I have no idea what it's about. I love it to death.
I believe it's about young love.
ie; "Stall your mother disregard your fathers words"
also "keep your clothes on, I've had all that I can take" seems quite accurate of the lustful tendencies of teen romances.
I'm sure you can pick out plenty of other lines about it, but anyway, I hope this helped a bit and that others weigh in on the topic as well.
"You're rising like a sun, that pulled the curtain on the night."
indeed. I agree. young innocent love.
not like these couples now a days. The love the avetts speak of and if it is "young" love it is like nothing what I see around.
if you got that kind of love.. keep it. you're lucky
"I have a home in Carolina, Not far from the city lights, But we can see the stars at night baby.. baby"
I always picture a young scott getting kicked out of a girls house, and he whispers to her to sneak out. Love ensues.
avett brothers are amazing at expressing true love and beauty... here he tells the girl to keep her clothes on... this is what love is, it's just looking at someone and "having all that they can take." Being blown away by the mere presence of her.Oh, so very pure.
slickmick, i picture the same thing! i think of it as a first-time song. reminds me of being 16 & sneaking down to the basement (laundry room) to meet my boyfriend who would drive by after everyone was asleep. all the pent-up longing in those youthful goodbyes...this time don't make me leave.
I always wonder about "its a lie" though, following "the love that people say you make." what do y'all make of that? recently heard Scott add "it never happened."
...carrying with her the good things we know: a reason to live and a reason to grow, to trust, and to hold, and to care.
I think the love that people say you've made line would be a reference to things he has heard the girl has done that he himself hasn't experienced yet. the it's a lie and "it never happened" i guess would mean that they were untrue rumors that he'd heard.
I thought that "Teach me how to use the love that people say you made" is the young guy throwing up a desperate (and parenthetical) prayer in the middle of the scene, a prayer for success with the girl he loves ("Lord, please help me how to use the love that people say you made!")
"not like these couples now a days. The love the avetts speak of and if it is "young" love it is like nothing what I see around."
So is that why he's "a breathing time machine"? (I'll be honest...I don't know what the heck that is.)
I don't know what the time machine thing means either but I think of it as how this song and many others take you back in time...memories...ya know? See what it made so many people think about?
As far as the rest of the song's meaning, I am not sure. About the last lyric is the "I am a breathing time machine" which is bounced back and forth by both Avett's and then (live) toward the audience, "I'll take you ALL for a ride" and then they do that incredible jam they do. So ya like others said, at this point its the music will take you someplace else, maybe a memory, maybe to a future dream, or maybe just staying put and really enjoying the present......
Anybody know what CD this song is on? I've searched around and haven't found it.
Its on I and Love and You.
I agree that this song is about young love, and the first sexual experiences.
teach me how to make love. and I'm transported to another time and place. I'm a breathing time machine.
losing oneself in the ecstasy of lovemaking is like being transported in time...
At least that's what I'm hearing....
This song has a COMPLETELY different meaning to me as it was the song that played in my car while I was being driven to the hospital to give birth to my son. "Don't push me out....just a little longer." HA. This song will forever remind me of that day.
I'm new to the boards by the way. Hello all. :]
absolutely love this song, watching it on youtube when they performed at bonnaroo gave me chills
I think the song is about a boy that loves a girl and he knows how amazing she is, but maybe she hasn't realized it herself yet. he has heard things about her but wants to feel and experience them for himself. It feels like she may be stuck in a rut or a "tired old routine" and he's trying to free her and get her to live, hence the part about tiptoeing around and closing the laundry door. Laundry rooms are so repetitive and routine, the washer always spinning and laundry always being done. he wants her to get out of that and experience life and live in the moment. Like stopping the car and wishing on a star together, like it says in the song. He is always thinking about her day and night, hence waking with a head full of song with every chorus being her name. he is a breathing time machine, meaning to me that he is real, a real person with experience and feelings of love and pain and he wants her to come along. The hoe-down at the end is very intense and i feel it gives a freeing feeling the song where you know that she possible did end up breaking out of her shell. Anyway, this is just what I think about it. it's a beautiful song and i love it.
THe song hits on so many levels - i think the best performance is on youtube where they are singing in the back of a trailer - it realy doesn't get any better.
Breathing time machine = living in the past. Living through memories. Which goes along with this being a song about young love. Actually I think I saw one live performance on youtube where he changed up the lyrics at the end and said "I am a breathing time machine, always going backward in my mind."
I personally think it is a love song from a washing machine's point of view. Like it can see everything this happy couple is doing through the wear and tear that their clothes show.
this is a great song about young love. the young couple is obviously in her parents' home and the young man is trying to convince the young woman to let him stay just a little longer, to disregard her parents' boundaries. in another scene they are in her parents' car and he is such a romantic, wanting to stop and look at the stars. too bad we have to grow up and get jobs!
I don't why, but I've always thought this song translated a literal laundry room (a utilitarian room, part of a passageway or a side room) into a sanctuary of worship or pauseful thoughtfulness. There's a tension of wanting to do something rebellious or sneaky but somehow not being able to fully justify or accept the habit. . . a pleading for help or strength to "break this tired old routine" whatever the tired old routine may be.
I just think of the laundry room as a place of penance and/or sanctuary. I don't know what your laundry rooms are like (if you have one), but the ones I have always known have this quiet, shadowy, restful and CLEAN feeling. And perhaps that's just it. . . the laundry room has something to do with cleaning. Maybe there's something poetic about room in the house dedicated to cleansing.
I think it's all of these things. I think it is what it means to you. No use trying to uncover what Scott or Seth meant, as meaning probably even changes for them as the years go. In spirit, the song may be about or a tribute to something real but otherwise, I don't feel the meaning is static.
And I love it. It moves my heart.
I guess my take is similar to several others. Young, innocent love. Longing for true belonging, not simply lustful pleasures, a prayer for permanence. However, the time machine aspect makes me think he is reminiscing and can't get her name out of his head. Young love is often held up as some sort of ideal throughout life. A time when we were cleaner, more pure, less burdened by the routine of the grown-up world.
As for not trying to uncover what the songwriters meant, I don't like this idea. In fact, I don't think they would like it. One of the primary reasons the artist feels compelled to create is to instigate life, to cause others to consider, dream and pursue understanding. Entering into a dialogue about what we have found in it is wonderful. Throwing up our hands and saying that we shouldn't bother is tragic. But what I would agree with is the fact that we don't have to have every aspect of the song figured out to enjoy and treasure it.