With references to the classic children's poem Humpty Dumpty
(the "eggman" in this song), this can be seen as a statement on what we're able to achieve if we accept the possibility of failure (falling off the wall). Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz tells us
, however, that it's "Just kind of a goofy thing I did."
He does concede that it might have some meaning, though. "It sort of takes the idea of, what if you're someone who's a brilliant mathematician like Albert Einstein or any of us doing creative work on something that seems so clean and brilliant, and then it turns out to be an atomic bomb," he said. "It's your idea, which is so amazing and graceful in and of itself, but it turns into something not so great."
Duritz wrote the song with the band's guitarist, Dave Bryson.