Cosmo Sheldrake: Birthday Suit Meaning
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Song Released: 2019
Birthday Suit Lyrics
Weighed down by morning
In my birthday suit
Lift up the evening
Just for a while
Backwards, upside down and inside out
So hold on or we’ll all fall down
Oh, heave the oceans do
I’ll keep my ears on
anonymous Jul 22nd, 7:40pm report
I think Birthday Suit is about despression that has lead to addiction Here's a line by line reason I think this (sorry it's a little long):
Weighed down by morning
-Depression makes it hard to get out of bed, essentially weighing you down with your own sadness.
In my birthday suit
-Perhaps indicates that the night before was rough. Perhaps waking up from a relapse, party, night of binge drinking, etc.
Lift up the evening, just for awhile
-In literature, evening is often associated with nefarious things: crime, partying, drug use, drinking, etc. Lifting up something up is often thought of as supporting or partaking in something. So, perhaps the addiction has begun to affect the person so much that they're considering a hit, a drink, etc. before work or some other important engagement. Sort of a "just one *insert action here* and I'll feel better/be okay. I'll just get a little high/drunk/etc"
Backwards, upside down, and inside out
-Realizing their life is hitting rock bottom. Alternatively, realizing they've overindulged and now have to go to work or wherever in this state.
So hold on or we'll all fall down
-Keep it together. Act sober. Act okay or it'll all be over. Perhaps they would be fired, ostracized by their family, etc.
Oh, heave the oceans too, won't you?
-This line is tough. My best suggestion is that maybe they feel like they're throwing their life away. Heaving the oceans is a metaphor for everything they are throwing away with this addiction.
I'll keep my ears on
I'll keep my eyes open
I'll keep my legs in sight and wait
Till we all fall down
-Ultimately giving into the addiction and resolving to just hold it together until eventually it doesn't, perhaps because that's easier than actually fighting it. But, they're going to do their best to keep it hidden, so they must do the things in the verse to stay careful. Alternatively, it could be accepting a nihilistic worldview and accepting that we're all going to die anyway do they're just going to act on their addiction until that happens.
anonymous Jun 21st, 6:45pm report
Weighed down by morning/mourning. A naked slave captured and cast away on a slave ship. Evening is a metaphor for a later date, possibly juneteenth, when the slaves were jubilant but didn't understand just how rocky the road would be from there. Keep my eyes and ears is a reference to the torture of the lynching mobs. Just a guess.
anonymous May 7th, 5:40pm report
I feel it's about someone being taken over by an insane paranoia. That's just how I feel about it, if you listen to the background music and the tone of the lyrics, it might make senes.
anonymous Apr 29th, 4:44pm report
I think it has to do with being very small and confused but also having to own up to being very powerful/dealing with the world going on at the same time. He seems lost at the beginning of the song, "backwards, upside down, and inside out" but before that he says "lift up the evening" which could be him lifting up his body but sounds more like he's the one controlling when the evening happens. However, the first 4 lines sounds like he's struggled with getting out of bed. The idea is that he doesn't have control of himself but he has to keep everything together since he controls things more important than himself. That could also explain the references to 'Ring Around the Rosie" which was so very powerful and he's scared "he'll fall down" because of something powerful. Also, the ocean imagery could be apart of the albums aesthetic or the ocean could be another powerful thing that has to proceed his well being.
I believe this song is about the titan Atlas (Greek mythology) Who was condemned to hold up the celestial heavens and sky for eternity. To begin with, the first lyrics are: "weighed down by morning" If you look up a photo of Atlas you will see him holding up a large ball. He is clearly being weighed down. And the heavens (and sky) are part of morning. Next it says: "In my birthday suit" Take a look at Atlas, he is naked holding up this thing. Then it says "Lift up the evening, just for a while" At one point Herakles (Heracles) agrees to take the heavens upon his shoulders while Atlas fetched the golden apples for him. This is clearly him asking to temporarily be relived of his duty.
"So hold on or we'll all fall down" Some believe him to be holding up the Earth. If he doesn't hold it up we'll all fall. "Oh heave to oceans do, won't you" The Atlantic Ocean was derived from the Atlas Ocean; and Atlas is heaving holding it up. "Keep my legs in sight" He is kneeling and basically only seeing his legs.
In conclusion I believe this song was based on the condemned titan Atlas.
anonymous Mar 20th, 2020 3:26pm report
I’m pretty sure this song is a warning of some sort.
anonymous Jan 24th, 2020 1:47pm report
This song is about being naked and loving yourself :).
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