I was drifting, crying
I was looking for an island
I was slipping under
I'll pull the devil down with me one way or another

I'm out of my mind; think you can wait?
I'm way off the line; think you can wait?

We've been running a sleepless run
Been away from the baby way too long
We've been holding a good night gone
We've been losing our exits one by one

I'm out of my mind; think you can wait?
I'm way off the line; think you can wait?

Did I?
(all I have is all)
Think you can wait?
Did I?
(all I have is all)
Think you can wait?

What I'm thinking is simple
I'll sell apples and ice water at the temple
I won't make trouble
I'll pull the devil down with me one way or another

We've been running a sleepless run
Been away from the baby way too long
We've been holding a good night gone
We've been losing our exits one by one

I'll try.
I'll try, but I couldn't be better.
(all I have is all)
I'll try, but I couldn't be better.
(all I have is all)
I'll try, but I couldn't be better.
(all I have is all)


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    General CommentTo me, it sounds like a new father/husband who is asking his wife to be patient with him when he goes a little crazy. It's very easy at that point in your life to feel like you are slowly drifting away from yourself, and your freedom is dwindling ('losing our exits one by one' could mean slowly realizing there isn't going to be an "out" and this your life now, for better or for worse). In this case he knows he is just looking at the negatives in the situation (pulling the devil down with him) and it is only a temporary state of mind (I'm out of my mind).

    My favorite verse in the song is:

    We've been running a sleepless run
    Been away from the baby way too long
    We've been holding a good night gun
    We've been losing our exits one by one

    The fact that he all of a sudden uses "we" instead of "I" here shows an understanding that his wife is going through the same exact thing that he is, one of the reasons he hopes she will understand when he asks her to wait. He's been away from the baby so long that he's forgotten what is really important in his life. The "good night gun" could be due to the fact that new parents are usually more tired and more stressed. This means they have less time to actually spend with one another alone and sometimes they don't feel truly emotionally close anymore. Whereas they used to talk or make love before going to bed, more often now the night simply ends with a "good night", despite the fact that this kills them both inside. It feels almost like there is a gun being put to there heads forcing them to simply say "good night" instead of bursting forth with all of the things they really want to say.

    Again, this is just my interpretation and you could easily go a complete different direction with it. Regardless, it's a truly beautiful song.


    dylancampbellon March 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthey sound great together. creates a mood.
    TheWrongGirlon March 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit's probably just what's going on in my life right now that has me thinking this, but i interpret this as someone who's really fucked in the head and has met someone very special to them, and wants them to stay while they figure their shit out. kinda like the whole 'ellipsis' thing from garden state.

    ....sorry i'm very drunk right now. and as we all know, alcohol + haunting, depressing music = THE BEST TIME EVER
    smevinon March 20, 2011   Link
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    General CommentHere's what I heard:

    I was drifting, crying
    I was looking for an island
    I was slipping under
    I'll pull the devil down with me one way or another

    I'm out of my mind
    think you can wait?
    I'm way off the line
    think you can wait?

    We've been running a sleepless run
    been away from the baby way too long
    we've been holding a good night gun
    we've been losing out exes one-by-one

    I'm out of my mind
    think you can wait?
    I'm way off the line
    think you can wait

    it out?
    (all i have is all)
    think you can wait it out?
    (all i have is all)
    think you can wait?

    What I'm thinking is simple
    I'll sell apples and ice water at the temple
    I won't make trouble
    I'll pull the devil down with me one way or another

    We've been running a sleepless run
    been away from the baby way too long
    we've been holding a good night gun
    we've been losing out exes one-by-one

    I'll try
    I'll try
    But I couldn't be better
    (all I have is all)

    (repeat 3x)
    petewilletton March 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgorgeous song. who's the female back up? sounds sort of like chan marshall.
    TheWrongGirlon March 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentactually, i take that back. it sounds like sharon van etten.
    TheWrongGirlon March 24, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTo me, this song is just like another fantastic song 'wish you were here' by pink floyd in term of the meaning of 'you' which represents the writer or singer oneself.

    He planed to be better man and get a more wonderful life in the near future, however, he found that he would not achieve what he had thought. On the contrary, all he did was wasting his time and narrowing the horizon of life (according the words'We've been holding a good night gun We've been losing our exits one by one').

    On the other hand, he had grown to be a man rather than a little boy, which pushed him to do something he should do(according the words'We've been running a sleepless run Been away from the baby way too long').

    Unfortunately, he just could find out what he should do, or maybe, he absolutely didn't understand what he wanted to do. (Therefore 'I was drifting, crying I was looking for an island I was slipping under I'll pull the devil down with me one way or another'.)

    Then he had to ask himself again and again whether he could keep this embarrassed situation and do no anything to change it('think you can wait?').

    You may imagine what the answer you will give when you are sinking into such kind of terrible condition.

    As the singer answered 'I'll try, but I couldn't be better.', in the reality, the indiviuals are really hard to bring out the adequate confidence to affirm that he can overcome anything and get the success. Most of time, the only thing we can do is to try, and we don't know the result at all.

    Even though, at last, you actually didn't be better, which can't be the excuse to escape to 'try'.

    It's my first song review written by ENGLISH, which is really tough for me, and I'll try hard hereafter. Thanks for reading^_^
    withacidon March 27, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDefinitely agree with the general theme here.. I just want to add that I think the echo part has the word 'you're' in it. As in, (you're all I have is all), as opposed to simply (all I have is all). I think this adds to the perspective of the singer asking his wife to be patient with him, because he's trying, and she's all he has.
    dejongnon March 28, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is what I got out of this song.

    As we go thru life we feel as though we are drifting through it whether or not we know what we want or not, no matter how hard we try, we struggle and this leads to frustration that causes us to break down and cry. We're then just looking for one good solid thing in life to stand on and we find it but then we mess it up or something does. So we fight our demons of ours no matter what because we have to.
    Then we start losing our mind because our life's a mess and we've gone way off course and we would like the person that loves us to wait till we've got our stuff together. So now we're sleepin in the same bed but not really connected together and this has been going on for way too long. And little by little the relationship deteriorates.
    Then we wonder did I screw it up for good? But this is all I have to give at this time, can wait a bit longer.
    Then you think...All I want is a simple life and I'll fight for it. And if this doesn't work I'll try harder but this is all I have to give.

    So this song makes me think...In times like these we all hope that we have the right person is by our side and we make it thru them. And we hope as the Beatles say "Love is all we need" and that love is enough.
    kennemonon September 26, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song seems to evoke someone desperately asking that the "in sickness or health" clause of their wedding vows be honored while he struggles with mental health issues.

    But the line "We've been holding a good night gun" makes me uncomfortable. All I keep picturing is someone writing a suicide note that's a parody of Goodnight Moon. "Goodnight gun. Goodnight, goodnight everyone."
    theevilwriteron November 20, 2011   Link

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