Could we do it again
If he asked how it felt
And I didn't say this time
You tried to scare me with empty thoughts
That means not a thing
'Cause I'm down behind you
Could we swing it again
If I changed how he looked
And turned to the right to bend
You live with something that I can't explain
But your face cracks a smile when you see it shining

You feel things in your own way
And I'm supposed to lay down and bow to you
I'm tired of bailing hay for something that I can't see
I don't want to be you
You don't want to be me.
Just let it breathe

If the moon goes up tomorrow and I'm down on a farm
And you don't believe whose writing with me
Keep your hands to yourself
Keep your mind to yourself
Keep your breath to yourself
Let me float on by you

You see things in your own way
And I'm supposed to lay down and bow to you
I'm tired of bailing hay for something that I can't see
You don't want to be me
I don't want to be you

It's so very necessary
It's so delectable to see a stone
It's so impossible to find a reason
When you're standing there
Watching me now

Could we live it again
If we dressed just the same
And held on to lovers when
We couldn't really live with anyone
See mostly ourselves so just go on lying

You feel things in your own way
And I'm supposed to lay down and bow to you
I'm tired of bailing hay for someone that I can't see
I don't want to be you
You don't want to be me
Just let it breathe
Let it breathe

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    General Comment

    no comments for this song? I think its beautiful. what's it about? hell if i know...i always felt like it was possibly about forced labor or a parent-child relationship or someone resisting organized religion.

    summerteeth99on January 18, 2010   Link
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    Song Meaning

    I always pictured a relationship that doesn't work out between a farmhand and the owner's daughter...

    evangeline83on August 06, 2011   Link
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    General Comment

    this song is totally about someone ( a guy ) who messed up once or many times before, and he finally realizes he messed up and wants her back, but they both have to take their time to build up what the once had . "Could we swing it again If I changed how he looked And turned to the right to bend You live with something that I can’t explain But your face cracks a smile when you see it shining" , he know that he needs to change for good to win her back, and she knows they still have something special but they have to take it slow this time(she's afraid she will get hurt again) ... LET IT BREATHE

    stranger86on May 17, 2012   Link
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    My Interpretation

    My initial thoughts are that this song is about two people who were once together and are now apart. The singer is considering getting back together ("could we do it again", "could we swing it again") but during their relationship they had problems ("I don't want to be you, you don't want to be me") and it lead them to their current state of being apart. The singer is questioning if their relationship was fatally flawed and if they get back together wouldn’t it just me more of the same flawed relationship ("could we live it again if we dressed the same and held on to lovers when we couldn’t… live with anyone?”) Yet there are strong feelings of wanting/needing/desiring to get back together driven perhaps by compulsion, lingering feelings, proximity. (“it’s so very necessary…when you’re standing there”). He feels the need to try because it’s sitting right there and there’s no sense of closure, so he wants to try again and turn over every stone to make it work (“it so delectable to see a stone”). Once you’re out of a relationship your mind can tend to wander back to the good times and you ignore why you broke up. I imagine that’s what the singer is feeling. (“it’s so impossible to find a reason”) He knows his love is unrequited (“you feel things in your own way”). He asks himself if he should be feeling love if it’s ummatched (“I’m supposed to lay down and bow to you”). He’s frustrated by feeling this way (“I’m tired of bailing hay for someone that I can’t see”). The person he can’t see is the person who once loved him back. He doesn’t want to stop loving her (“I don’t want to be you”) but she doesn’t want to love him back (“you don’t want to be me”)
    Ultimately though he comes to the conclusion that he need time and space from the relationship. (“let it breathe”). The repetition of that statement is a self-delivered reminder to the singer. It mirrors that mind of a man who feels unrequited love, that space and time are necessary because the heart heals slowly.

    mathew1015on February 22, 2017   Link

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