All secrets sleep in winter clothes
2 possible meanings spring to mind…
All secrets sleep in the dark, cold parts of our soul. It is cold, so they wear winter clothes. And they are not active, because we don’t think about them; thus, they are sleeping.
This interpretation is the one I am leaning more towards, compared to #1; I have found that Jeff’s lyrics tend to be able to mean things more specific than #1 lets on; it seems to me that when he mentions a secret, he is probably referring to a specific “secret” in the real world, not a generalization. With that in mind:
Many secrets are represented by objects. A photo, a letter, a napkin with lipstick on it. These sentimental objects are kept in our drawers; the drawer that you wouldn’t look at much might also contain “winter clothes”. The clothes you ONLY wear when it is snowing. It doesn’t get looked at much, and neither does the secret, because they are in the same drawer.
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