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I'm moving to Tokyo
Cuz I'm tired of San Francisco
My contracts are finally void
And I am getting out
On houses and building tops
I swallow the beams and sundrops
If my echos could reach your ears
Then I could save my calls
What happens when I'm above
The east river when you are in love
We're staring at all these lights
And I am going blind

Fill all of the navy yards
With hard working security guards
Cuz the numbers are wearing off
My plastic access cards
How can I begin to say
I feel better off when we stay
In Paris on winter nights
Beneath the snowy veil
Content like a panda bear
Still breathing the fresh mountain air
I'll put on a diving tank
And sing when I inhale



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    spellingerror12345Oct 9, 2010 at 11:42 am
    I think this song is about letting your mind drift. When he moves to Tokyo (in the song), he is letting his ideas and his mind shift to a completely different world that renews his old ideas, but also creates new ones. During the rest of the first part of the song, he's describing his exploration of this idea he's created, and how people don't really see him anymore. In the second part, the idea world is getting old, and he starts to grow tired. He decides to come back down to earth, and starts to feel comfortable with the world around him. At the end, beginning with "content like a panda bear", he describes happiness in the real world, but still goes back to his ideal world to pull out expressions of his emotions as he "puts on a diving tank and sing when i inhale".
    Or, at least that's how I interpret.

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