If you see a flaming sword in your dreams at night
And feel inspired to assign me up to the front line
Well give the order, you'll storm the border without me

If they tell you you're a genius but you need some proof
Ask anybody on the payroll to go out with you
If they avoid ya, then they'll award ya definitely

Nobody that's around just seems to get it right
How hard is it to follow just a few guidelines
And smile while you do it

If you want a page written 'bout you in the book
But you need a food tester 'cause you curse the cook
I'll take some wine but you can dine without me

Without me
Who would let you play God
And make-believe that all the blasphemy
Is coming only from me?

If you're bound for the throne but the king won't die
I can occupy the queen but that's for her and I
I can do her and you'll be ruler without me

Yeah you can do it
But you can do it without me


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    General CommentThis is quite possibly a song directed at Robin Pecknold, singer of his old band, Fleet Foxes.
    seattlehipstershitbagon May 03, 2012   Link
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    General CommentIt hadn't occurred to me that he might have written it with a specific person (Pecknold) in mind, but the pieces do seem to fit just right with that theory.
    My interpretation has always been that it's just a general criticism of political/societal leaders and movements that, in pursuit of their own interests, tend to involve unwilling participants. It almost has a sort of libertarian, live-and-let-live slant to it, just like "knock yourself out with whatever vain ambitions you may have, but you'd better not expect me to let your bullshit distract me from doing my thing."
    jesteringon July 04, 2016   Link
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    General CommentA tragic song that encaptures the lyric of a hero who deeply cared for someone in his life- but knows that she can live without him, and he without her. He is not "truly needed" so what is the point of their esquire? He figures that their encounter was enough intensity and fleeting obsession- that going further, and diving into its murky rivers, would only cause a beating heart that feels pain. He doesn't want this, with good reason. He questions not the authenticity of her specifically, but the nature of their social relationship. First he says "Yeah" you can do it without me, & then "But" you can do it without me. The changing proposition reflects the ensuing depression and doubt that follows genuinely affirming another person & loving her. There is so much manipulation in the universe/public life, and this "nature" ripples into the private life and fears of the narrator. He decides to "take some wine" & the soma of playing God ("occupying the queen") while she and the public, decend into the Delusion That they are significant. Highly existentialist
    Graceaoon January 06, 2018   Link

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