Gold light breaks behind the houses,
I don't see what's strange about this.
Tiny bubbles hang above me.
It's a sign that someone loves me.
I can hardly stand up right.
I hit my head up on the light.
I have faith but don't believe it.
It's not there enough to leave it.

Everything I love is on the table.
Everything I love is out to sea.

I have only two emotions,
careful fear and dead devotion.
I can't get the balance right,
with all my marbles in the fight.
I see all the ones I went for,
all the things I had it in for.
I won't cry until I hear,
because I was not supposed to be here.

Everything I love is on the table.
Everything I love is out to sea.
I'm not alone.
I'll never be.
Into the bone,
I'll never grieve.

I'm tired. I'm freezing. I'm dumb.
When it gets so late I forget everyone.
I need somewhere to stay.
I don't think anybody I know is awake.
Calm down, it's alright,
keep my arms the rest of the night.
When they ask what do I see,
I say a bright white beautiful heaven hanging over me.

I'm not alone.
I'll never be.
Into the bone,
I'll never grieve.
And if you want (dead seriously)
to see me cry (don't swallow the cap),
play Let It Be (pat yourself on the back)
or Nevermind (dead seriously).

Is it time to leave? Is it time to think about
what I want to say to the girls at the door?
I need somewhere to be,
but I can't get around the river in front of me.
Calm down, it's all right,
leave my arms the rest of the night.
When they ask what do I see,
I say a bright white beautiful heaven hanging over me.

I'm not alone (dead seriously).
I'll never be (don't swallow the cap).
Into the bone (pat yourself on the back),
I'll never grieve (dead seriously).
And if you want (dead seriously)
to see me cry (don't swallow the cap),
play Let It Be (pat yourself on the back)
or Nevermind (dead seriously)



Don't Swallow the Cap song meanings
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  • +10
    General CommentCan only assume that the "Don't Swallow the Cap" is reference to Tennessee Williams who choked to death on the cap of a bottle of eyedrops he was applying. Tennesse Williams has been referenced in a couple songs before such as "City Middle"
    TheAnsweron April 18, 2013   Link
  • +6
    General CommentOfficial lyrics from album sleeve:

    Gold light breaks behind the houses,
    I don't see what's strange about this.
    Tiny bubbles hang above me.
    It's a sign that someone loves me.
    I can hardly stand up right.
    I hit my head up on the light.
    I have faith but don't believe it.
    It's not there enough to leave it.

    Everything I love is on the table.
    Everything I love is out to sea.

    I have only two emotions,
    careful fear and dead devotion.
    I can't get the balance right,
    with all my marbles in the fight.
    I see all the ones I went for,
    all the things I had it in for.
    I won't cry until I hear,
    because I was not supposed to be here.

    Everything I love is on the table.
    Everything I love is out to sea.
    I'm not alone.
    I'll never be.
    And to the bone,
    I'm evergreen.

    I'm tired. I'm freezing. I'm dumb.
    When it gets so late I forget everyone.
    I need somewhere to stay.
    I don't think anybody I know is awake.
    Calm down, it's alright,
    keep my arms the rest of the night.
    When they ask what do I see,
    I say a bright white beautiful heaven hanging over me.

    I'm not alone.
    I'll never be.
    And to the bone,
    I'm evergreen.
    And if you want (dead seriously)
    to see me cry (don't swallow the cap),
    play Let It Be (pat yourself on the back)
    or Nevermind (dead seriously).

    Is it time to leave? Is it time to think about
    what I want to say to the girls at the door?
    I need somewhere to be,
    but I can't get around the river in front of me.
    Calm down, it's all right,
    leave my arms the rest of the night.
    When they ask what do I see,
    I say a bright white beautiful heaven hanging over me.

    I'm not alone (dead seriously).
    I'll never be (don't swallow the cap).
    And to the bone (pat yourself on the back),
    I'm evergreen (dead seriously).
    And if you want (dead seriously)
    to see me cry (don't swallow the cap),
    play Let It Be (pat yourself on the back)
    or Nevermind (dead seriously)
    flamebroiledchickenon June 08, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General CommentThis song is about that moment when you know you've lost and you've lost gravely but you feel the urge to carry on with hope. You're grieving and in pain but despite that you have faith in yourself because if you didn't have that you'd have nothing. Its not so much a message about having hope and faith and seeing the bright light at the end of the tunnel as much as it is just a comment on that moment where pain blends with hope. Don't choke. Carry on. Let go, let it be, nevermind.
    shewolf80on July 29, 2013   Link
  • +3
    General Comment"Cap" is a nickname for "liberty caps" a psychedelic mushroom. Everything else in the song seems to support this interpretation.

    These mushrooms cause colors to become brighter and textures to appear richer (because of dilated eyes), intense emotional responses (euphoria, elation, depression, disorientation; often all at the same time), and slight hallucinations though usually these hallucinations are very determined by the context of the environment and thoughts of the individual (lights appear to be tiny bubbles, a face in a painting appears to be grinning, a table looks like a sea). It's very hard to describe the experience if you haven't been through it, but the one adjective I'd use is "religious".

    Verse 1 explains the visual experience but also the contemplation about what it means. It also describes some disorientation.

    Verse 2 describes the emotional experiences which are paranoia/fear and love/devotion.

    Verse 3 has his friends asking him to describe the experience and all he can say is he sees a beautiful heaven over him (probably the lights).

    Verse 4 describes time disorientation (very common side effect), emotional attachment to the girls who is he worried about saying the right thing to (common side effects), and the nagging heaven overhead.

    The chorus is about his thoughts, obsession with some songs, but also perhaps regrets for doing the drug during the exprience.
    4tomicon December 18, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI get a general theme of drunkenness and wandering from this song, probably a reference to Tennessee Williams, as referenced by the song title. Especially the lines "I can hardly stand upright", and "I need somewhere to stay
    Don't think anybody I know is awake"
    Gentronon June 12, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"I have faith but don't believe it.
    It's not there enough to leave it."

    Personally I interpret this verse as someone struggling with leaving his religion and come to terms with being an atheist.

    "I have only two emotions,
    careful fear and dead devotion.
    I can't get the balance right."

    This is about someone who can't tell whether he believes in god because of fear of not fitting in with others or whether he really believe in god with all his heart.

    "Everything I love is on the table.
    Everything I love is out to sea.
    I'm not alone.
    I'll never be."

    This is about him knowing that he's not the only atheist but it is too much to risk for for him to state his belief out loud.
    sedasion December 02, 2013   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI'd say it's about magic mushrooms. The cap (vs. the stem) contains the highest concentration of psychedelic tryptamines. Don't swallow the cap unless you're ready to really go on a ride.
    syndeticon March 19, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI feel it is about grief and the inability to feel that comes along with it. Sounds like he is drinking to numb himself, but he is already feeling emotionally numb and does not want others forcing emotion out of him because he is vaguely aware of how inappropriate his not-feeling seems.

    He convinces people that he see a "bright white beautiful heaven" to fend off attempts to share his deeper, more complex feelings of death/grief that he does not want to acknowledge.

    The "if you want to see me cry" lyric is basically saying to other people, "you're not gonna see me publicly grieve, but if you really want to see me have emotion, do something simple and easy and unrelated like playing a song."

    A beautiful song about the complexity of losing someone.
    OttieKaton June 28, 2014   Link
  • -4
    General CommentIt's cold light not pull out? Wtf?

    Its dead seriously and not too seriously.

    And its to the bone I'm evergreen.

    You have done a horrible job of editing these lyrics whoever you are.
    allthewineon May 29, 2013   Link

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