"Heathaze" as written by and Tony Banks....
No cloud, a sleepy calm
Sun baked earth that's cooled by gentle breeze
And trees with rustling leaves
Only endless days without a care
Nothing must be done

Silent as a day can be
Far off sounds of others on their chosen run
As they do all those things they feel give life some meaning
Even if they're dull

Time to stop this dreaming, must rejoin the real world
As revealed by orange lights and a smoky atmosphere

The trees and I are shaken by the same winds but whereas
The trees will lose their withered leaves
I just can't seem to let them loose
And they can't refresh me those hot winds of the south
Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place

Now the light id fading fast
Chances slip away, a time will come to pass
When there'll be none
Then addicted to a perfumed poison
Betrayed by its aftertaste
We shall lose the wonder and find nothing in return
Many are the substitutes but they're powerless an their own

Beware the fisherman who's casting out his line
Into a dried up river bed
But don't try to tell him 'cause he won't believe you
Throw some bread to the ducks instead, it's easier that way
Feel like an alien, a stranger in an alien place

Lyrics submitted by Demau Senae, edited by paddyP

"Heathaze" as written by Anthony George Banks

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    General CommentThis is my favorite song and I can relate to it almost as though it could have been written by me with my interpretation which is Don't worry too much about everyone else live your own life and don't give them pity or envy no matter how you feel.
    hockeyfn16on January 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is such a beautiful song. The persona is singing of a desire not to conform, not to work and just to be in a place where "nothing must be done." He hears far off sounds of others doing work, all those things they feel give life some meaning. He is torn to have to rejoin the real world.

    He uses the metaphor comparing himself to the trees shaken by the winds. He can't loose the leaves or his feelings of having to conform.

    He doesn't want to be addicted to a perfumed poison which is work which gives nothing in return. He does not want to lose the wonder of life. He warns of the fisherman who's casting out his line into a dried up river bed which is fruitless work.

    With these feelings, he feels so alienated.

    chodmcvon February 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song seems to me like it belongs to "and then there were three" more than "Duke". This is because I find a connection primarily with "Undertow". While "Burning Rope" is a song about someone who tried to do something with his life, here we see someone who quits all hope that anything important will ever happen...
    soboton September 08, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI see this as being about someone who's tired of modern life and responsibilities, maybe considering deliberate homelessness. I envision a bum sitting on a stump or rock looking out at a semi-parched vista (like an orchard in summer). It's someone who sees human endeavors as pointless and doesn't "get" the agenda of most people.

    Many of us enter that mindset at times, and this song hits the right notes. Why get up to an alarm clock and commute like a lemming just to own a bunch of chattel? What's the purpose of all this mindless competition with other lemmings?

    The term "heat haze" is typically defined as a distorted view through a mirage of sorts, which fits a non-conformist vision. This song can be taken quite darkly, as if the character is on the verge of throwing in the towel. It's not upbeat but the music itself is quite powerful.
    Nick_Con May 22, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI feel this way quite often. The first section describes the feeling of just doing nothing but taking in the feeling of nature's breezes, sun, trees gently dancing with the early breezes of spring and summer; being in your own nature drenched blissful world if only in your mind. Then, the sounds of people carrying on in the rat race interrupts the daydream; reality steps in as you know you must return to the "real world" of the city (orange lights and smokey atmosphere) and go back to "working" to sustain the "life system" that is bestowed upon us. The trees, which I find mentioned a lot in Genesis lyrics, loose their leaves and go into hibernate mode for 3 or 4 months when the harsh winter winds are upon us. Meanwhile, the person cannot hibernate for the winter like we were meant to do in nature, but must go to work everyday to pay the bills in this "new" way of life. I feel like I don't belong here; like an alien... in a alien place so removed from a natural way of life and consumed by material things that are all perversely perpetuated by the system of money. What is it all for? Might as well throw some bread to the ducks instead...it's easier that way.
    wdsmkron May 26, 2012   Link
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    General CommentThis song could almost be called "EcHeathazeiastes," for its worldview: "I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind." -- Ecclesiastes 1:14
    Zudrakon July 28, 2017   Link

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