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out of phase, off center and off cell
out of phase, off center and off cell
from that hole in my heart, in my soul

it's out of control
couldn't save it's mind
it's out of control
couldn't say it's mine
cause all i
know is all i bring to you
and all i have is waiting
till you crack the very center
of that hole in my heart
in my soul

please save that
in an empty bottle

takes a long time sometimes by design i try how

out of phase, off center and off cell
out of phase, off center and off cell
from that hole in my heart, in my soul

it's getting hard to focus
it's so hard to see straight sometimes

please save that in an empty bottle
please save that in an empty bottle
from a line

and if it breaks, we'll bring it down
take it apart
spread it around
and if it takes into the night
we'll bag the parts for later
leave them around

and if it breaks, we'll bring it down
take it apart
spread it around
(takes a long time sometimes by design i try how)
and if it takes into the night
we'll bag the parts for later
leave them around

(takes a long time sometimes by design i try how)
and if it breaks, we'll bring it down
take it apart
spread it around
(takes a long time sometimes by design i try how.)
and if it takes into the night
we'll bag the parts for later
leave them around


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    General CommentI completely and udderly love this song. alllmost more than Crutch..but no.
    outaudioinon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General Commenthaha.......udder. utter.
    outaudioinon November 14, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI completely and udderly love this song. alllmost more than Crutch..but no.
    outaudioinon November 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmm. okay. well this is a great song. i love it.
    andrea_ruybal_7on January 31, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is obviously about someone who is in love with an android that is not working.

    "it's out of control
    couldn't save it's mind
    it's out of control
    couldn't say it's mine"

    and then what follows is the in love part.

    =D NO I'M TOTALLY SERIOUS, this is what I think about when I hear this song... haha.

    It's beautiful and probably my favorite Pinback song, nonetheless.
    Runaanon August 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentman, this song is just so great. i haven't a clue what in the heck it's about...
    free_brownieson November 21, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt kinda gives me the impression of someone building one of those bottle ship models
    duckman32001on October 16, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe ending throws me off...cell

    However, it seems it's about trying to work through a known issue of being empty a certain way that is meaningful, in relating to another person. A hole in the heart and in the sole, but they aren't parallel, they make it take "a long time, sometimes" but knowingly they "try by design."

    They consider it foreign, "couldn't say it's mine," only being able to stand behind the actions do make, "all I bring to you." But there is more for them to give and they know it, stuck in the hole in their heart and sole.

    With the quick instrumental changes before saving it "in an empty bottle," it may have come out because of being fucked up, "hard to see straight."

    Their hoping "till you crack the very center," "and if it breaks," they can "take it down" and subdue it, "spread it around," not even caring to compartmentalize it or understand why it was there. Just "bag the parts for later, leave them around."

    Concentrate on the present of having broken down an emotional wall, a release to finally embrace whole heart and soul.
    MIghtyChorizoon October 24, 2013   Link

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