Somehow stumbled my way home, stood inside the doorway
Staring blind through rooms I knew were missing more than the paintings on the walls
It's hard to call this home, I'm more that just alone
Have I been passed by and left behind again

I feel it pulling me
It's heavy

No desire to wonder why the answers have so long escaped me
But the arms are open wide to rivers underneath the surface
Follow with the tide ease into the cooler water
Farewell and all goodbyes to the shoreline

I'll see you when I see you

Silhouette against the storm romantic standing at the edge
a mystery, now a tragedy left to calloused mourners long grown cold
his story goes untold and no one ever knows
It just disappears beneath the fears he's carried

And I feel them pulling me
Heavy


Remember when we...?
Did you see that...?
Don't forget this moment ever
We belong
this is home
I've missed you so
For now and always
I cannot recall
My life before this

I feel it pulling me
It's heavy

No desire to wonder why the answers have so long escaped me
But the arms are open wide to rivers underneath the surface
Follow with the tide, outside ease into the cooler water
Farewell and all goodbyes to the shoreline

I'll see you when I see you
I'll see you when I see you
(save me now, if you think you can.
don't turn away - you'll never see my face again.)


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    General CommentTHis song is amazing, seriously probably one of my favs and one of the most powerful impactful song ive ever heard..to me, the song is a warning to people. Saying DONT LET THIS HAPPEN to you, i dunno, thats what it says to me..to be consumed by all the troubles or worries and pain, and dont want to be swept away by the currents in this river filled with all those things.
    toddboon September 28, 2002   Link
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    General CommentTruly an incredible song, and my all time favorite, of all music I've listened to. It possess a timelessness that allows it to hold that designation, forever. It has an incredible drive, and an amazing climax, and an intriguing message, one that will force you to examine the life you're leading, and the influences you're pulled down by. I think it refers to rivers of said influence that can pull you in, away from the shoreline that's mentioned. Or maybe there's an alltogether different, more deep meaning to it.

    Few notes, "Silhouette against the stone", not storm, and "He just disappears beneath the fears he's carried", not "It just...".

    By far, the Collective CD's version of this song is far superior to the already amazing original- tighter, higher range (as if that's possible) and more dynamic vocals, more interesting and driving drumming and especially fills, and a slightly minor sound to it, or something that sets it apart. For awhile, this version was available from their site- I recommend checking for it, and purchasing Collective and Speakeasy if you haven't already done so.
    disillusionedon April 07, 2003   Link
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    General CommentThe Collective version has more of an airy feel, as if they were jamming in a studio. The original is great, of course, and it is different from the Collective version in that it is more polished, like the guys went to individual rooms and played separately.

    I agree - this song is gorgeous, and I enjoy the Collective version more. I remember hearing it for the first time in 12/01, I was driving around visiting Toluca Lake/Hollywood CA area with my fiancee (she lived there in the early 80s), and it was a quiet beautiful night...

    This song to me tells me of someone who left an old life and has now returned to see that where they were raised is different now, something's changed, and the people from his old life return to him and say that they miss him and want him to return, but sadly, he doesn't remember a single thing from the old life. And it's sad, but only for those left behind in the old life, that those relationships can't continue on, even though there is love there, because of its toxicity being to great. And the feeling is familiar ("I feel it pulling me") but his mind can't pinpoint intellectually the events and people of his past.
    Vozzyon April 07, 2003   Link

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