We wiped out all the buffalo
Around the turn of the last century
And so its factories and sawgrass
Wheat fields and asphalt laid in front of me
The Midwest feels like a hollow place
That we filled with love and industry
And we're staring at the frozen ground in Goodwill suits
Silent as the pastor reads the eulogy
Well I, I wanted to see just a little bit of everything
Let me be

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching
I want to be strong, but it's not easy anymore
I'm hoping I'm wrong

It's sixteen hours straight to home
From the heart of north Missouri
And so I searched through my great-grandpa's memoirs
For the devil in my bloodstream
Depression grabbed his throat and
Choked the life out of him slowly
I got the same blood coursing through my veins
It'll come for me eventually

I bet I'd be a fucking coward
I bet I'd never have the guts for war
Because I can't spend another month away from here
These frantic rest stop phone calls don't get answered anymore
But I, I wanted to know if I could please come home
So let me know

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching
I want to be strong, but it's not easy anymore
I'm hoping I'm wrong
I'm hoping I'm wrong

I know how it feels to be
At war with the world
That never loved me

Two blackbirds on a highway sign
Are laughing at me at four in the morning
They played the war drum out of time
So I'm not sure where I've been marching

I want to be strong
I want to be strong, but it's not easy anymore


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    Song MeaningThe chorus:
    Two blackbirds can symbolize a lot of things. I like to think that those two blackbirds symbolize something similar to Blackbird by the Beatles. In this way, they could represent people overcoming difficulties (which could represent his great-grandfather). The fact that they are laughing at him, would further make sense. The birds are basically saying, by laughing, the line about how he claims “I bet I'd be a fucking coward, I bet I'd never have the guts for war”. He sees the blackbirds on the long drive home, which is why it’s 4am. I can’t say I know what he means by “I’m hoping I’m wrong”. I would guess maybe, he hopes he is wrong about having the devil in his bloodstream come for him eventually.

    His great-grandfather had been in a war and at the funeral they play the war march. Apparently they played it out of time, or he felt like he was out of time and says this in a more metaphorical way, like when someone passes everything feels surreal.

    The lines “I know how it feels to be, At war with the world, That never loved me” show how he can slightly relate to his great-grandfather because he struggles with depression, even if it is due to a genetic reason and not from facing an actual war. Gotta love how he attaches those two things so nicely.

    Lastly, the first few lines at the very beginning might be things his great-grandfather used to say, “We wiped out all the buffalo around the turn of the last century…” etc. Older people tell stories a lot and that’s what I imagine inspired that part.
    monkeyfundon January 29, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is talking about the generation of his grandfather. Describing his funeral and wondering about his life. How he can relate his life to his grandfathers. The blackbirds on the road he see's are like the war drum his grandfather heard while fighting in a war.

    The difference that he found with his grandfather is that his grandfather knew where he was marching. He has to march into the unknown. Life on the road, is the making the right decision? Looking at his grandfathers life to try to resolve his conflicts.
    Cuthroatclarkon May 29, 2013   Link
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    General CommentEvery time I hear this song and the line "Two blackbirds on a highway sign are laughing at me at four in the morning", all that comes to mind are the old cartoon magpies Heckle and Jeckle that would mock people. Maybe I'm wrong, but it could be a reference to something his Great-Grandfather liked as a child and maybe watched reruns with.....?
    XSsoCXon June 24, 2014   Link
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    General Commentwhen i listen to this song i dont hear anything but a song about fighting depression and how its passed down. depression is "the devil in his bloodstream" hes heading back home for his great grandfathers funeral who committed suicide while he was on tour. thats my 2 cents at least...
    MusicAnalyston October 28, 2014   Link
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    Song Meaning2009 - 12 - 05:
    Soupy tweets "I only met my great grandfather once, but yesterday, he sold out his funeral. Must have been a great man. Reading his memoirs #theupsides"

    4 years later this album comes out with the song I Just Want To Sell Out My Funeral and the lyrics "I searched through my great-grandpop's memoirs
    For the devil in my bloodstream".
    frnkieroon January 30, 2016   Link

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