Return to my own vomit like a dog
Rhymes and giggles muffle the dialogue
Carve my initials in a tree I will never leave
Maybe one day I'll be royalty

Kingdom
Kindergarten
Born late
Will I graduate

Drinking fountains are shorter than they used to be
The swings on the playground don't even fit me anymore
Folklore: Nobody's supposed to believe in the next grade
WRITE IT A HUNDRED TIMES

Kingdom
Kindergarten
Waiting
Bells not ringing

Everthing got quiet suddenly; no dolby
The theatre is empty
Film is flapping on the side of the projector
The reel is over
Banished with my sticky shoes and stinging eyes
I'M WALKING OUTSIDE

Kingdom
Kindergarten
Born late
Will I graduate

Held back again


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    General CommentI think this song is about a type of person who always lives in the past. They can't grow emotionally because they are so attached to the past and is afraid to 'grow up'.

    "Return to my own vomit like a dog"
    The "vomit" is a metaphor of the past.

    "Maybe one day I'll be royalty"
    As children, we see adults as authority figures. They are at the top of the hierarchy in families. This line suggests that the subject is pondering if he/she will ever grow up.

    "Carve my initials in a tree I will never leave."
    Seems like this person is certain they will never leave the past behind and continue to live in it.

    "Drinking fountains are shorter than they used to be,
    The swings on the playground don't even fit me anymore."
    This is a sign that the person is growing physically and biologically, but still the same age mentally.

    "Held Back Again"
    They can't seem to break free from the past.

    "Will I graduate?"
    They are wondering if they'll ever break away from the past.

    "Everthing got quiet suddenly; no dolby
    The theatre is empty
    Film is flapping on the side of the projector
    The reel is over
    Banished with my sticky shoes and stinging eyes
    I'M WALKING OUTSIDE"

    This is the realization that things will never be how they were in the past and the person should just finally move on.

    MrTragedyon October 12, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think it means how easy kindergarten is and then how fucked up high scholl is
    Grundgeron December 28, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentClass
    Wilbon July 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah, but why are the drinking fountains shorter than they used to be?
    nimrod123on December 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm with the whole not being able to get over the past theory. A+
    pikkion January 30, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentDrinking fountains are shorter than they used to be because he keeps failing. He's growing up, but nothing's growing with him. The "no escapey past" is a nice interpretation, but I think I'll keep just jamming out to a stupid kid.
    Blind Opiuson February 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNo matter how you try to deny something, it's still there... for example : if I close my eyes, then they won't see me - it's a typical reasoning in these situations. There are far more complicated things than this one can believe or refuse to accept as an axiom. By realizing where to put a line between childlish headbumping and having will & faith makes one "graduate".
    And yeah, this is also one hell of a tune...
    Mr.TreeUpsidedownon July 18, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Comment yeah, but why are the drinking fountains shorter than they used to be?

    Uh, because our dear protagonist is growing up?
    drjayphdon December 04, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about a relationship where he keeps trying but it goes nowhere and is held back again
    necrophageon August 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about going back to a school many years later and seeing how differently things look from your older perspective. Really, it could be about revisiting any really old memories from new eyes.
    LostInMemoryXon September 02, 2006   Link

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