"Navigator" as written by and Martin Courtney Alexander William Bleeker....
We stare at the shadows on the sidewalk
They're moving on flowers rendered in chalk
The day is young but I'm already spent
I have no idea where that time went

Cross the kitchen floor
Steal out the back door
Past the monument
I'll meet you where the pavement ends

Cross the kitchen floor
Steal out the back door
Past the monument
I'll meet you where the pavement ends

I stare at the hands on the clock
I'm still waiting for them to stop
The earliest light is just shinning in
And I've no idea where the days been


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"Navigator" as written by Martin Courtney Alexander William Bleeker

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    My InterpretationThis song is probably my favorite off this entire album. I love its simplicity.

    I think Navigator clearly relies on the same nostalgic tone of pretty much every other Real Estate song (and I love it). It utilizes a lot of suburban imagery, and discusses the fleeting nature of our youth, and more specifically that time spent with a person he felt strongly about.

    But I think this song is sung from a point in time where that youth is just a memory, and that he can't change how quickly it passed him by. And the person he asks to "meet [him] where the pavement ends" is long gone. "Where the pavement ends" (most likely an allusion to the famous Shel Silverstein collection of poems) is somewhere abstract, maybe the distant future, maybe even death.

    Finally in the last stanza, he contemplates just how fast time is moving in his life, and how he wishes it would slow down or stop. And while he knows he's still young he feels so exhausted by how much has passed him by.


    smdhoessson March 18, 2014   Link

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