"Slowly (Oh So Slowly)" as written by Conor Oberst and Nate Walcott....
Potential, well you're a loaded line
The veil between the world and the faceless bride
There's nothing yet but a bunch of white
Potential, well you're a loaded line

Tomorrow, well I'll wait for you
Laying right here floating in this swimming pool
There's a lot of things I got left to do
Oh tomorrow, well I'll wait for you

The days keep slipping down into the cracks
It takes a while to realize where you're at

Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, it's slowly ending

Dementia, you better treat me good
The human race is in its second childhood
I never learned but I understood
Oh dementia, you better treat me good

Sometimes I need a place to go
Classical music plays from my radio
I sit real still, let my shadow grow
Yeah, sometimes I need a place to go

My mind keeps slipping back into the past
I hope someday that I can get it back

Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, it's slowly ending

Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, it's slowly ending

And soon that train is gonna pull away
I hear it whistlin'
I try to wave at a glowing face
That can't tell who I am

Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, so slowly
Slowly, it's slowly ending




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"Slowly (Oh So Slowly)" as written by Nathaniel Walcott Conor M Oberst

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    General CommentDoes it seem to anyone other than me that "loaded line" and his reference to "white" may be some obscure reference to cocaine? That was what first occurred to me when listening to it. I'm still trying to work out why he would use that reference for potential *shrug*

    All in all I think the song is mostly about allowing life to pass you by, waiting for tomorrow to do all the things you have left to do and continously putting if off until all the days have slipped away and you are dying. The reference to dementia seems to be referring to the growing older.


    By saying "My mind keeps slipping back into the past
    I hope someday I can get it back"
    I think he may be saying that he finally realizes all the opportunities he let slip by and he wishes he could reverse the clock and go back to do all those things.


    And the last verse about the train pulling away is most definitely a reference to death.


    It makes sense that this song would be about missed chances and life ending. With Conor's struggles with family, depression and drugs and alcohol it is no wonder that he may have regrets about missing out on certain things in life...
    shironoon July 19, 2009   Link

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