this is
my best friend's locker
without hooks, still catching metal.
crossing ponds with no plans for return.

air-conditioned hum
and 60% glass.
milking fangs into
baby food jars.
you were never mine
picking flowers
black + white bathing suit
curious of a bee
dear diary,
i've become part of the problem.
stroking automatic voice with shaking hands
in the most trustworthy tin cans,
on the way going anywhere but here,
with a caravan of picketeers.

this is
my best friend's locker
without hooks, still catching metal.
crossing ponds with no plans for return.

travelling with bread crumbs in the company
of dogs falling in and out of the comfort of our
favorite chairs.

you were never mine
picking flowers
black + white bathing suit
curious of a bee

dear diary,
i've become part of the problem.


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    General CommentGod, I love this song.

    The "milking fangs into baby food jars" is a reference to how venom is "milked" from poisonous snakes.

    noiamnotwhereibelongon March 07, 2011   Link
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    General Commentits

    "this is my best friends locker"
    soy_sauceon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits

    "this is my best friends locker"
    soy_sauceon June 11, 2007   Link
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    General Commentpretty sure this is about a friend or significant other leaving, across the pond, or the ocean. there's a lot of imagery i associate with aeroplanes, iike the air conditioning hum and 60% glass. "tin cans" is an ironic reference to means of communication, referring to the old-school method of communication whereby people would talk through two tin cans connected by a taut string.
    samuelhgarfieldon August 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love Maps and Atlases' briliant and unconventional lyrics, especially in the case of this track.

    I agree with all of your observations, sam, but I have a diferent take on the "tin cans". I feel that this is yet another instance of airplane imagery -- coming from the slang usage of "tin can" to refer to an airplane. And perhaps the caravan of picketeers refers to the rebellious nature of the person who's leaving's departure.

    I percieve it to be punctuated as "This is my best friend's locker without. Hooks still catching metal," as well. In this case the first sentence uses "without" to tell us that the locker is without any contents. And the only thing on the coat hooks is their own metal.

    And then, of course, we have the imagery, in the block starting at "you were never mine" (which itself is fairly blatant), where Dave tells us of all the good times spent with this last person.

    The song is so crushingly sad, though, because instead of being angry at the person who left for leaving when dave is finished describing the concrete circumstances at hand, he sings defeatedly about how the entire thing is his fault in the end. "Dear diary, I've become part of the problem now."

    Still very curious to know what "milking fangs into baby food jars" is all about. Perhaps a metaphor using the imagery of the defeated and 'used' predator, but I have no idea how that relates, exactly.
    stithyoshion June 10, 2010   Link

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