all in all it's just as well
water moves, earth is still
time is slower still
half an hour is 30 days
nothing moves at all this way
hold on, i can wait

life lies burning, i am only just as much as i can make myself
and i lie burning, life is only just a part of it
i can't help myself

all in all it's just the sun
catch the wind, hold it down
cold when evening comes
all in all it's just as well
catch the river, make it still
water turns the mill

life lies burning, i am only just as much as i can help myself
and i lie burning, life is only just a part of it
i can't help myself

all in all it's just as well
water moves and earth is still
time is slower still
half an hour is 30 days
nothing moves all this way
hold on, i can wait

but i can't wait
i can't wait
i can't help myself


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    Got me on what this means…but it's really a beautiful song.

    lildee293on September 20, 2014   Link
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    I love the way this song sounds. I'm not sure of the meaning, but it sounds like he's waiting for something and time feels like it's going by very slowly. And even though he's having a hard time taking the waiting, the tells himself that he can wait until the end of the song ("But I can't wait"). But what's he waiting for?

    Bravuraon August 31, 2005   Link
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    it sounds depression, but i think he's waiting for death......maybe....the main reason is the line "life is only just a part of it" and "i lie burning"......the title of the song as well. all and all seems like he's looking at things as a whole, the whole picture. just the sun, catch the wind, catch the river, almost like he's saying get a handle on life....water turns the mill i think refers to cycle of life....so it's definitely about life as whole......i think he's waiting for life to be over. i know this analysis is somewhat disjointed.....

    mantoothon June 22, 2007   Link
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    It means his life is going nowhere and is basically "burning away". Compare this song's lyrics to Pink Floyd's Time and you will see the theme seems to be pretty much identical.

    What the writer of the lyrics (Glen Phillips) may be waiting for is "someone or something to show him the way", but as he states in the lyrics: "I am only just as much as I can make myself". So he needs to be able to help himself, but the lyrics state that he can't help himself.

    So to me the song seems very clearly about struggling to find meaning or direction in life, and the waiting is about waiting for something to happen rather than going out and actually making it happen.

    Teabeardon September 16, 2009   Link

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