We set out once with folded shirts
With hairy chest and well rehearsed
All For Myself by Sufjan Stevens

The character reminisces of a time in the past where they had been close, setting out on a trip together.
It is revealed to the listener that the lover is also a man, adding another layer of complication onto the already convoluted theme.
The hairy chest is a symbol of masculinity, and the narrator can be seen as again going back to his love interest, recalling how similar they were, and how they acted as one, not separately. .

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I kept you close to me close to my ear All For Myself by Sufjan Stevens

This line is one of the first indications of the character’s jealousy.
This is repeated throughout the song, making it seem important.
It can be interpreted that the main character kept watch of the lover, even as they drifted apart.
This seems obsessive and creepy, and hints to the listener that there is something abnormal in the relationship so far. .

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Then worries came to perch on us All For Myself by Sufjan Stevens

However, the main character’s jealousy, or another problem, began to catch up with their relationship.
This may have ended up in a major occurrence, whether an argument, or a full-on split.
Whether or not this was the problem, the couple is separated at one point in the song, and this problem can be interpreted as the major reason. .

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It wasn't about me it was only a stone in my shoe All For Myself by Sufjan Stevens

The character elaborates on a problem, probably the cause of the aforementioned reservedness. Instead of it being a major problem, it was just a minor annoyance, like a stone in his shoe.

This ‘problem’ is probably the main character’s jealousy, and this line is a way of downplaying something that ends up becoming a major factor in their relationship, and a deciding factor in the story. .

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To bear it down to be in flight
To bear it down to be in flight
All For Myself by Sufjan Stevens

These lines are a metaphor for the feeling of love he feels for his romantic pursuit.
The character in the song likens his feelings for his romantic partner to the weightless feeling of flying, a sort of elation and carelessness.

However, he couples this feeling with ‘bearing down,’ which is a common phrase, meaning to be stringent or controlling.
This is the first hint in the song that the narrative character may be a bit controlling and obsessive, as it is not typical to use a statement of restriction or reservedness when describing love.
This sets the tone for the rest of the song; love with an omnipresent dementedness and corruption. .

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Reppin that third ward I'm a uptown man I Feel Good by Jay Electronica

The 3rd Ward is one of 10 Wards in Uptown New Orleans, where Jay Electronica is from. He mentions the neighborhood frequently, along with Magnolia Projects (also Uptown but in the 11th and 12th Wards).

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You can catch me in the carpool lane with Mr. Jane I Feel Good by Jay Electronica

He has blatant disregard for the law; apparently.
A carpool lane is a lane reserved for cars with multiple people in it.
Instead of having another person with him, he’s in the lane smoking a blunt of MaRiJUANa, also known as Mary Jane, similar to his bastardization, ‘Mr. Jane’.

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We in the game talkin big shit they mumblin back I Feel Good by Jay Electronica

When he lets off a big diss in his music, his opponents only whisper back with a meek subliminal response.
This is a clue that others in the game are scared of him. .

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We got the boxin gloves on out here and we rumble and rap I Feel Good by Jay Electronica

They’re not scared to get in a fight.
They have their boxing gloves on, and they’re ready to stary a confrontation when they’re rapping. .

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Man look we re-day to ride homie
Down here we fear no man god only
I Feel Good by Jay Electronica

Him and his boys aren’t scared to go out and patrol the neighborhood.
They’re not afraid of anyone other than god, as Atlanta is situated right in the middle of the bible belt, a group of god-fearing states. .

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