The meaning of "Sleight of Hand"

WhyGo91WhyGo91 Posts: 639
I've really been getting into this song lately. It's one of my top 3 off of Binaural and I just can't get enough of it.

But one thing I haven't been able to do is come up with a good interpretation of what I think the song means. Right now because of what I'm going through in my life it means this: A guy taking the days one at a time, just drifting along, and watching the world pass by him.

Does anyone else see that or is it just me?
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  • Isn't the song great? One of my top 5 pj songs...binaural is my favorite album! I take the song to be about a man stuck in a routine and not being satisfied with his job and life as a whole. "He wakes up, wash and pours himself into uniform...something he hadn't imagined being...as the merging traffic passed." Definitely talking about being stuck wearing a uniform and getting in the same traffic day after day. And what made this happen? "Was it age? By consequence was he moved by sleight of hand?" How has time subtly boxed him into a boring life?

    I think this is what the song is saying. Hope that helps!
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  • Isn't the song great? One of my top 5 pj songs...binaural is my favorite album! I take the song to be about a man stuck in a routine and not being satisfied with his job and life as a whole. "He wakes up, wash and pours himself into uniform...something he hadn't imagined being...as the merging traffic passed." Definitely talking about being stuck wearing a uniform and getting in the same traffic day after day. And what made this happen? "Was it age? By consequence was he moved by sleight of hand?" How has time subtly boxed him into a boring life?

    I think this is what the song is saying. Hope that helps!

    Almost literally, that is what the song is about... according to Eddie at a show I was at [Cleveland 5/9/2010]. I've been really into that song lately as well, as I feel I can relate to it in every mundane way right at this moment in life. Good news is, no matter what goes wrong, what goes right... there's a song for that. :D
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  • mikerlmikerl Posts: 570
    Been listening to this song, and FEELING this song a lot lately.

    i am a songwriter, but i can NEVER imagine writing a song like this, lyrically, and vocally. The way ED phrases these lyrics, and the way the melody passes over the music, is nothing less than genius.

    Just TRY to sing this song (you know, the actual notes.. sing the melody, not just the words) without the music behind you, its a TOUGH song to sing.
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  • PJSEMPREPJSEMPRE Posts: 687
    More and more, my favorite Ed's lyrics. It's the feeling I have sometimes living in a big city.
    Let's say knowledge is a tree, yeah.
    It's growing up just like me.
  • I love this song as well. Going to work for a paycheck, driving the same damn roads, day in day out (feeling like I could just shut my eyes and get there by memory)! Lately, I've been searching new opportunities, probably need to listen to this song daily as a reminder to keep up the searching!
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  • davety76davety76 Posts: 8
    Early onset altzheimers is my guess. "Was it age?"  Or consequence? Or sleight of hand?"  I'm picture him thinking  it is because of age, but concerned it is a consequence of something he did, drugs and or alcohol or was it a furry-thing that made it happen. 

    " Last on the road he knew by heart".  The metaphors go on and on. Just my two cents. 
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