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11:11 song meanings
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    General CommentThis song is about a story Andrew Bird read about a boy who's brother, while standing in front of a window drinking a glass of milk, was shot to death. The brother watched as the window shattered, and the glass of milk fell to the floor. He, I imagine, felt entirely helpless as he witnessed the end of his brother's life.

    Somewhat coincidentally, the shattered glass from the window flew through the air, and the shooting claimed yet another life as the glass cut through the rain, and killed a woman who had got in the way of the intentions of the wind.

    This song obviously deals with the idea of fate, and how certain things are completely inescapable and completely unpredictable. Bad things happen, and sometimes there is nothing we can do to prevent them, they just happen by the winds of chance. No one is to really be blamed, save for maybe the will that the wind chose.
    thefiddlehackson July 25, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthey say if you make a wish when you see 11:11 and it can alter your reality. So its kind of like a hold on fate, or mastering it. So I'd say this song title is implying irony.
    GrungyBeatleon March 10, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI didn't listen to this album, and I chose to start listening to it from this song because it's called 11:11 and that's my wishing time during the day...

    So does anyone know why it's called 11:11?
    holy_butterscotchon February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think you answered your own question, butterscotch. And even before you asked it.

    11:11, and any time of day of the sorts (3:33, 5:55, 12:12, etc.) commonly is a "wishing" time, if you believe in that sort of superstition, so it would make sense that a story about fate and unpredictablility is entitled accordingly.

    It's almost as if the odds of a such a situation actually occuring (that is, what fiddlehacks explained) are as whimsical as that symmetry superstition, or perhaps even the intentions of the wind.
    blame_monsteron February 24, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMakes good sense, I just thought it might have had some other significance. Thanks though!
    holy_butterscotchon March 11, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMakes good sense, I just thought it might have had some other significance. Thanks though!
    holy_butterscotchon March 11, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI absolutely love this song! When I first discovered Bird's Bowl of Fire this song was forever on repeat. You can just hear the emotion in his playing but the way his voice travels in this song moves me.
    hennyjenon April 22, 2008   Link

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