Guess you never really stuck around,
All that long anywhere.
I guess I should have known that you'd skip town.
You always did, catch me unawares.
Looking now at your debris,
These trails of paper strewn across the floor.
Towards an open door.

Look at all you've gathered, all you own,
Hold it in your hand, does it weigh more than a single feather?
If the things you feel outsmart the things you know,
It's almost time, it's almost time to go.

I don't know if you struggled at the end.
I know at times, you fought like hell.
I know that sleep was never quite your friend.
I hope that now, you're resting well.
Old band names and alma maters,
A patchwork quilt of people you have been,
Tattooed on your skin.

Think of people, places you have known,
Sculpted out of sand.
The tide's coming in and we're going nowhere.
If your feet are still in shoes that they've outgrown,
It's almost time, it's almost time to-
Think of seed you've scattered and you've sown,
All out of your hands,
Lost in the wind like a little feather,
And the things you feel outsmart the things you know.
It's almost time, it's almost time, it's almost time, it's almost time,
it's almost time, it's almost time to go.


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    General CommentI think it's about somebody he used to love who has just died. That person was always running- never staying in one place too long, never getting too close to anyone, always changing who they were. While he's thinking about this person, he's also contemplating his own life- who he's touched, what he's done, and how life is ultimately so short that no matter how old you are, you're so close to death. It's both sad and hopeful at the same time; sad for the person he's lost and the brevity of life, but hopeful about what can be accomplished in that time. It's such a beautiful song.
    bye_bye_babydollon April 25, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningFirst off, this song is the only song that I ever felt was truly my leitmotif, and it's a truly beautiful view of life.

    Secondly, I feel that this song was written, not necessarily to a lover, but at least to a close female friend who committed suicide.




    "I guess you never really stuck around/All that long anywhere."
    She wasn't comfortable staying put while she was alive, because of a restless spirit and not being quite sure of who she was or what she wanted.

    "I guess I should have known that you'd skip town/You always did catch me unaware."
    He should have known she'd end up killing herself (skipping town, if the town is earth), but she'd never been predictable to him.

    "Looking now at your debris/These trails of paper strewn across the floor."
    He's sorting through her things, paperwork, perhaps. Or maybe just examining the traces she left in her wake. The footprints she left on the path she took in life.

    "Towards an open door."
    The path she took in life leads to leaving, suicide.




    "Look at all you've gathered, all you own/Hold it in your hand, does it weigh more than a single feather?"
    This is to her, same as the others, but more than just that. It's to everybody. Look at everything you have collected, and everything you truly own. How many of you can say that you truly have anything?

    "If the things you feel outsmart the things you know/It's almost time, it's almost time to go."
    When your feelings (such as her feelings that lead her to want to die), mean more to you than logic (that says that things will get better, and it won't be like this forever), then it's almost time to not be part of this world anymore.



    "I don't know if you struggled at the end./I know at times, you fought like hell."
    He doesn't know if she just gave up at fighting against her demons and just let them overtake her, or if she battled with them like she had so many times during her life.

    "I know that sleep was never quite your friend./I hope that now, you're resting well."
    She had problems with sleep. Insomnia, or maybe she didn't trust sleep since bad things happened while she was sleeping. He hopes that this kind of sleep will be kinder to her.

    "Old band names and alma maters/A patchwork quilt of people you have been/Tattooed on your skin."
    Every person has been many different people in their life. Teenagers, businessmen, children. But you can see pieces everyone you have been on the person you are now. Very, very beautiful lyric.




    "Look at all you've gathered, all you own/Hold it in your hand, does it weigh more than a single feather?"

    Look at everyone you have been. How many of those people were important in the ways that truly matter.

    "If the things you feel outsmart the things you know/It's almost time, it's almost time to go."
    Same meaning as previously.




    "Think of people, places you have known/Sculpted out of sand."
    Another message to her and everyone. Look at everything you knew from life. It's only from life. Life is fragile.

    "The tide's coming in and we're going nowhere."
    Death is waiting for us all, and we aren't trying to get away. We know it's coming. Everything from life dies someday. It's okay.

    "If your feet are still in shoes that they've outgrown/It's almost time, it's almost time-"
    If you're living in a situation, or a mindset, or a world that you've become too big for (by knowing truths that you can't handle, by being too emotionally unstable for anything in the world to keep you from falling), it's almost time to leave life.

    "Think of seed you've scattered and you've sown/All out of your hands/Lost on the wind like a little feather,"
    Everything you have done in life is yours. Good and bad, purposeful and accidental, conscious and unconscious, it's all from you. It's all yours. In the big flow of life, it can get swept away like a little feather on the wind, so quickly. It's not gone, just mixed up in everything else.


    "And the things you feel outsmart the things you know./It's almost time, it's almost time, it's almost time, it's almost time,/it's almost time, it's almost time to go."
    Your heart means more to you than your mind. It's almost time to leave life.

    But still, only almost.




    midnafanaticon July 31, 2011   Link
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    General CommentBeautifully haunting song
    MyDingalingon March 09, 2012   Link

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