The days of yesterday are all numbered in sum

from Madvillain (Ft. Madlib & Quasimoto) – Shadows of Tomorrow Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Multiple layers here:

  1. When we study the past we put the events in order of date they happened and number that date.

  2. Saying somethings days are numbered is like saying it is goin to die. but yesterday is already dead because it is in the past.

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