If I was a different man, if I had blood in my eyes
I could have read of your heart, I could have read of your mind
But now I'm lonely as that, I put up a fight
So pick up your battering ram, love, I want to see it

There's too much riding on that
There's too much, too much, too much love

There's too much riding on that anyway

Maybe I talk too fast, maybe I talk too much
Give me the sensitive laugh, or give me the sensitive touch
Even if I could have kissed, even if I could be the blind
I'm so sorry I tried, love, I want to see it

There's too much riding on that
There's too much, too much, too much love

There's too much riding on that anyway

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    General CommentI think this song carries over the theme from Futile Devices about the futility of language. It seems that, perhaps, Sufjan is wondering if he often talks too much and really says too little. It seems maybe he is being a little hostile against love in this song, and I'm not sure if that stems from something occurring in his personal life while he wrote this, or if love is an artistic device that he uses to describe the way most people put too much emphasis on certain words, such as "love." It seems he would rather see more emphasis placed on the actual actions of things transpiring, such as "the sensitive laugh" of "the sensitive touch."
    adonnellyron November 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI could be wrong, but is the lyric "writing on that" and not "riding on that"? Obviously it would sound the same, but it's much more sensible if the word is "writing."
    RaiseYourHandson October 17, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSaw him in concert last night. Right after he finished this song he said, "There's too much riding on that word, 'Love.'"
    Take it for what you will.
    beeteeon October 14, 2010   Link
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    General CommentSufjan in concert: One of my favourite four letter words, love, we're gonna sing about that.
    emkwoodon February 01, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think the line "But now I'm lonely as that" should be "But now how lonely is that?"

    He's saying that he could have (metaphorically) read of love and life and the object(s) of his affection, but instead he took action to gain real experience and live his life. It ties into the idea of the futility of words and that one should actively control the direction of their life instead of fantasizing about poetic ideals.
    Vallamon February 13, 2011   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song is about the narrator having a failed encounter with a girl. The girl just wants things to be casual and easy, but the narrator is taking things too seriously and scares her away. When he says, "If I was a different man/I could have read your mind/But now I'm lonely as that/I'm so sorry I tried Love," I think this means that if he was a different type of person he could have picked up on what the girl really wanted. But now that he "Put up a fight," to her advances he feels, "Lonely as that." Perhaps the narrator is just desperate to connection with someone and is now regretting that he didn't see what the situation was and act differently. The line, "I'm so sorry I tried Love," makes me think that he was comparing this girl to his other relationships where he was truly in love. The repeated, "There's too much riding on that anyway," means that hooking up would have had too much significance to him anyway because he is not the type of person that could just hook up without emotion. The second verse with "Maybe I talk too fast/Maybe I talk too much" shows how he was analyzing how he was doing in this encounter and trying to figure out why it wasn't going right. The line "Even if I could have kissed/Even if I could be the blind" represent how even if he could have taken the leap and gotten physical, he would have just been "The blind," i.e. the type of people who have one night stands and don't feel emotion. The narrator questions analyzes his own position when he says "I'm so sorry I tried love," because he now compares every relationship he has with girls, to his experiences with true love.
    mwilliams3on July 20, 2013   Link

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