It's the beauty of confession
In the sound when the levees break
And all the air is wrong, wrong
Redesigning a connection
A composition painted on my face
With a smile drawn on, on

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

Disembody the move action
With water marks on a pillowcase
With all the nerves turned on, on
Overriding the obsession
To take it all and be on my way
Dragging the lead along, along

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

But all the grace is gone, gone
And all the tired scorn is gone
And all the fire is gone, gone
But the reveal is gone, it's gone

Sit back and breathe
It's nice to know you work alone
My head is reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone

Reaching the serene
It's nice to know you work alone
My head's stopped reeling
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone
It's nice to know you work alone


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    Song MeaningLike many people above I think this song is about a relationship that has come to a close. The narrator of the song was in a relationship where he/she felt very strongly towards his /her partner but never felt that same level of love in return (unrequited love). During the breakup, the former partner lets them know that they still want to be friends. I think that the word "work" in the recurring line and title of the song means work in the sense of operate or function. It's a sarcastic way of saying its nice to know that you can get along with your day to day activities w/o me.


    it's the beauty of confession
    in the sound when the levees break
    and all the air is wrong
    wrong
    [confession of not feeling the same way towards someone and the rush of emotions that]
    [follows as the levees break]

    redesigning the connection
    [changing from lovers to friendship]
    a composition painted on my face
    with a smile drawn on
    drawn on
    [trying to act like everything is cool and "be friends"]


    sit back and breathe
    [so i try to relax]
    it's nice to know you work alone
    [it's nice to know that you don't need me - sarcasm]
    my head is reeling
    [can't believe that this is happening]


    disembody the infection
    with water marks on the pillow case
    and all my nerves turned on
    [love has become an infection, get rid of it by crying and being irritable]

    overriding the obsession
    [realizing that maybe it wasnt love but it was an obsession]
    to take it all and be on my way
    [take all the benefits that were got out of the relationship and move on]
    dragging the lead along
    [like a dog that was on a lead/leash and followed their lover whereever they wanted]
    [and had unconditional love]


    but all the grace is gone
    ...
    but the reveal is gone
    [the relationship has come to a close, all the previous things that were there are gone]

    reaching the serene
    [finally come to the realization of what happened and are at peace with it bc there is]
    [a resolution]


    my hands stopped bleeding
    [i finally stopped working so hard to be with you and please you]
    koffeeon January 12, 2011   Link

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