"Academia" as written by Sia Furler and Daniel De Mussenden Carey....
You can be my alphabet
And I will be your calculator
And together we'll work out on the escalator

I will time you as you run up to down
And you will measure my footsteps as I pleasure this town
The mean of our heights is divided by the
Nights
Which is timed by the daggers in the root of all our fights

The pass of your poem is to sway me in your knowing
And the beauty of the word is that you don't have to show it

Oh Academia, you can pick me up, soothe me with your words when I need your love.

I am a dash and you are a dot, when will you see that I am all that you've got?

I'm a binary code that you cracked long ago, but to you I'm just a novel that you wish you never wrote

I'm greater than x, and lesser than y


So why is it that I still can't catch your eye?

You're a cryptic crossword, a song I've never heard
While I'm sitting here drawing circles I'm afraid of being hurt

Oh Academia, you can pick me up, soothe me with your words when I need your love.

You're a difficult equation with a knack for heart evasion
Will you listen to my proof or will you add another page on?
It appears to me the graph has come and stolen all the laughs
It appears to me the pen is over analyzed again

And if I am a number I'm infinity plus one
And if you are five words you are afraid to be the one
And if you are a number, you're infinity plus one
And if I'm four words then I am needing of your love.

Oh Academia, you can pick me up, soothe me with your words when I need your love.

Oooh Academia, Academia, Academia
Oooh Academia, Academia, Academia


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"Academia" as written by Sia Kate Furler Daniel De Mussenden Carey

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  • +8
    Song MeaningThere are two characters in this story. The girl and the boy. The girl is a writer, while the boy is a mathematician. She agrees to be his calculator, and he agrees to be her alphabet: "You can be my alphabet / And I will be your calculator." ; each being something that the other uses to express their respective art: English and Math.
    She begins acting as his calculator by timing speed at which he hits bottom, or makes a mistake (hitting rock bottom?) And he measures her reaction, her blowing through the town. He calculates "the mean of heights...root of all our fights," attempting to measure their relationship somehow with that formula. These are the terms he thinks their relationship in.
    She then describes him in terms of literature. The "pass" (using its definition as a quirky remark) that "swathes" her (bandaging her) using his sympathy or empathy (his knowing)--attracting her. "The word" referred to as being beautiful may be a synecdoche for the "pass". This word may be LOVE; it can be said that LOVE is the "pass" in his poem. Love doesn't have be shown, according to her, which connotates that he exhibits it seldomly--but it doesn't matter, she loves him anyway. This is emphasized in the chorus, he "[soothes] with words...when [she] needs [his] love."
    He has already conquered her love--indicated by her being "cracked long ago". This being mathematical language, he has put her in terms he can understand. She also explains him in her terms. She believes he regards her as "a novel that [he'd] wish [he'd] never wrote" She understands that he has fit into some range (greater and x, less than y) and her question implies that this range should be something desirable to him--leaving her confused. She puts him in terms she understands as being a "cryptic crossword" and "song [she's] never heard". While she searches for him in a crossword "drawing circles" in an attempt to discover the words hidden in the entity that is him. But she is afraid she may find that she doesn't love her "being hurt".
    She then attempts to explain him using his terms. Describing him as a "difficult equation" which evades love. She even describes him as a mathematical proof and implies that he usually adds more onto his proof-like quality--implied by the question "or will you add another page on?" She eventually sees the relationship, as a whole, as a "graph" which "comes", implying inevitability, that proves the relationship is going badly and "steals all the laughs" or the present happiness of the relationship. "The pen" that has been "over analyzed again" may be in reference to herself, and he has complicated her in his mind.
    Lines 25-28 is her attempt (implied by the "if" that one may often use in explanation) in explaining their relationship to him in his terms. She believes they are two of the same number--the quantity expressed in line 25 and 27. However, they differentiate when put into her terms. He is afraid and she isn't (of love). Why aren't they compatible when the numbers match up? Because logically they are, but are complicated by his insecurity. He may be afraid of admitting that she is--in fact--the one for her, but in his human factor, he flaws in being insecure. The human factor may be said to be reflected in her terms, literature being more about emotions, versus in his terms which is mathematical, logical, and emotionless.
    They would be compatible were it not for his insecurity in finding her perfect for him. Although they are of two different academia, they work, and he may be scared of that.
    atomicbreadon November 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentWell I find atomicbread's perspective quite thorough and articulate. Unless you nitwits have something even comparably detailed to offer yourself then I suggest you stop wasting words on bashing other people's opinions.
    themaestrosapprenticeon January 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this is my favorite song from the new album.

    And if I am a number I'm infinity plus one
    and if you are five words you are afraid to be the one
    And if you are a number, you're infinity plus one
    and if I'm four words then I am needing of your love.

    Amazing verse but the entire song is amazing in my opinion.
    foldsbaldwinon November 13, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIf this song was a meal, it would be a dessert.
    lifelonglineson February 15, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'm greater than x, and lesser than y
    So why is it that I still can't catch your eye?

    :D I personally love this line.
    Agehon November 04, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI agree, that's my favorite line too.
    MakeYourSelf101on January 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAgreed

    This song is about someone who can't express their feelings very well, so therefore they bury themselves in knowledge.

    Clever lyrics, I'm in love
    lifelonglineson January 28, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentaha lifelonglines, i agree foldsbaldwin. def the best off the album imo, love it. it's such a cute, dorky song. i don't really get the sig of academia? i thought it was macademia when i first heard it! like the nut. fave line: you're a difficult equation w/ a knack for heart evasion
    doremefasolation July 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDoesnt the background music sound strangely like Hotel California?
    Dr0wnS0daon June 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"It appears to me the pen is over analyzed again" I think thats a little jibe to how this song might just be nonsense Sia wrote at some point but thought about it in a clever way to see if some people over-analyze it into something more than it really is. Quite a clever thing to do however.

    I mean Academia doesn't seem to be some metaphor for a specific person unless she loved a scientific/mathematic mind based nerd and he(or she) didn't get her and her creative artsy-ness.
    Califaon November 20, 2010   Link

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