"Everything Is" as written by and Jeff Mangum....
Growing sleepy as the rain falls
As children draped in flowers form a chain
They sing a song with jelly jars and bird calls
As night falls into dust and it's day again

I'm not afraid of a love parade in my daydream
Old men with kazoos and beating drums
But I awake and I see the streets are ice cream
It's just you and me and oh dear, our life has just begun

Everything is beautiful here
It's spinning circles around my ears
I'm finally breaking free from fear
And it's fading

Oh beautiful smiles, won't you stay awhile
We could close the door and sleep all day
It's a September sky with pretty pictures in my mind
That's lost its feeling of so afraid

Everything is beautiful here
It's spinning circles around my ears
I'm finally breaking free from fear
And it's fading

Grown sleepy now as the rain falls
As children draped in flowers form a chain
They sing a song with jelly jars and bird calls
As night falls into dust and it's day again

Everything is beautiful here
It's spinning circles around my ears
I'm finally breaking free from fear
And it's fading


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"Everything Is" as written by Jeff Mangum

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    General CommentThis song seems like it\'s describing that state right as your falling alseep or just waking up and your mind is free to browse your subconcious while you\'re still wake enough to know what\'s going on.

    If that makes sense to anyone. o_o
    somethingvelveton April 22, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think that this song is about death- it's all ending and he's letting go and entering something new.
    sheionizeson April 27, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm really superised no one has commented on this one yet. It's such a happy song, happy on it's own, but extraordinarly happy for a Jeff Mangum song. The only one issue is the it's fading line. Is the newfound joy and strength fading? or the fear? It's a choice the listener has to make.
    Theosepiphaneson April 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love the careless feeling of this song. It's one of the best feelings in the world. I'm pretty sure the line about fading is about falling asleep.
    lost businesson May 21, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"everything is beautiful here" its a dream about perfection or peacefulness. "and its fading" means that he is waking from the day dream and he realizes that it wasnt real to begin with.
    tuesday rain cloudson July 21, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song makes me smile. It's so happy compared to most everything else Jeff Mangum does. Its just got that relaxed, content feel to it.

    I love it.
    cara_donnaon January 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI think the line 'it's fading' is in refence to fear. The line right befre it is about fear so it's logical to assueme that. Then again this is NMH, so logic doesn't really need to apply if he doesn't want it to. But everything else here is about being happy, night falling into dust and its day again, etc.

    I do however, think it's odd that on the 1993 demo, not the EP, this song is followed by an early version of April 8th, cos that songs so depressing and everything is is very happy.
    alveydc208on January 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it envolves not being able to break an addiction of some sort. I don't think this song is happy at all, maybe one of the saddest.
    illithidson June 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGrown sleepy now as the rain falls

    the second time he says something different
    something about canals
    NMHKirbyon July 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think that it's about constantly looking for perfection and beauty, almost grasping it, and then losing it. A very constant, familiar feeling, having a perfect dream and then trying to fight waking up from it, the dream fading.

    It's a very human emotion (in a very honest, human song), the constant pursuit of happiness without ever truly attaining it...it sounds like a very upbeat, happy song so I guess it's trying to say it's worth the never-ending chasing to have those short moments where "It's just you and me and, oh dear, our life has just begun."
    ABookOnAShelfon December 20, 2007   Link

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