Interpretations:Push Back The Hands

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The slow motion process of crashing[edit | edit source]

On hearing this song for the first few times, it sounds like it's about a person who's been involved in a car crash that severs their right arm, and the way time seems to stop during a terrible event like that. The line 'screeching tyres but never a collision' really reminds me of the feeling you get when you know you're about to crash, but there's nothing you can do about it. That sensation seems to last an eternity before the impact. The overarching disbelief that the person in the song has over what just happened is really beautifully written, I think. The Johns have nailed the desperate way a person tries to drown out the chaos around them, because to recognise it makes the whole thing suddenly reality, not the nightmare it feels like it is whilst you're still in a daze. I just love how even the steady rhythm of the song echoes a clock, the 'hands of time', or perhaps a heartbeat. The fact it's so upbeat behind the rather hopeless lyrics is wonderfully typical of the Johns, and really lends itself to the surreal feeling you get when in shock. The use of a fade out is really clever too - I like to think that it's our armless victim fading out of consciousness. Mae (talk) 19:50, 11 January 2018 (EST)

I agree that the song is about a car crash, but I think that the subject's spouse and child were killed in the collision. I think the second use of the term "right arm" (in "You would give up your right arm to go back to when you had a right arm") is akin to something like "right hand man", as a description of the spouse. In my reading, the phrase "Dawn breaks like a fallen vase" is a morbid play on words describing the injury of either the spouse or child, Dawn being a woman's name. The following line ("unwelcome vision of rosy fingers") suggests either the actual sight of a child's bloody hand or the idea of blaming oneself for the collision, i.e. "blood on your hands". Finally, in my reading of the song, the extended "like a newborn baaaaaabe" is particularly heartbreaking because it suggests the subject internalizing what just happened to the child. It is definitely an incredibly sad, but beautiful song. -Joshua Glasgow, 24 January 2018 18:30 PST
I think those lines more specifically point to the time of day this incident (whatever it is), happened. The rosy-fingered dawn is a well-known epithet from Homer describing Eos, the goddess of the dawn. The epithet is broken up between lines to further break up the lyrical structure, in the same way a vase would break, or a windshield would break, carrying the metaphor further. I could be very wrong but I feel like Linnell is writing more generally and metaphorically than about a specific death. -sinister.dexter, 20180206, 15:23 EST.

I got ta say....[edit | edit source]

It spunds to me like theres probably more then one of thses (i.e. stone cold coup D'Etat [sic]). So where does this leave us? Well hmmmm lets think about it. There's five reasons it can't be the second one, or even the third. We're probably somewhere towards 8 or 10 now. the Five reasons are:

1. John Linnelli (dropped the second I from his last name for unknown reasons)
2. Simple math
3. It's a budgeting thing obviously
R. Basic pictograms (ex., ladies/little boys room doors, picnic tables, stop signes, etc)
5. Nobody knows what that is all about but i tcame out any way.

Too much traffic? Well we'll see. One way or another there has got to be at least a few more of these things BEFORE this one. They told us that as much on the Else but nobody knew it until we had it verified in 2010.--WhatTheHeckLinnell (talk) 12:26, 18 January 2018 (EST)--WhatTheHeckLinnell (talk) 12:25, 18 January 2018 (EST)