Stuck | Reviewer: Josette | 4/22/13
I imagine the speaker to be in a loveless lifeless point in life, using fate to justify why his life is in a rut. He feels much better about his situation by saying that's where he ultimately belongs. He uses some examples that help his point that an external locus of control is a good thing. However, some fallacies in his logic slip in. He ignores those though. Some things need to be moved or move on, but it's easier to say they belong there instead of making an effort to create change.
Christian | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/16/10
A lot of people are claiming that this song is about the writer wanting to make a change but I disagree. I think he isn't mentioning making a change at all. I think he wants people to understand the workings of the world, just as we should, and realize that we all have a purpose. He only wants to tell us that we all have a place and that we should figure out what that place is and keep it for ourselves. In the lines, "In truth, the forest hears each sound, each blade of grass as it lies down. The world requires no audience, no witnesses, no witnesses," is saying that even without humans in the world things will have their place and that the world doesn't need people to inhabit it. We are the witnesses that see the world work and we are not a necessity. Things will always have a place, whether we are here or not.
Also, one thing that I am unsure of is the line "leave the restless ghost in the old hotel." I was wondering if that was a reference to "The Shining" When I first heard the song that line reminded me that movie.
... | Reviewer: kristin | 8/23/09
to me this song is saying two different things. one is that the writer is content where he is. he feels like its where he belongs and no matter what happens he has a place in the world which is an awesome feeling. but the second is apparent in the lines "leave the homeless man..." and "leave the poor black child..." this almost seems that he is saying everyone and everything has a place even if that place is unfair or terrible. i think this is a song of contentment which is good when being content with yourself and your place in life at any given time. but it is bad when being content with other people's misfortune and misery. there should never be contentment with that. there should be a constant feeling of uneasiness when it comes to other people's happiness. but overall this song is a good reminder of how the world is and what we can be doing to change things.
Heart Warming | Reviewer: Peaches | 2/1/09
I listened to this song in the car right before my husband told me that he was leaving me for another woman. This song has turned into a sort of comfort for me, in thinking that even if I get displaced temporarily, there is a place that I belong.
I think | Reviewer: Travis
I think this song is making a point that there's so many things in this world that needs changing, he's just saying that he doesn't want it to change to use a different perspective on the song than everyone else that does a song about our world being full of man made faults.
It doesn't have to be that way... | Reviewer: Charily | 11/22/08
I would like to think that this song is about wanting to change things, but when he says "I know that now, that's why I'm staying here" I always go back to giving up...
This song is so beautiful, because I relate to things differntly than other people and most songs are universal...this song brings every person to a singular and similar conclusion, but different...unique...
For me this songs message is that it doesn't have to be that way...but thats just the way I feel.
erm | Reviewer: cal | 8/10/08
Is it just me or does this song hold a heavily post-modern perspective? I see it as a rejection of the ideals of constant change in the modern world ie that human reason is the best way to explain the world and as a result can be used to change the structure of society... maybe
My Interpretation | Reviewer: Rosa | 3/4/08
I'm thinking about Lucas' comments on how the metaphors of how nature belongs in man-made structures. Some of the lines refer to things that we think should belong together, to give you a feeling of complacency with the way the world is. Then he contrasts those harmless associations with cruel outcomes like the "dead starlet on her pedestal","widower in his private hell","Leave the homeless man in his cardboard cell", "poor black child in his crumbling school", "true genius in the padded room" are just a few examples. To make you feel like these people belong where they are, that nothing needs to be changed.
I think the 12th stanza, that differs so stylistically from the previous stanza patterns, is important.
I think his chorus represents his own recognition of the way the world is, and his own internal wish to accept his place. But something "why don't you leave me here?" is holding him back. "You" is holding him back from accepting things the way they are and perhaps, encouraging him to change things.
This is definitely one his more complex pieces.
Think | Reviewer: Lucas
Personally i take this song as less of a statement of belonging and more of a statement that belonging is completely subjective to people's need for things to belong. It talks a lot about nature and how they have come to belong in man made places:
"Leave whimpering dog in his cold kennel.
Let the sideways rain in the crooked street remain.
Leave the grey macaw in his covered cage.
Leave the autumn leaves in the swimming pool. Etc."
You guess need to give Conor way more credit for the genius in a lot of his lyrics.
RE: Rhyming Cliches | Reviewer: Texaskid
"the laundry list form can be quite beautiful, and many of these epithets are lovely, but the lack of judgement ( and dramatic underediting ) turns this litany into a depressing heavy-handed empty headed riff on "Turn Turn Turn"'
How can you say this is underedited; the whole point is to show people the world and that there is a place for everything and everyone in this world, that maybe nothing needs to be moved from its placed. I love this song because in reality, "The world requires no audience...." to go on, but, yet we are here....So maybe this is our place to be so leave it as is....
- | Reviewer: Anonymous | 5/15/07
This song leaves me with a content resignation to the flaws of the world and it's beautiful for it.
rhyming cliches | Reviewer: Anonymous | 4/12/07
the laundry list form can be quite beautiful, and many of these epithets are lovely, but the lack of judgement ( and dramatic underediting ) turns this litany into a depressing heavy-handed empty headed riff on "Turn Turn Turn"