"Feeding The Birds And Hoping For Something In Return" as written by Paul Anthony Dempsey, Stephanie Ashworth and Clint Wesley Hyndman....
He sees streets
Waiting for him to decide
Forcing directions on the air, insisting
And he wants to move it up
And he wants to move across
Anything, just anything
In a city that rumbles like an impatient child
He hears everything

And I know the sound of panic
And I know emergency and I know
I've planned it like a battle
But when I'm done shaking I'll be simple

He hears trees
Talking about the wind or something
And he can't remember waking up
So he refuses to believe that he ever was asleep
And he's exhausted
He sits under a tree
Feeding the birds and hoping for something in return

And I hate the silence in here
It's all emergency and I know
I've planned it like a battle
But when I'm done shaking I'll be simple

And he sees the buildings waiting
He sees them tired and leaning on each other
And all the words I had escaped
And all the things I saw lost shape
And I'm forgetting everything faster than I can remember what I'm missing
And I'm missing everything
And I know I've planned it like a battle
But when I'm done shaking I'll be:


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"Feeding the Birds and Hoping for Something in Return" as written by Paul Anthony Dempsey Clint Wesley Hyndman

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    General CommentWell this is my first post on this site. I am probably one of the biggest SFK fans out there (but everyone who really knows them them feels that way i guess). They have a way of touching you with their lyrics and this song is no exception. I think that this is about a man who gives to society and waits for his reward but it never comes. "He sees the buildings waiting. He sees them tired and leaning on eachother." This is a great use of symbolism. I believe it refers to how this man sees the people around him losing spirit and he's done so much and "planned it like a battle" but the bleek reality is that everything comes unstuck in the end.
    coloured_chalkon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti agree with coloured chalk, except on the fact you think you're the biggest s4k fan! yeah basically this is about self pride being the most important thing in one's life. if you do something good you should be the one most proud of yourself. you shouldn't sit around and expect everyone else to be pleased with you, or you could be in the man's position where you're waiting for the impossible.
    irdonnellyon August 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTo me this song seems to be about a personal experience of growing up and becoming confused or lost in the moment. It seems as though the subject of the song has almost left home and has come to a city and is now lost. The moment of being lost in a city with nowhere to go is so overpowering for him "He sees streets Waiting for him to decide ". He doesn't know where to go, or what to say, he's flustered. "And I know the sound of panic
    And I know emergency
    And I know I've planned it like a battle
    But when I'm done shaking I'll be simple ". That part there seems to be emphasising the scariness of being out in a new situation that he's not familiar with. When he's done worrying...everything will be ok, but for the meantime he "And he sees the buildings waiting
    He sees them tired and leaning on each other ", and he is forced to grow up and figure out the confusion of being alone and in a new sitaution.
    ourtimeisfadingon April 19, 2003   Link
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    General Commentam i the only one that didn't think that the lyrics are all elaborate metaphors, and it's literally about a schizophrenic character?
    mistercheechon July 30, 2009   Link

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