Try asking the question this way: "How does this line affect the reader?" Taken in itself, it's a very disconcerting image: some kind of illusory freedom. The phrase "check out" hints at death, suggesting that your freedom is so compromised that not even death can release you. It's important to note that this in the context of "night man", a late-night ...


my interpretation, given that the rest of the lyrics describe a hard-partying but consensual relationship, is that the two of them were using each other. They are both cruel, selfish people who are accustomed to taking advantage of more innocent partners, and happened to catch one another.

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