After all is said and done I feel the same
All that I hoped would change within me stayed
Like a huddled moonlit exile, on the shore
Warming his hands a thousand years ago

I walk with others in me, yearning to get out
Claw at my skin and gnash their teeth and shout
One of them wants only to be someone you'd admire
One would as soon just throw you on the fire

After all is said and after all is done
God only knows which of them I'll become


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  • +5
    Lyric CorrectionI walk with others in me yearning to get out
    Claw at my skin and gnash their teeth and shout
    rudolphtheredon March 29, 2011   Link
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    My InterpretationMost of the songs on this album are about making a big change your life. The singer has still not been able to accomplish this. He's now reached a critical point. He's afraid that if he is unable to find a way to change his life, he'll become embittered and not care anymore. The singer here could easily be the "prodigal son" in "The Plains / Bitter Dance", hoping to be admired by his father.
    clovuson May 05, 2011   Link
  • +2
    Song Meaningpecknold has said in interviews that he doesnt have any friends outside of the band due to intense social anxiety.... i think thats what this song is about...

    "I walk with others in me yearning to get out
    Claw at my skin and gnash their teeth and shout
    One of them wants only to be someone you'd admire
    One would as soon just throw you on the fire"

    dmmcgr09on May 12, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of them wants only to be someone you'd admire
    One would as soon just throw you on the fire
    ozzmoticon March 28, 2011   Link
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    General Comment"I walk with others in me, yearning to get out
    Claw at my skin and gnash their teeth and shout
    One of them wants only to be someone you'd admire
    One would as soon just throw you on the fire"

    It's clear that the singer understands there are different sides to his personality and these different roles are clashing against one another. I read somewhere that this album was recorded during the break-up of a five year relationship - a side of him wants to impress this other person, while the other side just wants to move on. It's a song most of us can relate to who have been in such a situation.
    christopherhouchinson July 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentAt this point our hero is curious if he will ever change his woe some ways. And, if he ever does change what new person will he become...he's discovered so many identities he'd like to become.

    At this point, our hero is tired of wanting more than what he can become. Tired of exploring himself. Tired of the conflict.
    poetogethron August 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationThis song is biblical.
    It is a struggle with (his) faith.
    realtalkon March 15, 2012   Link
  • 0
    MemoryI was listening to this song when I received the call that a dear friend recently took his own life. He always was and forever will be someone I admire.
    cynicalcrowon May 01, 2013   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionThis song speaks to the same point as Montezuma and Helplessness Blues. Robin is going through the whole deal of being able to care about others as much or more than himself, probably specifically his partner/ex in this case. He figured as he got older he would change, but has found that that isn't so much the case. He's also contemplating his own lack of significance in the universe - he's just like some random vagabond on some random shore, lost in time.

    He is so torn from the voices within him expressing themselves loudly yet simultaneously. Part of him is desperate for acceptance and admiration but the other part couldn't care less. Maybe this is a commentary on his relationship to fame? In the end, even he doesn't have a clue what comes next, just like everyone else.
    G-Farbulouson October 09, 2014   Link

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