Your name is on everything you do, well, so is mine
Your life made a turn for you and gave you time

And through your uneven footsteps you found tolerance and cleanliness
And I found you

Your name appears at such an alarming rate in this town I can't escape it
(I'm sure you agree with that statement)

You sat around and borrowed money
I offered you a job trying to be funny
It worked out, but only at first

Your face is a minor detail
Elephants as big as whales
Recreational vehicles and mutual friends

But who's to blame? Lack of power?
And I don't mind that you're not here
And who's to blame? The believer?
The eye in the sky is watching your every single move

We stayed up at night much too late
Talking crap about The Secret Handshake
Talking about our life long mistakes
If only they knew, if only they knew

Talking bad about the kids from Denton
Disagreeing about sexual attention
You've been with more girls than I have
Both your faces have, both your faces have

I brought you to Las Angeles to do nothing
We both flew first class, and despite LA's boringness,
While I recorded you found plenty to do, plenty to do

Your face is as big as a whale
Elephants are a minor detail
Recreational vehicles and appointed tasks

But who's to blame? Lack of power?
And I don't mind that you're not here
And who's to blame? The believer?
The eye in the sky is watching your every single move

We've both got better things to do


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Elephants As Big As Whales song meanings
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    General CommentI love this song.
    Basically about finding someone and trusting them and finding out that they're not who you thought they were.
    Everyone can relate.

    Two-faced people.
    brokenspeech__on August 01, 2007   Link
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    General Comment"And who's to blame? The believer?"

    i think that has something to with, whose to blame for this bad judge of character? the person who beilvied in them?
    aye tay tayon August 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentBoth your faces have, both your faces have

    That part gives it all away to me.
    Its about a two faced person.
    BETCHon March 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI thought it was about how someone can be away from you for a period of time, and it makes him go a little crazy.
    i love the way the chorus' switches

    "Your face is a minor detail
    Elephants as big as whales

    Your face is as big as a whale
    Elephants are a minor detail"


    it makes it seem like he's trying to say the same thing he did at the start, but it'll never be the same when they're away.
    BOOM!babyon March 27, 2008   Link
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    General Comment'Elephants as Big as Whales', I interpret the title itself as a reference to deceit. Elephants typically representing omissions or lies. I'm not going to go in depth as to my personal interpretation but I think it's a beautiful song. It makes me reflect.
    little kaiton August 02, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti love this song. the elephants reference and the switching words in the chorus is genius. i like what it's about too. there aren't too many songs about friends these days most of them are about ex's and such:)
    jasssson July 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti LOVE this song.
    and although i don't really know what this song means, it kind of makes me feel peaceful.
    plasticskieson July 30, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is about how he gave his friend a job on the road with him and it didn't work out. he realized the guy wasn't the person he thought he was before they worked together and he saw his true colors.
    celesteeon July 30, 2007   Link
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    General Commentsomeone read dans blog ;)
    howz_gon July 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah celestee is rightt. heres what dan hunter said in his blog ::

    "It's about a bad experience I had on the road with a friend that I asked to tour manage me. I'm sure all of you have had a similar experience, where you meet someone, and you become friends, and you gradually figure out they're not the person you thought they were. That's what this song is about, my close friendship with that person, and how it all went wrong."

    i think it's an amazing song
    Friends and Alibison August 01, 2007   Link

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