"Broken Chairs" as written by Doug Martsch and Uhuru Black....
Broken Chairs your body conforms to
Out beyond the quieted garden
You can bring the man form into trust
Through the holes in my everydayness
Lends sustenance where starvation's necessary
Cause my head's a dictionary
Of long spring days and the speech of crows
Who themselves are mirrors of apprehensions
In the fallen sun

Where starvation's necessary
Cause my head's a dictionary
Of long spring days and the speech of crows
Who themselves are mirrors of apprehensions
In the fallen sun
Who themselves are mirrors of apprehensions
In the fallen sun

Well, alright
You can make it stay
Well, alright
Well, alright
Well, alright
You can make it stay
Well, alright
Alright
Alright
Well, alright
Alright
Alright


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"Broken Chairs" as written by Uhuru Black Doug Martsch

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  • +3
    General CommentI love how this song flows. It's like one really long beautiful musical sentence with whistling for commas.
    loveloveloveron January 02, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentObviously, IMHO:

    'Broken Chairs your body conforms to' refers to less than ideal situations we learn to get comfortable with. The 'quieted garden' also refers to the same phenomenon - the comfort of a pseudo-ideal life, mired in compromises and creature comforts.

    'Lends sustenance when starvation's necessary' is a phenomenon many artists experience. See, a lot of the time, you realize that you can't adequately grow while you're stuck in a comfortable rut - what you need is to be shocked out of your comfort zone. You need 'starvation' - trials and tribulations to help you grow. But you can't, because you comfortable. Broken chairs.

    'Long spring days' refers to a long time spent, in youth, enjoying these comfortable, beautiful experiences - but crows, who are mirrors of apprehension - hearkens to the encroaching fear of death. Is it worth it to escape our comfort to experience more of the world before we die, or is the ultimate goal to be as happy as possible?

    Basically this song encapsulates a common dilemma - do we choose to undertake hardship to grew and become better, or do we settle for our current, comfortable, but less-than-ideal existence? How do we deal with that question in the face of our encroaching mortality?
    Mendrianon September 04, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis is the best built to spill song.
    why am i the first one to say this?!??!?!?
    youngjooon April 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentObviously, IMHO:

    'Broken Chairs your body conforms to' refers to less than ideal situations we learn to get comfortable with. The 'quieted garden' also refers to the same phenomenon - the comfort of a pseudo-ideal life, mired in compromises and creature comforts.

    'Lends sustenance when starvation's necessary' is a phenomenon many artists experience. See, a lot of the time, you realize that you can't adequately grow while you're stuck in a comfortable rut - what you need is to be shocked out of your comfort zone. You need 'starvation' - trials and tribulations to help you grow. But you can't, because you comfortable. Broken chairs.

    'Long spring days' refers to a long time spent, in youth, enjoying these comfortable, beautiful experiences - but crows, who are mirrors of apprehension - hearkens to the encroaching fear of death. Is it worth it to escape our comfort to experience more of the world before we die, or is the ultimate goal to be as happy as possible?

    Basically this song encapsulates a common dilemma - do we choose to undertake hardship to grew and become better, or do we settle for our current, comfortable, but less-than-ideal existence? How do we deal with that question in the face of our encroaching mortality?
    Mendrianon September 04, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think its one of the best, the whistling is awesome
    Bjmjr2on September 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis really is an amazing song, and the perfect choice for the end of an album. I love the version on the live cd, the rawness of the guitars really bring so much emotion into the mix.
    Javanon February 22, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgreat song
    sean7711on April 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm really not sure what this song means, but I've always had the impression that it is about how society can confine and restrict people or even force them into a mold: "Broken Chairs your body conforms to"
    francescoon May 26, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe melody sometimes reminds me of 1 is the loneliest number.
    SweetYardleyon June 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentgoing away from your happy spot / quieted garden, to transform into something unattractive / another broken chair [aka one who has to support so much in everyday life yet still have to keep doing it while you're already useless]. it makes the world look like a cheapskate.
    backwashmyhairon June 16, 2007   Link

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