Foreground Lyrics Meanings
by Grizzly Bear

May 22, 2009
Foreground Music Video

Foreground Lyrics

Take on another shift
Palms in the middle, hands in the middle

Work out another rift,
Something is muffled, another juggle

This is a foreground
It is a foreground

A cross country miss
Take directions, can't connect it

I'm afraid this is
Ten detected, nine in a wreck and

A little jetty fight
Pattern evolving, motion insolvent

Something about this might
Take all evening, I'll just be cleaning

This is a foreground
It is a foreground

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Foreground Meanings

To me, Foreground is about being unsatisfied with the life you have created and only being able to see/focus on what's right in front of you, because it's the only thing keeping you alive. In the first two lines, it talks about taking on another shift, palms in the middle, and to me, that means the narrator has to take on another shift just to keep himself afloat. When he says "Something is muffled, another juggle," to me that means that his own ideas and plans he had for his future are muffled because he is suppressing them, and now he has to juggle all these things like work or relationships to stay alive. In "Pattern evolving, motion insolvent" that is just yet another example that he's curated his life with a seemingly monotonous pattern, and the "motion is insolvent". His whole life has become the foreground. The part that is closest to him, his view is limited and he can only see the negative patterns of the world because he has made his view so small, hence, Foreground.

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