"Stories I Tell" as written by and Randal Guss Dean Dinning....
Don't give me answers for I would refuse
"yes" is a word for which I have no use
And I wasn't looking for heaven or hell
Just someone to listen to stories I tell

Now what is a blessing and what is a dream
Caught between portraits and none's what it seems
And why is it people expect there's a change
When I feel I'm a part of something I can't see
I feel the same

Now don't ask me questions or I will retreat
Fame is a cancer and ego its seed
Now I wasn't looking for heaven or hell
Just someone to listen to stories I tell

Do we ever wonder?
And do you ever care...

Subtle salvation in poems we know
Hiding our heads in a shadow of home
Now I wasn't looking for wreaths or for bells
Just someone to listen to stories I tell
Stories I tell


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"Stories I Tell" as written by Glen Phillips Dean Dinning

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    General CommentThis is my favourite TTWS song. It's so introspective, emotional, honest.
    Possibly someone who seeks to talk and people to listen to him, not wanting questions or answers, but just some attention. Throughout the song, he reminds how he isn't actually looking for anything big or special: no "heaven or hell", no "wreaths or bells", but just someone to listen to him. He's also upset about superficiality and people who just don't "ever care".
    Simple message, conveying that feeling everyone has at times. Love it.
    tonguetied42on July 30, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI can't help but think that the "Stories" he tells are his songs, so as you listen to "Stories I tell" you are someone who is listening to the stories he tells....It's like we're inside a picture that is contained within a picture of a picture of a Pink Floyd Album cover (Ummagumma?). At least I feel involved with the music now, but perhaps not as much as I would if I were at one of their concerts.
    MateoDon October 28, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI can't help but think that the "Stories" he tells are his songs, so as you listen to "Stories I tell" you are someone who is listening to the stories he tells....It's like we're inside a picture that is contained within a picture of a picture of a Pink Floyd Album cover (Ummagumma?). At least I feel involved with the music now, but perhaps not as much as I would if I were at one of their concerts.
    MateoDon October 28, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI can't help but think that the "Stories" he tells are his songs, so as you listen to "Stories I tell" you are someone who is listening to the stories he tells....It's like we're inside a picture that is contained within a picture of a picture of a Pink Floyd Album cover (Ummagumma?). At least I feel involved with the music now, but perhaps not as much as I would if I were at one of their concerts.
    MateoDon October 28, 2014   Link
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    General CommentWhoops. The other comment was my first posting here. I'm not sure how I did it 3 times, and apologize to everyone who sees it.
    MateoDon October 29, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationTo me, it always seemed the song was written from the perspective of Jesus as a man before the myths were spun and told and retold as he was made out to be various things including the son of God. Just a guy telling stories and suggesting people should try being nice to each other for a change.
    Mevansdude123on April 21, 2015   Link
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    General CommentGlenn mentioned in some interviews about how his songs were "notes to himself", during struggles with depression; it's possible that in private he's not that extroverted - he doesn't want the attention, he considers "fame a a cancer, and ego it's seed". He's tried to avoid the ego part - he just wants his music to mean something to us. Songs beyond "walk on the ocean" for instance are deeply introspective, personal, spiritual.. some are just silly, but wonderful still.
    orbitnon November 11, 2015   Link

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