Interpretations:All Time What
A Stultifying Relationship[edit | edit source]
This song, in my eyes, is fairly literal; it's meaning is hidden behind some uncommon words. I believe that this is about a person who has little self-control, made evident by the lines I use my outside voice because I have no choice and Same old sad soliloquy. According to Google, soliloquy is the act of speaking one's thoughts with no regard to who may be hearing it; acting very self-centered, monologuing, etc. The reason as to why our protagonist is like this may be found in the second chorus, which states Stumble about wrapped in a shroud and Partly submerged playing a dirge (which is a song for the departed). Perhaps this person has a mental condition where they have no boundaries, brought on by being "raised in a barn constructed out of noise", and simply cannot help being the way they are. However, their significant other (their "buttercup") doesn't understand this, shown in several lines including Left me here to ruminate, which means ponder or contemplate, as if they could break out of their problem that easily, even though it's a mental trap that our protagonist is stuck in. The only line left that I don't quite understand is she pulled out the rug from her doodlebug - perhaps meaning her departure was sudden? Is doodlebug a nickname for our protagonist?