in walked a man in the shape of a man
holding a hat-shaped hat
and he held up two fingers and said "how many fingers?"
and i said, "peace man, that's where it's at."
i said, you are what you do in order to
prevent becoming what you're busy not doing
and if you do do it truly
and you arrive at it newly
then in the end you are absolved
and the problem of heaven is solved
and the man broke into a smile
like he was breaking into song
and he was broken and smiling and I was singing along
and we completely agree about most things
'til the sun set sweetly like it does in those paintings
the ones they hang in the hotel rooms
the ones they bolt to the walls
as if anyone would want to steal them at all
and we talked like children without breathing
until i stopped this lady as she was leaving
and i said, excuse me
but do you know what time it would be
if we were on mars?
and she held up her hand
like a crossing guard stopping the cars
and she said
five in the morning
in walked a man in the shape of a man holding a hat-shaped hat

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    kindof seems drug-induced, in an imaginative way... like her own secret fantasy that no one can enter, and these people are all parts of her being

    regardemylasheskgmon May 28, 2004   Link
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    This is a great song... I love it (lol, see the username?)... I don't think this is what Ani meant... it's too obscure... but "hat shaped hat" reminds me of the expression "that hat doesn't fit my head", and to me, it's a reference to that.

    hatshapedhatton April 06, 2005   Link
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    i think the phrases "hat shaped hat" and "man in the shape of a man" are all calling things out that aren't really what you think they are, or that can be interpreted in different ways, for instance when the man holds up two fingers and says "how many fingers?", referring to number, ani replies "peace man, thats where its at" transforming it into a symbol rather than a quantity. over all another fantastic groove set by the wonderful little folk singer.

    folkitupon December 31, 2006   Link
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    Ooh, nice take, folkitup!

    I still have no idea what this song is about. Especially the chorus ("you are what you do...the problem of heaven is solved").

    Saynaon July 13, 2008   Link

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