I guess what concerns me the most
We're getting any younger so we like to boast
Are the cracks and fissures splintering our lovely lives
Our acceptance of the shiny brand-new kitchen knives
So I have decided not to live that way

I still behave in public
And I don't confuse the night with day
And I'm better off please don't say
We know you'll never live without
You have no way to keep it out
I pray that I'll be saved

Before too long
Another two or three days
And I'll get it wrong
A patch of thistle
Measuring our early grave
With waxy gleam
We stroll along the colonnade
And I have decided not to live that way

I still behave in public
And I don't confuse the night with day
And I'm better off please don't say
We know you'll never live without
You have no way to keep it out
I did just what they told me
I'm just trying to make my way
I did just what they told me.


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    General CommentI've heard this song many times and I've come to think it's about someone hearing voices in their head. "I did just what they told me ".
    The voices told them to kill themselves. "1.acceptance of the shiny brand-new kitchen knives. 2. I pray that I'll be saved before too long. 3. Measuring our early grave 4. And I have decided not to live that way"

    "I still behave in public
    And I don't confuse the night with day
    And I'm better off please don't say"


    I think that part is the person explaining to the voices that he's not that crazy, and their reply being

    "We know you'll never live without
    You have no way to keep it out"

    But that is jsut a theory.
    Jezebelle_Beauon July 16, 2005   Link

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