i was a lid on a house we barely speak of
folded again i could see myself inside
and i was amazed how a god could know my first name
and you amazed at the difference in my speech 2, 3, 4

so what of your words did i know you would deceive me
and what better in for a calmness in my side
so i made a way from a ? godspeed
and what a debate do you still know my full name

and i was the one that decided to light you on fire
and you were a tree with a root that was wrapped in my brain
so build me a sign make me know that you speak of a body
oh do do you plead do do you plead do do you plead please

i had a thought i did your house up faking causes
and i needn't a word i am the saddest version yet
so what is the price i pay to be this wrong ?
i was the man that claimed to see but now i'm not

i am afraid of the good and bad beneath me
so give me a sign for the angels on my feet
i was a man yeah i swear i was a man
so keep me alive for the angels in my feet

cause i am a way for a man to rid his skin clean
so send me a sign for the ones who need my seed (seat)

and i had a dream i killed our families
and you were the one i hoped you blame
and i felt a baby in your stomach
i knew who he was but he had no name


Lyrics submitted by lilblig7

I Was A Lid song meanings
Add your thoughts

13 Comments

sort form View by:
  • +1
    General CommentSo "I can feel a hot one", a relatively mediocre song, has 80 comments where as "I was a Lid", probably one of the best songs Manchester has put out, has only 3 comments? Am I alone in my confusion?
    Augustineeeon March 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI wish everyone would think deeper into the meaning- everyone that I can see thinks this song is just singularly about religion and yes I agree but look at it closer and think of it as a basis for a relationship- not with God but intimately with someone else.

    This song is about him being the reason why he kept it together for his significant other, that he was the "Lid" from keeping anything going wrong. And though he declared himself a man, a man content with himself both physically, mentally and religiously he really couldn't control himself from ending up to be a man who could have already been in her life already. Towards the end of the song- the last four verses he is talking briefly about how he entirely knows he has gone into this trap he made for himself but he still blames the woman for putting him in that position in the first place. The last two lines are very much related to "Tony The Tiger". How it would have even gave him more hope then he had put in himself.

    Andy Hull though sometimes singular is a brilliant songwriter. All good writers generally do write about the same things over and rewrite it but this is a wonderful, almost chilling re-incarnation of "I Can Feel A Hot One" and "Tony The Tiger" as I said
    Honeyedon May 31, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentonce again another amazing song. here's what i heard...

    i was a lid on a house we barely speak of
    folded again i could see myself inside
    and i was amazed how a god could know my first name
    and you amazed at the difference in my speech 2, 3, 4

    so what of your words did i know you would deceive me
    and what better in for a calmness in my side
    so i made a way from a ? godspeed
    and what a debate do you still know my full name

    and i was the one that decided to light you on fire
    and you were a tree with a root that was wrapped in my brain
    so build me a sign make me know that you speak of a body
    oh do do you plead do do you plead do do you plead please

    i had a thought i did your house up faking causes
    and i needn't a word i am the saddest version yet
    so what is the price i pay to be this wrong ?
    i was the man that claimed to see but now i'm not

    i am afraid of the good and bad beneath me
    so give me a sign for the angels on my feet
    i was a man yeah i swear i was a man
    so keep me alive for the angels in my feet

    cause i am a way for a man to rid his skin clean
    so send me a sign for the ones who need my seed (seat)

    and i had a dream i killed our families
    and you were the one i hoped you blame
    and i felt a baby in your stomach
    i knew who he was but he had no name
    smoke_signalson October 11, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it says

    and what better END for a calmness in my side
    ClayJCon January 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat is all this mention of babies in her stomachs? This is the second time in two songs that he's said this. Are they both album tracks?

    What I heard before "godspeed" was talkie-factioned. Definitely factioned, anyway. Or his weird accent saying fashioned.
    avanineglecton February 25, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentnononono augustine, i was wondering the same thing. i mean, i really like "i can feel a hot one" but this is probably my favorite mano song/ the best in my opinion.
    HomerunHenryon March 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentUtterly fantastic, and way better than I Can Feel A Hot One.
    C274on April 24, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI don't think 'I Can feel a Hot One' should be so criticized. I Was a Lid and I Can Feel a Hot One, are two different styles that the band does. 'I Was a Lid' is more ballad-rock-pumping as opposed to the simple, yet amazing ballad that is; I Can Feel a Hot One.

    'I Can Feel a Hot One' was exploded last year when 'Gossip Girl' featured it on the show. That being the only reason 'I Can Feel a Hot One' is so much more popular.

    REGARDLESS, both are amazing songs. Pretty much anything from this band is both lyrically and musically incredible!
    Des45on October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBy the Way:
    Official lyrics for the song, from the bands' website:

    themanchesterorchestra.com/us/music/let-my-pride-be-whats-left-behind-ep/…
    Des45on October 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about being a man of imperfection and having to deal with sin while God is perfect and absolutely good.

    I can't think too much right now but that is what I get out of this song.

    Nighty.
    sungison December 20, 2009   Link

Add your thoughts

Log in now to tell us what you think this song means.

Don’t have an account? Create an account with SongMeanings to post comments, submit lyrics, and more. It’s super easy, we promise!

Back to top
explain