Kill the first one that escapes
From the basement
A move to try and suffocate
Your replacement
Holding back the hand that shakes
He waits for
He waits for

An open space out on the floor
He waits for
He waits for

Chorus
Effortless - distance yourself from the rest
Effortless - a wishing well that won't confess to
Effortless - distance yourself from the rest
Effortless - a wishing well that won't confess to

Kill the first one that escapes
From the basement
A move to try and suffocate
Your replacement

Holding back the hand that shakes
He waits for
He waits for

An open space out on the floor
He waits for
He waits for

Chorus
Effortless - distance yourself from the rest
Effortless - a wishing well that won't confess to
Effortless - distance yourself from the rest
Effortless - a wishing well that won't confess to


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    General Comment

    i love this song, and this band in general! basically what i get from the song is put yourself in your own category, meaning dont try and be like everyone else, just be your own unique person. if you are a good person, then good things will return to you. like, love, in my case i want a girl....just someone that you can really be around, its not about looks or anything, just....hapiness, because happiness lasts forever

    snowb1sp19on April 04, 2003   Link
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    My Interpretation

    I agree somewhat with the 1st commentator. It sounds to me like there's a struggle to repress an alter-ego. The "basement" is repression. What escapes is the alter-ego, or "replacement." After which, the subject is waiting on the opportunity (an open space) to beat the escapee back into submission. In doing so, the subject is distancing himself from "the rest." I suppose his alter-ego is similar in character to his peers.

    The "wishing well" part is a play on words, I feel. Either an actual wishing well or the sentiment of wishing someone well on their departure. "..that won't confess to.." Wishing wells hold secrets by withholding silent wishes through coin tosses, whereas the sentiment of wishing someone well may hold a secret if it's not intended in some way. Maybe the subject of the song is secretly wishing to be like the rest, yet knows that if he tries to he'd be losing himself. He stops becoming like them, hesitantly pushing them away (wishing them well).

    I think the "effortless" part is supposed to be ironical. The cycle is easier said than done. In the end, I'd say the guy is doing the right thing. Stay yourself, though it's difficult at times.

    Orange Morendoon November 07, 2011   Link

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