Though I am grown,
I am living like a child now.
I wish, I want:
Giving myself everything
Fearing the release,
Keeping the peace

Say, for instance,
I pay money for an object
Sight unseen,
How is it that it speaks for me,
Borrowed never earned,
In debt from birth

Fill the days at any cost and spent your earnings,
Ease the losses

We were wealth and we were money,
Of the world and needing nothing

Lyrics submitted by Justus0

We Were Wealth Lyrics as written by Jennifer Lynn Wasner

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    this is my interpretation. can anyone fill in the blanks?
    Justus0on June 28, 2011   Link
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    General Comment
    i know nothing definitively here, but i just have a couple suggestions... it sounds like she might be saying "FEELING the release," as opposed to "FEARING" it, but i'm not sure. say, for instance i pay money for AN OBJECT sight unseen how is it that it speaks for me poor --- (i don't know what she's saying here... but it sounds like it ends with "never owed") INSTEAD OF: feel the days end and we close down I HEAR: fill/feel the days at any cost i'd and then rather than "if we run or fly," i hear "cause we were wealth and" i know it's a far stretch... :)
    TheWrongGirlon July 24, 2011   Link
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    General Comment
    sorry, meant for that to be a reply to Justus0
    TheWrongGirlon July 24, 2011   Link
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    General Comment
    i've re-interpreted... who knows how many times i will do this with these songs? this is my favorite on the album, though. though i am grown i'm living like a child now i wish, i want giving myself everything fearing the release keeping the peace say, for instance i pay money for an object sight unseen how is it that it speaks for me --- i'll never own/or never owed indifferently (i'm fairly certain this isn't what she's saying here, but if i pretend i can almost pull it off) feel/fill the days at any cost i'd spend you'll/your own and we shall all see (?) 'cause we were wealth and we were running/lonely i'll fly home and we will go free we will go free we will go free we will go free we will go free
    TheWrongGirlon July 29, 2011   Link
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    lyrics updated above according to Wye Oak.
    Justus0on August 29, 2011   Link
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    My Interpretation
    "though I am grown, I am living like a child now." grown person living without worries or stresses (I'd assume on account of the distraction of a great love) "i wish, i want: giving myself everything, fearing the release, keeping the peace" letting herself go within the love- giving her whole heart, "keeping peace" to avoid confrontation which may lead to "the release" (/breakup) "say, for instance I pay money for an object; sight unseen, how is it that it speaks for me" if I buy something with money, I do not experience it as I experience real life/love. With love, I have senses. Without, I am blind (sight unseen). How does having something so meaningless (in comparison) help me? ...don't know the lyrics here... "feel the days at any cost" how much the camping trip/concert/afternoon lunch costs is an absurd thing to worry about when it's to spend time with your lover. just do lots of things with them. "spend your own and we shall all see" as I am spending all my energy/devotion on you, spend all yours on me. maybe we will last/work out. "cuz we were wealth and we were money" separately, we were both totally equipped (emotionally/mentally) for a big, devoted love "I'll fly home and we will go free" even when we are separate/alone, we'll still be like children [mentioned in the first line- carefree] It's about the change in perspective love brings about. How "worldly" matters suddenly seem superfluous with a new lover. It's about wanting love for no one's sake but your own. For stability, comfort, joy, warmth...
    ohterraon July 21, 2012   Link

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