Just living on a Sunday morning, got my toast and tea and I'm warm and I
just thought I'd think about. All the things to get and keep getting, never
enough not enough and never ending. I just thought I'd think about. And it
might be...
The comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above could
never parallel the challenge of an acquisition in the here and now.

Parody of yourself in color, giving it to everybody but your mother. You've got much to
think about. Soaring higher with every treason. Never justify, never reason.
You've got much to think about. And it might be...
[The fast part again.]


Lyrics submitted by spliphstar, edited by Iago1604

Here & Now Lyrics as written by Kay Hanley Greg Mckenna

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  • +4
    General Comment

    It's got a nice moral...don't focus on "rising above the sky" or being important...just live for the moment. There's so much crap a person can think about or try to achieve but in the end its only going to keep you from having fun. Live in the here and now.

    Letters to Cleo was amazing. How is Kay Hanley's new band, Ladyapples? I haven't heard them.

    whatslifelikeon October 24, 2004   Link
  • +3
    My Interpretation

    I think this song is about a teenager who is just beginning to think about the meaning of life and living, and all that. I can definitely relate to "parody of yourself in color, giving it to everybody but your mother" - in other words, showing your vivid true self to everyone but your family.

    4sythiaHoagieon March 21, 2014   Link
  • +1
    General Comment

    there's a word missing...after the word "sky" should be the word "above" again. i submitted it, but just in case, b/c i know it's so hard to figure out!

    snozzberryon August 17, 2002   Link
  • +1
    Memory

    my old garage band, we never got our sound when we played out. we got lucky enough to open for letters to cleo. i remember when they did this! the singer blew me away with her intensity.

    great energy pulling off lyrics like this live, not in a studio situation. i was impressed.

    mikal10848on April 25, 2017   Link
  • 0
    Song Meaning

    From an interview with WGBH Boston. Q: Hanley was going through a breakup while writing the record… A: Oh yeah. It was a pretty big breakup.

    Q: … and things that happened in that relationship made their way into the song. A: He always used to tell people that, 'you’re a parody of yourself.' Like that was his ultimate diss that he could give someone. And honestly to this day he's like,'Where are my royalties for that line?' I think he just asked me that again like 2 years ago. And he had a book called The Comfort of Strangers under our coffee table for years. I never read it but the title stood out to me. So that became ‘comfort of knowledge’ and it’s about karma and energy. And the ‘comfort of a knowledge of a rise above the sky above,’ is like you know you’re going to heaven so just do whatever you want while you’re here. It’s a rejection of that idea.

    Q: She believes that your time on earth is finite, and that you should be the best version of yourself while you’re here. A: You should be good while you’re here. You should live the best version of yourself while you’re here as opposed to relying on this huge sky ghost to take care of you later.

    pete116128on December 14, 2019   Link
  • 0
    General Comment

    Based on feeling accumulated from last few songs, now, in here and now, I can feel the lyricist is trying to make peace with time. He is trying to takes things easy and just let time go. But he still has fear of maybe losing that girl forever. But he is trying to accept it.

    aimion August 31, 2022   Link
  • -2
    General Comment

    so much shit to think about..that is what it is about

    hurleychick42069on May 03, 2002   Link

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