"Blackfield" as written by and Steven Wilson Aviv Geffen....
Curling lips, fingertips, dead eye dips
I saw it all in the blackfield
Splinter cracks, summer tracks, paperbacks
We found them all in the blackfield
In the shade, whistle blades, singing fades
In the blackfield

She wants to stay and talk all day
So I remark when it gets dark
All the pale things under the earth
Will reverse

River glass, cycle past, overcast
I saw it all in the blackfield
Copper sky, shadows rise, bridge of sighs
We had all in the blackfield
Skin tracks, face facts, fade to black
In the blackfield

She wants to stay and talk all day
So I remark when it gets dark
All the pale things under the earth
Will reverse


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"Blackfield" as written by Steven Wilson Aviv Geffen

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    General Comment"Curling lips, fingertips, dead eye dips
    I saw it all in the blackfield"

    curling lips as in kissing, and fingertips as in touching, the people are kissing and touching the dead person as a means to say goodbye. and when a person is dead, their eyelids are open, so someone closes them or "dips" them. this all happens in what i'm guessing the cemetery or "blackfield"

    "Splinter cracks, summer tracks, paperbacks
    We found them all in the blackfield"

    i'm not sure what happens at a cemetery, but splinter cracks as in the coffin is being closed. summer tracks, the best thing i can think of is sunlight, because nothing else involves tracks and summer. paperbacks as in books in which people reminisce of the dead person.

    "In the shade, whistle blades, singing fades
    In the blackfield"

    in the shade, representative of a sad mood. whistle blades, no idea. singing fades, the choir stops singing.

    "She wants to stay and talk all day
    so I remark when it gets dark
    All the pale things under the earth
    Will reverse"

    the guy stays at the cemetery and talks with the girl about the dead person all day. but when it gets dark, the guy comments that it's time to leave because it's night and that's when the "pale things under the earth" aka the corpses "will reverse" or go to heaven.

    "River glass, cycle past, overcast
    I saw it all in the blackfield"

    river glass, the river is frozen, meaning time is frozen (or the river is?) cycle past, i'm not sure about. the day is over? overcast, clouds are rolling in. the guy all saw this.

    "Copper sky, shadows rise, bridge of sighs
    We had it all in the blackfield"

    copper sky, something is happening because the skies are a copper color. shadows rise, the corpses souls' are starting to go to heaven. bridge of sighs, they are relieved that they can be free now (or they were accepted into heaven idk). i'm not sure what the writer means when he says "we had it all in the blackfield".

    "Skin tracks, face facts, fade to black
    In the blackfield"

    skin tracks as in a (music) record of your life. face facts, realize this is the truth, this was your life. fade to black, it's over now.

    as for the music video, i agree with what ife1389 said, endless stream of photographs linking together and flying by symbolizing life and death.
    hotdogson January 07, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGreat song, Absolutly no idea whats it about.
    [Service to busy]on February 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation"All the pale things under the earth, Will reverse" = death is not forever

    Man is saying this to his wife to reassure her

    guessing that this song is about a man watching memories of his life pass before his eyes just before he dies

    interpretation matches the video, which shows an endless stream of photographs (memories) linking together and flying by

    lfe1389on June 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    My OpinionI think you both are right in what you say, missing just one thing.
    He is dead, he is singing from death to her, who is alive and everyday comes to the blackfield to talk to him.
    Its an amazing song, with great message... not only refering to a lost love, but also can be refering at the future when steven will be dead and someone listens to this song.

    Bte pardon my english, its not my main language.

    Thanks !
    MariachiTONon May 18, 2012   Link
  • 0
    My OpinionI have this feeling that the Blackfield is actually life, with the negative connotation of place of suffering it is often given. So the speaker in the song could actually be the dead, as some of you suggested, implying that he assures his lover that they did have their time together while he was alive. Also you should notice that both verses progress in symbols and images of youth, then adulthood, then ultimately a metaphor of death.

    As for:
    "She wants to stay and talk all day
    So I remark when it gets dark
    All the pale things under the earth
    Will reverse"
    I think it poses a contrast between her still being tied to him to the point that she spends days talking to his grave, while he remarks that the living don't belong with the dead, getting dark being parallel with his death, in which he has to stay in the grave while she ought to move on.
    michele102on December 03, 2016   Link
  • -1
    General Comment...y not jus enjoy it....let it mean woteva it does....d fact dat its simply superb...lets jus flow............!!!!!!!!!!!
    asesh123inon June 27, 2012   Link

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