"All That We Let In" as written by and Emily Ann Saliers....
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Dust in our eyes our own boots kicked up
Heartsick we nursed along the way we picked up
You may not see it when it's sticking to your skin
But we're better off for all that we let in

We've lost friends and loved ones much too young
There were so much promise and work left undone
When all that guards us is a single center line
And the brutal crossing over when it's time

Ooh
(Well, I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)

One day those toughies will be withered up and bent
The father-son, the holy warriors and the President
With glory days of put up dukes for all the world to see
Beaten into submission in the name of the free

We're in an evolution, I have heard it said
And everyone's so busy now but do we move ahead
The planets hurling and atoms splitting
And a sweater for your love you sit there knitting

Ooh
(Well, I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)

See those crosses on the side of the road
Tied with ribbons in the medium
They make me grateful, I can go this far
Lay me down and never wake me up again

Kat writes a poem and she sticks it on my truck
We don't believe in war and we don't believe in luck
The birds were calling to her, what were they saying
As the gate blew open in the tops of the trees were swaying

I've passed the cemetery, walk my dog down there
I read the names in stone and say a silent prayer
When I get home, you're cooking supper on the stove
And the greatest gift of life is to know love

Ooh
(Well, I don't know where it all begins)
Ooh
(And I don't know where it all will end)
Ooh
(We're better off for all that we let in)


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"All That We Let In" as written by Emily Ann Saliers

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    General CommentThis is 'Free In You', not 'All That We Let In'
    valiant effort though
    Borchardon May 02, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationFirst, thanks for correcting the lyrics!

    To me, the title of the song means "We are better/richer people by letting ourselves hurt for our own pain and for others." All that we let bother us, make us more present in the world around us.

    The rest of the song is fairly straightforward, talking about how death is significant and inevitable, and it's okay to hurt for them. It's okay to be soft. "Dust in our eyes our own boots kicked up" is talking about hurting ourselves along the way, and it's okay to hurt and grieve for yourself too.

    The artist disagrees that all this rushing and progress is really forward-progress and doesn't see evidence of it. She points to parts of our world that she thinks are still regressive, like our political and religious powers.

    In the end, it's the love in our lives and the pain in our lives that makes those lives rich.
    jade118826on July 18, 2016   Link

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