Tuesday, February 22, 2011

flightless bird, american mouth

  • i love this song so much. i really2 loves it.
    no matter what you say, i will always and still loves it :)

    message is to follow your OWN dreams and take CHANCES so you'll never have to wonder "what if". 

    I was a quick wet boy, diving too deep for coins 
    All of your street light eyes wide on my plastic toys 
    Then when the cops closed the fair, I cut my long baby hair 
    Stole me a dog-eared map and called for you everywhere 

    Have I found you
    Flightless bird, jealous, weeping or lost you, american mouth
    Big pill looming 

    The first verse: 
    About a man taking the easy way through life. He's "husstling" if you will, for money. Living the fast life, the good life for the time being however he's getting in too deep and getting too greedy 

    "Digging too deep for coins"
     and when one gets too greedy in the underground, one gets sloppy. 

    "When the cops closed the fair"
     Refers to how he gets caught and the cops put an end to his fast life and easy money.

     He's forced to grow up ,
    “I cut my long baby hair”. He can no longer live the life he had and realizes he must change his ways. 

    Stole me a dog-eared map and called for you everywhere” Dog eared-map may not make sense at first glace,
     but dogs ears may be referring to listening which leads to him being humbled and now taking advice.

     The Map may refer to him finding direction. Stealing a map traditionally means having stolen a path away from someone and,
     in this case, stealing a dog-eared map refers to him taking the advice of others, and following a path that others would like him to follow.

     He “stole” the map; the path was not his own – it belonged to someone else; was the idea of someone else.

  • Have I found you, flightless bird
     he’s unsure if he’s found his own path. If he’s found what he wants to do rather than what others want him to do.
     A bird that cannot fly may be seen by some as ironic. 

    Birds are known to fly – they have wings to fly. If a bird cannot fly, it is not fully realized. 

    jealous, weeping or lost you, american mouth” This may refer to those surrounding him as well as his own thoughts. 

    The “jealous”,
     never want another to become a fully realized individual. Always wanting to hold the individual back; as the saying goes, “Misery love company”.

     “Weeping or lost you” may refer to him realizing this is not his dream. This is not his path, it is another’s path; not what he chose, but what has been chosen for him. 

    American mouth” is an analogy for the Freedom of speech. Had he spoken up when he had the chance, deciding on his dream rather than pleasing others, he may have been happy and not have had this.

     “big pill looming”, this burden and suppressed misery.

    Now I'm a fat house cat 
    Nursing my sore blunt tongue 

    Watching the warm poison rats curl through the wide fence cracks 
    Pissing on magazine photos 
    Those fishing lures thrown in the cold 
    And clean bl**d of god mountain stream 

    This entire verse speaks about what he has become having followed a path that he believed was the right choice for others’ sake rather than taking a chance, 
    doing something that may have been frightening but in the end cold have been worth it.

    Now I’m a fat house cat”,
     refers to his present state. Unhappy with himself and the outcome of his life. 
    He finds it too late for him to be able to change the past and no matter how much he talks it over, and complains about it.

     “Nursing my sore, blunt tongue” ,
    he will still be in the position he is in. He may as well hold his tongue from now on, keep from complaining about a situation that was of his doing. He is now forced to watch others who were not afraid of taking that chance. Others who pushed through the fear and, even though it may lead to places unknown, or may hurt them in the future.

     still took the chance “Watching the warm poison rats curl through the wide fence cracks.” 
    There is nothing stopping these young and fearless creatures. 
    These “rats” have such a big future “Wide fence ****s” ahead of them and even though it may be scary and unknown, 
    or may even be the wrong decision,
     “Warm Poison” these rats still took that chance.

    He now looks at his mainstream American life and resents it ,
    "pissing on magazine photos”
    He tried to take the opportunities now, take those chances now, but he feels it is too late. 

    Like “Fishing lures thrown in the cold”. 
    He will not get any bites at this point. He not just throws those “lures” or,

     dreams into the hands of God of “God mountain stream
     and wait for his days to play out and come to an end.

    Have I found you 
    Flightless bird, grounded, bleeding or lost you, american mouth 
    Big pill stuck going down

    In this chorus he refers to the
     “flightless bird” as being “grounded, bleeding or lost you”. 

  • When something is grounded, it has come to a definite decision. 
    Whether it be in flight context, a “grounded plane” has been grounded due to complications and cannot get into the air, or in a completely difference context,

     “grounding your kids” meaning they are completely restricted.

     To add insult to injury, this “flightless bird” is not only grounded, but “bleeding” as well. 

    He is not only “trapped” into his position, but he is injured and unable to recover. Being grounded has injured him, caused him to “bleed”. 

    He can no longer complete his dream, he feels he has missed his chance.

     Rather than the “big pill” slowly making it’s way down, 
    the “Big pill stuck going down” is trapped in place.

  • Copied from MetroLyrics.com 

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