Foolish I know but I'm about to die
About to die
Sung in a panicked, emphatic tone but over a relatively playful backdrop, he almost makes the moment of death seem less serious.
Also, we as humans always have the potential to be “about to die.” The nature of this song is speaking to the universality of death and how unavoidable it is, so it’s very possible that the narrator is saying it in a way that signifies how close death is for all of us.
Letting go of the “hoodlum love” is the main “death” in this song.
Longstreth knows it is “foolish” to try to define himself by this past love who is already gone, but he would like to do that rather than “die” i.e. face the entire universe and its existential meaninglessness all by himself and without this girl to orient him.
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