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Andrew Bird – Eyeoneye lyrics

Go ahead and congratulate yourself
Give yourself a hand,
A hand is yours
When the eye that eyes itself is your eye
And the ear that hears itself is too
And you're getting too close
You're getting too close
You're getting too close to your source

You've done the impossible now
Took yourself apart
Made yourself invulnerable
No one can break your heart
So you break it yourself

Bringing your own, break it yourself
Bringing your own, break it yourself
Bringing your own, but break it yourself
Bringing your own, but break it yourself
Bringing your own,

Go ahead and re-ionize yourself
Give yourself a hand,
A hand is yours
And you go ahead and wring it out
Go ahead and stretch it out
Go ahead and wear it inside out

Day trip in the desert makes this
Boy and girl too wise
Through a raging wall of sand that's
A hundred stories high

And you re-ionionionize
And it's eyeoneyeze-eyeoneyeze-eyeoneyeze
All this time it took to realize
That you could use some help

Bringing your heart, breaking the shell
Bringing your heart, breaking the shell
Bringing your heart, but break it yourself
Bringing your heart, but break it yourself

Give yourself a hand, a hand is yours
Go ahead and wear it out
And you go ahead and stretch it out
And you go ahead and wear it inside out
And it's eyeoneye-oneye-oneye
And it's eyeoneye-oneye-oneye



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    It is about someone who is in, or was in a relationship that caused them great pain (all the sadness, a hundred stories high.) this person internalized all the feelings surrounding this situation, which ultimately left them feeling emotionally withdrawn and alienated. It also explains how this person felt after being in this state for a long time, but then finally realizing that in order to feel better it takes looking outside one’ s own pain, and connecting with other people to get help.
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    Actually, I think the whole "congratulate yourself" is being sarcastic. The lines "made yourself invulnerable / no one can break your heart / so you break it yourself" show that the speaker is actually criticizing the person he's speaking to. It's like "yeah, you're so invincible now, but look at how you're hurting yourself. " and especially the lines "all this time it took to realize / that you could use some help" emphasize this point.
    The real question is what does "eyeoneye" mean?
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    Eyeoneye is a play on words. There are few meanings;.
    Eye on I = the speaker dwells over their own pain and grows emotionally hardened (also later meaning check yourself; you're not over the pain, you have just become dead inside).
    Eye on eye = a boy and a girl (two eyes) looking toward each other - the source of the pain (later as in learning to look back outward and make connections with others).
    Eyeoneye could be a nod to the rastafarian saying "i and i" = there is no self but rather a collective universal oneness (I'm probably badly paraphrasing that.) fits the final message of the song.
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