"Seven Wonders" as written by and David Puckett Sean Watkins....
When shadows fall, he'll close his eyes to hear the clocks unwind
Powerless to leash the hands of time
Kingdoms fall, the earth revolves, the rain will come this spring
And nothing he could say could change a thing.

Seven wonders crowed the man
Knowing six are gone
And how the great illusion lingers on

He can't enfold the sun or moon, or wind within his hands
But count the times he'll shout the great I am
With all the while a pontiff smile, veiling his disgrace
At never owning more than second place

Seven wonders crowed the man
Knowing six are gone
And how the great illusion lingers on

Seven wonders crowed the man
Knowing six are gone
And how the great illusion lingers, oh the grand illusion lingers,
While the sad confusion lingers on

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"Seven Wonders" as written by Sean Watkins David Puckett

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    General CommentI think these lyrics explain human pride and our refusal to admit that we aren't in control. We can't change time or change the laws of nature, but we somehow fool ourselves into thinking we are seperate from nature and pretend that we are God. But in fact, we are a speck of dust and a complete nothing compared to all of time and creation.
    reinvent_the_normon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this is probably my favorite Nickel Creek song ever, and listening to it now makes me sad to know that next year they're going to call it quits. I wanted at least one more album out of them, but it seems it's not meant to be... Which kind of ties right back into this song—impermanence, the human futility of attempting to control the uncontrollable.
    harukion October 13, 2006   Link
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    My InterpretationI've always been entranced by this Nickel Creek song - ever since I first heard it as a kid - but I didn't really understand its meaning. Now, however, I agree that it's a comparison between what humans often want to believe about their place and power in the universe, and the reality. This is my interpretation:

    As the song points out, the protagonist ("he" - possibly a certain person, but also possibly humanity in general) is "powerless" against time, nature ("the rain will come this spring"; "he can't enfold the sun or moon, or wind within his hands") and even worldly changes ("kingdoms fall"), but tries to deny this powerlessness, invoking himself as the "great I am" (a straight-up Biblical allusion; the protagonist is insisting he is the Almighty, is God Himself). However, the protagonist inwardly knows he is only "second place" to God/Nature/the Universe - even though he hides this obvious disgrace, continuing to act powerful and godly ("pontiff smile").

    The chorus is the part that remains mysterious: What exactly are the seven wonders? Why are six gone, and which one still survives? For me, the chorus brings to mind the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - out of the seven, six (including the Colossus of Rhodes and the Lighthouse of Alexandria) have been destroyed by natural forces or human actions. Only one(the Great Pyramids at Gizeh)remains. The allusion to these wonders reinforces the theme of the song, as all but one of these great - but human - monuments have fallen to higher powers; even so, the "grand illusion" and "sad confusion" of man as God "lingers on." That is, humans tend to grasp at the illusion of their power and magnitude, even when faced with overwhelming evidence of their powerlessness and insignificance. The song's tone suggests that it's not necessarily a bad thing, it's just...well, rather hopeless, but human to do so.

    Whew, that was a long explanation! This is merely my take on it, however. Great song. c:
    grasswhistleron August 09, 2011   Link

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