"Spiders, Snakes" as written by and Aaron Thomas Gerber....
Did you mean the things you said?
Were you pulling ankles and legs?
Do you read when you go to bed?
Do you lie there shaking instead?
Cause it works both ways with the rain
leaving the words unread
and I want to have you again
listening to Bedhead

Try to get a little rest
There's a very big day ahead
I was lost like people feel
before they find God's love

The best I can say now,
"We made it alone,
no help from hot-air balloons,
saving us in the nick of time"
Don't get your hopes up
Keep them low
Try not to reach so high
Hard work won't pay off in the end

What a broken string of events
What a little tied up loose end
Are you mad that they are all dead?
Do you wish that you'd gone instead?
Are you pissed that when things got bad
there was one set of footprints in the sand?
When it's easy you walk alone
there's a mark for each of your toes

The best I could hope for
is what you'd expect
White lights like icicles
hung up above the porch
I'd just like to say now
before things go too far,
"I hated none of you,
I loved you all at the time"

I like having to run when I don't run
and it leaves me so, so tired
I want better for you and for my son
and the lives we're leading now

I like having a tongue when the words come
And even if it gets tied
I want cinnamon buns in the morning sun
in the airport waiting lines

I like having some fun like anyone
with loaded water guns
Your Canadian plum has got me numb
Like Novacain in my gum

The best is the smoke blown
back through the flue
like birds returning to a tree
Where their old nest used to be
Now things have changed
or maybe not
That's where you learn to fly
That's where our eggshell lies


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    General CommentWell done, I just did this, not knowing it was here, but yours fills the places mine didn't know.
    tillyandthewallon April 20, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. The sound is pure and beautiful.
    A Weather is an amazing band.
    samsambamalamon December 08, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so soothing...

    While I am religiously neutral, I definitely get the impression that the underlying theme of the song is God. I think it tells the story of - or rather it is a dialogue between - a man and his friend. It seems the singer is watching his friend lose (or perhaps has already lost) his faith in God and he's hoping that he can help him find his way back.

    In the beginning, if you look at it from a religious point of view, when referencing reading before bed, it could easily be the common practice of reading the bible before one goes to sleep.

    At the end of the second stanza, the narrator is telling his friend that he understands his feelings of disillusionment and emptiness, but if he could only accept God's love again, then those feelings can be cured.

    The whole third stanza is an interjection from his friend expressing his cynicism. He says that everything he did was by his own hands and God never helped him. It has almost a dreary feeling in that he doesn't seem to even want to try working hard because there's nothing to work for.

    The fourth stanza, is perhaps a reference to a faith-breaking incident, though I'm not sure. I am almost entirely sure, though, that the end when it talks about the footprints in the sand is a direct allusion to the poem "Footprints in the Sand" by Mary Stevenson which is a religious poem about God in times of hardship.

    The lines in the fifth stanza, "I hated none of you/I loved you all at the time" I can see as lines said from the point of view of God. He is saying that whatever happened to cause the loss of faith doesn't matter because He loved the friend, and will continue to do so no matter what.

    Finally, the last stanza is a huge metaphor about the faith of the narrator and his friend. The nest (faith) supported them when they were helpless and needed security, but now the friend is deciding fly away from the nest. Still, the narrator comments that maybe things have not changed; his friend is out exploring something different, but he may come back to that nest in time, back to where his faith was first hatched.
    TrickyTeeon May 25, 2011   Link

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