"All Wash Out" as written by and Nicolo Joseph Aglietti Alexander Ebert....
Here come chilly preacher
Stumbling 'gainst the wind
Singing love, love is something to believe in
A prayer and the sea
And twenty tons of me
Crying love, love is something to believe in

To my child of wonder rambling
All my crooked fingers pointing blame
Let it all wash out in the rain
Yes let it all wash out in the rain

Beyond the drunken focus of my aim
All my heroes twisting in the flame
Let's let it all wash out in the rain
Let it all wash out in the rain

One more for forgiveness
Twisting in the cold
Singing love, love is something I believe in
Too much my defenses
Are dangling from the chain
Oh but free, free is something to believe in

To my god I want my gypsy train
Too my child a howlin' tambourine
Let it all wash out in the rain
Let it all wash out in the rain
Yes let it all wash out in the rain
Let it all wash out in the rain


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"All Wash Out" as written by Nicolo Joseph Aglietti Alexander Ebert

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    My InterpretationI read an interview with Alex about this song. He mentioned that the preacher is stumbling away from an institution, likely the Church (for which Alex has demonstrated a distaste), and has realized that what's left to believe in is love.

    I'll go on further with my interpretation. The preacher, moving away from an institution, is stumbling against all of those who say the Church is the only way; essentially, he's feeling the pressure from society to believe in the Church. Moreover, the preacher is singing this; he thinks it's beautiful, as he's presenting the information in a beautiful way.

    The narrator feels heavy watching this scene unfold. The preacher is praying by the sea, and although the narrator is saying "love is something to believe in", he's crying it, rather than singing it. There can be a couple of explanations. Considering these few lines, this is something that the narrator does not take lightly; he's not as convinced as the preacher. The interpretation I prefer is as follows: perhaps the narrator, like the preacher, feels so weighted by the Church and its rules that he is crying happily about the realization that "love is something to believe in".

    The second stanza is a little easier. He's talking to a child with questions, wonder, and imagination galore, and he is saying that "all of his crooked fingers pointing blame," (meaning, all of his distorted attempts, like the Church, to blame others for actions, etc.) should "wash out in the rain" (meaning, let it all go; forget the blame; live happily).

    The third stanza, again, I believe has something to do with the narrator's old beliefs in the Church He says "drunken focus", which we can take literally (though it presents more challenge), or we can understand that the narrator is referring to his distorted perception that the Church is feeding him. Moreover, all of the people he admires must be living sinfully according to the Church's beliefs. He, once again, wants this to wash away.

    I'm not sure about the fourth stanza, other than he realizes that he is freedom (from the Church, to worship how he wishes) and love is something he believes in.

    The last stanza I think suggests that one can find his god (notice how Alex always refers to God as HIS god, not God in general, throughout the Here album) through different means other than worship: music, and a long ride on a gypsy train.
    thoughts3on March 02, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that thoughts3 has a very good interpretation. However, personally, I don't believe this whole song is referencing back to the preacher or the establishment of the church/religion.

    I think the first verse, when mentioning the preacher, could be meant ironically. Here comes this cold preacher, thinking he has all of the answers and is above others because he has God on his side, however, he is stumbling against the wind (life) and singing about love being something to believe in (hymns). A prayer and the sea I believe means the preacher was leading the congregation in prayer (the members being the sea) and for some reason this weighs heavily on him. Instead of singing he finds himself crying saying that love is something to believe in. This could be because maybe he had lost faith in a conventional God and found faith in love and maybe his own God or higher power.

    He then speaks to his child who is mentioned as "of wonder rambling". So young, innocent, questioning the world around them. He realizes that all of his anger toward the world, possibly religion/God, are not fair or rational. I think them being crooked fingers means that they point back to him. He realizes that he has a lot of blame in the issues in his life but he has decided to start anew; he is going to let it all wash out and away in the rain.

    The third verse sees the writer realizes that his aim in life and his goals have been wrong or just off focus. All of the people he idolized (his heroes) or possibly the God he believed in all go up in flames. He feels that everything he once believed in his now gone but he is going to let it all go and wash away.

    I think the fourth verse could reference back to the first. It mentions the cold again which reminds me of the "chilly preacher". He finds in this verse that love is something to believe in and therefore forgiveness also goes hand and hand with it. I think the defenses he once held and built around him are now falling by the wayside and he now knows that being free is also something to believe in. Being free of your chains that weigh you down, your defenses, your anger, etc.

    In the final verse he has already established that he believes in love and freedom and he is now referencing his God, this god he now believes in, he wants his gypsy train. He wrote this song while on the railroad revival tour. So it may be possible that if he had faith in something before it was shaken while he was here. Therefore he is singing to his god, who believes in love and freedom that he wants him/her to be okay with his love for this gypsy train (a train going anywhere, full of vagabonds).

    The song as a whole is just starting anew, finding a new path, or things to have faith in and letting all of your past issues go and "wash out in the rain". Brilliant song with beautiful lyrics.
    ladymumfordon August 31, 2014   Link

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