According to the Don't Carry It All Songfacts, the song's lyrics deal with Meloy's attempts at horticulture. "My wife and I put in six garden plots at our new house and I feel like our entire first year was trying to watch the direction of the sun to figure out where we'd put the plots," he explained to Spin magazine. "I think of it as a good little gardening song."
Here we come to a turning of the season
Witness to the arc towards the sun
A neighbor's blessed burden within reason
Becomes a burden borne of all and one