I find this Paradise and rest beside a river
No need to walk another mile
It seems like everyone has everything that wishes could provide
But no one seems to smile

You won't believe me when I tell you this is fantasy
Don't ask how long all this can last
The same old sun will rise and make tomorrow just like yesterday
And so your time will pass

A shelter from the storm
A room without a view
A place where you belong
And like a mother's kiss
That carries you to sleep
The ignorance is bliss

One day the wind may change and blow at your defences
And shake the ground on which you stand
One day the tide may turn and wash away your castles in the sand
And silence rule the land

A shelter from the storm
A room without a view
A place where you belong
And like a mother's kiss
That carries you to sleep
The ignorance is bliss

One day the wind will change and blow away your wonderland
Blue skies will soon be overcast
One day the tide will turn and wash away your castles in the sand
And you'll find peace … at last


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    General CommentA really great song, one of my favourites.
    jorgison December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNot a very good song, and it's not even a project song.
    inpraiseoffollyon May 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI would argue that this is one of THE best songs post-Project and even among the top 10 APP, if you include it.

    Every once in a while in your life, a song will speak to you because it's happening right then and there. There was a time in my own life where I had tears streaming down my face and this song played on repeat. It was a time of turmoil, where all I could imagine was the peace that only ignorance of my own situation could bring.

    A good song writer will set up a situation where it could be applicable in a variety of ways to hit the broadest audience. The trouble is, how do you make a broadly interpretive song that isn't TOO broad as to be intangible?

    This song walks the line, but the line IS defined if you listen closely. The 'paradise' the writer finds is in ignorance. It's a dreamworld of course, none of us can fully forget our own existence or return to the womb, but it's a beautiful thought sometimes - particularly when the wind changes, 'shakes the ground on which you stand', and 'blows away your wonderland'.

    Anyone who's lost a loved one, been diagnosed with a terminal illness, gone through a divorce, or had a life-changing experience will understand 'sand castle' demolition.

    The author postulates that maybe we don't find true peace until we are willing to give up those things we are so concerned about (our sand castles). After all, how long can you protect a sand castle against the inevitable tide?

    And when those things that we cared so much about are gone, there's nothing more to worry about. perhaps you'll find peace at last...

    Where I disagree with the author is the assumption that the elimination of the things I care most about will bring eventual peace. I've known people who NEVER got over a tragedy. Is it that they won't let go, or that they CAN'T let go? Still though, it's a nice thought and a pretty song.
    ctlizyrdon September 10, 2007   Link

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