Tell me something stupid
Auction off my diary
Life is getting esoteric
Let me in your movie
Each time I walk out the door
Someone mixes metaphors
Life is so much cleaner on the page

It's like the morning when i'm dreaming
And everything is so pristine
It's just a seven hour movie
And I'm in every scene

Let me in my TV
Get this tape to tori
Got to have a subplot
When I sell them my life story
Maybe I should write it first
And do the living later
'cause life is so much cleaner on the page

It's like the time I lost my body
And then I saw it on TV
Somehow it shed a whole dimension
But it still looked like me
(hey, that looks like me...)

Each time I write lines for it
Someone improvises it
Life is so much cleaner on the page
Life is so much cleaner on the page

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    General CommentI really fuckin love this song.
    Mr. No Nameon May 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI heard that Kevin Moore really did a demo using Tori Amos' voice from an a cappella song, but I don't know which one, and have never heard the Kevin version.. but I'd love to.

    This song is amazing, how it somehow cuts to the truth. Which is Kevin Moore's real talent I think.
    sourboyon October 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis song is's depressive...i love it...kevin moore's vocal is great...
    rimastratocasteron November 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentGood song. Moore is genius!
    Lateralus518on June 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentFear of living life...
    ashwalkon April 28, 2015   Link
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    Song MeaningThis song is simple really. Its about how things always appears cleaner when presented through something that is pre-written or already contrived . The style these first stanzas are written makes me believe Kevin Moore is making a mockery of modern day celebrities the way they would prefer to have people live their life through TV and Diaries and Interviews rather than live their own life.
    Most people prefer spending time doing that rather than meeting people in real life on a daily basis. So more time is spent experiencing that media then experiencing things in that media in real life.

    The second stanza pretty much summarizes the first: The people Kevin Moore is writing about are narcissists.
    They have more then enough money to go out and live their life but they want their life to be a dream to others, because these people always want things to be about them. This results in their life being lived through the media by other people rather then in person. Well for most people anyway.

    Although experiencing media portrays can sometimes be more attractive then the real thing it can allot of the time be much more filtered too. This is expressed in the lines "its like the time i lost my body, and then i saw it on TV Although it shed a new dimension, but it still looked like me.
    Lots of things are lost through translation as well:
    "Each time I walk out the door
    Someone mixes metaphors"
    So in the end although all these people want to live their life, i suppose kevin moore is saying: Is it really their life? I mean most of it is misunderstood anyway...

    The last line is a bit different from the song.
    It tells us that just because you can do something that's cleaner on the page: doesn't mean you should.
    The example is writing lines of music: You can tell its about music because of the Tori reference from the last stanza. Kevin Moore is a composer so that's the example being used.
    "Each time I write lines for it
    Someone improvises it
    Life is so much cleaner on the page"

    Every-time Kevin Moore writes draft sections for his songs: for example, drum parts he programs before sending the demo to a real drummer like Gavin Harrison, He ends having the musician improvise over his draft sections.
    This example is pretty much saying that just doing something spur of the moment can allot of the times be better then when someone else sits down and spends that time writing something contrived and thought out.

    Moral of song: Last line is a great fractal for the overall moral of song.
    Life isn't always better experienced through a script written on a page, in fact its almost always better when experienced through something real that was created through action.

    Just don't misunderstand that line: "life is always cleaner on the page"
    That's the perspective of the writer or the narcissistic celebrity.
    Kevin Moore is challenging that with this song. Telling us things are not always what they are cracked up to be on paper and to him experiencing everything first hand is much better. In-fact experiencing something first hand gives you a final perspective on a subject or theme.
    TheProfitSongon April 13, 2016   Link

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