"Evening Falls" as written by Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan and Eithne Ni Bhraonain....
When the evening falls
And the daylight is fading,
From within me calls
Could it be I am sleeping?
For a moment I stray,
Then it holds me completely
Close to home - I cannot say
Close to home feeling so far away

As I walk the room there before me a shadow
From another world, where no other can follow
Carry me to my own, to where I can cross over
Close to home - I cannot say
Close to home feeling so far away

Forever searching; never right,
I am lost in oceans of night.
Forever hoping I can find memories
Those memories I left behind

Even though I leave will I go on believing
That this time is real - am I lost in this feeling?
Like a child passing through,
Never knowing the reason
I am home - I know the way
I am home - feeling oh, so far away

Lyrics submitted by Bobo192

"Evening Falls" as written by Nicky Ryan, Roma Ryan, Eithne Ni Bhraonain

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    My OpinionIt sounds to me as though she is describing death and a journey the heaven.

    "close to home feeling so far away.
    As I walk there before me a shadow
    from another world, where no other can follow.
    carry me to my own, to where I can cross over..."

    Here it seems she is being led into the afterlife by a spiritual entity; the 'Shadow'.
    The next two lines for me are what help confirm my opinion. A 'world where no other can follow' clearly describes that heaven, or the afterlife, is a place where one cannot be followed, unless of course you are also deceased.
    "Where I can cross over."
    'Crossing over' for me has always been a death related phrase; we talk of spirits and souls crossing over to the afterlife. Therefore, when I hear this line I see it as describing someone passing over from this world to the next.
    The rest of the song then follows in suite.
    "Memories I left behind."
    She is leaving behind everything she ever knew, and is hoping that she will not forget her previous life.

    A beautiful song :)
    Rekkutaon April 14, 2009   Link
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    General Comment This song is maybe about someone who just died and his or her ghost wandering about its former home. The ghost (or spirit) is in disbelief of what just happened and
    trying to recognize its former possessions but it can't. Its memory is fading just like the daylight or the life in its body. One of my favourite. When I listened this for the first time, I stopped everything I was doing till I had listened it for 5 or 6th time.
    Supplicanton September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDoes anybody at all have any ideas what this is about? I'm singing it in voice and my teacher says i need to come next week with definitions aaah... usually people write to much about songs so i hoped this would have comments but i can't find any.. HELP, x
    -Amz-on June 24, 2005   Link
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    My InterpretationI agree with Rekkuta, and that is probably what Enya was aiming for.

    On a shallower level, it could also be about losing what meant most to you. Feeling in the dark, dying inside. I've been searching for something about how you feel after the love of your life has died, and this song really fits what I'd been looking for.

    It's so beautiful and haunting. I love Enya.
    EdwardBryceon August 20, 2009   Link
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    General CommentWhen 9-11 happened the news put together a montage of this song
    and all the people searching for their loved ones. It was
    beautiful and so heartbreaking. Made me cry.
    Angiloveon October 13, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI saw a past interview made by Enya at a japanese tv while she was promoting Watermark where she reveals the story behind this song.It talks about an american lady having always the same dream:she saw herself walking in a house with a candle in her hand.Later in time she and her husband went to England to buy a new house and live there.When people of the neighbourhood saw her,everybody became frightened of her.The woman asked them why they were so afraid of her and they told her that every night they saw her walking around in that house as she was a ghost!what she dreamt was true because she was really there,in that house!...
    Enya also tells that this ghost story has been told her by Roma and she found it appropriate for the melody we all know!

    over the story thet inspired the song,I think it also talks about love and feelings because loving is a a littl bit like dreaming,isn't it?;)
    undomiel84on March 09, 2010   Link
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    General Comment@Evenstar:

    It is indeed
    "As I walk the room, there before me a shadow
    From another world, where no other can follow.
    Carry me to my own, to where I can cross over..."

    I have the Only Time Collection and therefore the lyrics for this song, so that's how I know.

    I really love this song, it's so sad sounding. I reckon EdwardBryce and Rekkuta are both right in their interpretation of it.
    Mactireon July 11, 2011   Link
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    Song MeaningEvening Falls is of one who is lost and alone in their thoughts, living a lonely life as days pass by and daylight fades; they are haunted by their past. They are attempting to escape it and instead feel the presence of their domain.
    VegaVon February 19, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI appreciate and relate to everyone's comments...Just a quick twist:

    Could it be the fundamental theme is simply understanding that we
    make countless mistakes in life, only to move on through death, to
    a place where we hope to have no regrets....

    I agree, it is brilliantly written and impeccably sang!
    meyenzeyeon May 21, 2013   Link

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