Pusher
alt-J Lyrics


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If you're willing to wait for the love of your life
Please wait by the line
And you know dispersive prisms rainbow
But my native optimism isn't broken by the light

The idea of life without company fell suddenly
It crashed through the ceiling on me
And pinned me to the pine
And layer upon layer of hope and doubt
Will crush bones to oil in time

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
I pull the weight towards me
And I lack the zest of a lemon, looking forward
Unless I have a woman pushing me

A canopy of red-billed quelea
Passed over the blue
A five hour flock, not one dives down
To tell you the truth

As night falls, a quelea crawls
And whispers on his last wings
So abundant are we, left alone I shall be
But a waited phone never rings

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
I pull the weight towards me
And I lack the zest of a lemon, looking forward
Unless I have a woman pushing me

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
We could hold hands for fifteen minutes in the sauna
We could hold hands for a pool length under water
I can push and pull
Her





If you're willing to wait for the love of your life
Please wait by the line

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of alt-J's song Pusher talk about waiting for love and the need for human connection. The first stanza tells the listener to wait by the line for the love of their life, where the line could symbolize the path to finding love or a connection. The second line mentions dispersive prisms and rainbows, representing hope or beauty. Despite any obstacles, the artist's optimism remains unbroken.


The second stanza starts with the idea of being alone, which comes crashing down suddenly like something hitting the roof and pinning the artist down, crushing their bones. The last two lines of this stanza mention a pusher and a puller, where the pusher is someone who motivates and the puller is someone who is motivated. The artist confesses to lacking the drive to move forward unless a woman is there to push him.


The third and final stanza describes a flock of red-billed quelea passing overhead but not one stopping to say anything. As night falls, a quelea crawls and whispers on his last wings, referring to being alone with one's thoughts. The artist again questions if they are a pusher or a puller, and suggests holding hands for fifteen minutes in the sauna or underwater to indicate the need for human touch and connection.


Line by Line Meaning

If you're willing to wait for the love of your life
If you are willing to have patience for your soulmate


Please wait by the line
Please wait for the right time


And you know dispersive prisms rainbow
And you understand how refracted light creates a rainbow


But my native optimism isn't broken by the light
But my inherent positivity is not dimmed by any obstacle


The idea of life without company fell suddenly
The thought of living without companionship came to me abruptly


It crashed through the ceiling on me
It hit me like a ton of bricks


And pinned me to the pine
And made me feel trapped and confined


And layer upon layer of hope and doubt
And multiple layers of hope and uncertainty


Will crush bones to oil in time
Will eventually break me down completely


Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
Do you motivate or drag others?


I pull the weight towards me
I take responsibility and carry the weight of my own life


And I lack the zest of a lemon, looking forward
And I do not feel excited about the future


Unless I have a woman pushing me
Unless I have a female companion to motivate me


A canopy of red-billed quelea
A group of birds called red-billed quelea


Passed over the blue
Crossed over the sky


A five hour flock, not one dives down
A flock that lasted for five hours, and none of them descended


To tell you the truth
To reveal the reality to you


As night falls, a quelea crawls
As darkness approaches, a single quelea struggles


And whispers on his last wings
And murmurs with his last breath


So abundant are we, left alone I shall be
We are so numerous, yet I will be left alone


But a waited phone never rings
But a phone that is eagerly anticipated may never ring


We could hold hands for fifteen minutes in the sauna
We could share intimacy in a steam room for a limited time


We could hold hands for a pool length under the water
We could physically connect while swimming a distance


I can push and pull
I am capable of both initiative and compliance


Her
With my partner




Lyrics © O/B/O APRA AMCOS
Written by: Augustus Figaro Niso Unger-Hamilton, Thomas Stuart Green, Joe Jerome Newman

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Most interesting comment from YouTube:

Reality takes a nap

If you're willing to wait for the love of your life
Please wait by the line
And you know dispersive prisms rainbow
But my native optimism isn't broken by the light

The idea of life without company fell suddenly
It crashed through the ceiling on me
And pinned me to the pine
And layer upon layer of hope and doubt
Will crush bones to oil in time

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
I pull the weight towards me
And I lack the zest of a lemon, looking forward
Unless I have a woman pushing me

A canopy of red-billed quelea
Passed over the blue
A five hour flock, not one dives down
To tell you the truth

As night falls, a quelea crawls
And whispers on his last wings:
So abundant are we, left alone I shall be
But a waited phone never rings

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
I pull the weight towards me
And I lack the zest of a lemon, looking forward
Unless I have a woman pushing me

Are you a pusher or are you a puller?
We could hold hands for fifteen minutes in the sauna
We could hold hands for a pool length under water
I can push and pull
Her

If you're willing to wait for the love of your life
Please wait by the line



All comments from YouTube:

Agustina.

Art. This is art, there's no other explanation. This gave me the chills.

Name Lastname

Totally

Another World

I wanted toi post almost the same comment, and i Saw that or was already done

Carmen Caamaño

​@Another Worldprobablemente no has preguntado en los sitios adecuados...anyway, it's amazing, and weird!!

TheSpirit410

I listen to this song every time when I feel terrible and so sad inside. Listening on repeat until finally I will start to cry and feel a relief

Christopher Hopkins

Same. Same...

Joss Whelan

I get it, same..sometimes you have to embrace the darkness before you can see the light..works for me.

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Jessie Rose

The fact that this keeps me entertained for a solid four minutes is unbelievable. The works of the director and the actor did such an amazing job.

Lídia Tenório

Te amarei para sempre. Obrigada por me apresentar a melhor banda.🤍

Brynn Harrison

i can feel this guys pain without having to know what is actually happening. alt j is absolute magic

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