"The Perfect Space" as written by and Timothy Seth Avett Robert William Crawford....
I wanna have friends that I can trust
That love me for the man I've become, not the man I was
And I wanna have friends that'll let me be
All alone when being alone is all that I need

I wanna fit in to the perfect space
Feel natural and safe in a volatile place
And I wanna grow old without the pain
Give my body back to the earth and not complain
Will you understand when I am too old of a man?
And will you forget when we have paid our debt
Who did we borrow from? Who did we borrow from?

Okay part two, now clear the house
The party's over, take the shouting and the people
Get out!

I have some business and a promise that I have to hold to
I do not care what you assume or what the people told you
Will you understand, when I am too old of a man?
And will you forget when we have paid our debt
Who did we borrow from? Who did borrow from?

I wanna have pride like my mother has
And not like the kind in the bible that turns you bad
I wanna have friends that I can trust
That love me for the man I've become and not the man that I was


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"The Perfect Space" as written by Scott Yancey Avett Robert William Crawford

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    General CommentEssentially, this song is about growing up, maturing, changing, wanting to age gracefully (don't we all want that?), sacrificing, and wanting everybody around you to accept it all instead of judging who you are on the pretenses of who you were when you were younger. Especially powerful considering what's happening in the Avett Bros' lives right now.
    28undermyspellon September 29, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI think this song is about someone wanting to find acceptance from the people around them, but doesn't; and hopes that when those people do accept him that it's not too late (Will you understand when I am too old of man?).

    I first heard this song when I was coming out and I really related to the search for acceptance described in the song. So for me it's always been a song about coming out.
    wdwhitejron March 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so beautiful. I think it's pretty self explanatory.
    mnoreenon October 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI've made a lot of changes in my life the last couple of years. Hopefully they are for the best. The first line is especially meaningful to me. This is a brilliant song.
    johnknallon November 10, 2010   Link
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    General Comment...And I wanna grow old without the pain,
    give my body back to the earth and not complain...

    I see the same lyrics all over the place, but I swear I hear

    "give my body back to the earth and not the flame"

    as in, dying a death that doesn't result in going to hell. :)
    42 stepson February 11, 2011   Link

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