A short song or an unfinished song
This sounds like a verse of an unfinished song that muses about nouns rather than a short song. You kind of want it to keep going. Perhaps the best kind of compliment.
- Agreed. The thing about "fingertips" is that I usually wish it was either a full-length song, or else not on the album.. Thread Bomb (talk) 01:56, 25 February 2020 (EST)
The phrase "we're running out of nouns" is one that Flansburgh has used frequently in interviews when he describes TMBG's songwriting process. Here, he extends it to verbs, adverbs and adjectives.
Probably over thinking this in typical interpretation fashion ...
To me, this song is lamenting the death of an active, unique town. It's now given way to a boring, assimilated place where no one does anything anymore. No more going to shows, no festivals, no unique local businesses etc. Just staying inside isolated by technology. Shopping at the same three big box retailers. When people stop coming out, fewer and fewer things get off the ground, more local businesses close and eventually local art and culture just die.
Apparently none of that has anything to do with this song. But that's what I thought it was before reading what Flans said.
The death of language
Although the lyrics don't reference it, this song reminds me of William Burroughs' notion that words should be eradicated, and instead we should think in pictures.
-- Thread Bomb (talk) 01:56, 25 February 2020 (EST)