"Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" as written by and Aaron B. Dessner Matthew D. Berninger....
Leave your home
Change your name
Live alone
Eat your cake

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

Hangin' from chandeliers
Same small world
At your heels

All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love
All the very best of us
String ourselves up for love

Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Though the waters are risin'
Still no surprisin' you
Vanderlyle, crybaby, cry
Man its all been forgiven
Swans are a swimmin'
I'll explain everything to the geeks

I'll explain everything to the geeks
I'll explain everything to the geeks


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"Vanderlyle Crybaby Geeks" as written by Matthew D. Berninger Aaron Dessner

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    General CommentLet's say it's about a boy. He lives a simple life with a group of close friends that you would categorize as "geeks". But as a lot of us secretly think to ourselves, he thought he was better than that, he was better than them. He was too good for that place. He left to lead a grander life, and like a lot of us, he eventually stopped coming back because he thought he's better than that place. And then he realizes that life isn't much different in the outside world. It's really all the same.
    It seems like his life ended up pretty good though and he got what he wanted. But I think he regrets not staying in touch with his friends, because he realizes that he's not all that different from them and he probably feels shameful for thinking that he was.
    Hangin' from chandeliers
    Same small world
    At your heels
    I think this is him saying that even though he chose this path he realizes he's still the same person he was. Things might seem different, but they really aren't.
    All the very best of us
    String ourselves up for love
    Perhaps he realizes that what really makes you a great person isn't the path you choose but choosing love. If Vanderlyle means; from an island, I think it's a way of saying that he is where he comes from and in the end that's what really made him and that's what he'll always carry with him.
    Most likely someone he really cared about in the past died but it could also be him just realizing this, and now he feels guilty for leaving or not being there more. But in the end he chose this path a long time ago and people are not holding it against him anymore.
    It's time for the boy to forgive himself and that's why I think he's telling him "I'll explain everything to the geeks"

    So that's probably not the meaning at all, but that's what it says to me probably because that's something I can really relate to.
    HiddenNorthwormson February 26, 2011   Link

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