I'll not contain you. I won't look for you in my room.
Through lengthy talks I'll not contain you.
Through climbing arms I'll reach my loft.
Through rotting skin I'll leave my coffin.
Through calloused work I will grow soft.
My eyes narrow on a light.
A blurry place where we hotly radiate.
Things are not concrete there and we vastly glide
and to get there I'll not contain you.
To get there I'll not contain you.

Lyrics submitted by fridgebuzz, edited by itsmecaitlind

I'll Not Contain You song meanings
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    My Interpretationi see the "blurry place" as the blissful state of being deeply in love where life seems purposeful and complete, and the speaker seems to want desperately to "get there"
    "my eyes narrow on a light" it seems is a beautiful way of describing the inward focus on the prospect of a perfect love. The light already exists in nature and it catches the speakers eye.

    the speaker would like to reach out and embrace it, but since women are such whores, the speaker knows his love prospect won't love him back unless he makes sure she knows he won't "contain" her. ya just kidding, but there does seem to be a mismatch between "I'll not contain you" and the rest of the verses. the lines toward the beginning that start with "through" all describe the completion of a transformation, or a cause and effect relationship. "i'll not contain you", rather, is the opposite of a transformation, or the lack of one. its understood that the person who the song is addressed to does not want to be contained, through lengthy talks or otherwise, and the speaker doesn't want to contain her either because it risks ruining their opportunity to have a vast love glide u know?

    nature imagery is linked with the perfectness of being compelled by love to make self sacrifice for the ultimate feeling of being connected to someone with full and equal love.
    biscuitwomanon April 26, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhaaaaaaa????????????
    How can one explain..
    slinkstersarson August 15, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwhat the fuck this song is so beautiful and gentle and meaningful and HOW CAN YOU PEOPLE LIVE WITH YOURSELF ONE COMMENT?!

    oh right i'm the delusional one who thinks phil elverum is speaking directly to him i forgot
    HyperGlitteron September 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe guitars sound like they are flying around me :)
    brickoon December 14, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentreally really great
    brucepontowon September 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmusically and lyrically, great song
    BigBlackCloudon October 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationNot to use the tired old "it's about a past relationship" bit, but I think Phil Elvrum is talking about a person that he had been with that he didn't want to tie down or "contain." It seems like he didn't want to bolt someone down into a serious relationship, and through "lengthy talks" have decided to be apart.

    Yet, each night when he goes to bed ("through climbing arms i'll reach my loft"). sadly shuffles out of his house("through rotting skin i'll leave my coffin"). or goes to work ("through calloused work"), he loses a part of himself without that person in his life (i will grow soft).

    Despite his decision, he still dreams about being with that person (my eyes narrow towards a light/a place where we hotly radiate), even if it's an unrealistic fantasy ("things aren't concrete there").
    i'll not contain you
    deapokidon January 25, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthe song and lyrics blend together perfectly, forming an idea in my head... gentle smiles and happiness choose
    krollisasexyhoeon January 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis whole album flows. think about it.
    jhr129on June 26, 2011   Link

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