I was a silent partner, I found
Myself with the rabble who stood on the mound
Hipshot, thinking, but not out loud
There are too many prophets here

On the unlucky side of a stab in the dark
I took it in silence, I took it to heart
I carried it quietly over the wall
There were too many prophets there
I was behind it

One by one by one by one
One by one by one by one
Strike on, zero
Strike on, zero
One by one by one by one
One by one by one by one

I was a silent partner for once
And I had been split into two sections
Here is my heart and here is my song
There are too many prophets here
I am divided

One by one by one by one
One by one by one by one
Strike on, zero
Strike on, zero

I was a silent partner, I know
The part of the forest where you shouldn't go
Now out of the woods and out in the day
I see there's too many prophets here

(One by one by one by one) Strike on, zero
(One by one by one by one) Strike on, zero
(One by one by one by one) Strike on, zero
(One by one by one by one) Strike on, zero
One by one by one by one


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Prophets song meanings
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    My InterpretationThe song's meaning is definitely very hard to pin-point. I believe the meaning relates to the story of the artist's life.

    /I was a silent partner, I found/
    /Myself with the rabble who stood on the mound/
    /Hipshot, thinking, but not out loud/
    /There are too many prophets here/

    The singer finds himself silent with a talkative person who is sharing their story. He's thinking, not saying, how there are too many prophets doing the same thing, keeping him silent. There were too many prophets.

    /On the unlucky side of a stab in the dark/
    /I took it in silence, I took it to heart/
    /I carried it quietly over the wall/
    /There were too many prophets there/
    /I was behind it/

    Reluctantly, the singer is hearing all of these story while he is the unfortunate one having to stay silent. He takes these into heart and into secrecy. Yet, everywhere he wants to take it, there are too many prophets.

    /I was a silent partner for once/
    /And I had been split into two sections/
    /Here is my heart and here is my song/
    /There are too many prophets here/
    /I am divided/

    His silence has left him divided. His thoughts go against each other as he tries to think straight, although fruitless. Although mind-boggled, here he his, pouring his heart and mind out into song.

    /I was a silent partner, I know/
    /The part of the forest where you shouldn't go/
    /Now out of the woods and out in the day/
    /I see there's too many prophets here/

    The singer has gone through the world, experienced its challenges and now knows his way around. Now that he has experienced life, or has gone "out of the woods and out in the day,", he still cannot share his story.

    I think the lesson of the song is to go through life making life memorable. We only have a finite number of years on this earth. Seize life, and make it a story worth telling. Be a Prophet.
    HiMyNameisWillon January 11, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSurprised this song hasn't gotten any comments. This song really grew on me. its probably my favorite A.C. Newman song.
    rentboyon April 28, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is incredibly beautiful ♥
    Astonishedon August 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionFrom the title prophets, and the use of the word mount I would assume that this song has some correlation to
    The Sermon on the Mount, which is found in the New Testament of the Bible. Also the part about the two sections here is my heart her is my song, seems to be saying the writer of this song, in his/her heart disagrees with their own lyrics/opinion. This is what I take away from it, but from the phrases,
    "Unlucky stab in the dark",
    "There are too many prophets here", and the use of the word 'rabble'
    the subject and theme of the song can be something completely different.

    The music is beautiful, even if I don't understand what it means good luck to anyone looking for an answer
    jb251on January 17, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThe first time i heard this song was during the season finale of an episode from "How I Met Your Mother." During that scene the main character was taking a "leap" from one building to another. It represented that even after all the hard 'stuff' that happened to him i.e. girlfriend left him at the altar he still has the power to move on. Also taking that 'leap' to not give up hope on finding his wife and true love.

    Although I can't pinpoint the lyrics to that meaning, the song in that context always makes me associate 'Prophets' with taking that 'leap.'
    gummi54on September 21, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationIt's about someone who initially was saying not what he believed was correct, but was just going along with the current convention, to not cause trouble.

    In the last stanza he's broken free and has the courage to say what he believes, even knowing it may make him feared, hated, or misunderstood (the part of the forrest you shouldn't go).
    DJOctorokon June 05, 2015   Link

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