Still falling breathless and on again
Inside today, beside me today
Around broken in two 'til your eyes shed into dust
Like two strangers turning into dust
'Til my hand shook with the weight of fear

I could possibly be fading
Or have something more to gain
I could feel myself growing colder
I could feel myself under your fate
Under your fate

It was you, breathless and torn
I could feel my eyes turning into dust
And two strangers turning into dust
Turning into dust


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  • +9
    General CommentThis song is just...it's beyond words, really, you know? It's just one of those songs that are so rare. It's beautiful and haunting and eery, and all you guys are right about everything you've said to describe it, but really, it's more than that, isn't it? It's more than just haunting beauty? There's a real frailty to it, it's really vulnerable and open. Sometimes I can listen to it and cry, and other times it cheers me up. It's so powerful. And yeah, I know I'm babbling. But my favourite part is the bit about being under someone else's fate. Cause we've all felt that sometime.
    tamzinroseon August 15, 2005   Link
  • +4
    General CommentI first heard this song on House -- one of my favorite shows. It made the scene it was played in so much sadder than it would have been, and even though the episode was nowhere near a favorite of mine, I found myself crying! It was played in a man's time of dying, though it may be about something less permanent than death. Yes, it could be about death -- we all turn to dust beneath the soil. But it could also be about how people can grow away from each other and disappear from one another's memory. Hence why Hope feels her eyes turning into dust and why she "could possibly be fading."
    But the death explanation seems more accurate to me. And this will sound superbly weird, but the song sounds as though, in particular, it could be alluding to two people who are dying together and have Alzheimer's disease. So now, they are strangers. They have faded from each other's memories and now will die together, turning into...dust.
    Farfetched, I know.
    WhyDoWeFighton July 13, 2007   Link
  • +3
    General CommentYa I know...!

    Years later we are listening to possible sound tracks to add to a video game commercial ... and we find this PERFECT song to add. (It worked fabulous with the battleground background.) A seeming hopeless and desperate life and death situation that two log-lost warrior spirits find themselves trapped by.

    The song is actually about two humans, whose relationship is being twisted and tortured by others so adamantly, that their desire to share their hope for each other seems ... well ... kind of hopeless.

    (But it only seems that way - for IF they hang in there - they can both survive.)

    All they have to do is keep the faith - and keep trusting each other - and they will come off conqueror ... and find each other alive ... when others can no longer resist their re-connection in this life and the next.


    WOLFFEE
    powdersnowboyon September 28, 2011   Link
  • +2
    General Commenti love this song.. it is so relaxing and beautiful
    SoICanBeMyselfon August 25, 2002   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"I could feel my eyes turning into dust
    And two strangers turning into dust"

    here it looks like she is comparing the way that our eyes are made for eachother, a beautiful pair, they see together and without the other you can't see propery. she compares it to how people are destined for eachother. i don't think it's about people dying and feeling fate and fear in that way; but because falling in love is scary and breathtaking and i think she describes that perfectly.
    diamondseaon July 22, 2009   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is a song about a person who has left their loved one, whether it be through death or otherwise. Usually it's the other way around, usually it's the one who has been left that is put into song. Turning into dust means they're starting to 'forget' about each other, they're setting aside the memories, they're starting to move on to different things-different people. They're becoming strangers, they're turning into dust.
    DeborahJeanon May 28, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song is entrancing and i cant seem to get enough of it, mazzy star is amazing
    carolynanneon October 14, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song hypnotizes me every single time and i can listen to it over and over again. i had this cd once but listened to it so much it got scratched beyond repair. i think i read somewhere that they recorded this album in an old church to give it a sort of an erie haunting hollow sound.
    eternally_downon December 25, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTo me it's about losing yourself in another person, "turning into dust", "I could feel myself under your fate".

    Either that or it's about two people destined to be together, turning into dust together, being under the same fate.

    Both interpretations are valid.
    Ails123on August 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwell, it could be about realizing that you have a decision to make wich will inevitably will take you away from someone you love, choosing between losing either that other person or yourself.
    preciousthingon April 14, 2007   Link

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