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I’m the next act
Waiting in the wings
I’m an animal
Trapped in your hot car
I am holidays that you choose to ignore

You are all I need
You’re all I need
I’m in the middle of your picture
Lying in the reeds

I am a moth
Who justs wants to share your light
I’m just an insect
Trying to get out of the night
I wanna stick with you, because there are no others

You are all I need
You’re all I need
I’m in the middle of your picture
Lying in the breeze

It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right
It’s all wrong
It’s all right



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    UnregisteredDec 8, 2011 at 5:18 pm
    I feel like this song does not refer to unrequited love of another person, but of himself. People with low self-esteem generally don't hear the good things about themselves. The lyrics seem to refer to that inner conflict of "good" self with self-esteem that the "depressed" self doesn't let in. In the end, that is all you need to find inner peace.
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    liminalMay 15, 2010 at 5:17 pm
    I'm broadly going with solo-mon here. There's an obvious contradiction that the other person is all he needs, at the same time as the speaker is 'an animal trapped in your hot car' This is a truly unsettling account of unrequited love. The great thing about Thom's lyrics is that he draws from a cohesive metaphorical universe so the songs can be referenced against each other to enhance meaning. The moth-to-a-flame image seems almost a cliche here, but when seen in context of the 'disappointed people' with their 'wings clipped in Let Down it gains emotive power. Thom has been plagued by low confidence and feelings of insignificance evident since Creep, but I'd say his lyrics and imagery have evolved to embrace not only rejection in human relationships but rejection by God. The idea of being a nothing lost in darkness and having a pane of glass between self and light can be seen as the painful realisation of separation from God. A heart-rending song, best listened to with a glass of red wine in the dark with streetlight leaking in in the small hours.
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    RadiolipsApr 8, 2009 at 8:59 pm
    Its god trying to talk to you. Easy as that. He is speaking for god when people ignore the voice inside that everyone should listen to.
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    solo-monJan 31, 2009 at 9:56 am
    great song. the person who loves knows that the person who he loves is totally apathetic to the feelings being felt. when he says " I'm in the middle of your picture" he is expressing that even though he is the focus of the picture(middle) the loved one still ignores him and his feelings, but thats o.k. because that's " ... all I need". in the end he laments that this kind of love is painful and questions it's validity because it's wrong that his love is not being returned, but at the same time he loves this person so much that its a moot point to even question it- " it's all wrong/it's all right".
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    schwaneNov 16, 2008 at 9:51 am
    it's the things in life we need but just can't see even if it's presented right there in front of us... because most of the time we choose to ignore it or we keep on looking for the wrong things...

    but then, that's just me...

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