‒ Do you remember that day you fell out of my window?
‒ I sure do‒you came jumping out after me.
‒ Well, you fell on the concrete, nearly broke your ass, and you were bleeding all over the place, and I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?
‒ Yes, I do.
‒ Well, there’s something I never told you about that night.
‒ What didn’t you tell me?
‒ Well, while you were sitting in the back seat smoking a cigarette you thought was gonna be your last, I was falling deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you til just now
What it means to me is saying yes to my destruction, which is really interesting. Actually, the feeling of chanting ‘Om Nashi Me’ is one of casting off, one of, like, sort of, throwing asunder, like some sort of outer shell, some sort of giving away. Yes, I give myself away to the universe, to love, to whatever it is.
Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, talking about the track “Om Nashi Me”
I felt that, and I still feel like, I can do much more.. and yet I’m bound by the cumbersome nature of social norms and the sort of dead weight of adulthood and of the, you know, things that come along with adulthood, like professionalism. And pessimism. And being a realist. And all these things that sort of, weigh down and kill dreams. And so ‘Man on Fire’ is really about burning that facade and allowing all of that bullshit to burn.
Alex Ebert, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros