We getup early just to start cranking the generator
Our limbs have been asleep we need to get the blood back in 'em
We're finding every day several ways that we could be friends

We keep on churning and the lights inside the house turned on
And in our native language we are chanting ancient songs
And when we quiet down the house chants on without us


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Generator ^ First Floor song meanings
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    General CommentI'm really surprised I'm only the second comment on this song, it's simply amazing.

    I always just get the feeling of two people running around, just enjoying each others presence and being in love.
    andrew813on April 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentOddly, I think this song could be about early morning sex.

    Cranking the generator, waking up your limbs, several ways to be friends (positions), chanting ancient songs (moaning). It makes sense!

    I'm not trolling, by the way. I love Freelance and this song.
    Firebreather01on June 19, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionWhen they sing this song live, after "chants on without us", they add more:
    With all the lights alive we figured what your heart was for,
    And did a painting of you lying on the first floor,
    And when those stop your heart burns out in love
    I don't really feel like analyzing this, but I figured somebody might appreciate the additional lyrics
    ryuzaki14on November 03, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfirst floor AND second floor is beautiful. amazing.
    just saying.
    dfghjkelseyon February 23, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWords cannot describe how this song and this band makes me feel.
    Thatoneguy123on April 26, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAwesome song, personally I get the images of an old barn-like house, along with fields and woods. Reminds me of nature and old mechanical things, like old steam engines too.

    I love the plethora of sounds in this song too, the chanting, xylophone, banjo, tambourine, and a bunch of other percussive instruments, along with the cranking like noise in the beginning that plays in the back throughout the song.
    JakeXyloon June 22, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe third verse is something like:

    With all the lights alive
    We figured what your heart was for
    And did a painting of you lying on the first floor
    And when those stop your heart moans out for more
    RocketCaton July 12, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My InterpretationTo me, this song is about the world.

    "We get up early just to start cranking the generator
    Our limbs have been asleep we need to get the blood back in 'em" :
    Everybody wakes up, everybody does something in the morning (school, work, etc.)

    "We're finding every day several ways that we could be friends" :
    Sounds like a matter of race; There are many ways we could be friends with anybody, could being the key word. A lot of people can't look past appearances, so they could be friends only in theory.

    "We keep on churning and the lights inside the house turned on":
    As the day goes on, the sun rises. (I'm seeing the house = earth)

    "And in our native language we are chanting ancient songs":
    Race again, we all speak different languages, we all have different backgrounds.

    "And when we quiet down the house chants on without us":
    Sleep or death: our backgrounds don't really matter. The world keeps turning while we're asleep, or even dead.

    My interpretation! I think this song is beautiful. Let me know if you disagree, I love hearing other people's interpretations.
    redviolets23on June 30, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretationwow there are so many different interpretations of this!

    personally im trying to stick to the theory that this is all a concept album about a boy who is in love with his ghost companion, and so this is them working together on i like to think the windmill they live in (hence the turning and the house chanting on without them) and them working through their differences so they can work together, of course it is only later they realise there love.
    razzamatazon July 30, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionMore likely "We keep on TURNING..." Turning the generator crank...
    knocloo27on May 19, 2010   Link

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