Hey Timothy
I wish for clairvoyance
I wanna see my wife and kids
And how I will live and how I will die
(Son you should!)

It's out of fright
It's self-absorption
I wanna learn from my mistakes
Before they can scare me away from the drugs
(Son you should!)

I picture a man who misses his father
He never learned to cook for himself
And spends all his time on his waistline
(Son you should invest!)

I picture a man who lives in the past
He keeps a book of photographs
Of his younger self, clairvoyant self
(Son you should invest!)

Lyrics submitted by khron

Many Lives -> 49 MP song meanings
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    General CommentThis is a song about someone looking forward to the future, and finding out that their future self obsesses over the past. Basically, live for the moment. Simple and to the point, but I think Owen Pallett does it well.
    GentlemanSkeletonon January 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentTimothy refers to Tim, the most fundemental wizard type in Dungeons & Dragons (I think, not an expert; I think they have something to do with claire-voyance the school of magic this song is written about). It was the first song written for the labum so he started it with a literal reference.
    Claire-voyanceon April 19, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI'm not sure where to begin on what this song could be about, but I just want to say that it moves me in a way that no song ever has before. It gives me chills every time I hear it. It is, by far, my favorite song by Owen.
    indiethoughton August 16, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is about School of Magic number 5, Divination.
    noseovertail711on September 05, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOoh. I like this song, I love the strings in this piece, and quiet, sometimes urgency of Owen's words, and the "mob shout of Son you should!)...hey noseovertail711, what's all this about School of Magic - you've mentioned it a couple times, do you mind explaining? Thnx
    Lost the Ploton October 07, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBeautiful song. The way violin sings in this song, it sounds so tangible. Makes my emotions feel vulnerable... can't describe it.
    mercion October 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry I'm a little late on explaining...

    He Poos Clouds is a concept album based on the eight schools of magic in Dungeons and Dragons (I don't remember all their names, you can find them elsewhere... probably wikipedia), plus two songs (--> and The Pooka Sings) to round out the album. Owen frequently introduces this song when he plays live as "School of magic number 5: divination."
    noseovertail711on December 23, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAmazingly beautiful. He'll make you cry if you see him live.
    ilisajasmineon November 07, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwho is "Timothy"?
    sam99fosteron February 12, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat, cheers. Sounds plausible.
    sam99fosteron April 29, 2008   Link

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