Haven't we made enough for a living wage
We accept the Fatal Gift, A Soup Stone for our stove
And a blindfold for our tears, pain for a livin wage
Know its a deceptive deal, we accept the fatal gift
they hover over where we live

Oh, they give it to me, oh they give it to me
The things you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you
They give it to me, oh, they give it to me, the things you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you

Haven't we saved enough to go away, enough to reach the coast
Why do we stay, payin for a livin wage, I know its a deceptive deal
We accept the fatal gift, they hover over where we live

Oh, They give it to me, oh they give it to me
The things, you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you
They give it to me, oh, they give it to me, the things you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you

oh, They give it to me, oh, they give it to me, the things you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you
Why do we stay, why do we stay, why do we stay..?



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    General CommentI think that maybe the verse that you wrote "The things, you only own you, all the things, you only own you" is instead "“The things you own, they own you, all the things you own, they own you"
    gio7190775on December 26, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationSuch a lovely song. The obvious interpretation is that the song is about Emily Haines is cursed with the gift of being a popular musician. Its her passion but she feel's like she doesn't get enough out of it for the work she puts in. She wonders why she continues again and again.

    "Haven't we made enough for a living wage
    We accept the Fatal Gift, A Soup Stone for our stove
    And a blindfold for our tears, pain for a livin wage
    Know its a deceptive deal, we accept the fatal gift
    they hover over where we live" and
    "Why do we stay, why do we stay, why do we stay..?"

    The song also has a second message about how you truly never own anything, all the work you put getting your "stuff" and it truly isn't yours. With all her money, she still questions if she actually "owns" anything, either in terms material items or maybe even her success. When she released this song to her email subscribers *just a few hours after this comment" Emily talks about how she constantly questions herself and undermines her success before releasing a new song.
    feralONEon December 25, 2014   Link

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