"Slight Figure of Speech" as written by and Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford....
They say you've gotta lose a couple fights to win
It's hard to tell from where I'm sitting
They say that this is where the fun begins
I guess it's time that I was quitting

A slight figure of speech
I cut my chest wide open
They come and watch us bleed
Is it art like I was hoping now?

They said "I hope that you will never change"
I went and cut my hair
They say "Don't take your business to the big time"
I bought us tickets there, oh

A slight figure of speech
I cut my chest wide open
They come and watch us bleed
Is it art like I was hoping now?

What did you expect
And what did you forget
That to live you let go of me with each step
It becomes a progression I won't let regret manifest
To aggression
Are you to assess what I've been? What I am? Or become?
Did you stop to accept how pathetically dumb
It can be to
Attack those around 'cause you're
True to color, a town, a time, or a place?
It's not you, it's not mine
And besides it is gone
And you never will find it again
But I don't want to fight
I just ask let me be
I won't give the chance to be my enemy
So go home
Think it through

A jet plane and a big idea
I jump over the sea
What if's hot on my trail
But they can't catch me, no

A slight figure of speech
I cut my chest wide open
They come and watch us bleed
Is it art like I was hoping now?


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"Slight Figure of Speech" as written by Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford

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    General CommentI think this song is about their job and their fame. "I cut my chest wide open, they come and watch us bleed"- I think this is about their song writing and how it is a mirror of their life and what they are going through, then they sing it for us, and we come to watch their shows.
    They said "I hope that you will never change"
    I went and cut my hair
    They say "Don't take your business to the big time"
    I bought us tickets there

    I think this lyric is about doing what feels true to yourself, no matter what the naysayers try to tell you to do or not to do.
    I LOVE The Avett Brothers!!!
    agruber03on November 06, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song! It's probably my favorite off I and Love and You. I think this song is about being true to who you are. This song will pull you out of bad moods of all sorts.
    brisweet91on December 23, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is amazing! it totally does pull you out of a bad mood. it's just upbeat and catchy
    porklulzon April 26, 2010   Link
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    General Comment"
    A jet plane and a big idea
    I jump over the sea
    What ifs hot on my trail
    But that can't catch me, no"

    Some of my favorite lyrics of all time. It reminds me of a trip to Europe I made that ultimately ended badly, but I went on a whim and big idea. The what ifs didn't catch up to me because I made the effort to go. What ifs can't catch you if you actually take the leap.
    Philsname32on April 25, 2012   Link

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