"Wordless Chorus" as written by and Jim James....
So much going on these days
Forget about instinct
It's not what pays.
Pleasure - up and down my smile:
A carton of eggs think
It's all worthwhile
Tell me spirit - what has not been done?
I'll rush out and do it
Or are we doing it now?

Fissure is the thrill of the day
Forget about feeling
That's not what pays
But you know - all of this can change
Remember the promise as a kid you made

We are the innovators
They are the imitators
Come on - hey, don't you know how we started
We forget about love
But weren't brokenhearted


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"Wordless Chorus" as written by Jim James

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    General Comment"A carton of eggs think
    It's all worthwhile"
    - Hmm...??? Maybe that's about sacrificing the life of baby chicks for the greater good of providing nutrient rich food???

    "Fissure"- a fancy way of saying "smile"?

    He might be saying dont join the ranks of the cutthroats, you should revert back to childlike imagination because it is innovating and creative.

    I really like the harmonizing at the end, he sounds like a real soul singer, it reminds me of Thriller-era Michael Jackson.
    Shep420on July 19, 2006   Link
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    General CommentPerhaps it is pretentious to suggest that the significance of the song to me is the same as the meaning, but it's just screaming about to me. Also, these lyrics are so Radiohead-OK Computer influenced its unbearable to atleast credit them as an influence.

    The significance is that we are living life just as millions before us have -- how can we define our lives when so many people have done what we have done.

    Secondly, the theme behind this is that the pleasures of life as fleeting from the majority of societies' view due to the rigors expected from us in our daily jobs. There isn't time to feel or strive towards things not already prepared -- it is unproductive and that goes against what we are taught.

    After that, it ends on a lighter note reminding us of that promise me made as a kid to achieve some amazing goal that now seems unfeasible because life keeps telling us to follow the straight, clean path. Also, the song mentions that "We are the innovators, they are the imitators" to show that we have the ability to escape the sociological concepts instilled -- we have the ability to still create, influence, and innovate.
    Farenython December 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentEverybody is looking too hard into this one. The lyrics are about the thoughts he's having while trying to write a song. It's a song about songwriting. Go back and read the lyrics and it will all make sense. Also, the song is obviously incomplete; there's no chorus. Why write a melodic chorus about the "big picture" thoughts he's having towards his own personal views as a songwriter. A chorus would be ridiculous. What a truly amazing man that Yim Yames!
    flyartiston December 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it's about getting caught up in all the stresses of life and forgetting about important things like love and happiness and things that matter. maybe? i dunno. But first comment sweeet.
    positive_tensionon January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentIt's fairly self-explanitory it is about looking at little things in life and not getting "caught up in stress".

    I think the keyboard is awsome in this song and the vocals are amazing considering such few words streched out. I think this is a great band
    lld3on January 01, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favourite songs by My Morning Jacket. The beat in the beginning just grabs you, then when the words come, you've gotten mesmerized. I really liked the "wordless chorus." Here is a legendary quote: "We are the innovators, they are the imitators."
    GibbardtheGreaton April 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentmy friend sent me this song with the wrong label. for the longest time i thought the title was Dondante. hrm.

    one of the best songs to come out in the last couple years.
    salparadise04on July 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti think like this chorus the best..." ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh oooooooooh aahhhh ooooooooooooooooooooooo"
    svtdaveon July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWe are the innovators
    They are the imitators

    fuck man thats some good shit
    wilcokidon December 12, 2006   Link
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    General Commenthaha i agree with svtdave!
    neohappyon April 03, 2008   Link

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