Lyric discussion by ishmaelDust 

Ok, let's get one thing straight real quick. A swami is a hindu religious teacher, similar to a guru. Anyway, I think this song is about how many holy men are to removed from baseline humanity to actually connect with god properly. In a way, Ed's saying they are too prudent to actually immerse themselves in God, where as many desperate people have no problem with that. The dirge indicates a loss, probably of a brother, which would make whoever this song's point of view from somone who is willing to immerse themselves in God.

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