The State I Am In (4:56)

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  • the-crystalship

    Mi favorita.

    15 May 7:35pm Reply
  • emergingsynergy

    The Metrolyrics page has the wrong lyrics for this song. The lyrics are posted (and discussed) here:

    17 Sep 2014 Reply
  • wingsoftoast

    Oh this song - it's got everything - cynicism, desire, despair, hopeless hope. Soundtrack to the days before my wedding and saying goodbye to childish things... a sparkly glass darkly

    18 Jul 2014 Reply
  • ralfsu

    There's this author Robert Louis Stevenson who started writing poems at an early age because he was ill with tuberculosis and bedridden most of the time, and there's a special magic in those poems because of that, and I think I can sense the same in Stuart's writing.

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    Thank you!

    16 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    @ralfsu: The new documentary Pitchfork came out with last week (it is very well made and absolutely worth watching if you are a fan of this album or Sinister at all) sheds a bit of light on the meaning of this song. It is almost autobiographic of Stuart Murdoch who had been bedridden for a couple of years before he started Belle & Sebastian. As he was reintegrating himself into society he'd go on bus rides around town just for the hell of it. He credits his recovery from the illness to divine intervention and he started to visit church weekly. Giving himself to providence. The whole thing carries a feeling of general aimlessness to me that's trying to be filled with religion. I do like that interpretation about the man who is being pushed into relationships finally getting a break cause his siblings have taken the spotlight for a while. But of course, this didn't happen. It's a dream and I think the narrator longs for being able to stay out of the spotlight for a while.

    26 Feb 2013 Reply
  • ralfsu

    It's a hard song to figure out. I think one SongMeanings comment came the closest to decyphering it - it's about a young man who cannot love anyone while everyone around him, particularly his family, keeps pushing him into getting into a relationship or getting married, and when his brother confesses he's gay "it takes the heat off him for a while". He finds love in God and is left all by himself, leading him to "wait tables for Marks & Spencer's" and "riding on city buses".

    28 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Cheezdude

    i can't put how i feel about this into words... i've been trying but it's futile. but holy shit, is it ever wonderful. belle and sebastian's best song.

    27 Oct 2012 Reply
  • LizandraBr


    9 Sep 2012 Reply
  • boundaryfuss

    dog on wheels version is superior

    17 Aug 2012 Reply
  • obscurecendo

    oh love of mine, would you condescend to help me cause i'm stupid and blind? oh, and desperation is the devil's work it is the folly of a boy's empty mind

    11 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    Aun significa mucho para mi esta cancion

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Pusstulio

    riding on city buses for a hobby is sad [2] i'm always returning back to this song, every year, every summer, every july. it's haunting me throughout life, and always remindind of itself at my loneliest hours. and, wonderfully, it always helps. brilliant and vital to me.(2)

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • puismourir

    riding on city buses for a hobby is sad

    2 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Lajon_

    "twee as fuck"

    15 May 2012 Reply
  • Oicirbaf239

    Is this song an autobiography? Because I can't understand the meaning of the lyrics :/

    11 May 2012 Reply
  • sub_Alinium


    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • funkytechnician

    One of the best songs that has ever been written... just listen to the lyrics... no, actually, listen. Bliss.

    10 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Shurow

    Just great.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
  • ninjer

    Basically perfect.

    11 Dec 2011 Reply
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