I left a trail of myself every place that I have been through,
And going bald is the most manly thing that I'm ever gonna do.
I tell the earth, "thanks for the hair, thanks for the skin, thanks for the bone",
Though I now slowly give it back I still appreciate the loan.
Just tell me that you like me in the same sentence as a mountain side.
'Cause it would be such a relief to be objectified.
'Cause who says it's so important to sort through these thoughts of ours.
Maybe be that's why we love to try to see ourselves from the outside
In photographs and videos and diaries and mirrors.
'Cause it would be such a relief to be objectified.
And the closest that I ever got still seems to leave a lot to go,
but the horizon seems to be a place that nobody can know.
Looking forth and looking back, our vision can't extend beyond the quaint vanishing points our bodies' recommend,
and I'll help you move some furniture somewhere it's never been before, but the room's so small the dresser drawer won't let us get back out the door.
Just tell me that you like me in the same sentence as the building.
It would be such a relief to...
I'm just a natural thing.
We're only boats,
And the boats are only empty
And you can't blame an empty boat that's on a river to the sea.
You can't blame a billion boats without a sail, without a sailor.
And that's how we look in photographs, and diaries, and mirrors.
And the plants turn into ants, and the ants turn into plants,
And children are clumsy people, and old people are rotting Children.
And I still don't have a cell phone, but this sea shell gets Reception,
And the ocean won't stop calling, and I want a restraining order.
Just tell me that you like me in the same sentence as a building.
It would be such a relief to see I'm just a natural thing.
We're just a natural thing.
Just like anything.


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    General CommentJust an incredible song. Some songs are simply notes...mere vocals and instrumentals with or without great emotion. And some songs are poetry...short novels filled with such emotion that they actually create elation or despair in the listener. Unbelievable tune! I'm not good at much more than scratching the surface of meanings, but I'll give it a shot:

    "Just tell me that you like me in the same sentence as a mountain side. 'Cause it would be such a relief to be objectified." The singer wants to know s/he (in this case it's a male) is viewed as strong and important. He wants to be seen as flawless. He wants/needs to feel seen this way. (I'm not getting the feeling that 'objectified" is a negative in this case, as it would be with a female being appreciated only for her looks, in example.)

    "Looking forth and looking back, our vision can't extend beyond the quaint vanishing points our bodies' recommend." He can't see past the present- past the superficial. He either can't or perhaps won't learn from the past and he won't consider what is best for his future.
    The here and now is all he cares about- all that matters.

    "And the boats are only empty. And you can't blame an empty boat that's on a river to the sea.You can't blame a billion boats without a sail, without a sailor." He views himself as an empty vessel (empty inside) and without someone to sail. (He's lost direction, perhaps?).

    "And that's how we look in photographs, and diaries, and mirrors." Again, he lost his way and all he sees is the present. The past and the future can't or don't matter.

    "And the ocean won't stop calling" could mean he's being called away, far away from where he may think he should remain.

    "Just tell me that you like me in the same sentence as a building." He wants/needs to be told that he's viewed as strong by someone who is apparently important to him...a parent, friend, spouse, etc.

    Hey, what do I know. I just know it's an unbelievable song (lyrcially) and NOBODY has taken the time to decipher it. (I probably have not deciphered it either, but I gave it my best shot:) Shoot me down, but PLEASE just add to the song interpretation. I hate not knowing something!
    NooContacton November 17, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationI always enjoy reading other peoples' interpretations of songs. It kind of gives the song a new light.

    But I just kind of take this song for face value. He repeats many times how it would be a relief to be a natural thing. I see it as he'd like to be seen as a natural thing or like he's serving his purpose. We place so much value and pressure on humans, but we're just as natural as a mountain side or a dresser. Maybe it would be a nice relief to not think any more than these objects and to just know why we are here: To be a natural thing//Just like anything...
    nadadadaon February 01, 2013   Link

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