The ants weigh more than the elephants

from Fiona Apple – Left Alone Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Deliberate reversal of meaning. Small things are a big deal to her, big things not so much.

An elephant, though heavy and very burdensome, is easy to spot. An ant on the other hand is tiny and difficult to spot, and too many ants can become more problematic to handle than a few big elephants.. This view is further expressed in the next line “nothing is manageable”.

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