I don’t really collect cards anymore, just a box and some old cardboard
Memories embedded in the dust, in the fibres that age just like us
Livin’ somewhere off in the drawer
Macklemore has moved on from his youth, no longer idolizing baseball players as he once did; however, the lessons he learned by watching them and the memories he made as a player and fan continue to stick with and inspire him.
Similarly, the players on those cards have faded from glory, no longer capturing the adoration of millions as they did during their time in the bigs. Their lives do go on—they’ll exist as normal citizens, but their legacies, cemented by what they did on the field, will live on forever.
What is both interesting and beautiful about thees lines is that throughout the song he is being very nostalgic and thinking back to his youth but in these lines he turns to the present and you can sense the theme of living life to its fullest and stay in the present.
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