"My Friend Marcus" as written by and John Andrew Hull....
My friend Marcus, he sleeps in my basement
And his father touched more than spirit
Now he can hardly sleep, sleep

My friend Marcus, he's got such an ego
I beg him oh daily to let go
Find your father and find your meaning
Please

I don't give a good shit if your lonesome
I think that you should go home son
Find your father and meaning

Now I can see
You mean everything to nothing
Now I believe
You mean everything

Now I can see
You mean everything to nothing
Now I believe
You mean everything

My friend Marcus, he works on a train set
And I still can't move off my broke track
He's helping me find my meaning
Eventually and hopefully we'll see

And now I believe
I mean everything to nothing
Now I believe
I mean everything

Its funny how many don't know
How many don't have a home
It's funny how many don't know
How many don't have homes
Oooooh


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"My Friend Marcus" as written by John Andrew Hull

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    General CommentI'm atheist so I don't really see this from a religious view although I see that religion is quite prevalent in MO's lyrics.

    My friend Marcus, he sleeps in my basement
    And his father touched more than spirit
    Now he can hardly sleep, sleep
    --the obvious, Marcus' father molested him

    I don't give a good shit if your lonesome
    I think that you should go home son
    Find your father and meaning
    --I see this as him being at a very young age and not wanting to share his family with Marcus because he does not understand the circumstances

    Now I can see
    You mean everything to nothing
    Now I believe
    You mean everything
    --At first he doesn't think Marcus is an important person but realizes that he has become his best friend.

    Now I can see
    You mean everything to nothing
    Now I believe
    You mean everything

    My friend Marcus, he works on a train set
    And I still can't move on my broke track
    He's helping me find my meaning
    Eventually and hopefully we'll see
    --Marcus teaches him that even though he's been through that he can still love where he had been through nothing and disliked Marcus. I think he regrets that and is starting over.

    And now I can see
    I mean everything to nothing
    Now I believe
    I mean everything

    Its funny how many don't know
    How many dont have a home
    It's funny how many don't know
    How many dont have homes
    oooooh
    --I took this as how many people are molested because the numbers are outrageous and they don't have a place they can call home and feel safe.
    bethikaon June 23, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti wish i knew what this was about.

    the only thing i think i figured out is the "and his father touched more than spirit" line.
    maybe the father sexually abused marcus?

    that's all i've got, unfortunately.
    ellie117on April 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this is more about god, like the rest of the album. The father I think is referring not to his biological father but a religious leader.
    And god means everything to nothing because Hull has lost his faith.
    At the end he is "talking"to god:
    "Its funny how many don't know
    How many of us don't have homes"
    wolfatthedoor72on April 04, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment...yeah i like your interpretation 5468965897x better than my initial thoughts. thanks.
    ellie117on April 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWell for what it's worth i think his father was a minister, so i think that those two interpretations could overlap.
    CatsCradleon April 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentis mine the only version missing the second verse???
    tschep08on April 18, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFind a Father and your meaning*
    namyrameon May 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"My friend Marcus, he sleeps in my basement
    And his father touched more than spirit
    Now he can hardly sleep, sleep"

    i think the father he talks about in this verse is literally his father, and his friend was molested as a child.


    "I don't give a good shit if your lonesome
    I think that you should go home son
    Find your father and meaning"

    here, i think the father he mentions is god. andy can't understand why it's so hard for him to let god into his life because he hasn't had the same experiences. he thinks if his friend just accepts god, he will be able to find a purpose in life.


    "Now I can see
    You mean everything to nothing"

    "Its funny how many don't know
    How many dont have a home"

    he finally realizes that not everyone is as lucky as he has been to have grown up in a good home. he understands now why it's difficult for people like his friend to believe in god.
    boxingwithstarson May 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love what andy says in AP about the concept of the album
    Mean everything to no-thing.. because if you mean everything to someone, you're going to let them down.
    I don't really know what the idea would mean in context? maybe he doesn't want to let God or a spiritual figure mean everything to him because he will only be let down. and Hull maybe has trouble finding meaning in his life/purpose because of this?

    "My friend Marcus, he works on a train set
    And I still can't move on my broke track
    He's helping me find my meaning
    Eventually and hopefully we'll see"

    and maybe at the end he is talking about how many don't have a home spiritually or are lost just as he is.. I don't know I'm just throwing ideas out there haha.
    maozedongon June 10, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it has to do with Andy's friend's spritual walk. He is having trouble accepting it at the beginning of the song and it's bothering him. Later in the song, Marcus is helping Andy with his spiritual walk.

    "My friend Marcus, he works on a train set
    And I still can't move on my broke track
    He's helping me find my meaning
    Eventually and hopefully we'll see"

    The train set could be Marcus' walk. Andy is stuck in life, and Marcus is helping Andy out.


    "Its funny how many don't know
    How many dont have a home"

    People that don't know Christ.
    zia7on July 27, 2009   Link

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