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Side with the seeds

Tires type black
Where the blacktop cracks
Weeds spark through
Dark green enough to be blue
When the mysteries we believe in
Aren’t dreamed enough to be true
Some side with the leaves
Some side with the seeds

The treetops nod
The rain applauds
The park grows dark
And the swings all slowly die
But you and I will be undefeated
By agreeing to disagree
No one wins but the thieves
So why side with anything?

The streetlights glow
Comes and goes
When the sun comes back
As we all can plainly see
Embracing the situation
Is our only chance to be free
Oh, I’ll side with you
If you side with me

Lyrics submitted by sha_sha

“Side with the Seeds” as written by Mikael Jorgensen Jeffrey Scot Tweedy

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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11 Comments

General CommentI think this song is about staying true to your convictions, especially when they are challenged, and if you don’t, there is not much meaning in your life.

In the first two stanzas the opening lines relate to a coming storm and we can see the writers reaction to the storm in that:

1. If what you believe in “isn’t dreamed enough to be true” it doesn’t matter which side you are on.

2. If you don’t take sides, “no one wins but the thieves”.

In the third stanza the storm is over and one can see with more clarity (“When the sun comes back
As we all can plainly see”) that the only way to be free. is by taking a sides.

As a musical note, is there any other guitarist out there who can play with such agility and quickness, and come off emotional rather than technical and cold?? Yeah Nels! I can’t wait to see them again!

General CommentI love Jeff’s vocal delivery on this song. very Otis Redding-like. Probably my favorite song on the album so far.

As for the meaning, it seems like a pretty straightforward musing on ambiguity and perspective. I love the lazy imagery of the city street and the playground, and the day/night motif. That last verse line really strikes me. “When the sun comes back/As we all can plainly see.”

General CommentIn the second verse, Jeff is showing two people who are so stubborn that they both take satisfaction in “being undefeated” – they agree to disagree – so they’re both right.

By the end of the song, they get over their differences. They embrace the situation and side with each other, rather than standing on principle.

It is such a beautiful song, regardless. Its worth going to amazon.com, typing in Wilco, and watching the video.

General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought about the mention of leaves in another Wilco song, Ashes of American Flags: “All the fallen leaves, are filling up shopping carts.”

Because I heard Ashes in the aftermath of September 11, I visualized “fallen leaves” to be victims jumping out of the Twin Towers. In that same vein, I listen to this song and think about our war in Iraq. (Actually, Iraq had nothing to do with what happened on 9/11, but that is another discussion.)

Should we side with the “leaves” (the fallen), or side with the “seeds” we’ve sown in the world that caused people to hate Americans so much that all of this happened in the first place.

All of the other imagery in this song reminds me of the ordinary things of everyday American Life that we take for granted. Seeds or leaves? I don’t know what the answer is, but whatever those terrorists wanted to accomplish with 9/11, they have caused discord and in-fighting among Americans. No one wins but the thieves.

It might have nothing to do with the artist’s intention, but that is what I think about when I listen to this song. It is an audio Rorschach ink-blot.

General CommentWhen I first heard this song, I thought about the mention of leaves in another Wilco song, Ashes of American Flags: “All the fallen leaves, are filling up shopping carts.”

Because I heard Ashes in the aftermath of September 11, I visualized “fallen leaves” to be victims jumping out of the Twin Towers. In that same vein, I listen to this song and think about our war in Iraq. (Actually, Iraq had nothing to do with what happened on 9/11, but that is another discussion.)

Should we side with the “leaves” (the fallen), or side with the “seeds” we’ve sown in the world that caused people to hate Americans so much that all of this happened in the first place.

All of the other imagery in this song reminds me of the ordinary things of everyday American Life that we take for granted. Seeds or leaves? I don’t know what the answer is, but whatever those terrorists wanted to accomplish with 9/11, they have caused discord and in-fighting among Americans. No one wins but the thieves.

It might have nothing to do with the artist’s intention, but that is what I think about when I listen to this song. It is an audio Rorschach ink-blot.

Side with the seeds Tires type black Where the blacktop cracks Weeds spark through Dark green enough to be blue When the mysteries we believe in Aren’t dreamed enough to be true Some side

“Side With The Seeds” lyrics

Wilco Lyrics

“Side With The Seeds”

Tires type black
Where the blacktop cracks
Weeds spark through
Dark green enough to be blue
When the mysteries we believe in
Aren’t dreamed enough to be true
Some side with the leaves
Some side with the seeds

The treetops nod
the rain applauds
The park grows dark
And the swings all slowly die
But you and I will be undefeated
by agreeing to disagree
No one wins but the thieves
so why side with anything

The streetlights glow
Comes and goes
When the sun comes back
As we all can plainly see
Embracing the situation
Is our only chance to be free
I’ll side with you
If you side with me

Wilco "Side With The Seeds": Tires type black Where the blacktop cracks Weeds spark through Dark green enough to be blue When…