It did not happen in a day.
We hummingbirds said, "Father don't,
you could do the right thing.
You could turn around."
He called our names and 1, 2, 3.
We slipped into the snow boots,
stood behind the coats hanging lowest
in the closet racks.
I moved and made a sound.
The hangers jangled.
Did he hear the metal clattering?
And had I given us away?
I'd given us away.
We waited side by side.

We could hear your soles squeak,
we could feel the ground shake.
We tightly closed our eyes.
You found us, you were right this time.
How did you know?

We were curled in sleeping torpor.
We dreamed of flying up where the exhausted die.
You found us, you were right this time.
How did you know?

Pinned behind the pantry with the vacuum.
Pancaked underneath the bed means dead.
Nestled between the ladle, with the pots and pans.
My heart beats and beats
and I can hear it like a drum in my head.


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Sleeping Torpor song meanings
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    General CommentI think one of my favorite parts is during
    "And had I given us away?
    I'd given us away.
    We waited side by side."
    How there is in the background, after each "given us away": "Oh, no!"
    lujkon May 25, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationAs I interpret the song, it tells of a game of hide and seek.

    "you could do the right thing.
    You could turn around."
    He called our names and 1, 2, 3."

    they ask him not to cheat and he starts counting

    "We slipped into the snow boots...We waited side by side."

    they hide in the closet and--after making a noise--are found out

    ect, ect
    darkenedcorridoron June 30, 2009   Link
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    General CommentMoths possibly?
    giphtid2705on July 07, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAm I the only one that found the lyrics to this song vaguely dark? When I read them for the first time, I got the definite sense that the father was abusive and that the children were hiding in terror.
    "Father don't, you could do the right thing..."
    "We were curled in sleeping torpor/We dreamed of flying up where the exhausted die."
    "Pinned...pancaked underneath the bed means dead"

    Word choices just have a darker edge to them. But it encourages me to hear people interpreting it as an innocent game of hide-and-seek...I want it to be a happy song. This is one I'd really like to ask the band about.
    froggifunkion January 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis doesn't sound like hide-and-seek to me at all
    much more like
    from the point of view of children
    who are beaten by their father...
    lujkon January 31, 2010   Link

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