"And It Spread" as written by and Timothy Seth Avett Robert William Crawford....
There was light in the room
Then you left and it was through
Then the frost started in
My toes and fingertips

And it spread
And it spread into my heart
And it spread
And it spread into my heart

Then for I don't know how long
I settled in to doing wrong
And as the wind fills the sail
Came the thought to hurt my self

Come on,
And it spread
And it spread into my home
And it spread
And it spread into my soul

Well there are no lines
Separating the truth from the lie

Then you came back from space
With a brand new laugh and a different space
You took my hand and held it up
And shot my arm full of love

And it spread
And it spread into the world
And it spread, ooh
And it spread into the world

Well there are no lines
Separating the truth from the lie


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"And It Spread" as written by Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford

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    General Comment"And it spread into my soul" should be "And it spread into my songs"

    So beautiful and meaningful... Especially that last verse.

    "Then you came back from space
    With a brand new laugh and a different face
    You took my hand and held it up
    And shot my arm full of love."
    28undermyspellon September 19, 2009   Link
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    General CommentLove this song. I love their voices so much.
    wecouldbombxon September 30, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Shot my arm full of love" sounds like heroin to me.
    pyalgroundblzon February 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThe song is about love. Throughout the song, a metaphor of the sun is used to represent love (e.g. "light in the room", "coming back from space", cold when absent, warm when present). Lack of love leeds to bitterness and coldness that spreads to take over everything in your life--into your heart, and even into the words of the songs you write.

    Then when love is found again (with another reference to the sun coming back from space), the new feelings spread in a similar way to positively affect everything in your world.
    bryanscon August 14, 2012   Link
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    My InterpretationIt just occurred to me that he could be talking about a different person in the first verse and the last. Like, "you" refers to the object of his affections, rather than one particular individual.

    If "you" has "a brand new laugh and a different face," that suggests a new, or at least radically changed, person. I like that better too, so I'm gonna roll with it.
    aboyinastitch89on January 26, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think it's about the narrator breaking up with the girl he loves, going through the dark and lonely times afterwards, and then finding someone new "with a brand new laugh and a different face".
    Fcn72on November 20, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhen I first heard this I thought it was about someone becoming depressed and turning to drugs after his lover leaves him. Not saying this is right but just sorting through some thoughts here!

    In this interpretation, the first couple verses are straight-forward, his lover leaves and he's sad. The song crescendos in the middle after he says the thought of hurting himself has crept in, to the point where Seth essentially screams the line about the truth and lies. I think these lines are emphasized in volume and pacing for a reason.

    Then after the manic excitement of the middle of the song we're left with this quiet void, where someone unfamiliar appears but the speaker assigns this person the identity of his lover. They shoot his arm full of love. Another crescendo and more exuberant screaming, and the speaker notes, once again, that he can't distinguish between truth and lies. The lie is the final verse. The person he sees could be a drug dealer, or a new lover giving him drugs, or a hallucination that he can tell doesn't quite match up with the person he loved, or maybe he's gone off the rails and it's a doctor giving him medication.

    Or maybe the character in the song is singing about drugs the whole time! He tries to kick the habit and he can't live with it, then he turns to different drugs at the end.
    pastryon January 12, 2017   Link

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