"Snakes on a Ladder" as written by and Alexei Perry Dan Boeckner....
he knows your name, boy
i'll write it down
under bridges into town
and watch it rusting, your father's crown
and your mother sleeps in the ground

i go out walking, my own feet
and i might sing, 'oh bury me'
and from the bedroom there exudes the awful sound
and your mother sleeps in the ground

oh, the snakes on the ladder
my eyes were something that i saw
(x2)

there's a motion in the sky
and the singer you called outside
to the woods reflecting back a million sounds
of our lives, inside the four leaves tumbling down

oh, snakes on the ladder
oh, my eyes were something that i saw
(x2)



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    General Commentheres what im getting:

    He knows your name, boy
    You'll write it down
    Under bridges into town
    And whats that rusting?, you're fathers crown!
    And our mother sleeps in the ground

    I go out walking, my own feet
    And I might sing, "Oh bury me"
    And from the bedroom exudes the awful sound
    And our mother sleeps in the ground

    Oh, snakes on the ladder
    Oh, my eyes were something i saw

    There's a motion in the sky
    And the singer who called outside
    To the woods reflecting back a million sounds
    Of our lives, inside the forest off Greyhound?

    Oh, Snakes on the ladder
    Oh, my eyes were something i saw

    I think this song is about him feeling really depressed about his mothers death and him wanting to die also to be with her again.

    thats pretty much it in a nutshell. either way its a beautiful and powerful song. my favorite of plague park
    robotkelseyon August 14, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentSnakes and Ladders is an old children's game that this song makes me think of.

    Salmon Rushdie describes it as:

    All games have morals; and the game of Snakes and Ladders captures, as no other activity can hope to do, the eternal truth that for every ladder you hope to climb, a snake is waiting just around the corner, and for every snake a ladder will compensate. But it's more than that; no mere carrot-and-stick affair; because implicit in the game is unchanging twoness of things, the duality of up against down, good against evil; the solid rationality of ladders balances the occult sinuosities of the serpent; in the opposition of staircase and cobra we can see, metaphorically, all conceivable oppositions, Alpha against Omega, father against mother
    JonMcPon July 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentGood description.
    AshedEyeson September 26, 2008   Link

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