"Capsize" as written by and Jonathan Forrest Bates....
You move forward, I move backwards
And together we make nothing at all
And everybody knows
How your garden’s growing tonight

What’s this tender fascination
And the boredom emulation of love
Stories to take home
We had your garden growing just right

You do it for me
You do it with quickness
A man of the hour
As god is my witness
Me and my song
We’ll do it alone

You do it for me
You do it for money
A man of the hour
It aches in my belly
Me and my song
We’ll do it alone

Now this tender fascination
Is only meant to take you so far
I’ll remind you to remind
How else to never mind it at all

You move forward, I move backwards
And together we make nothing at all
Everybody knows
How your garden’s growing tonight

You do it for me
You do it with quickness
A man of the hour
As god is my witness
Me and my song
We’ll do it alone

You do it for me
You do it for money
A man of the hour
It aches in my belly
Me and my song
We’ll do it alone


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"Capsize" as written by Jonathan Forrest Bates

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    My InterpretationGreat song!

    I should note that I discovered this song, and this artist, because of Halt and Catch Fire, so my interpretation is probably coloured by that context. Also, I don't agree with one line from the above lyrics: Rather than "And the boredom emulation of love," what I hear (and what makes sense to me) is, "With the boredom and elation of life." Every lyric site I've found disagrees with me on this, but I haven't been able to find a primary source to support or reject my hypothesis. Any help or opinions on that would be welcome.

    As for my interpretation:

    I feel that this song is about the internal struggle one faces when choosing to follow convention or one's heart/passion/vision. It captures the moment when a person resigns him/herself to take the chance.

    Conventional life is a steady flow of highs and lows (moments of boredom, and moments of elation). If you conform to convention (keep your garden growing just right), you'll have security, acceptance and "stories to take home." In many ways this is a comfortable way to live, unless you have a specific dream...

    Acceptance (not rocking the boat) is important, but if you have a dream that "aches in [your] belly," the "tender fascination" with convention simply isn't enough to sustain you. But, breaking away from convention and risking failure to pursue your dream, in full view of your peers ("everybody knows how your garden is growing tonight"), is a terrifying prospect.

    As such: The subject recognizes that the the struggle, between the comfort of convention and the longing to realize his dream, is getting him nowhere. He recognizes that conformity can take him no further, so he commits, with "god [as his] witness," to follow his dream.

    Inasmuch: I interpret this song as a reflective internal dialogue; a crisis of character resulting in a steadfast commitment to disregard convention in favour of the pursuit of self-actualization.
    lawrenceson May 14, 2015   Link

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