When I’m hosed and they're closing in, maybe only then,
really, I’ll try to get right with myself.
So I’ll grope down that ladder again, until I’m tumbling -
but really, I just want to slide, I want to crash-land.
While my friend, my associate, he’s a regal man.
He bindles and he twists and ties, gives the reckoning,
and then it’s back on the road again with maybe thirteen grand.
Moralize all you might like, I don't believe in it.

You’ve never earned your soul. I know, (x 3)
but I’m gonna try, though, I’m gonna try.

I’m a rich young sophisticate, I’ve got girls and friends.
I’m doing what I really like and getting paid for it.
There is no key, there’s no plan; I discovered that.
And, truly, I don’t think you'll find a happier man.

You’ve never earned your soul. I know, (x 3)
but I’m gonna try, though, I’m gonna try.
You float up high and it isn’t a sin.
And there isn’t a hell where we’ll be sent.
There’s only now, and there isn’t then. So just breathe it in.

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No Key, No Plan song meanings
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    General CommentSheff seems like the type of person who would refer to what he does as "drug dealing."
    ThePythonon May 22, 2010   Link
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    General CommentWhen I saw Will Sheff play a solo show in Chicago, he introduced this song by saying it was about a drug dealer. Under that pretense, I believe the song is about a drug dealer trying to justify himself. In the second verse ("I'm a rich young sophisticate...), he explains how dealing drugs had made him happy ("girls and friends," "getting paid for it," "I don't think you'll find a happier man") and then in the third verse (You float up high...) he ackonwledges that it may be wrong ("never earned your soul. I know"), but argues that it doesn't matter because "there isn't a hell" and "there isn't a sin." The first verse ("When I'm hosed ...") is a little more confusing. It reminds me of the first verse of the song "Westfall" where the narrator is about to be caught and looks back on his actions. This could explain this song as well: "When I'm hosed and they're closing in, maybe only then, really, I'll try to get right with myself." In other words, because he knows he's going to get caught, he begins to justify to himself that his actions were not wrong. Either way, I love the song, but I'd have to say it's better live. See Okkervil at any opportunity you get!
    iambob47on May 10, 2006   Link
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    Song MeaningI can't believe this is about drug dealing, it's about Sheff himself: his life has no key, no plan, he's just doing what he loves, living life a day at a time. He criticises his song-writing for delving into other people's lives rather than his own (he's never earned his soul), and wonders whether he'll ever examine his own life properly (maybe when he's hosed and they're closing in - maybe at the end of his life).

    A drug dealer doesn't do what he really likes - Sheff does, and he doesn't believe you'll find a happier man. He points to his band mate, a 'regal' man yet he travels with his bindle, an itinerant. They're living life exactly as they wish with no thought for tomorrow.
    Paegaon October 14, 2011   Link
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    General CommentIdk, I always thought this song was about Will Sheff himself
    "and then it�s back on the road again with maybe thirteen grand."
    This makes me think of touring.
    "I�m a rich young sophisticate, I�ve got girls and friends.
    I�m doing what I really like and getting paid for it."
    Again, he's the singer in a band, doing what he loves and getting paid.
    "You�ve never earned your soul. I know, (x 3)
    but I�m gonna try, though, I�m gonna try."
    The way he sings 'I know'...
    He's happy, but unhappy because he thins he doesn't deserve it? Never earned his soul because he has had a relatively easy life/hasn't always done the right thing?
    That was my interpretation anyway. :)
    voldermaniaon March 29, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyep you nailed it.
    nickvbon September 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song gets stuck in my head worse than anything. I love it.
    Spongetasticon July 29, 2008   Link
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    General Commentdoes the 'hosed' bit refer to being drunk?
    tildson January 07, 2010   Link

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