How do you bust the clouds?
Grass on your back been hanging in the air
I wanna scope you out
I wanna touch your mouth when you're up there

When are you coming back?
Bird on a branch will come back home to sing
When are you coming back?
Bringing it back and singing what you bring

How do you bust the clouds?
Head on the ground and feeling what you've seen
I wanna scope you out
I wanna be your eyes and show you me

When are you coming back?
When are you gonna burn that broken bed?
When are you coming back?
I wanna see you drifting overhead


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    General CommentA few recurring themes:

    Sight/eyes/vision
    sky/clouds/flying
    returning

    I don't really see the betrayal... I thnk this song may be a little too purposely ambiguous to accurately explicate, but my sense is that the singer is someone with an intense crush on someone in a loveless relationship. He's not really attempting to woo her, but simply expressing his burning desire. The deep baseline and hot trumpet only back my suspicion.
    Mr.Meon February 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful, but I think I like the earlier version (named differently as "Overhead" on Sea and the Rhythm)

    Beautiful.
    ikefoxon October 13, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthe mr.me explanation is possible, but i still think it has to be someone he's already been with, not a burning crush. when i think of a crush, or a woman i am dying to be with, i dont' think "when are you coming back." he makes the comparison to the bird coming home to sing, and if he were describing a crush, i don't think the bird going "home" would be the same as the bird coming to him.

    just a thought.... my guess is it's about longing for reunion... not necessarily after a betrayal, just after separation for whatever reason.
    thenbanerdon January 14, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI'm surprised nobody's commented on this. I think it's the best song on the new album.

    Not quite sure what it means though. It seems like someone close to him has gone away and he's wondering when they'll be back.
    Aeimiton December 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think it might have to do with a violent betrayal. The entire vibe of the song suggests something subversive, sad, and sickening. "Burn That Broken Bed" could mean that one or both of the lovers violated the bed they both shared. In the end, when something sacred like that is violated, only a fire can cleanse the stain.

    By the by, it's a fascinating song.
    OpinionHeadon February 08, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with _Mr.Me_ to a point. I definately don't think it's about betrayel but burning desire. Not a crush though, but for a former lover in a too-good-to-be-true relationship. The returning part is more obvious with lines like "When are you coming back?" and "Bird on a branch will come back home to sing." My insinuation that it's just *too* good comes from the lines about him wanting to "bust the clouds," "drifting overhead," and "grass on your back been hanging in the air." She's got her head in the clouds and he wants her to come back down to earth, to him.
    orchiDanceon July 09, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThe guitar in this song reminds me a lot of 'The Fear' by Travis.
    eponymouson October 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI'm afraid to listen to this version, because this song is so good as "Overhead"... I wouldnt want to ruin that for myself.
    groweron July 27, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about somebody who is caught in an illusion, with their head up in the clouds. The broken bed bit makes me think that this person is in a broken relationship, that they are in because of high ideals in their spouse, and they're not seeing it from a grounded point of view. Basically they are in a crappy relationship, and the singer wants them to come back down to earth so that they can have a friendship. He wants his friend to "see him", because they're ignoring him for their bf or gf who isn't good for them. And he also wants to be their eyes so that he can make them see what they are doing to themselves. "Head on the ground, feeling what you've seen" suggests crying and hurt. I almost think that "grass on your back been hanging in the air" could mean they are falling down, maybe being pushed down by this relationship, but it's hanging in the air because it's not being confronted. So they are in this relationship idealizing and not facing the problems, just ignoring them. Typical relationship, really. He wants them to come back and "sing" what they've seen, and by thus doing they would be seeing it for what it is and sharing the experience and expressing it rather than supressing the issue. He wants to scope them out because he wants to dig into the problem and find out what's going on with them. Maybe the "touch your lips" part means he wants to give them a voice to stand up for themselves. And the end "I wanna see you drifting overhead" is a kind of turn on the events, because in this case the overhead is not in a cloud or dream, but he wants to see them rise up over the problems they are having and be on top of the world again.
    CÆTon July 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only one that sees an overt sexual theme to this song? Not too be raunchy, but I honestly think the song is about making love and looking up at the person and feeling their overwhelming presence.
    ModestMobyon August 20, 2007   Link

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