And all I want is all that you possess
And all I want is all that I can't get
And I can't be, for the things I see
And the things I want and I long to be
And I crave much more than I'd ever need
And I take it all just the way I please

Take these thoughts
Put 'em in your basement
Take these thoughts
They're heavy and they're old
Don't let 'em steal your soul

And all you got is all that you deserve
And all you got isn't of real worth
And I can't breathe for the things I see
And the things I want and I long to be
And I crave much more than I'd ever need
And I take it all just the way I please

Take these thoughts
Put 'em in your basement
Take these thoughts
And send them down the track
Make sure they don't come back

Take these thoughts
Take these thoughts
Take these thoughts
And if they come back 'round
Just burn the whole place down


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    General CommentI think this song can be interpreted in multiple ways, but for me, this song is about an undesired breakup. It means that you just want anything and everything from the other person, you miss them so much that you can't stop thinking about them, craving for their presence, for the impossible - "all I want is all that i can't get". It then talks about feeling worthless without the other person - you feel that you no longer deserve anything more in life, that "all you've got isn't of real worth". But the chorus is all about getting through it, about needing to put those thoughts to rest before they consume you, to stop dwelling in the past, to refuse to think that way. But again, I think one reads what one wants to read, and I guess that's just what it means to me right now.
    Ludon September 01, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song.. so beautiful in melody and lyrical content.. means to me that all these feelings one feels for another has to be kept secret.. it sounds like these feelings are somehow cynical, selfish almost, like he's not supposed to feel them. Putting them in the basement, meaning here are my thoughts.. don't bring them back up, I just want to let you know. sometimes thoughts are an overwhelming burden. hard to contain to only yourself even when you know you should. I like this song a lot. :-)
    krstnhrpron September 29, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am kind of getting the vibe of a bit of homosexuality, at least in the first verse. He seems to be saying that the way he feels isn't allowed. The rest is pretty clear that who ever this is to, guy or girl, they do not share the feelings
    thendon October 25, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song may be about depression.
    All he wants is to be happy and he compares himself to other people who lead happy lives and enjoy themselves, but he craves happiness and he's jealous of what others have that he doesn't.

    "take these thoughts" may represent how he should take his depressing thoughts and store them away, to try and become a happier person.

    And I think the ending means that if his depressing thoughts come back then "burn the whole place down" may symbolize suicide.
    think0fmeon September 10, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI don't think this track has anything to do with a relationship. Homosexual or otherwise.
    I thinks its along the same vein as Bowerbirds - In Our Talons.
    Its about how people / mankind take & take. It is the natural instinct of ours (they're heavy and they're OLD) that we need to shed because at this point of our existence, its going to lead to our ultimate self inflicted undoing.
    "take these thoughts..." and get rid of them, dont let that natural greed "steal your soul", because whatever you gain "isn't of real worth".
    And if we cant / don't evolve from this, then "just burn the whole place down."
    nOneOtheron December 16, 2014   Link

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