"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 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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