We make the music that divides you
It’s handed down as a thing to cry to
And all my wars they treat you kindly
There’s nothing more important that i see
There was a time when all was empty
Unorganized a clog a death scene
Things opened up and there’s so many
Paths to walk ports of entry
Now that I’m gone
Now that i’m long gone
This minute has come and gone
I never said to do anything but forget me
I can’t be lost
I’ve learned everything form loss
For what’s gained there’s an inner cost
I won’t pay it i never would
We left the seasons back in Long Town
There was a hint of sadness going round
We met the brothers who drove arrows
And shot assumptions wide and narrow
I know i mean what i’m forgetting
We give for everything we’re getting
A lot that hasn’t been put away
It’s building up for that fateful someday
Now that i’m gone
Now that i’m long gone
This minute has come and gone
I never said to do anything but forget me
When it seems i’m around
Check again what’s up and what’s down
Nay silences make a sound
Before the equation and i’m the answer


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    General CommentI don't see how no one has cared to analyze this song! It's beautiful!
    In the beginning, John is reflecting on his past. He makes the music that divides us. Although it's often depressing and we can cry to it, we still are moved and uplifted. The wars he refers to are his personal trials and tribulations, forever locked in song lyrics for us. He feels that this is important, sharing his ordeals with us. There was a dark time in his life when he didn't have any direction or meaning. It was unorganized, filled with death. Things have opened up, and now he has a new life to look forward to. He never said to do anything but forget the old John. There are so many new things to discover! But at the same time, everything he's ever learned has come from the losses and despair in his life. He acknowledges that these things cannot be completely forgotten at all. I'm still unclear about Long Town and the references to that place, but it seems like it was an unhappy time where people made wrong assumptions and hurled insults at one another. There is something to be learned from it, but he forgets it. He is trying to communicate it toward the end. Just as there is an inner cost to everything we learn, we "give for everything we're getting." Any unresolved emotions are locked away to build up until they explode some day. He ends by imploring us to forget him, and to forgive him. He is already long gone, but one day he'll be back when you least expect it. You'll look up and down and pinch yourself to be sure it isn't a dream. He'll be there with the answers.

    It's probably far-fetched, but please comment and let me know what you think. I'd love to get inside John's head just to understand these crazy lyrics. But until then, I'm relying on you to help me analyze them...
    sweetfatality7on December 30, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song makes me kinda drooool
    poehaon June 15, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningThink "We met the brothers who drove arrows" refers to heroin addicts. Matches with "And shot assumptions wide and narrow": narrow -> satisfy their greed (selfish attitude), wide -> an alternative (conciousness-expanding) way to interpret our life.
    There is no good or bad: the drug probably kills you, on the other other hand you'll experience advanced views of our life.

    I think the song is about saying goodbye to those people that are still alive, but wanting to be vivid enough to tell the reasons for being lost (to have chosen oneself for death).

    Peter
    Peddaon July 12, 2010   Link
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    General Commentguys you both forgot about the beautiful harmonies in this song. When you have stereo affect headphones on really loud its quite a psychedelic experience, in a nice way.
    neekappaon September 05, 2010   Link
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    General Commentsuch a beautiful song, one of my favorites, Fru's voice soars
    paralleluniverseon December 16, 2011   Link

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