There's rows and rows of houses
With windows painted blue
With the light from a TV
Running parallel to you

But there is no sunken treasure
Rumored to be
Wrapped inside my ribs
In a sea black with ink

I am so
Out of tune
With you

I am so out of tune
With you

If I had a mountain
I'd try to fold it over
If I had a boat (probably roll over)
You know I'd probably roll over (leave it on the shore)

And I leave it on the shore (leave it for somebody)
I'd leave it for somebody
Surely there's somebody
Who needs it more than me

I am so
Out of tune
With you

I am so out of tune
With you

For all the leaves will burn
In autumn fires and then return
For all the fires we burn
All will return

Music is my savior
I was maimed by rock and roll
I was maimed by rock and roll
I was tamed by rock and roll
I got my name from rock and roll

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    General Commenti always think about walking along streets in the middle of the night and i always think about how heartbreaking this song is, "i am so out of tune with you." and the realization that things are definately wrong and there's nothing you really wanna do about it, cause it's love. and you give up all that you got and you go against everything and then there's that light. "music is my savior, i was maimed by rock and roll, i was maimed by rock and roll, i was tamed by rock and roll." that's just such a beautiful picture. that one day all the shit that has gotten you down will one day unravel and become the most loveliest thing.

    but until then.
    xSTELLARxon March 15, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is brilliant ... love how it just crashes, like the ship that suddenly dissapears creating the myth of sunken treasure. Despite the crash, the song just rolls on as if nothing had happened - Wilco plays on. Seems to parallel the meaning of the song - life is unexplainable, filled with many trip-ups that leave you wondering why ... you can't understand it, so you just keep on being and take solace in the little things that keep you going. Like rock and roll and the voyage to discover someone else you are in tune with.
    tubesockson September 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI could of swore he said "i was made by rock and roll" the first time he says it instead of saying the "i was maimed twice in a row"
    72telecasteron June 24, 2005   Link
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    General CommentIf you let the world become complex and deep, it can become overwhelming; however when you find something that makes sense perhaps things start to fall into place...Jeff Tweedy is all about translating beautifully and eloquently thought into moods and feelings, most others do the opposite...
    ray_killeenon February 25, 2009   Link
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    General CommentExhaustion from being lonely... very depressing it can be at night seeing all these things going on in let's say your neighborhood. Your by yourself and are just in pain.. so out of tune with where you live. if you could move forward, it seems very contemplative. Until You meet someone else who you can relate to (who may be going through this same thing) who finally sees someone else (you) with it not being as bad, or better. Out of tune? maybe you cannot help it. So your stuck but the benefit of being lonely is that There can be so many people actively social in any place yet there are a few out there So disconnected. Totally a hard song to describe. Beautiful. Seems to be relief, what a transformation. THANK MUSIC.
    Ahourstoryon July 10, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is about a man who feels he has not value to the world. "...there is no sunken treasure, rumored to be.
    Wrapped inside my ribs in a sea black with ink" would seem to refer to the writers feeling that there is nothing good in him despite all his written words. Is this Jeff speaking of himself? This is a deep, brilliant song.
    tupelodylanon April 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe word tupelo somehow snuck in there, i dunno what happened
    bjmjron May 26, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthe live version of this song Jeff does as a solo act is just so haunting.
    FallSemester_on March 27, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHere's an awesome video of him playing it on his live solo tour. I think this may be from the film "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart."…=
    NorthWriteron October 16, 2006   Link
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    General Commenttop i've always heard "named" instead of "maimed" as well. and this song is brilliant.
    IMissIEmilyon February 08, 2007   Link

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