jac wrote:An interpretation for the hellp of it. It is pretty much a real reach on my part, especially the second verse, which i don't really get.
Whatever, it entertained me for a few minutes.
Started with the assumption that it is final lines that illuminate the rest of the backstory.
verse 1. narrator and lady break up. she ends up with best/good friend. This sucks. God sucks, too.
verse 2. narrator suspects unfaithfulness of lady and friend before break up, fed up and done asking for truth, narrator acknowledges his part in the failed relationship and his failing life, realizing no closing that barn door now.
verse 3. if there was a place where narrator’s good friend could be any worse of a friend – narrator would kill self (implied by following lines - friend is trying to remain friend and be sympathetic, etc)
final lines – narrator’s fuck you to the new couple who try to offer sympathy and hellp – the irony being that it is the friend (and lady) who has bought on the pain and thus it is the very condescension of the offer of help itself which contributes further to the hell.
ok, my interpretation for no reason at all.
verse 1 - from this verse, i don't think the song can be about a child when dave says "her", it's too dark and accusing, it's not his style. it's about a love triangle. the narrator is talking to his friend about the girl they both love. progression from bad to worst - "if he made YOU and HER and ME" - narrator is chief among the transgressors, friend is least.
verse 2 - the NARRATOR is the cheater. the girl and his friend are/were together. narrator hooks up with woman, damages everything, now irreparable between the three of them - one must go (experienced this. it is real). hence "i won't ask you again" (for forgiveness) / "i know i'm no one's friend" - he's now alienated from both his friend and the girl he love[s|d] - narrator's relationship with both of them is totally shattered, though they may have made amends and continued their relatinoship. "as late as it is now / no memory will follow me" - it's too late to fix things between the narrator and his friend and the woman, and they want to forget him and move on and he knows it and despairs over it.
verse 3 - shift to direct conversation with God as referenced in verse 1. if there's any universe where God is worse than he is now, the narrator doesn't want to live in it. he would rather die than live under the control and rule of a God who makes things worse than they already are. (side note - dave has written about suicide a number of times but "i'm on the roof / then in the air" is probably the most poetic and brilliant couplet so far that can convey so much)
verse 4 - narrator disdains God's claim of understanding and sympathy and rejects any and all offers made - narrator doesn't need help or hell (see CYB for context) and leaves the listener with a sense of despair and passive-aggresive anger and independence, despite all that has gone wrong