The king of the swinging moods is back in town
And everybody's tip-toeing around him
Surround him, as he
pounds a silver hammer
Drops revolutionary grammar
Concerning the burning of city hall
And urban sprawl and decay
(getting so old)
Farewell to the day
Of having it both ways
(So old)
Hell is other people
And some people never learn
When optimism fails
And my cooler head prevails
I will meet you at the point of diminishing returns

Down in the abstract
Looking for a concrete artifact
Something to hold on to
Not one more thing to believe in
Stuck in a fallback
And fighting off a heart attack
And you're so tangible
Like a nitroglycerin tablet
Under my tongue
(getting so old)
Farewell to the day
Of having it both ways
(so old)
The boom's a bust out
And thanks for your concern
When pessimism fails and
My cooler head prevails
I will meet you at the point of diminishing returns

And progress shall be defined
By your position on the bridge
As it burns
When populism, activism, urbanism fail
My cooler head, my cooler head will prevail
When there are no more gods left to anoint
No more noses to bend out of joint
I'm gonna meet you at the point of diminishing returns
(getting so old)
Farewell to the day
Of having it both ways
(So old)
Hell is other people
Some people never learn
(getting so old)
Farewell to the day
Of having it both ways
(so old)
When optimism fails
And my cooler head prevails
I will meet you at the point of diminishing returns


Lyrics submitted by Kirstin21, edited by White2lip

Diminishing Returns song meanings
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  • +1
    General Commentdiminishing returns is of course an economic concept but can apply to many many areas of human action. its the point where further production, effort, etc. becomes counterproductive as costs outweigh benefits. Seems to be about finding a balance between, generally, optimism/pessimism, and philosophical or political points of diminishing returns. The rest of the lyrics fill out this concept nicely and speak for themselves.
    floating_eyeon June 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI like to thing of this song as a look at a broken society suffering from chaotic political unrest. It ties nicely into the theme of diminishing returns, where, the more solutions that are tried ("populism, activism, urbanism ") the worse the situation becomes. People have tried praying to many "gods" but none have come to their rescue. Further effort becomes futile after the point of diminishing returns.

    Yet, when a point of balance between extremes can be found, the "cooler head will prevail". So cool.
    pikabooon January 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is about someone who is a young radical/revolutionary kid. When the young radical is done with all the silly movements and sees they don't accomplish anything, the other (rational/cynical) person in the song will be waiting for him/her - when all the radical adventuring is done!
    threeleggeddogon August 13, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General Commentthey lyrics seem a little wrong, and i thought they had them on the official site, but i guess not. perhaps they were with my download, but i deleted everything but a few songs, and this was one.

    anyway, i think he says "the king of the swingin' moods" and "surround him as he/pounds a silver hammer" also "the boom's a bustout" like in the stockmarket. the rest looks right to me.

    as for meaning, i actually look at this from a romantic relationship standpoint. perhaps because the first time i heard it, i was introduced to it by my ex, with whom i hoped to get back together.

    i felt like he had all these grand ideas, about life and his own future, but i knew that we were good for eachother. or at least good enough, thus wanting to meet him at the point of diminishing returns. lol

    i think these lyrics are genius.
    suckswhenon March 02, 2008   Link
  • -2
    General Commentp.s. we did. lol
    suckswhenon March 02, 2008   Link

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