"8" as written by Jeremy Enigk, William Goldsmith, Dan Hoerner and Nate Mendal....
Rain song
So beautiful my dear
Overcome
Hmm

Rain song
So beautiful my dear
Overcome
Drives me crazy

Who can decide?
Will I decide?
Set in stone to split the night
That I bring pain?

Put a word to these
Put a word to these
This thin line greased
I can't see
Fingers stain my gold

Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet

Whose side you on?
Which side you on?
Silence near the battle cry
Hollow victory

Which lie do you own?
Which lie do you own?
When lines divide I walk away
Blazing sun sets on my back

Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)

Help me God

Whose side you on?
Which side you on?
Silence near the battle cry
Hollow victory

Which lie do you own?
Which lie do you own?
When lines divide I walk away
Blazing sun sets on my back

Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet clover
Sweet

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise them, inside them)
Inside them I am

(I can't)
Wait
(Despise you, inside you)
(Him)
Inside him


Lyrics submitted by amanda_

"8" as written by Dan Hoerner Jeremy Enigk

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    General Commentdoes this song have something to do with religion?
    sparkinthedarkon August 27, 2002   Link
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    General CommentI have no idea.. I love his voice, though
    emotion_is_deadon September 15, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis is my favorite SDRE song of all the albums (This week anyway. lol).

    I cannot identify with Jeremy enough to confidently interpret his songs, but I can recognize and appreciate the artful qualities in his lyrics. The imagery he uses in this song is entrapping.

    The first impression I got of the song (note, this isn't a well-thought analysis, if I actually break it down systematically, I'll be back) was that he is either speaking directly about war, or using war as a metaphor to parallel a situation in his life. The stance of the song suggests passive boycott and an enlightened notion and tolerance for both sides of the battle, meanwhile capturing the serenity experienced following this epiphany.
    The line, "Which lie do you own? Which lie do you own?" suggests the fallable psychology and propaganda, if you will, each side uses as its platform for war. Speaking of the "thin line greased" implies that the differences between the two people(s) is very subtle or trivial.
    Talking about fingers staining his gold could mean that he, either through his humanity, disillusionment, or interference, always seems to taint his gains from disputes.
    "When lines divide," the speaker "walks away," meaning that when the skirmage begins to show, he removes himself from the situation in protest of the violence. "Hollow victory" tells us that the author does not see legitimate gain from the violence, most likely from a spiritual standpoint.
    The song resolves with the personal declaration that the speaker cannot cast judgements upon the assailants, for they are all in the same in the eyes of God.

    If anyone has anything to add or change to this, it would be appreciated, for I am no genius when it comes to this.
    Taobethon March 03, 2005   Link
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    General Commentfor me, this song is about lack of unity --- "When lines divide I walk away, Blazing sun sets on my back". it seems as tho he condemns those who are easily influenced by others --- "Fingers stain my gold" meaning that being an individual is golden and giving a shit about others will inevitably taint that. actually i have no idea but hey who gives a shit
    polythenepamon June 17, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNOT what I expected from an "emo" band. It's sorta nice, maybe if other groups followed in their footsteps, then thee could still be hope for the genre.
    pumkinhedon December 20, 2005   Link
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    General Commentmany bands have tried following in SDRE's footsteps and failed miserably.

    i remember listening to this song off the batman forever soundtrack. probably the the best part about the whole movie and/or soundtrack
    repbigkton April 13, 2006   Link
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    General CommentDid anyone notice that the beginning of this song sounds sort of like a song by AC/DC (For Those Who Are About To Rock, We Salute You). I'm not saying that it sounds perfectly alike, but if you tone down the AC/DC song, they are similar.

    Anyways, Sunny Day Real Estate has got to be my favorite band, and probably the best 'emo' band out there. I still can't understand half of the lyrics, verbally or figuratively either.
    whitefox1029on July 06, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI do believe it's an environmental song.
    "sweet clover" is usually used to help re-nourish soil.
    Bawbsteron July 31, 2013   Link
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    General Commenti remember looking in the sheet music book (tablature book?, whatever the heck you call it) for the movie Batman forever because this song was on the soundtrack and the chorus is Sway, cloud up. not sweet clover.
    pattyfuzon January 16, 2014   Link

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