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What do these lyrics mean?

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This song is about losing highness as king (and maybe dying)

Lyrics:
One minute I held the key, next *the walls were closed on me* and I discovered that *my castles stand upon pillars of salt and pillars of sand.*

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Pillars of sand means they'll crumble easily

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I see! Thanks, Tony!

How are ya?
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I LOVE that avatar, Tony! Hysterical! And often annoyingly true..
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Hi Marcus, I'm tired man, had a loooooong day today. Yourself?
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Thank you Slip :-)
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I wish I could say I'm well. Why was your day so long?
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That's how it was scheduled ... flying around the country at 40,000 feet ... oh well, a long day here is still better than a short day at most other jobs :-)
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What do you do?
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Flight Attendant
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Wow, I've never met a flight attendant before! Lol. What does flying feel like?
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It's awesome!
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Then you must enjoy your job!
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I LOVE it! :-)
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Salt crumbles easily too

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Thanks!
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Omg I love that song! It's viva la vida right?

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Yep! I'm learning it on piano.
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That's awesome! I bet you are really good at playing the song
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I'm learning it by ear. :)
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