"Sticky Thread" as written by Kelcey Paul Ayer, Matthew James Frazier, Ryan Clinton Hahn, Andrew Jeffrey Hamm and Taylor David Rice....
Why didn't I say anything until now?
So much is said without a sound
Water so calm, and once so pure
Standing for so long the color turns
Their work is so hard

We never felt the sticky thread
The spider webs
Their balance in the garden
Their work is so hard

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"Sticky Thread" as written by Kelcey Paul Ayer Andrew Jeffrey Hamm

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    General CommentSounds like he's comparing a failed relationship to the hard work spiders put into keeping their webs together.
    ModernHereticon May 28, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI can't believe no one's commented on this song! To me the lyrics are sung so beautifully, especially the line "their work is so hard". This song stands alone as a poem as well, and the writer seems completely genuine in his admiration for the spider's hard work, which is what I think this song is about. Nothing too complicated, just simple and beautiful, written for the sake of being written.
    nevertrustafishon April 09, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful. best song to listen to with the windows down on a breezy relaxing day. i feel like the observer is in awe of the spider's beauty and he is epiphinistically realizing how hard spiders work, but yet how it doesnt appear that they work hard. i think when he says "we never felt the sticky thread, the spider web" he is saying that he and whoever he thought he loved never got caught up in things together. but he is at peace with this concept. he is finally realizing how hard his (possibly ex) significant other worked to keep their relationship together. and "so much is said without a sound" may refer to the thoughts he is thinking while observing this. his body language, his state of pure blissful "awe" at the web is more than any language could convey.
    flowerchild369on October 25, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI think the lines in this song are far too abstract and visually concrete to draw conclusions regarding love or relationships. Certainly not to specific situations. nevertrustafish, I think you pretty spot on. This is certainly a poetic on its own.

    why didn't i say anything until now?
    so much is said without a sound

    First line initially implies regret. Second line seems pretty straight forward. There's a lot that can be 'said' without using words, via the other senses. In context of the previous line, you could read the first line as a question to listeners (or someone that is never identified), and the second as an answer.

    water so calm, and once so pure
    standing for so long the color turns

    The first three lines could be implying a concrete observance. Seemingly, a pool of water. It's pretty abstract otherwise. In the context of the previous lines, it seems to imply that silence = stillness. If you want to take it as symbolism, what stands so still and is untouched, but no longer pure and changes 'color' over time? It's just too abstract when taken symbolically to definitively say its love or some such. If the writer wanted to talk about love, I think he'd be a lot more direct about it, irregardless of symbolism.

    their work is so hard

    There isn't much to identify the 'their' here. I don't think you could really say he's talking about a pair of lovers here.

    we never felt the sticky thread
    the spider webs
    their balance in the garden
    their work is so hard

    Taken literally, he's talking about spiders in a garden. The 'We' is not identified. Now I know you could look at these lines and assume he's talking about certain individuals, but who? If you try to do that then why does he switch back to 'their'? The 'We' and 'their' are certainly different subjects. Some people like to equate 'We' with couples and romantic notions, but I think he's just using the term generally here. 'We' as in people.

    Short of getting an answer from the writer, its difficult to judge actual intent. The impression I get is he is trying to convey a sense of peace and tranquility through a visual image of nature, with the absence of the senses of sound and touch. I think the answer is in the first two lines.
    pdxwastrelon November 30, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI just recently attended their show at the Walt Disney Hall in Los Angeles and before they played this song he explained what it had meant. Now knowing what it had meant, I came on here to see what others had thought.

    The true meaning according to him,

    Taylor Rice had said this song was about relationships and how it is essential to have fights because it shows passion within the relationship.

    It got me thinking because I had heard the same before. Anywho, I love the band and after the show I got to talk with him a bit and take a picture with him. It was pretty awesome if you ask me and he is definitely a very kind, personable, down to earth guy.
    babyboneson March 07, 2011   Link

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