Wednesday, 7 April 2010

The Perfect Space

I'm just going to write the lyrics here to a song I've been listening to. Once you've read them, try looking the song up so you can listen to it yourself. I'm not really sure what the writer is trying to say here, but it's certainly interestingly put.

I wanna have friends that I can trust
That love me for the man I've become not the man that I was
I wanna have friends that'll let me be
All alone when being alone is all that I need

I wanna fit in to the perfect space
Feel natural and safe in a volatile space
And I wanna grow old without the pain
Give my body back to the earth and not complain

Will you understand when I am too old of a man?
And will you forget when we have paid our debts
Who did we borrow from? Who did we borrow from?

Okay part two now clear the house.
The party's over take the shouting and the people, get out!
I have some business and a promise that I have to hold to
I do not care what you assume or what the people tell you.

Will you understand when I am too old of a man?
And will you forget when we have paid our debts,
Who did we borrow from? Who did we borrow from?

I wanna have pride like my mother has,
And not like the kind in the Bible that turns you bad.
And I wanna have friends that I can trust,
that love me for the man I've become not the man that I was.

So...what is he saying? Like most Avett Brothers songs, there's snatches that we understand, but in my own experience at least, the ultimate meaning of the song is clouded at best. Is he asking for more room? Is it a cry for something different, something more than what he has? Is this desperation and loneliness that prompts his words, or rationally understanding that he really does want to be alone? I've no idea. Interesting song, though. Interesting song.

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