Down the street you can hear her scream "you're a disgrace"
As she slams the door in his drunken face
And now he stands outside
And all the neighbours start to gossip and drool
He cries "Oh, girl you must be mad,
What happened to the sweet love you and me had?"
Against the door he leans and starts a scene,
And his tears fall and burn the garden green

And so castles made of sand fall in the sea, eventually

A little indian brave who before he was ten,
Played wargames in the woods with his indian friends
And he built up a dream that when he grew up
He would be a fearless warrior indian cheif
Many moons past and more the dream grew strong until
Tomorrow he would sing his first warsong and fight his first battle
But something went wrong, surprise attack killed him in his sleep that night

And so castles made of sand melts into the sea, eventually

There was a young girl, whos heart was a frown
'Cause she was crippled for life,
and she couldn't speak a sound
And she wished and prayed she could stop living,
So she decided to die
She drew her wheelchair to the edge of the shore
And to her legs she smiled "you won't hurt me no more"
But then a sight she'd never seen made her jump and say
"look a golden winged ship is passing my way"

And it really didn't have to stop, it just kept on going...

And so castles made of sand slips into the sea, eventually


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    General CommentBuild your castles out of stone, you won't be able to perfectly mold the walls, but they will be sturdier.
    mikemacon August 21, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIMPERMANANCE. The first verse is about a changing relationship. Love and acceptance is lost. The second is about plans for the future that go wrong. You build your life on a dream and live for that future but along the way it is snatched away. The third verse is about fate, the hand of god, and miracles that don't happen. Even when they should. Sooo- The universe is uncaring. Nothing is permanant and change is the only sure thing. The tone is dispassionate too. The last verse is especially potent: Hope, even for a brief instant is useless. Abandon hope. I think its beyond good and bad things that happen - things just happen. I agree about building on false truths (a break-up song?). But I think it goes beyond that and says there is no TRUTH in things or situations. All will change. Its very deep, compassioate but not sentimental. I think its very advanced philosphy.
    Whatsthewordon April 03, 2003   Link
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    General CommentFor me when I started listening to it, this song has always been a symbol for the course of change in my life, and how things come and go as time goes on, with the sea representing time, and the castles being certain memories or events that have been washed away by the infinite continuation of time. Although I love the interpretation of dreams based on weak foundation.
    BlakeReissigon February 17, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI think the song describes situations and dreams that were based on false beliefs. Jimi's point is that because these dreams were never rooted in anything real and they unravel by themselves. I love this song. I hate to make it this superficial, but its a great breackup song because it puts things into perspective.
    ChrissyTinaon January 29, 2002   Link
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    General CommentCastles made of sand
    Castles- fortifications thought to stand no matter what
    Sand- weak building blocks
    So it means either:
    Even if you think this is gonna last, its deceptive and truthfully weak so it will not
    Or
    no matter how hard you try to prevent it, it still ends- because sandcastles always get ruined
    Temujinon April 19, 2002   Link
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    General CommentAll is Vanity and love

    just wrote this...i think it applies...please advise

    WINDOWS TO THE INFINITE


    Creating windows through which to see,
    Marking a path from our place to eternity
    Crystal prisms fastened in place
    Mechanisms by which we seek our Grace

    Windows we design and fashion with care
    Made by man – do they betray what is there?
    From feet of clay to infinite sight
    Can we hurdle such boundaries
    and dare achieve such heights?

    amen i hope :)


    Soloon April 27, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think it means:
    Everything can change, NOTHING is permanent. It's not only that good things can go bad, but bad things can go good....This song is not saying that everything WILL change, but that everything CAN.
    hammboneon May 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about broken dreams. Things that you believed in, and put faith in, that just crumbled around you.
    nietzsche_66on May 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song is about knowing that you can't plan everything in life because theres no way you can predict every single event that will happen to you
    caucasianjiggaon July 18, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI agree with most of the people above...

    He is talking about dreams that you put all your hopes and dreams into but they get destroyed, demonstrated when he sings:

    "And he built up a dream that when he grew up
    He would be a fearless warrior indian cheif
    Many moons past and more the dream grew strong until
    Tomorrow he would sing his first warsong and fight his first battle
    But something went wrong, surprise attack killed him in his sleep that night "

    This also can mean that the things they had hoped for didn't turn out the way they wanted to...which is demonstrated above.

    I agree with Temujin on the chorus, Jimi does a great job with the lyrics in this song.
    Caroline7502on July 27, 2002   Link

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