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that look will take me right to the ground
and I’ll be laughing the whole way down
with thunder beneath us all
i want to feel is your arms
i know i’m leaving but we all
leave no matter what
if time is a mouth to feed
every hour is ice in our fingers’ heat
so give your time to me
if it changes you i will never see
old lovers fall like leaves
but just if you let them
the roofs of the city like an
ocean spread for miles
i swear i saw my whole life
flicker in a window light
you think you know what I’m
thinking but you don’t know
why i need you tonight
you say you feel nothing hoping
nothing’s all i’ll leave behind
if time is a mouth to feed
every hour is ice in our fingers’ heat
so give your time to me
if it changes you i will never see
old lovers fall like leaves
but just if you let them
i hear them beneath your feet
but nothing is endless


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    My InterpretationThis song is about a breakup where the speaker still has feelings for their partner but the partner wishes to end the relationship.

    "that look will take me right to the ground" - This is the look when you know you are about to have The Talk. Taking to the ground is foreshadowing the imagery later used where old lovers are compared to falling leaves. The speaker is becoming an old lover.

    "with thunder beneath us all / i want to feel is your arms" - I take beneath here to mean beneath in the status sense. Thunder, or arguing and anger are below this couple. Without the vitriol to help split them apart the speaker paradoxically wants to be comforted (feel your arms around me) by the very person he's just lost.

    "if time is a mouth to feed ... so give your time to me" - We all, by simple nature, are burdened with the passage of time. The speaker is making a plea to the partner to stay in the relationship.

    "if it changes you i'll never see" - An observation about spending time with someone. If you see someone every day you do not notice their little changes. Only after not seeing someone for a long period of time, where those little changes have all added up, do you notice they are different.

    "old lovers fall like leaves / but just if you let them" - The speaker is attempting to understand the partner's motivations for ending the relationship. The speaker's again pleas. This breakup is a self-fulfilling prophecy that can be reversed if both parties simply get back on board.

    "you say you feel nothing hoping / nothing's all i'll leave behind" - A common breakup tactic is to simplify and reduce your ex to something that can be easily dismissed. Call it wishful thinking, faking it till you make it, or the self-fulfilling prophecy concept from before.

    going back now a couple lines...
    "you think you know what i'm / thinking but you don't know / why i need you tonight" - The partner has created a simplified version of the speaker. Here the speaker challenges that simplified version, again attempting to understand the partner's motivations. The speaker is saying the 'me' in your head is not the person standing in front of you right now.

    "i hear them beneath your feet / but nothing is endless" - The speaker hears the old lovers (as leaves) crunching beneath the partner's feet. They won't be heard forever, though, because the speaker will eventually get over the breakup and move on.

    And cue the happy music.

    There's more imagery in the song but I believe they are more relevant to an overall album theme. "the roof of the city", "paris", etc are referencing the notion that songs are like maps to places you've never been. I picked that up reading an interview with the band's writer somewhere.

    And there's some stuff I can't reconcile with my interpretation. Why is the speaker laughing the whole way down? Is this a nervous or incredulous laughter?

    "i know i'm leaving but we all / leave no matter what" Outside of some wordplay with leave and leaf, I'm not sure why this is where it is in the song. The speaker seems to be talking about mortality. Could this be another plea? As in why break up with me to look for someone else, they will leave too.
    YAYitsAndrewon February 13, 2015   Link

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