there are maybe ten or twelve
things i could teach you
after that, well i think you're on your own
that wasn't their opening line
that was the tenth or the twelfth
make of that what you will
make of that what you will

once there was a haunted loop
of your deep fallen tears
forehead resting on a record shelf
amid moving boxes stacked
i'm still waiting for the right words
make of that what you will
make of that what you will

and the eyes they were
a color i can't remember
which says more than the first two verses
and it is the devil you know
that will slam the door harder
make of that what you will
make of that what you will
make of that what you will
make of that what you will


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    General CommentI really like this song. makes me excited for the new album.
    rentboyon November 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentThis has been the first song in my music library when I scroll by artist since the day I got it, and it's killer. I listen to it all the time just because it's a great way to start a "shuffle" session through days and days of music. Love this guy. It kinda sounds like Neko Case on background vox, idk if that's true but if so it makes sense, she's my girl.
    TylerMaltoson July 10, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI really enjoy this song. It seems like the lyrics could be interpreted a few different ways but the one that rings the most true to me is as follows:

    "there are maybe ten or twelve
    things i could teach you..."

    This verse strikes me as the author talking about both his own knowledge from his life experience as well as having children or young people who look up to you and wanting to impart on them the best knowledge possible but understanding that there are still many things about the universe you just don't fully grasp.

    "once there was a haunted loop
    of your deep fallen tears..."

    Now we come to a bad breakup/relationship where someone has ended a relationship (maybe the author) and he's not sure that it's right thing to do, in fact, even as he's moving out he's still knows he hasn't said the "right words" to convey how he felt.

    finally
    "and the eyes they were
    a color i can't remember
    which says more than the first two verses..."

    time has passed and the author has moved on. He used to feel so strongly for a person but now realizes he can't even remember the color of her eyes (something he must have looked at everyday) It shows that the feelings of guilt and despair that he used to feel have gone away and he's completely moved on with his life.

    "and it is the devil you know..."

    This is either the author acknowledging that he and the other were at least close at one point OR he's talking about how much harder he was on himself at the time. Either way, its someone who truly knows and understands you that can injure/wound you much deeper than those who don't.

    make of that what you will!!!

    best!
    manicmarkuson January 26, 2016   Link

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