"Smiling Not Smiling" as written by and Steven John Wilson....
Out of the city the heaven's reflect
A stinging vista of flaming insects
Darkness engulfing islands of light
Scarring the sky and staining the night

Under this mess and idiot prayer
A ticking bomb of bone and thin air
A candle wasting and waxing to nil
Waiting to trigger and blow the big chill

Now I'm inclined only to sleep
Ask me a question the meaning runs deep
Moments are drowning in mantras of rain
Smiling unsmiling there's no need to explain


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    General CommentBEAUTIFUL!
    _space_on April 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentIs it "under this 'mess' and idiot prayer" or "under this 'mass' and idiot prayer"?

    Or would "mass" be more appropriate than "mess"?
    CatofNoahon September 07, 2016   Link
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    My Interpretation"Out of the city the heaven's reflect
    A stinging vista of flaming insects"

    A change-up with this lyrical device as the Heavens do tend to reflect by nature as the vista of flaming insects is representation of what is opposite in device.

    "Darkness engulfing islands of light
    Scarring the sky and staining the night"

    Darkness may follow the light in smoke if not a force in natural opposition as "scarring the sky" (essence before midnight, after evening)-so we may have repetition in device to work with. Black represents the waters in opposition to light, the following midnight..Rust device.

    "Under this mess and idiot prayer
    A ticking bomb of bone and thin air"

    Sounds smart as bomb and bone can oppose (pomegranate roots) as the term "thin-air" may represent tension by opposition. I earnestly believe the term relates "under this mass and idiot prayer."
    Tension compares to Star of Darkness composition by Kikuta Hiroki of Squaresoft's the Secret of Mana.

    "A candle wasting and waxing to nil
    Waiting to trigger and blow the big chill"

    Candle-light. Chill-dark. "Trigger and blow." Arrange the clockwork, and redo your homework!

    "Now I'm inclined only to sleep
    Ask me a question the meaning runs deep"

    From sleep to depth reiterates oxidizing.

    "Moments are drowning in mantras of rain"
    A breaking ball pitch, a clever trick.

    Alas our song becomes personal. (:
    CatofNoahon January 25, 2018   Link

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