The song's meant to be about Jesus but since I am not religous I see it in a different way. It's absolutely beautiful, musically and lyrically, and it really moves me. I think of it like the adult speaking to the child inside, especially in the chorus.

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The sun shines
and leaves blow
and my hope like autumn
is turning brown.
And I know it seems like
I'm always falling down.

But it does not matter to me
Although it seems like it should.
It's because I know I'm understood
When I hear him say
"Rest in me, little David
And dry all your tears
You can lay down your armor
and have no fear
'cause I'm always here when you're tired of running
and I'm all the strength that you need".

It's up hill
both ways,
tomorrow I swear
I won't act this way.
And I know it seems like
that is what I always say.

But it does not matter to me
Although it seems like it should.
It's because I know I'm understood
When I hear him say
"Rest in me, little David
And dry all your tears
You can lay down your armor
and have no fear
'cause I'm always here when you're tired of running
and I'm all the strength that you need".

You know I want to be like Jesus,
but it seems so very far away,
and when will I learn to obey, obey?

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And one day we will die
And our ashes will fly
From the aeroplane over the sea
But for now we are young
Let us lay in the sun
And count every beautiful thing we can see


Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over the Sea