All this talking
You'd think I'd have something to say
But I'm just talking
Like a siren getting louder and farther away
From the energetic kids in the park
Yes that was me breaking glass and pretending to start
Something big
Some new taste

Did you wander
As my voice went from station to station to state?
Some loud thunder
Sometimes there's no telling if we're ok
There are buildings up for sale
On the other side of town which are falling down for people
To stand in their place; to try to make something great

That's just a part of the story
And it could be maybe something complete someday
At the end of the quarry
Yes that was me digging holes for all the world to see

A cannonball as big as the ocean could come from the sky and slap us all on the teeth
But there's always more unless I'm mistaken
Tell me when tdo mouths close
And people gracefully retreat

New York calling
At the bottom of the ocean city gritting its teeth
But there's no tellnig
From the telepathic Mrs. Crying on live TV
Whoah the misanthropic topical arrangement that is met with a shark bite by the terminal patient
That's me
Am I late?

That's the state of my story
And it may be one day something complete
At the end of the quarry
I have dug a hole for all the world to see
A cannonball as big as the ocean could come from the sky and slap us all on the feet
But there's always more unless I'm mistaken
Tell me when do mouths close
And people gracefully retreat?


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Some Loud Thunder song meanings
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  • +1
    General CommentHas there ever been a more defiant lyric in the universe than:

    Whoa the misanthropi topical arrangement
    that is met with a shark bite
    by the terminal patient-
    that's me.

    So great.
    kylesseyon November 05, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEvery time I hear this song, I wanna throw my ipod across the room. lol. Frustrating, because I feel they ruined what could have been a great song, with all that distortion.
    bakismakion May 19, 2008   Link
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    General Comment^ I'm with you. Though, this is not my favorite song.

    I think this song is a response to CYHSY's sudden fame and overwhelming expectations. He's saying that he's just talking at this point. He is admitting, essentially, that he is looking for inspiration.

    As the song progresses, he thinks of a few stories and tells the listener that he believes the ideas could be something someday. He is just digging through the quarry of ideas in this song, making holes for the world to see.

    I don't think there's anything more to it than that.
    sunsglowon December 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think it's pretty obviously self-deprecating, and about himself in relation to his new album. Especially the part about making holes in a quarry. A quarry is already a big hole. So he's down underground where he can't be seen, doing what's already been done. It's pointless. He's got nothing new to contribute, nothing to say, and no one cares to see his work anyway. He never has had anything original or worthwhile to say, he says, like one of those punk kids breaking bottles in the park in the name of anarchy or some other half-baked, trendy new philosophy. So when should he finally stop this meaningless thunder and "gracefully retreat?"

    That's what I got out of it, anyway.
    barvogon February 17, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, guys... What the FUCK were they thinking with the recording of this song? It makes me sad to know that there's such an awesome song hiding under the garbled, horrible recording. Damn shame.
    wastingpenguinson February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOkay, guys... What the FUCK were they thinking with the recording of this song? It makes me sad to know that there's such an awesome song hiding under the garbled, horrible recording. Damn shame.
    wastingpenguinson February 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDespite the distortion of his voice, I still love this song. It is one of the best off this album, and while it wouldn't fit on their first album I think the quality of the music is comparable. You have to realize that Clap Your Hands will always be attempting to come up with new and experimental ways to play music, and you just have to embrace it.
    cmgonemadon February 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe demo of this song is ten times better than the album version. Less "produced" and faster... like their old album, and no annoying cowbell in the background. Same for underwater (you and me). The potential of this song was amazing and they destroyed it.
    MusicLightningon February 16, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell, it's funny that you guys mention how crappy the recording is on this song. I was reading an interview in Under The Radar, and Alec Ounsworth, the lead singer, is very isolated from the band, he did not even want a band, but that's just how things turned out. he basically only uses them because they can play some instruments that he can't. Anyway, he said that he would NEVER put an album or song out without him feeling accomplished. He said that there is a reason for everything he does, no excuses. If he wants a song to be out of key, that's what's gonna happen. He's very adiment about having a song turn out PERFECTLY to what he invisions it in his head. So, I guess that answers your questions about what was up with the recording. Anway, I think this song is about how this is their second time around and people are expecting so much out of him and his lyrics really meaning something, and how he's just like, I'm here for the music and pleasing only myself. There's no hidden message or whatever. That's what I think he believes. As for there not being a "hidden message", I'm not sure. i just got the album last week, so I still have to read into it more.
    aimlessinwonderon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSeeing how much of this album lays little new ground, the experiment that is Some Loud Thunder acts as one of the few actually inspired moments on the album. Much of this album feels like their first only less inspired, less powerful and less engaging. This song works. Frankly much of the lyrics seem to reference things that draw your attention: Loud Thunder, A Cannonball as Big as the ocean, et cetera, et cetera. Exactly what these mean to the overall theme of the song, well, beats me...
    Eelsruleon February 20, 2007   Link

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