I used to have a rope ladder but tattered were the rungs
I strung it from the highest willow, trying to hug the sun
The seventh level buckled and I tumbled from the summit
Now I'm back to free-climb and this time light my cigarette from it

from Aesop Rock – How to Be a Carpenter Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Aesop is saying in these lines that he encountered a time in his life when he tried to reach an opportunity, but his means of reaching it weren’t any good and so he lost it, but now he’s willing to come back and get it again.

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