bears the influence of Aaron Copland - that instrumental bridge is so righteously American. And then, Copland's atonal experiments really come out in the final two chords, which are truly jarring in an otherwise conventional composition; almost like they symbolize death, Newman's sung words over the atonal music are "everybody dies." As PhoenixBloom said, heavy song.
A song sung into the void ("Can you hear me? Can you hear me?"). I appreciate how stripped down this is: towards the end you get orchestra or Randy's piano, but you can't have both at once. The song's burning out and dying, too; it doesn't have the strength to support all those sounds anymore. And Newman's smart enough to know that we actually expresses these sentiments for our own benefit ("I'm just like you," "Everybody dies"), since we only get around to saying these things when it's too late for the person we imagine ourselves to be comforting.