Invisible like all the reasons
Dark and cold like all the seasons
Things are not as you would have them
I'm no man and you're no woman

I guess I hoped to see you some time
Though our paths will never intertwine
Again I hope you notice
I'm no hare and you're no tortoise

And I'm touched by the seams
that I feel in the thread
Just to know that you can
Makes me see it
The idea in your head
And the goblets in your hands
On a mission to a heart ache land

So now I'm out for political favors
Salary that corresponds with labor
Big house and a morning paper
Good fences that make good neighbors

I'm at the end
This here my rope
Another year to write and read the book I wrote

No dialing out
For a good time
To bathroom wall
Toss it a dime

Dead king dead swing
Ali look out!
We have new rules
To do wihtout
You talk of Jesus
Until I'm well red

The man is
Swimming
Swimming
Swimming in my head

Why settle down?
Why even try?
Me tiger mouth
Meet bloodless eye

So drop dead stock
What fallen tree?
I leave New York
For other cities

Which let me play
With gas and fire
Took out an ad
Best friend for hire

Know that Mama told me
Never to come
But I came softly, slowly
Banging me metal drum

Like Berryman
Bed-wet poet fears
That better men drink taller beers

Like scientist
I lost my glove
To bloody fists
And harder drugs

So split the night
And we get young
Like sacred cow
Without a tongue who sang a song sing

"Time does not cut deep but cuts most absurdly....."

So la-dee-da
So la-dee-da
So la-dee-da
So la-dee-da
La-la-dee-da
So la-dee-da
So la-dee-da
So la-dee-da...


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Mama, Won't You Keep Them Castles in the Air and Burning? song meanings
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    General CommentNO: "And I'm touched by the seams
    that I feel in the thread
    Just to know that you can
    Makes me see it
    The idea in your head
    And the goblets in your hands
    On a mission to a heart ache land"

    YES: "And I'm touched by the same sad feeling of dread
    Just to know that you can't wait to see me dead
    With a needle in your head a compass in your hand
    On a mission to a foreign land."
    j pitselehon October 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI've noticed a lot of things I'm certain are wrong. The fourth stanza should be:

    "So now I'm out for political favors
    Salary that corresponds with labor
    Big house and a morning paper
    Good fences that make good neighbors"

    The last line is from a Robert Frost poem.

    I'm willing to bet that a lot of other lines aren't 100% as well, but I have nothing concrete to back it up.

    Great song, though. Very open-ended lyrically, like most Clap Your Hands songs.
    jamisonlikewhaton January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThank you very much
    MATWIon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhoops.. pressed add to early
    MATWIon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhy the hell are my comments being cut off?

    Anyway, thanks. Most likely, I've misheard a good deal of lyrics. Good thing there's an edit button, yeah?
    MATWIon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the second half as i understood it, there are a lot of things that i thought different than your version, i may be wrong on some parts tho.

    I'm at the end
    This here my rope
    Another year to write and read the book I wrote

    No dialing out
    For a good time
    To bathroom wall
    Toss it a dime

    Dead king dead swing
    Ali look out!
    We have new rules
    To do wihtout
    You talk of Jesus
    Until I'm well red

    The man is
    Swimming
    Swimming
    Swimming in my head

    Why settle down?
    Why even try?
    Me tiger mouth
    Meet bloodless eye

    So drop dead stock
    What fallen tree?
    I leave New York
    For other cities

    Which let me play
    With gas and fire
    Took out an ad
    Best friend for hire

    Know that Mama told me
    Never to come
    But I cam softly, slowly
    Banging me metal drum

    Like Berryman
    Bed-wet poet fears
    That better men drink taller beers

    Like scientist
    I lost my glove
    To bloody fists
    And harder drugs

    So split the night
    And we get young
    Like sacred cow
    Without a tongue who sang a song sing

    "time does not cut deep but cuts most absurdly....."
    so la da dum
    Q_ELLIOTTon February 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is the second half as i understood it, there are a lot of things that i thought different than your version, i may be wrong on some parts tho.

    I'm at the end
    This here my rope
    Another year to write and read the book I wrote

    No dialing out
    For a good time
    To bathroom wall
    Toss it a dime

    Dead king dead swing
    Ali look out!
    We have new rules
    To do wihtout
    You talk of Jesus
    Until I'm well red

    The man is
    Swimming
    Swimming
    Swimming in my head

    Why settle down?
    Why even try?
    Me tiger mouth
    Meet bloodless eye

    So drop dead stock
    What fallen tree?
    I leave New York
    For other cities

    Which let me play
    With gas and fire
    Took out an ad
    Best friend for hire

    Know that Mama told me
    Never to come
    But I cam softly, slowly
    Banging me metal drum

    Like Berryman
    Bed-wet poet fears
    That better men drink taller beers

    Like scientist
    I lost my glove
    To bloody fists
    And harder drugs

    So split the night
    And we get young
    Like sacred cow
    Without a tongue who sang a song sing

    "time does not cut deep but cuts most absurdly....."
    so la da dum
    Q_ELLIOTTon February 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAh, thanks. Those lyrics seem a lot better.
    MATWIon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe opening lines are actually:
    "Invisible like all the reasons
    Dark and cold like all the seasons"
    andylon March 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm curious to hear about thoughts on the meanings (not lyrics) to this song...
    cgnjnyon March 30, 2007   Link

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