Cavetown: Paul Meaning
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Oh, the last time I saw Paul
I was horrible and almost let him in
But I stopped and caught the wall
And my mouth got dry
So all I did was take him for a spin
Yeah, we hopped inside my car
And I drove in circles 'round the freight train...
1TOP RATED#1 top rated interpretation:anonymous Mar 23rd report
This is a cover of “Paul” by Big Thief. I don’t think this is about Paul being toxic. This is about Paul letting his lover in his life despite the loved having some trust issues and personal trauma. Paul said he’d be there for his lover, but he didn’t know what he was getting into. His lover had a lot to work out, and as much as this lover tried to be there for Paul, in the end, the trauma and personal anxiety took over the lover’s perspective of the relationship. The lover knew that they had to leave Paul in order for Paul to have a happy and healthy life. Could be wrong, but from this perspective, Paul is gentle, kind, and wants to be good .
anonymous Jul 21st, 15:46 report
the way i interpreted it, it could be robbie was in a relationship with Paul before transitioning, and Paul was willing to stay with him no matter what but they broke up because Robbie had a lot of personal issues to deal with surrounding his transition and mental health.
I'm using Robbie's name here because that's who's singing it but i feel it relates more to my personal live than Robbie's :)
anonymous Jul 10th report
Paul is a boyfriend who is driving drunk that could have crashed while a close friend of cavetown was in the car.
anonymous Jun 7th report
I think it was Paul saying he was willing to stay with Robin no matter what Robin did because Pual still loved Robin event though he could be toxic.
anonymous Mar 16th report
Maybe Paul was someone he was close to (BOYFRIEND) and Paul became toxic and Robbie was stuck with paul he could not leave him. He could not leave because he still loved paul even if he could have been toxic. Then Robbie finally left paul and know he's telling us about it.
anonymous Mar 8th report
My boyfriends name is Paul so i hold this song really close cause he fixed me and I'd be all thoae things for him. And i think cavetown meant that he was the toxic one and he wasn't good for paul and paul just kept coming back because he loved him regardless of everything he was x
anonymous Mar 6th report
I think Paul could’ve been a person in Cavetown’s life that he held close and one day finally let him go. “Paul” could’ve been a toxic person or Cavetown pushed him away. It sounds almost like a tragic breakup that happened in the past. The breakup could’ve been from toxic relationship issues or something like that but I’m not sure if I’m right
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