"Let Me Up" as written by Tim Kasher, Matthew Ryan Maginn and Ted James Stevens....
Diseased heat
August on the one o one
Let me up
The pale moon
Offers no consolations
Would you let me up?
Mosquitoes fat with our marrow
Ebb and flow through the gumbo
This humid bouillon a cesspool
Stop
Won't someone please let me up?
We're buoyed in
Atop the mercury
Let me up
We're the salt of the earth
From a cell of the surf, this universe
Well let me up
Let me up
(Why won't you let me up?)

I once had gills but they closed up
Had webbed feet but they dried up
Still have lungs but they're sewn up
Stop
Stop
Won't someone just let me up?
Oh
We don't exist
In an instant
Let me up
There's a hole in the floor
As black as my momma's womb
Those were the days
Won't you let me up?
I can't stop thinking of the time
I was swallowed in the brine
Won't you let me up?
Let me up
Mama, the planet is a placenta
Pull the plug
Let the heavens rise above
Won't you let me up?
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
I can't stop dreaming of the day
I got swallowed into space
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
Let me up
I'm drowning in the egg
Let me up


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"Let Me Up" as written by Ted James Stevens Matthew Ryan Maginn

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    General Comment"Mama, the planet is a placenta
    Pull the plug
    Let the heavens rise above
    Won't you let me up?"

    This life is a place to prepare for the next and he's begging to be allowed into it even though he feels he's unworthy of it. "I'm drowning in the egg" Touching song.
    XLoveEpiphanyXon April 04, 2009   Link
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    Song MeaningI think it is an over simplification to put a religious interpretation to this song. I see this as an atheistic or secular song which would be more in keeping with the themes of previous songs and lyrics.
    This song takes the idea of questioning god about life or asking for help or a way out and turns it towards the godless scientific universe. The lyrics are full of the imagery of the pointlessness of questioning the universe. Nature is neither good or bad but indifferent.
    It is an affirmation of atheism but its shows what someone may feel when faced with pain in life in the absence of a god figure.
    It challenges religious ideas like the idea that after death a conscious being can enter a state of nothingness instead of going onto another plain where consciousness carries on.
    Instead of questioning god he questions our animal instincts, evolution, physics, the universe etc, because that is what an enlightened person would question. The feeling of knowing how pointless it is to ask such questions is an undercurrent to the whole song.

    "There's a hole in the floor
    As black as my momma's womb
    Those were the days"
    I think this is meant to show that we are capable of experiencing periods of nothingness such as in the womb and that the same nothingness is what awaits after death. He sees that as a solution and an escape.

    "We're the salt of the earth
    From a cell of the surf,"
    We are the intelligent creatures that people have tried to explain through religion but we were not placed here or created but rather we evolved from lesser life forms to reach this strange state where we can question our own pain.

    "I can't stop thinking of the time
    I was swallowed in the brine
    Won't you let me up?"
    This is a longing for the days when as animals we had no concpet of self consciousness, and I think it raises he idea of how strange it is that evolution had propelled us to a position where we can ask such deep and complicated questions about ourselves.

    "Mama, the planet is a placenta
    Pull the plug
    Let the heavens rise above
    Won't you let me up?"
    The planet fuels evolution and feeds our development into beings capable of looking at our own pain and suffering. He wants to be cut off from the source of what created his conscious mind.

    "I can't stop dreaming of the day
    I get swallowed into space
    Let me up"
    When we die the atoms that make up our bodies will be spread and scattered across the universe.

    So many song that deal with these themes, such as depression or questioning life, invoke god. This song looks at the same idea from the point of view of someone for who dosent consider god in any way.
    He asks to be let up so many times because there in nothing to answer him. The implication is that he also knows that he will never be answered.
    thefigurefiveon September 18, 2010   Link
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    General Commentfor sure hes begging he says let me up so much.. He says why wont you let me up.. he knows exactly why he wont be let up if he continues to do the things he does.. i just never met the guy ive seen him play with the good life and he didnt seem to be hurt and misarable.. i cant figure him out.. is he really concerned with the after life? he knows all about our God.. quotes the scripture of the salt of the earth.. man.. i just keep praying for my brother tim and his band.. man im not a crazy christian either guys its just that i love cursive and was recently saved a few years back but was all about cursive in highschool and now..
    JustAlittleCriticalon May 20, 2009   Link
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    General Commentif anyone is interested, i've taken the time to copy the "lyric book" for "Mama, I'm Swollen" so people can actually try and find it on the internet... i only have it on facebook right now, and i know that theres a few minor mistakes, but become a fan! heres the link:

    facebook.com/pages/Mama-Im-Swollen/…

    hopefully this gives you a better idea of what the album is about exactly...

    :D
    AnonyMasonon April 21, 2010   Link

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