"Dead Slate Pacific" as written by and John Vanderslice....
At my low point
I went to a professional
He asked me some questions
Sent me to a doctor

There's a moment there,
When you're under a doctor's care
When you're safe and hopeful

Punched in the code
Ran up the stairwell
He asked more questions
Gave me celexa

That's when I really knew
The only thing standing between
Me and that long rope over a carpenter's beam
Was you

I went off the pills
Bought my ticket
I used to think
There was nothing between us
Just 6,000 miles of
The dead, slate pacific

But on that united flight
In a white hot panic I
Sank to the bottom of the sea

My countless horrible creatures
Complicated undersea secrets
If I didn't go diving there
With a spear gun, knife and flare
How would I ever make it through

That's when I really knew
The only thing standing between
Me and that long rope hung on a carpenter's beam
Was you


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"Dead Slate Pacific" as written by John Vanderslice

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    General CommentCelexa is a form of a monoamine oxidase inhibitor, which, in simpleton's terms, is an antidepressent. Essentially, the narrator of the song is deeply depressed (hence the celexa) over separation from a lover or friend far across the ocean

    "I used to think there was nothing between us/just 6000 miles of the dead, slate pacific"

    Also, he admits that only the person he so yearns for can make him happy again, something no drug could ever instill in him,hence:

    that's when I really knew the only thing standing between me and that long rope on a carpenter's beam
    was you.

    ^That, my friends, is a beautiful, beautiful lyric.
    Chexicanon April 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the 'you' in "the only thing standing between
    me and that long rope over a carpenter�s beam
    was you" is the Celexa
    nomojomofoon October 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song.

    It's also not the first time John has written about antidepressants; "Amitrypteline," from "Life and Death," is one of my absolute favorites, in the form of a farewell letter from a person court ordered to go on medication.
    zsson January 12, 2011   Link

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