adult was actually possible, and that it wasn't much different from being a child. But as I thought back to the euphoric moments I had experienced during my childhood, I realized that many things actually had changed. Simply driving down the road could elicit such thoughts, realizing that even the sky seemed different as I had gotten older.

    This entire album is amazing, because of how cosmically it views our lives and the world at large. This song is certainly one of its highlights.
    colloquyon February 17, 2013   Link
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    General Commentmmm, I think it could mean: How your whole life changes when someone really close to you dies, but then again how quickly time moves on and you go back to the regular habits of daily life and you don't realize this until you stop and think back on how things used to be.
    jake0112on January 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI agree with colloquyon and would like to add a few of my own thoughts. Nostalgia is the strongest theme of this song for sure, however it also reminds me of how time tends to play tricks on our minds when our lives continue to move forward but our minds are numb. Sometimes we think in slow-motion, especially when grieving and find it difficult to exist emotionally and physically in the world around us. Many might just call this depression. It's when we go through the motions, but stay locked inside our heads while everything around us continues to move at the pace of life. Then suddenly, we stop feeling the pain and wake up and look around and notice that life has moved forward and things have changed, and it's time to let go...
    cozyon June 27, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe song's meaning is obvious so...A fucking great song, man...
    doesntevenmatteron March 02, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonly hear the postal service cover of this song, and i like it a LOT!
    new kind of armyon April 06, 2005   Link
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    General Commenton the CD insert, there's something like, "this song explores the idea of dying from boredom."
    actually im sure that's not what it says, but it's something to that effect.
    ike368on April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLife goes by fast and it's while doing mundane tasks like putting away the groceries or driving home or folding clothes that you kind of catch yourself. You think of the past and where you're at now. Etc.. etc..
    kublipon April 13, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI was listening to this song after writing this post and got to thinking that maybe it's about horrible news that you receive while doing mundane tasks.
    kublipon April 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIts so simple of a song, of just how a minor moment contains a thought that just rocks your whole life, and I love how the sound starts to tear up each time it says "and suddenly everything has changed"
    ZeroOneon April 16, 2005   Link

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