"Lump Sum" as written by and Justin Deyarmond Edison Vernon....
Sold my cold knot
A heavy stone
Sold my red horse for a venture home
To vanish on the bow
Settling slow

Fit it all, fit it in the doldrums
(Or so the story goes)
Color the era
Film it's historical

My mile could not
Pump the plumb
In my arbor 'till my ardor
Trumped every inner inertia
Lump sum

All at once
Rushing from the sub-pump
(Or so the story goes)
Balance we won't know
We will see when it gets warm

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    General CommentOkay, I think I've got all the metaphors down. And there's a lot but the song means so much more when you know them (posting in reply)
    Tarvoson April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about his retreat he took to his cabin in Wisconsin when he wrote this album. He's talking about how he traded his every day life for the life of living by himself in a cabin (Lump Sum: Refers to taxes, A settlement option where the beneficiary receives the entire proceeds of a policy at once rather than in installments)
    . I think the metaphors are a bit broad and tricky to know exactly what he means but he hopes to find his home by "trading his red horse".
    Justin said he wanted to "hibernate". The ending line "We will see when it gets warm" is sort of like "we'll see if this was a good idea or not after Winter, when I go back home".
    Coowon August 03, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think "cold knot" and "heavy stone" refers to an engagement ring. Thoughts?
    Tarvoson January 05, 2011   Link
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    General CommentWhen my worries seem to drown me under water, this song keeps my head afloat.
    RougeWoeon July 31, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI definitely don't understand all the lines, but it seems to be about shedding off his ties to his present situation and putting then setting out into an unknown future for himself.

    his ardor to leave overcomes his inner inertia, a lump sum of forces (or a net sum) that leads him to decide to leave after weighing all the options.
    Silver195on February 28, 2008   Link
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    General CommentHe stated in an interview that this was his first song he wrote, when he just arrived at the cabin. I think the lyrics are more or less a collection of moments on his way there. First he had to sell some stuff or so, to get the money to survive for three months. (sold my red horse for a venture home) Also the lines : all at once, rushing from the sub-pump, can be taken quiet literaly. Rushing from the pump as he fills up his pickup or sth and then he nicely finishes it of with : We will see when it gets warm...so as I said, leaving from home to his cabin, not knowing what to expect or when it will get better
    BraveNewWordon October 19, 2008   Link
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    General CommentWas one of my least favorite songs on the album...mainly because I couldn't understand what he was saying/all the metaphors seemed to heavy to decipher. It took a lot of looking up words in the dictionary (ahh embarrassing!) for me to truly "understand" what he was trying to say.

    After all of my head work and word/metaphor searching, this song is now one of my favorite songs on the album!

    Initially, I believed the whole album to be a long narrative; the songs were purposefully in the order they were because he was telling a chronological story. I NO LONGER BELIEVE THAT...and understanding this song/learning from BraveNewWorld that this was the first song he wrote it now makes much more sense!

    "Sold my cold knot
    A heavy stone"
    ...I think he is referring to his getting rid of a complicated problem that was weighing him down for far too long.

    "In my arbor 'till my ardor
    Trumped every inner inertia"
    ...this is such an optimistic thing for him to say - really beautiful. Essentially he is showing his devotion to "recovering" from the mess he found himself to be in. He's looking at the cabin as his only option to overcome his heartache.

    "Balance we won't know
    We will see when it gets warm"
    ...Yes, this is very literal. The first line suggests that he's taking a chance because he can't live the way he is living and he's sick of the "coulda, shoulda, woulda" lifestyle he's living. The last line (the literal one) is him being hopeful the by the end of his journey (when winter/the cold is over) he will become liberated.
    lyrics01on December 19, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti agree, the music also reflects the shift from the inner inertia to the venture home
    wimplucyon May 10, 2008   Link
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    General Commentwell put Silver. his ardor finally forces him to fight what tells him is comfortable (his inner inertia) and to begin changing things. at one point this was my least favorite song on the album...i don't really know why. i love it..maybe the most of any of the songs.
    YouKnowStuffon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti always thought that

    Rushing from the sub-pump

    motion from the sub-con.
    Dragicon July 28, 2008   Link

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