The air is warm
I hear the wind and the trees
I know I'm there, but I'll never be
The wind is soft tonight, the tide is low
And I know the way
(I never felt better now)

Sometimes life, it moves too slow
Slows to a crawl, and then the poetry is lost
And without speed, hope becomes certainty
And for once I'm certain
(I never felt better now)

A garden is it's own perfect world
Where everything has a place
Every leaf, every stone, every speck of dirt
But where's my place?
I even tried to get arrested today
But everyone looked the other way
I count the hours, and I count the days
But for once I'm certain

Don't want your help
Don't need your help
Don't want your help
Don't need your help
Helpless

You found a way to make me say
Help me please someone

The water's clear
I see that it's full of dimes
For every wish, I wonder why
Why all I want is something beautiful
A place to rest
(I never felt better now)


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    General CommentI think this song is about someone that doesn't feel like they belong in the world. "I know I'm there but will never be"...."wheres my place?" "everyone looked the other way"...someone that lives their life not being noticed and just wants to get out (suicide? ) "a place to rest" and is calling for help as they are struggling to keep living and don't want to wait for death to come....
    SoSavon September 23, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYeah, definitely the death connotation there (like much of the album). Maybe it's an old person ('sometimes life moves too slow') who is alone, has lost a social sense of belonging and is looking forward to death.
    GotMeNowon July 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think this song is about a ghost who is just realizing he's dead.
    npcon December 08, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most underrated FNM songs...ghost is a good one. Maybe it's just more about those who are about to die and can't do anything about it. Possibly depression too.
    stanley888on April 11, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMaybe it is about having time to reflect in one's old age. I never thought of it like that before.

    This is my most favourite FNM song. Just beautiful.
    735513on August 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt's just about a lonely depressed person who feels out of this world and needs a help from anyone but just can't get it because of the depression.
    Crotofagoon June 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it is about a frog in a garden screaming for help and he's getting frustrated because nobody can hear him. It is a very sad song, really.
    colloquialismon September 26, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentVery underrated song...one of the highlights of Album of the Year.
    oldboy09on March 06, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah the song is really about depression. notice the lyric that he tried to get arrested, but no one noticed. and how he "counts the days."
    epicmikenomoreon August 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationA few days ago while listening this great record again, I suddenly thought it could be about a tramp. The more I read the lyrics, the more it makes sense.

    "I know I'm there, but I'll never be" ...for other people who ignore him
    "Sometimes life, it moves too slow"
    "Where's my place ?"
    "I even tried to get arrested today, but everyone looked the other way" makes me think about a drunk one who's yelling after everyone passing.
    "Don't want your help" just like people in the streets who don't want pity from relief agencies.

    And of course he doesn't understand why there's dimes in the water because it would be helpful for him.
    axlesaxon April 06, 2011   Link

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