Well the world is only a stage
And I'm just a man
With a sound caught in his throat
And a pick in his hand
But when the song comes tumbling out you understand
There's no great demand

Well it's there under your breath, behind your eyes
And you don't have to say nothing cause I realize
That everything somehow in someway eventually dies
It's life in disguise

It's your room and your board and your fireside
It's a shell that's been washed by a million tides
And if you're there you can see just how bright it shines

When there's nobody left in your heart, left in your head
When the whole world has packed up in shadows and left you for dead
When you can't fake a smile and you just can't get out of your bed
When the people you led turn to you looking so hungry and bare
And you were the one that had brought them there
And all you can do is just stare at your hands and whisper my name

Elenore Cecil Robert and Molly
Coco Rudy Maxwell wherever you are
Elenore Cecil Robert and Molly
Coco Rudy Maxwell wherever you are

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    My InterpretationTruly powerful track with multiple thoughts and meanings throughout the song. I like to believe that the first part
    "The world is just a stage and I'm just a man. with a sound caught in his throat and a pick in his hand"

    means that all of this so called "reality" means nothing because at the end of the day what does it ultimately boil down to? This world is just a stage in the grand scheme of things and all you really are is just a human being. A human being singing with a sound that comes from the throat who happens to play guitar as well.

    from there I like to imagine that despite knowing that nothing ultimately matters that the lyrics

    "When the song comes tumbling out you understand... there is no great demand."

    means that someone special seems to understand what you're going through and doesn't really want anything from you but still decides to be there for you. Therefore, creating personal meaning to life that something can matter despite it not being the big picture.

    "And you don't have to say nothing because I realize that everything some how in some way eventually dies."
    On this part of the song feel that despite feeling whole with this other person that gave meaning to your life, they can hurt you and they can also depart from life. So then you're forced to go back into the sad reality that in the grand scheme of things even happiness dies (and the person you care about dies)

    "Its life in disguise"
    To me this lyric represents not only that life really means death, but that it's not immediately present until you get to the end of it.

    'It's your room and your board and your fireside
    It's a shell that's been washed by a million tides
    And if you're there you can see just how bright it shines"

    In these lyrics I fell that again, we realize that nothing really matters but it's also in a way a beautiful miracle even in the most common things that we see everyday. Gratitude at the end is the key to finding meaning in this meaningless world.

    "When there's nobody left in your heart, left in your head
    When the whole world has packed up in shadows and left you for dead
    When you can't fake a smile and you just can't get out of your bed."

    In this section, I picture being in the state of nothingness. The feeling that you've been done soo wrong or just stop caring about anything and anyone. The world has just abandoned you in the worst way possible, without warning and without mercy. Then not being able to fake a smile anymore because you've been soo badly hurt that smiling feels hypocritical and you just don't have the energy to leave your bed where everything seems to be safer and predictable.

    "When the people you led turn to you looking so hungry and bare
    And you were the one that had brought them there
    And all you can do is just stare at your hands and whisper my name"

    This part is very interesting. I feel that the song makes a radical shift in whats going. I like to imagine a Jesus like person leading people to the promise land and realizing that nothing is going to save them there is no "easy heaven" so you being the leader feel guilty leading them to place where you're not even sure exists. So all you can do is stare at your hands and realize that the key to surviving and thriving in this world is simple.

    So you call out the names of those who have followed you till the very end and you instruct them.

    (Which I'm sure the names mentioned here are probably close friends or family members of The Slip)

    "Elenore Cecil Robert and Molly
    Coco Rudy Maxwell wherever you are
    Elenore Cecil Robert and Molly
    Coco Rudy Maxwell wherever you are"

    These names are symbolic for people that matter to The Slip or even you the listener. So the calling of their names means you are about to tell them something.

    The secret to this meaningless world is to love and to give with your fellow human beings therefore ending the song with

    "Share, share, share, share"
    And thats my take o the song. I hope you enjoyed it and see this song from my perspective.

    I hope you have a wonderful day!
    lorenzoprog213on December 13, 2017   Link
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    General Commentabout you have to LIVE life, and alot of the time it sucks, but you have it live for the bette times
    music*ismyboyfriendon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentPS-AMAZING SONG!
    music*ismyboyfriendon February 05, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how everything is always changing, there are few, if any constants in life. The second verse "Well it's there under your breath, behind your eyes / And you don't have to say nothing cause I realize / That everything somehow in someway eventually dies / It's life in disguise" seems like its about a relationship in which one person has lost feelings and interest while the other is still in love, and without even having to say it out loud, it is recognized and accepted. I find this very sad. I think the main messages are that you have to accept change and accept failure and like 'music*ismyboyfriend' mentioned, you have to live life and try to find good amongst all the sadness.
    biginvisiblemomenton August 10, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about how everything is always changing, there are few, if any constants in life. The second verse "Well it's there under your breath, behind your eyes / And you don't have to say nothing cause I realize / That everything somehow in someway eventually dies / It's life in disguise" seems like its about a relationship in which one person has lost feelings and interest while the other is still in love, and without even having to say it out loud, it is recognized and accepted. I find this very sad. I think the main messages are that you have to accept change and accept failure and like 'music*ismyboyfriend' mentioned, you have to live life and try to find good amongst all the sadness.
    biginvisiblemomenton August 10, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about guilt. Looking back on how things changed, how you and the people you loved are at this desolate place in life, and it's at least partly your fault. But your only one person, and life changes, and sometimes you can't control it. It is what it is and you are where you are.
    Hannah456on August 21, 2013   Link

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