"Talking Like I'm Falling Downstairs" as written by Alexander Timothy X Burnett and Andy John Stochansky....
Tongue – tied
Talking to my feet
When there’s nothing better than self-defeat
I stop – stall
Try to stand tall
When whatever I say means nothing at all

I walk
Through all the steps in my head
It made more sense in my head
Plain and simple I can’t keep climbing…

I try to find the words but they won’t surrender
So I lie to you and say that I don’t remember…

Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I’m talking like I’m falling downstairs…
Talking like I’m falling downstairs…

Stut-ter
Mutter to myself
That you can’t quote something from someone else
I duck – swerve
Lose my nerve
It‘s on the tip of my tongue so just give me the word and

I’ll walk
Through all the steps in my head
Makes more sense in my head
plain and simple I can’t keep climbing…

I try to find the words but they won’t surrender
So I lie to you and say that I don’t remember…

….Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I’m talking like I’m falling down
I’m talking like I’m falling downstairs…

Singing like a hurricane
Dancing like Fred Astaire
Walking like a young John Wayne
I’m talking like I’m falling
I’m talking like I’m falling downstairs…
I’m talking like I’m falling downstairs…


Lyrics submitted by Shawry

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    My InterpretationI think this song is about a man who finds difficulty in expressing himself verbally. He can dance, walk and sing wonderfully, but when it comes to simple words he falls over himself, stutters, and just cannot say what he thinks. "Makes more sense in my head" seems to refer to the thoughts in his head sounding perfect and succinct but not being able to say the words out loud, for whatever reason that may be.

    Lovely mellow song, with a gorgeous piano sequence. :)
    60_miles_an_houron February 06, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGreat song from an emerging Aussie band, can't wait for the album release!
    voxoideon January 23, 2011   Link
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    General CommentThis is one those songs that I find I can very heavily relate to. 60 miles an hour I think is very close to some of the meaning to this song, especially with him being able to do a lot of difficult and possibly impressive stuff but at the same time not being able to express himself vocally. To get to the possible meaning to those I am comparing some of my own experiences to the lyrics here, which as I said, bear many resemblances. I listened and watched an interview with the singer, Alexander Burnett, and he talked about this song. In the interview he spoke about the song being a narrative of him approaching girl that he's interested in and becoming overcome with nerves "lose my nerve", struggling to talk "tongue - tied", and his body defeating him "self-defeat". These symptoms seem to be very similar to a person who has some form of anxiety. If you aren't familiar with anxiety, it is a mental illness that makes your body respond to common/normal situations in ways that are extreme, as if something really dangerous is happening or will happen: shivering, throat restriction, heartbeat increase, sweat, racing clouded mind, and the result is often social awkwardness and embarrassment. I have a form of anxiety myself and this song seems to be outlining scenes that I can easily imagine myself going through, but I won't go on about myself. Walking "through all the steps" in your head - this is probably because some of the most simple seeming situations take on such big significance because of the fear response, and thinking through these situations in advance, whether accurately or not, helps to find some order and make him feel better prepared for the situation. In the song he's probably preparing what he's going to say mentally as he approaches her. "though all the steps in my head" and "I can't keep climbing are connected" with each other, because the more he goes through the steps in his head, the more muddled his head/thinking becomes; over-thinking things like this are really draining, and also when doing it you know that it's completely unnecessary, irrational and probably not helping anyway. The next bit is probably talking about the kind of self-defeat mentioned earlier, because his overactive mind has muddled up his thoughts and made him unable to say a simple sentence or two or three, so he gives up and feels stupid and tells her that he can't remember what he was going to say (an excuse, because he wants to get out of there by this point) and leaves her presence. The next verse is painful, as he reminds himself of everything that he's good at and then ends on his inability to talk. "Talking like I'm falling downstairs" is a brilliantly imaginative simile, as it makes you imagine someone falling downstairs, but what is most important to be seen here is the fact that it would be very very difficult to talk while you fall downstairs because your breath would be blown out of you from hitting each step. He's saying that trying to talk to the girl is difficult enough to be compared to trying to talk to someone while falling downstairs. It goes with the next bit to him standing probably close to the girl (at least that's what I imagine, because he's muttering, and you don't mutter usually unless there's people around) and there's another psychical expression of his possible anxiety in "stutter" (often people with anxiety stutter too). "You can't quote something from someone else" might show that he's arguing with himself, and still unsure of what to say. "I duck - swerve/Lose my nerve" might describe him, for a second time or maybe the first time I'm not sure, approaching her. And he waits for her to say something with "On the tip of my tongue just give me the word and" - now this is a great line because it's like a cliffhanger in a way because "just give me the word" is often what people say to other people when they want to be polite and suspect that the other person wants them to leave but isn't saying - like "just say the word and I'll leave". The way I see the rest of the song is him going over these events in his head some more.
    Mickymoo112on December 28, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI love this song. You don't even have to think of the meaning, it's just so chilling, relaxing, like a breeze on a warm sunny day... amazing combination of lyrics and music!
    It's my second favorite after California by Delta Spirit so far ;)
    Sugarteenon February 14, 2013   Link

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