There is no heaven and there's no hell
No limbo inbetween -- I think it's all a lie
Just a white light out to velvet black
and back to neutral gray -- that's all when we die

There is no fate that divides our day
no spirits hard at work, no unseen hand at play
people talk like it's a given thing
I dunno what they mean -- nor, I suspect, do they
I guess that's OK

But how do you know I'm not a sentimental man?
is it really so hard to see these things? I guess it is
I really don't know why, I think it's right there
nobody's perfect, but I'm doing what I can
and you best believe I'll keep it real

I'm an old testament kind of guy
I like my coffee black, and my parole denied
even as I flake on every deal
I ever made with myself before the ink could dry
I should keep that one inside...

How do you know I'm not a sentimental man?
is it really so hard to catch that vibe? I guess it is
I couldn't tell you why, I think it's plain to see
certain distaster, and I really couldn't say how the fuck I let this get that far

How do you know I'm not your biggest fan?
Can you really make this case so clear? I think you can't
I don't know why you try, I think it's all a game
I'm under the covers and I'm telling you goodnight
'cos I plan to have some real fine dreams

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    General CommentAs an athiest i understand most of what he's talking about. the whole question of being a sentimental man comes from religious people accusing atheists of being immoral jerk-offs. We have morals just like everybody else, we just make them for ourselves instead of having it all laid out for us. And i think the forth stanza is supposed to be sarcastic, playing on the expectations of religion and flaking on goals you make for yourself, something EVERYONE does. athiests just see the world as it is without adding some crazy element into it to explain things.
    floydeyeon October 04, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is awesome
    man on tvon June 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenthmmm, existential, nihilist, um postmodern ugh........ whateva :P
    perhaps not a good question, but whats the significance of dreams the in Dplan? aspiration or inspiration?
    InfiniteJesteron December 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI've listened to this song almost daily since I got it's a real surprise that I just realized he says 'fuck.' Just proves one can always look deeper...
    apettythiefon June 08, 2006   Link
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    General Commentdo you really hear the part about "catch that vibe" in the penultimate stanza? it sounds to me as if he simply repeats the line "is it really so hard to see these things?"

    and i think that he says "i couldn't tell you why" in both cases, not just the second time

    and in the last stanza it seems as if he is saying "i guess it's all a game"
    wakka7on October 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentalmost sounds like a song modest mouse would do
    that's definitly a good thing
    good stuff
    skimthefaton October 01, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song is beautiful, so relaxing. his voice makes it 10x better, everything goes together so well
    BearsAndBeetson May 01, 2010   Link
  • -1
    General CommentSigh, that was dumb.

    Anyway, I think that the song doesn't really need much analyzing, read the lyrics, they're extremely straight-forward.
    hotexcelsioron March 29, 2008   Link

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