He tried to escape once in a balloon.
He tried to escape once in a balloon.
On the foggiest day he decided not to stay.
The ground below held his life not long ago.
And through the fog the ground, it disappeared.

He felt he had made it and starts to come down.
A crowd of people that followed were cheering loud.
But then something went wrong and he couldn't get back anywhere.
And then he landed just inside the gates. the ??carried him away.

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He Tried to Escape Lyrics as written by Eric Pulido Eric Nichelson

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    General Commentit's "held his wife not long ago"
    "the monocle men carried him away"
    amestheamazingon December 08, 2005   Link
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    General Commentwhenever i hear this album i think of the big brother scenario. this is a world where all sorts of things are outlawed or taken away ("kingfish pies") to give those in charge more control. consequently, the authorities also do anything they can to prevent people from escaping (that is, taking away certain modes of transport such as balloons in "balloon maker"). this song is the conclusion/response to that. the subject of "balloon maker" finally decides he's had enough and tries to escape. and although he gets caught, you still get the sense that it was worth the effort after a "life" lived not being able to do the things he once loved to do (be with his wife, make balloons etc). anyway, this is my gross oversimplication of a lovely concept album.
    pfinarffleon April 16, 2007   Link
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    General Commentits "he couldn't get back >in the air
    gkaramon May 02, 2007   Link
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    General CommentWith gkaram and amestheamazings corrections:

    he tried to escape once in a balloon
    he tried to escape once in a balloon
    on the foggiest day he decided not to stay
    the ground below held his wife not long ago
    and through the fog the ground it disappeared

    he felt he had made it and starts to come down
    a crowd of people that followed were cheering loud
    and then something went wrong and he couldn't get back in the air
    and when he landed just inside the gates the monocle men carried him away
    IHaveReadTheBookleton December 28, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThe whole album presents a singular world where the government (monocle men) has absolute control. They control the labor (Kingfish Pies), brainwashing through superstition and ceremonies/parades (Some of Them Were Superstitious) (Anabel), and imposing outrageous laws that limit freedoms and escape from their society. This song presents a tragic story of a man described in the previous track (Balloon Maker) who has nothing left when the monocle men outlaw all balloons. He was already an outcast and discussed with his only friend that there might be more people like them somewhere outside of their society. Ironically, there seems to be more people who resent the government than he thought, as the song portrays a crowd of people following his progress and cheering at the prospect of escaping. The song implies that his wife died recently, and it's reasonable to assume that's what pushed him over the edge. The only flaw in his plan was that he picked a foggy day to try to escape, and he misjudged the distance he had traveled. He thought he had gone far enough and started to descend, but by the time he realized his mistake "something went wrong" and he couldn't stop the descent. He landed just inside the gate, where the monocle men were waiting for him and carried him away, likely to death or imprisonment.
    Razamatazzon April 11, 2013   Link

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