Where the river cross
crosses
the lake
Where the words
Jump off my
pen and
into your pages
Do you think
just like that
You can divide
This
You as yours
Me as mine
to before we were
Us

If the rain
Has
to separate from
Itself
does it say
"pick out your
cloud?"
pick out your
cloud

If there is a Horizontal Line
that runs from the MAP
off your body straight through
the Land shooting up
right through my heart
Will this Horizontal Line
when asked know how to find
Where you end
where I begin
"pick out your
cloud"

How Light can
play and form a Ring
of Rain that can change
bows into arrows
(I found a thrill)

Who we were
isn't lost
Before we were
Us
Indigo in his
own
Blue always
knew
this
if the rain
Has
to separate from
Itself
does it say
pick out your
cloud

If there is a Horizontal Line
that runs from the MAP
off your body straight through
the Land shooting up
right through my heart
Will this Horizontal Line
when asked know how to find
Where you end
where I begin
"pick out your
cloud"

if the rain
Has
to separate from
Itself
does it say
pick out your
cloud




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    General Commentnobody's commented on this one yet? *poke*poke*

    okay. me first then. har har.

    *ahem*

    the song to me basically says.. "even if we are separated physically, we'll never be truly separated from each other. we are changed as a result of having been together, even if only for a brief moment and things will NEVER change back."
    keyyoooon May 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think it is more about re-finding yourself after leaving a relationship -- and not necessarily a physical one, either and acknowledging the influence that that person has had on your life, and maybe even honouring it. I get the sense that the person she is talking to doesn't get that. This is a very wise song.
    pjaneon January 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentOne of my fave songs from Scarlet's Walk. Still get me teary eyed. My name comes from this song.
    mycloudon June 22, 2008   Link
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    General Commenti think this song is more about a break up, it's like if she didn't want to leave him, but she's remembering all that they shared and all that was theirs. and now that they split and find a new road in their lives they have to go back in time where they weren't "us" but "me" ...you and your cloud...maybe? lol, i really don't know, i'm just doubting right now...
    coldclayon July 14, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn scarlet stories Tori talks about how this song is about separation and segregation. The tearing apart of a tear is impossible...
    She refers to a national monument near Memphis that acknowledges where a lot of the Cherokees died on the trail of tears as they were on their way to indian territory.
    The song is about separating that which we cannot separate...strand and molecules still exist. She says that taking people away from their land doesn't that mean that pieces of them won't remain...
    berryswirlon October 25, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIn scarlet stories Tori talks about how this song is about separation and segregation. The tearing apart of a tear is impossible...
    She refers to a national monument near Memphis that acknowledges where a lot of the Cherokees died on the trail of tears as they were on their way to indian territory.
    The song is about separating that which we cannot separate...strand and molecules still exist. She says that taking people away from their land doesn't that mean that pieces of them won't remain...
    berryswirlon October 25, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthe music is so sexy. it makes me want to slow dance and make love.
    Sleepagenton November 05, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, I agree mostly with BerrySwirl. If the rain had to seperate from it self, would it say "Pick out your cloud" is like saying, "If the people had to seperate from themselves, would they say, pick out your land?

    This cannot be done - people belong to all the land. America knows this.

    The Native American's had their land, and Americans have theirs. America realizes that she will always have peices of her old self...what she used to be. But it will be within what she has BECOME. She's not quite exactly the same as she was, because she has all these new layers.

    Who we were isn't lost before we were US. You can't divide the land with a line, just as Native American's are taking this new American into their lives as they did their old world.
    The line itself wouldn't know where one part ends and one begins.

    Indigo is his own, blue always knew this implies that they all know that their world was very different before, and that's fine. They will always know it WAS different. But the two together are similar colors.

    She is saying each entity came together to join what it is now...
    parasolon September 02, 2009   Link
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    My Interpretation@berryswirl thanks a lot for this bit of information! i would have never thought of this interpretation myself and it's nice to know what tori originally meant with the song.
    i'll add my own thoughts on the song, although they differ from tori's intention quite a bit.

    to me, 'your cloud' always was about divorce. i've never been through something like that but it describes what i imagine a divorce must feel like (at least to the party that didn't initiate it). (which isn't all that different from what berryswirl wrote, i think. seperating people from their land is a bit like a forced divorce as well... well, let's carry on)

    "do you think just like that you can divide this? you as yours, me as mine, to before we were us?"
    that's what the narrator asks his or her ex-partner in my interpretation. "do you think you can just sign a few papers and everything will be back to before we decided to make our seperate lives one? to before we make 'me' and 'you' 'us'?" because to him or her it still feels like an 'us'. (i'll just stick with a her for now) and she can't understand how he can walk around in the house and be like "this is my chair, this is your desk, which of the paintings do you want to keep?". to her this 'us' can't be separated, like rain does not separate from itself by saying "pick out your cloud".

    i never fully understood the part about the horizontal line. but i always felt like it was something similar to what i already wrote: there is no defined place where she ends and he begins. and that's why she feels like it's impossible to just cut their lives apart in one place.

    the second verse was always about healing, in my opinion. because she remembers that her original self, the woman that she was before she merged with him, isn't lost. it's like together they were 'blue', which is one and can't be split if you don't look too closely. but if you look closely you see that they are still seperate beings. perhaps she is 'indigo' and he is 'ultramarine' or something like that. i always felt that perhaps this thought helps her a little by making her see that she can still be herself, even though he's no longer there. even though she's not used to being someone that isn't one with him.

    so well. in the end my interpretation turned out pretty differently from the native americans-thing that tori wanted to say with the song. but still ... ;-)
    thekindofgirlon June 30, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationI can't think of a more beautiful song about seperation. When you've spent part of your life with someone, it's hard to tell where you end and they begin and vise verse. Leaving them is like leaving a part of yourself behind, even if logically speaking it's the best option.
    UhHuhHeron May 29, 2011   Link

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