Cavetown: Sharpener Meaning
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Tryin' to turn it into some
Thing I can draw into my skin
Make it a picture that I'll love
Insert something that I wish
I could get in the bath and scrub right off
Why am I ashamed to look the way I do?
anonymous Mar 16th report
I believe that this song covers self-harm/ unhealthy coping mechanisms. The thing that makes me think this is that "sharpener" is the name of the song and the thing that is "calling him" in the first line, and as a person who has struggled with this before, a sharpener is one of many things you can use to cut. The third line, "thing i can draw into my skin" and the post-chorus, "all because an escape to me was just a sharpener to you" both point toward this conclusion as well. Towards the end of the song, Cavetown seems to nod at recovery, "broke my sharpener in two". This song is a great escape for me when things seem to turn grey.
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