An intriguing theory on this song's meaning is that the snippets correspond to the phases of life, from birth to childhood to adolescence to midlife crisis, elderly alienation/confusion and finally, death. Look again at the lyrics and notice how indeed some correlation could be drawn between the fire mentioned at the beginning and the heat, shock, and brightness of birth. The baby then feels fingertips, explores his senses, and meets his family. Continuing in this manner, one sees the resemblence between the song's sections and the sequential periods of human development. A plethora of TMBG song interpretation can be found at tmbg.org (not the band's official site, but an extensive fan resource).

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